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Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan: Key Components

On February 18, 2009, President Obama announced his housing plan designed to help 7 to 9 million families avoid foreclosure by refinancing or modifying their mortgages.  The plan also strengthens the federal commitment to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the government sponsored enterprises, or GSEs).

On March 4, 2009, the administration released detailed guidance on the Making Home Affordable Program.

Here are the key elements of the Obama plan:

1. The Home Affordable Refinance Program. Under this program, eligible borrowers may refinance loans that Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the government sponsored enterprises, or GSEs) own or guarantee.  The program can help homeowner-occupants who are current in making loan payments and have loan-to-value ratios (LTVs) above 80 percent but not more than 105 percent.  Cash out refinancings are not permitted.  The program ends in June 2010.

2.  The Home Affordable Modification Program. This is a $75 billion program with lender, servicer, investor, and borrower incentives to make it work.  The program is limited to homeowner-occupants who are at risk of default or already in default and who have loans at or below the maximum GSE conforming loan limit of $729,750 (or higher for 2-, 3-, and 4-unit properties).  Loan modifications under the program may be made until December 31, 2012.

3.  More Support for the GSEs. President Obama also announced more support for the GSEs, including doubling of potential Treasury investment from $100 billion to $200 billion for each GSE, to maintain their positive net worth.  The plan also raises the cap on mortgages that the GSEs may hold in their portfolios by $50 billion to $900 billion.

For more detailed information, contact and request a detailed summary of the Housing Affordability and Stability Plan.

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