I am sorry to say this but HARP 3.0 has essentially reached a dead end. That has left a lot of underwater home owners that were counting on HARP 3.0 to refinance in a bind. I am often asked to give my opinions on other options. In the past I have been hesitant to do so. I can not in good conscience suggest walking away from a debt. In some instances the best option, perhaps the only option, is a short sale. But I’m not qualified to give anyone specific advice like that. I always tell people to consult with their attorney or tax professional before contemplating any major change with their existing underwater mortgage. Until recently there really were no good alternatives to the Home Affordable Refinance Program. But a new program from Freddie Mac was just recently announced that may be able to help some people that were unable to take advantage of HARP. Some mortgage professionals have even dubbed the program “mini-HARP 3.0″. The program is called Freddie Mac 97% Refi: Home Possible Advantage. Here are the details on the program:
So who does this new loan help? Well, if you were unable to refinance under HARP because your loan was not held by Fannie or Freddie and you are only a little underwater then this program might actually help you. The loan is only possible up to 97% LTV, but if you are only slightly underwater at around say 105% LTV, it might make sense to scratch together enough cash to get to the 97% LTV requirement in order to refinance into a significantly lower mortgage rate. Mortgage rates are still very low. Contact a trusted mortgage professional today if you think the Freddie Mac Home Possible Mortgage can help you refinance.