HARP – Help for Underwater Homeowners

Harp 2.0 is a federal government program designed to help millions of underwater or near-underwater homeowners refinance into a fixed loan with a lower monthly payment. There are some key eligibility requirements to this program that need to be reviewed as this program hits full stride on March 17, 2012:

• Only loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are eligible. Underwater borrowers who have FHA, VA or other types of mortgages are not. Both companies’ websites —http://www.fanniemae.com and http://www.freddiemac.com — offer “look up” features that tell you whether they own your loan.

• Your mortgage must have been purchased or securitized by either agency no later than May 31, 2009, and must have an LTV ratio in excess of 80%.

• You must be current on your loan with no 30-day late payments during the six months preceding application and no more than one late payment during the last 12 months.

It must be noted that not all mortgage lenders are participating in this program.

Inlanta Mortgage COO, Jean Badciong stated that, “Inlanta Mortgage is proud to offer the HARP 2.0 program. This program is aimed at helping homeowners who have persevered through the economic downturn – yet still fell victim to plummeting home values and were not able to take advantage of historically low rates before now.”

By month’s end, most mortgage lenders are expected to “have their HARP 2.0 operations fully up and running,” said HUD Secretary Secretary Shaun Donovan in a February 28th Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs. Inlanta Mortgage is definitely among this group.

If you are interested in finding out if the HARP 2.0 program is right for you, please contact a licensed mortgage loan officer near you for more information.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016.