Fannie Mae Gets Tough on Homeowners Who Walk Away The mortgage giant plans to go to court against those who can afford to make their payments but decide it’s not worth it. It also will limit their access to future loans. Taking aim at homeowners who are able to pay their mortgage but decide it’s […]
Mortgage Rates Drop to Lowest Rate in 50 Years Mortgage rates have sunk to the lowest level in more than five decades, but consumers aren’t rushing to refinance their loans or buy homes. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for 30-year fixed loans sank to 4.58 percent this week. That’s down from […]
Fannie Mae: Walk Away and You Will Pay Dare I say it? “What took you so long??” An announcement from government-owned mortgage giant Fannie Mae warns: “Defaulting borrowers who walk-away and had the capacity to pay or did not complete a workout alternative in good faith will be ineligible for a new Fannie Mae-backed […]
Mortgage Rates Hit an All-Time Low Average interest on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to an all-time low of 4.69 percent this week, down from 4.75 percent a week ago, reports Freddie Mac. Although rates have held below 5 percent since early May, Michael Fratantoni of the Mortgage Bankers Association notes that demand for purchase […]
BofA: Mortgage Walkaways Have Huge Incentive This morning executives at Bank of America rolled out their new “Principal Reduction Enhancement” program, which is an earned principal forgiveness plan for borrowers behind on their mortgages and whose loans are at least 20 percent underwater in value. The plan is in conjunction with the government’s Home Affordable […]
Mortgage Loan Workout Options Forbearance. Lenders may let you make a partial payment, or skip payments, if you have a reasonable plan to catch up. Tell your lender if you expect a tax refund, a bonus, or a new job. Reinstatement. Reinstatement refers to making a payment that covers all your late payments, usually at the end of a forbearance period.Repayment Plan. If you can’t afford reinstatement, but can start making payments to catch up, the lender may let you pay an additional amount each month until you are caught up. Loan Modification. Your lender may agree to amend your mortgage to help you avoid foreclosure. The options include: Adding all the missed payments to the loan amount and increasing the monthly payment to cover the larger loan. Giving you more years to pay off the loan, lowering the interest rate, and/or forgiving part of the loan, to lower your monthly payment. Switching from an adjustable‐rate mortgage to a fixed rate mortgage, so you aren’t exposed to increases in your monthly payment. Requiring amounts for taxes and insurance to be included with your monthly mortgage payment so you avoid big bills in addition o your mortgage. Sign Over the Property to the Lender in Exchange for Debt Forgiveness. This can hurt your credit, but is better than having a foreclosure in your credit history.