Feds should do more to help underwater borrowers: Moody’s

Moody’s Analytics has called on the federal government to take steps to help underwater homeowners to head off another downturn in the housing market, reports Housing Wire.

Loan modifications, supported by $75 billion in federal funding, are unlikely for severely "underwater" borrowers. In the California cities of Stockton, Modesto and Merced, more than one out of every.

And even if you can tap your housing equity in this fashion, that’s a move you should. with Moody’s Analytics. “The housing market’s recovery is still very young.close to 10 million people are.

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Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), so-called "HARP 2.0," to attract more eligible borrowers by removing the 125% LTV (Loan to Value ratio) cap, modifying lender representations and warranties, and expanding MBS eligibility. As a result of these program changes, the number of eligible underwater borrowers greatly expanded

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More than four million borrowers, including 672,000 in California, 424,000 in Florida and 121,000 in Illinois-three of the biggest real estate markets-were underwater more than 50%.

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In addition, it can be hard for distressed borrowers to meet the NPV test when their incomes have plummeted. During the financial crisis, the collapse in home values caused more than one-quarter of all borrowers to go underwater on their mortgages. Normally, negative equity is a necessary condition for default but not sufficient.

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That’s right. Even if you owe more than your home is worth, there are programs to help nearly all types of borrowers. Here are the most frequently asked questions about refinancing an underwater mortgage. What is an Underwater Mortgage? An underwater mortgage is when a homeowner owes more on a mortgage than your house is worth.

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