Some Homeowners May Be Helped by New Principal Reduction Plan

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While the number of distressed properties on the market has declined greatly, there are those homeowners who are still suffering through with high mortgage payments.  While the Los Angeles/Southern California home market has risen greatly and lifted many "underwater" mortgages out of the pits, some may still find help in this new loan principal reduction program by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Nationwide, this program is expected to help approximately 33,000 borrowers, not a large number overall compared to the housing crisis at its peak, a fact the program's critics like to point out: too little too late.  The unpaid principal balance must be no more than $250,000, borrowers must be 90 days delinquent prior to March 1, 2016, and the loan-to-value must be 115% of fair market value. This program is considered a final effort to avoid foreclosure for borrowers who cannot afford to pay their mortgage.  (Just a reminder: a complete assessment of an applicant's financial status with all documentation to be submitted, will most certainly be required in order to apply and be approved.)

FHFA will be sending out solicitation letters by October 15, 2016.  Requirements are outlined at this link.

For another program, California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) offers Keep Your Home California, a program that over 62,000 Californians have qualified for so far.  This program offers four different kinds of assistance, including mortgage principal reduction assistance.   By following their online series of questions, you can find out if you qualify.

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