If you are a homeowner concerned about foreclosure in Pennsylvania, here's some news that might of interest to you. PHFA, the state housing finance agency, has long offered a HEMAP program to help homeowners avoid foreclosure as a result of hardship. This month, however, Gov. Rendell announced a pair of new programs designed to aid struggling homeowners as a result of poor loan products or a drop in their homes value when 100% financed.
The first new PHFA loan product is the "Refinance to an Affordable Loan Program" or REAL, where a homeowner can
refinance their existing adjustable or 100% loan to a 30 year fixed loan with flexible terms. This program has a few important conditions - one being that you can't be 60 days or more past due on your loan - so make the call now! Click here for more details on the PHFA homepage. A network of 72 lending firms will handle the REAL loans in the state.
The second program is called the Homeowner Equity Recovery Opportunity, where PHFA will actually buy the mortgage from the original lender and set up a repayment plan with the embattled homeowner. These loans are designed for owners who have credit and other financial issues that make refinancing a hurdle. You can read the press release for the HERO program here.
I came across a recent article by Sharon Smith which was very helpful. You can read that here as well. Check back at the PHFA homepage as more details of these programs are rolled out.
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