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Actual use of the Making Home Affordable Program


Fred was kind enough to make this information available for a re-blog.


So, what do we do when attempting to refinance a property and all of a sudden the value of the property comes in significantly lower than we expected???? Case in point, I am doing a rate and term refinance for a previous customer that purchased their home two years ago (during the height of real estate values for about $400,000. To accomplish an 80% refinance, I only need it to come in at $325,000 but the actual value comes in at $315,000, a huge drop in value and a loan to value of over 82%. So, what do I do? I go to a Fannie Mae DU Plus. This is all part of the Making Homes Affordable Program through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

This program allows me to finance a rate and term for my clients at greater than 80% loan to value with no mortgage insurance. And, because they have excellent credit scores, there is no adjustment to the rate. A definite win-win situation. They get a lower rate with no mortgage insurance and I get to keep them happy.

Now, before everyone jumps up and says, “That is for me!” there are a few conditions. First of all, it has to be a Fannie Mae owned loan. You can find out if yours is here:

http://loanlookup.fanniemae.com/loanlookup/. Next, if there is currently mortgage insurance on your loan, it is probable that only the current servicer will be able to do the refinance. I know for a fact, that I can’t.

But, what if it is Freddie Mac owned? Basically, those loans have to go back to the current servicer. Now, if you have a Freddie Mac loan that is serviced by Wells Fargo, then I can help you with it, but it will be originated through Wells Fargo. Personally, I think I will get you a better deal if you go though me rather that direct to Wells Fargo, but that is my opinion, check it out for yourself.There is a definite possibility that we can also work with other servicing companies on Freddie Mac loans, but will have to check on each one individually. To find out if your loan is owed by Freddie Mac, check here: www.freddiemac.com/mymortgage.

The product is also available for investment property, which means you can get a lower rate on that rental also. You do need to be current on the mortgage and if you have a second, they will need to subordinate to get this product. So, after finding out if you have either a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan, give me a call and let’s see what we can do to put you into better financial position. Every loan application is different. We are not in a cookie cutter business, let me tailor make your new loan.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsC Tann-Starr • April 22 2009 04:22AM


Carolyn, Glad you picked this up because I didn't. Thanks!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 12 years ago

Barb, I almost missed it. Happy you found it as well. Fred did a wonderful job on this post. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Yeah..that does eliminate a lot of people.. not sure what the rest are going to do.

Posted by Konnie Mac McCarthy, Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!" (MacNificent Properties, LLC) over 11 years ago

It's been very interesting, to say the least. I'm working on two projects right now where I not only lowered the price, I also negotiated a 6% seller's concession towards closing costs for my buyers, I'm also working on pulling a construction/repair concession from the sellers on the same two deals. Just waiting for the estimates to come in. Sometimes one can renegotiate the price if one sticks with the numbers and can show with specificity why the lowered price with closing help can be a win win for both parties involved. It's better than not having a sale once the assessment comes in less then anticipated.  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

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