Fed HARP program expanded, help more owners

WASHINGTON – Oct. 24, 2011 – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced a series of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). FHFA hopes to help more borrowers benefit from a program that refinances home mortgages.

“We know that there are many homeowners who are eligible to refinance under HARP, and those are the borrowers we want to reach,” said FHFA Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco. “Building on the industry’s experience with HARP over the last two years, we have identified several changes that will make the program accessible to more borrowers with mortgages owned or guaranteed by (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). Our goal … is to create refinancing opportunities for these borrowers, while reducing risk for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and bringing a measure of stability to housing markets.”

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