Troubled homeowners get a lifeline

The government announced a new program to help upside down home owners take advantage of today’s ridiculously low mortgage rates.  If you think the program may be a fit for you, go to our Financing Page and fill out an application to speak w/ Mark Daker at Fidelity Bank.

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — In the latest attempt to address the ailing housing market, the government on Monday announced changes to a federal program that will make it easier for struggling homeowners to refinance to today’s near-record low rates.

Under the new program, homeowners who owe more on their homes than they are worth will be able to refinance no matter how much they are underwater, as long as they are current on their payments.

More than 1 million homeowners could get cheaper mortgages as a result, officials estimated.

The revamped Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) will also streamline the refinancing process, doing away with certain types of appraisals and underwriting requirements, and reducing or eliminating fees that prevented homeowners from refinancing in the past.

More than 890,000 homeowners have already refinanced under HARP, which is available to borrowers with loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac originated before May 31, 2009.

But hundreds of thousands more could not qualify — mainly because of the previous 125% loan-to-value limit on the program or because banks would not take on the risk.

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