Maximum LTV for Refi Program Increases to 125 Percent

According to the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS…

On July 1, 2009, Federal House Finance Agency (FHFA) Director James Lockhart joined Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in announcing a major expansion of the Obama Administration’s Home Affordable Refinance Program for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans.

The change will allow current borrowers with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios of more than 80 percent up to 125 percent (formerly 105 percent) to qualify if they meet other program requirements. This significantly expands eligibility for the program which allows borrowers to lock in today’s lower rates or move into a fixed rate product. Higher fees will apply to loans with LTVs above 105 percent, but the program includes lower fees for borrowers who opt for a 20-year or 25-year term, to build equity faster and reduce interest payments over the life of the loan.

Borrowers can find out if they have a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan by clicking on “loan look up” at www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov.

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