HARP — the Home Affordable Refinance Program — was created by the Federal Housing Finance Agency specifically to help homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments, but have little to no equity in their homes, refinance their mortgage – that is, they owe as much or more than their homes are currently worth – are eligible for a HARP refinance.
If you got your mortgage loan at a bank, credit union or mortgage company, it may be owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. If so, you could qualify for HARP refinancing and you could save thousands with a lower rate or other more favorable terms. No minimum credit score is required and closing costs can be bundled into the new loan so you don’t need much cash up front.
Might you be eligible?
See if you meet these basic eligibility requirements:
- You are current on your mortgage, with no 30-day+ late payments in the last six months and no more than one in the past 12 months
- Your home is your primary residence, a 1-unit second home or a 1- to 4-unit investment property.
- Your loan is owned by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. You can use the Loan Look-up Tools below if you are unsure.
- Your loan was originated on or before May 31, 2009. By using the loan look-up tools below, this date will be made available to you.
- Your current loan-to-value (LTV) ratio must be greater than 80%.
Is your mortgage owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac?
Use their online tools to quickly find out, or call them toll-free:
Loan Look-up Tool:
Call: 800-7FANNIE (8 am to 8 pm ET)
Loan Look-up Tool:
Call: 800-FREDDIE (8 am to 8 pm ET)
Note: Be sure and check your address on both the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac look-up tool. If your address does not appear in the look-up tool of either site, your loan is not owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and you are not eligible for the program.
Turned down before? Now’s the time to try again.
HARP has been significantly enhanced since it launched in 2009. The program now requires less documentation and has simpler guidelines, all designed to approve more loans.