In the first quarter of 2014, the number of mortgages refinanced through the program was 76,930. Meanwhile, in the state of Florida alone, there are 82,435 loans eligible for HARP now. But the FHFA is quickly shifting into overdrive to change this.
In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama hinted at expanding HARP to include non-Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loans. The plan could help more than 11.4 million borrowers refinance and save an average $3,000 a year on mortgage payments. It never happened.
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that the Obama Administration “tried to do as good a job as we could in our limited authority.” For critics on both the right and left, the White House's best wasn't good enough.
Although the housing economy posted strong results, with the purchase of new homes rising and foreclosure completions continuing to drop, officials still caution that the economy is still healing from the Great Recession.
One by one, they filed into the city council chambers. They took their seats and waited their turn, and once there weren’t any seats left, they moved to the seldom-used overflow seating. When the overflow seating filled, they moved to the civic center so they could watch the meeting on a closed-circuit feed..
It’s a new world, and in this new world, data is more crucial than ever. Getting the best data possible, and then being able to interpret that data to improve performance, will be a competitive edge that no company in the mortgage finance space can do without in the current environment of volume contraction. Read More
Only seven or eight years ago, mortgage fraud was one of the top stories in the industry. It was quite common to see stories estimating losses in the millions, with some experts suggesting that these numbers were only the tip of the iceberg. Lenders and their partners scrambled to strengthen their fraud-prevention strategies. Read More