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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Some "Principal Relief" on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Loans

by Calculated Risk on 10/28/2012 09:44:00 AM

From Kathleen Pender at the San Francisco Chronicle: Principal relief for stressed homeowners

A limited number of underwater homeowners in California will soon be able to get principal reductions of up to $100,000 apiece on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans through the federally funded Keep Your Home California program.
... in mid-September, Fannie and Freddie told servicers they could immediately begin accepting money for principal reductions from programs financed by the U.S. Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund, including Keep Your Home California.

Fannie's and Freddie's willingness to accept money from Hardest Hit Funds does not signal a change of heart on the part of their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency. ... Fannie Mae spokesman Andrew Wilson says, "This in fact for us is not a principal reduction. It's a principal payment. It's as if your grandmother wanted to give you $50,000 to apply to your mortgage. In this case, the grandmother, as it were, was the Hardest Hit Fund."
The fund was set up in 2010 to provide $17 billion in homeowner assistance to 18 states hardest hit by the housing crisis. ... The California Housing Finance Agency set up four programs under the Keep Your Home name to distribute California's share - $1.9 billion. It allocated $772 million to principal reduction ...
To qualify for principal reduction in California, homeowners must live in the home, owe more than it is worth, be of low-to-moderate income, and be delinquent or have some hardship that puts them in imminent risk of default.
To date, 2,511 homeowners have received principal reductions totaling $185.6 million - or roughly $74,000 apiece.
This is a fairly small program, but this will provide some principal relief for a few borrowers.

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