HARP is the acronym for Home Affordable Refinance Program. The program aids California home owners whose home property values have dipped over the last two years to refinance their homes by way of fixed loans with payment of lower monthly installments. It is also known as the Making Home Affordable Program, the DU Refi Plus Program, and/or the Obama Refi Program.
They both have “lookup” forms on their websites. Check Fannie Mae’s first because her market share is more. If you don’t get a match, then Freddie Mac’s site will definitely answer your question. If Freddie or Fannie hold your mortgage, it indicates that it is just a pre-qualifier and does not make you automatically eligible for HARP aid.
This may show that you are ineligible for HARP assistance. However, keep in mind that these lookup tools are not always accurate as the address would have to be exactly the same as was recorded with Fannie or Freddie. Even if you find that you are ineligible, the possibility of getting regular refinance at lower rates still exists and you need to check your options. Just give us a call at 714-623-3862 and we can discuss options.
No. Your mortgage must be absolutely current to make you eligible for refinancing your California mortgage through HARP.
No. HARP cannot stop or delay foreclosures. It has been created to give California homeowners who are current with their mortgage payments the ability to refinance into lower mortgages after losing out on home equity.
If you are applying for a DU Refi Plus loan (HARP 2.0), you may choose any lender you wish or select the existing servicer to originate it. (This flexibility is due to the fact that DU automatically determines if the investor on the existing loan is Fannie Mae, even if you don’t use your current lender.) However, manually underwritten Refi Plus loans have more limits and can only be originated by the server of the existing loan.
First, your home loan must be paid on-time for the prior 6 months, and at least 11 of the most recent 12 months. Secondly, Freddie or Fannie should have bought your mortgage prior to June 1st, 2009. Thirdly, you have never used a HARP mortgage refinance before. You are allowed only one HARP refinance per mortgage.
You must close your HARP 2.0 refinance by Dec. 31st, 2013.
Yes, it is. There is no loan-to-value restriction as long as the new mortgage is a loan with a fixed rate with a thirty-year term or less. An adjustable-rate mortgage fixes the loan-to-value at 105%.
Mortgage rates for the HARP program are the same as for a “traditional” refinance. There is no “premium” for using the HARP program.
Yes. You can refinance your investment property, even if it once was a primary residence.
Yes. You can refinance your vacation home as well.
Yes. Similar to a conventional refinance, the ex-spouse will need to be removed from the deed and have NO interest in the property.
Yes, condominiums can be financed on the HARP refinance program. Warrantability standards still apply.
You cannot consolidate multiple mortgages with the HARP refinance program. It’s for first liens only. All subordinate/junior liens must be resubordinated to the new first mortgage.
Yes. Although Fannie Mae policy prohibits the refinancing of homes that are currently listed on the market, this policy can be waived for Refi Plus transactions (manual or DU).
No. Income verification is required for the HARP refinance program.
No, there is no minimum credit score requirement with the HARP refi program. However, you must qualify for the mortgage based on traditional underwriting standards.
If I refinance with HARP 2.0, will I have to pay mortgage insurance now? No. If you current loan does not require mortgage insurance, then HARP will not require mortgage insurance.
Yes. Mortgage balances can increase to cover standard closing costs in addition to other costs due at closing such as escrows and daily interest.
Step 1: Find out if your mortgage is owned by Fannie or Freddie & Eligible For The HARP Program
Step 2: Print the HARP 2.0 Checklist
Step 3: Submit your HARP Online Application
Step 4: Meet with a PacAlly Mortgage Professional to go over the final numbers, closing date, etc.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call a PacAlly Certified Mortgage Professional today at: 1(855)940-HOME