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By Chris Sorensen | Real Estate Pro in California

HAMP Changes 1/27/2012: Rental Properties Okay & Principle Reduced?

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The deadline for HAMP will be extended for an additional year through December 31, 2013.

The incentive to investors who agree to principle reductions is being tripled. The money is coming from Fannie mae and Freddie Mac, who have been given over 175 billion to date and with this announcement will likely need more.

The following is a written statement from Ed DeMarco the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency which is in charge of Fannie and Freddie while they are Nationalized and owned by the US Tax Payers;

WASHINGTON (MNI) – The following is a statement from Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward DeMarco regarding recently announced changes to the Home Affordable Modification Program, January 27:

“The Administration announced changes today to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). While HAMP has contributed directly and indirectly to widespread foreclosure prevention efforts, there are still many households struggling with their mortgage and other household debt.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) currently have 470,000 permanent HAMP modifications on their books but also have active another 530,000 non-HAMP modifications since 2009, or roughly 1 million total. The Enterprises have also completed 1 million nonmodification foreclosure prevention actions, ranging from forbearance plans to short-sales, for a total of some 2 million actions that have helped homeowners in trouble avoid foreclosure and, in most cases, keep their home.

In response to today’s HAMP announcement, FHFA is announcing the following with regard to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:

- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend their use of HAMP Tier 1 as the first modification option through 2013 in line with the Treasury’s HAMP extension.

- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will continue in their respective roles as financial agents for Treasury in implementing the changes announced today.

- The HAMP Tier 2 option is based on the Enterprises’ standard modification that FHFA announced and the Enterprises implemented last year under the Servicing Alignment Initiative. Therefore, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not need to adopt further changes to be in alignment with HAMP Tier 2.

- FHFA has been asked to consider the newly available HAMP incentives for principal reduction. FHFA recently released analysis concluding that principal forgiveness did not provide benefits that were greater than principal forbearance as a loss mitigation tool. FHFA’s assessment of the investor incentives now being offered will follow its previous analysis, including consideration of the eligible universe, operational costs to implement such changes, and potential borrower incentive effects.”

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