At a campaign stop in Nevada on Monday, President Obama announced an expansion of the HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) which would eliminate the current maximum LTV of 125%. The initiative is being looked at as a way to reward those homeowners who have been good payers of their mortgages but, because of declining home values, they could not take advantage of today’s lower interest rates.
While the actual details on the program will not be released until next month, here’s the buzz:
- It will only pertain to loans currently being serviced by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac
- Because of the removal of the LTV cap, appraisals may not be required