Thursday, March 5, 2009

HASP Refinances Clarified - GSE's Home Affordable Refinance Program

Along with the Obama Adminstration's announcement of the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan on Wednesday, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac has also released information about their role in the plan.

Termed the "Home Affordable Refinance", the two GSEs will be relaxing certain guidelines and price adjustments on refinances to help homeowners reduce their housing costs. Here are the significant features of the new refinance program:

1.) Allows up to 105% Loan to Value (LTV) and no maximum Combined LTV (1st and subordinate loan combined).
2.) No minimum credit score.

3.) May not require an appraisal (appraisal waiver) or exterior-only appraisal.

4.) Eligible property types - primary residence, 2nd/vacation home & investment properties
5.) Limited cash out only - no additional equity allowed to be taken out, but closing costs and up to $2,000 may be included. Existing subordinate loan(s) must be re-subordinated.

The BIG Caveat: The Home Affordable Refinance is for existing Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgages only. No subprime, Alt-A, Jumbo, Reverse or Government loans.

Want to know if you're eligible? Visit

Here are the new Matrices, showing the credit score, LTV & property type price adjustments.

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