FHFA makes it official: Principal reduction is coming

Plan is ‘final crisis-era’ modification program (April 14, 2016)

Eligible borrowers should expect a letter from their mortgage servicer about a principal reduction no later than Oct. 15, 2016, the FHFA said.

A day that many in the housing industry thought would never come is finally and actually here, as the Federal Housing Finance Agency is making official what was first reported several weeks ago – widespread principal reduction is coming.

In what it is calling a “final crisis-era modification program,” the FHFA announced Thursday that it will be launching a principal reduction program for some borrowers whose loans are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

But the program is not quite as widespread as was first reported.

Initial reports in the Wall Street Journal suggested that the FHFA’s principal reduction program may make fewer than 50,000 “underwater” borrowers eligible for principal reduction, but what wasn’t known until Thursday was the exact number of borrowers the FHFA’s program could affect.

Read more here: http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36799-fhfa-makes-it-official-principal-reduction-is-coming

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