I’ve been checking Fannie Mae’s website for the much anticipated release of the expanded HARP guidelines (often referred to as HARP 2) which is scheduled to take place this weekend.
Once the guidelines are released, I will review them and plan on posting them here on my blog to share with Washington homeowners hoping to refinance and my readers. Many home owners have put their HARP refi’s “on hold” waiting for the expanded guidelines which will allow more home owners who have lost home equity to refinance their conventional mortgages (if securitized by Fannie or Freddie prior to June 1, 2009).
We don’t know what the bank or lender guidelines (underwriting over-lays) will be. Some major banks have already pawned off some of their clients to large internet lenders who tend to have very inexperienced mortgage originators.
We do know there is significant pent-up demand for HARP 2’s expanded guidelines because of the delay in releasing this until this weekend. Home owners planning on refinancing should be well prepared and patient. The release of HARP 2 this weekend combined with the increase in FHA mortgage insurance premiums taking place on April 9, 2012 will cause many Washington home owners with both conventional and FHA underlying mortgages to want to refinance.
I will keep you posted as soon as I have any information.
Happy St. Patty’s Day