Help For Underwater Homeowners-FHA Short Refinance

In 2010, in an effort to “help responsible homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their property”, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began a program that allowed lenders to offer refinancing options to underwater borrowers that included a reduction in the principal amount of their mortgage to get it more in line with the current value.

This program, called the “FHA Refinance  of Borrowers in Negative Equity Positions (Short Refi) Program”, has helped only about 4,000 people or so reduce their loan balances, in spite of the fact that when announced in 2010 David Stevens, the FHA Commissioner at the time, testified before the Committee on Financial Services that this program was designed to help some of the “1.5 million borrowers who owe more not their mortgages than their homes are worth..”.

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