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Refinancing negative equity positions of debtors by the Federal Housing Administration, better known as F.H.A. Short Refi, allows debtors who borrow more than their home to refinance into an F.H.A. mortgage with a lower initial one-month payout.
Only about 4,600 F.H.A. credits were granted under the programme, far from the 500,000 to 1.5 million loan recipients that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to have been supported in announcing the programme in 2010. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored companies that own the vast bulk of the country's mortgage portfolio, opted out early because the programme obliges creditors to cut the borrower's main budget.
The Federal Housing Agency does not accept this policy for credits supported by Fannie and Freddie. In addition, F.H.A. borrowings are not suitable for the Short Refi Programme. Thus a much smaller pooled of suitable borrower remains, whose credits are not supported by the F.H.A. or one of the state-sponsored agents, but are probably more remote.
"The majority of the loan we begin as a kind of just interest rate, options ARM or one of the other escoteric items that were loved before the crash," said Brian Faux, 1st Alliance Lending's COO in East Hartford, Conn. one of the biggest F.H.A. Short Refi creditors.
The call to creditors and financiers to accept a significant voluntary financial sacrifice "in the hope of not loosing any cash tomorrow" is a big seller, said Keith T. Gumbinger, VP of HSH.com, a credit information group. Under the programme, the new credit balances must not exceed 97.
If there is a second pledgee, the aggregate balance of the loans may not be more than 115 per cent of the value. Borrower who are overdue must fill out a three-month probationary repayment schedule before the funding is sustainable. At the end of the year, the programme is due to end, and a HUD spokesperson said that the agencies will now decide whether to continue it.
Lenders' involvement would increase, claims the 1st Alliance, if states were to cover some of the major write-downs with their allocation from the most affected assets under the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP.