Problem Four

HARP 2.0 Unlimited Loan to Value (LTV) Capped By Most Lenders

Problem

The Home Affordable Refinance Program, currently known as HARP 2.0, the only refinance program available for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage holders, is not helping enough underwater homeowners because lenders are placing overlays on program. Though HARP 2.0 has an unlimited loant to value (LTV), most lenders have an overlay of the maximum negative equity homeowners can have in order for the underwater home to be refinanced.

Additionally, some lenders are requiring an appraisal even though an appraisal waiver is all that is needed.Other lender placed exceptions such as non-eligibility of condos, 2nd homes and investment property and waiting criteria (where there is none in guidelines) if homeowner had a past short sale on another property are common.

HARP 2.0 is the only refinance option for underwater homeowners who wish to stay in their home. Lenders continue to solicit lower LTV HARP loans or have sold their portfolio of higher LTV HARP eligible mortgages to servicers who specialize in HARP refinancing. Even though this program could assist many of the 7.1 million distressed homeowners  still living in underwater homes as recently as Jan. 2015, lenders continue to offer this refinance program at limited LTV.

Solution

  1. Programs and lenders that promote the HARP program with its real guidelines, made to help underwater homeowners that have no other choice for a refinance but the HARP, should be promoted. Those lenders will be promoted in all states they are offering the program at www.HousingCrisisStories.com.
  2. HARP 2.0 is only available on performing loans! These are current paying homeowners. The use of a lower rate with a shorter term is the QUICKEST WAY BACK TO POSITIVE EQUITY. If folks are willing to stay in their homes and continue making their payments on a negative equity property, these folks should be given every break possible. HARP prevents more short sales and foreclosures.  

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