Q: Who can participate?
Generally speaking, the program is designed for borrowers who are current on their loans and owe more than their properties are worth. Borrowers are refinancing into FHA-backed loans and must be able to meet all traditional underwriting guidelines (including a minimum credit score of 500 and an income that can support the current loan payments).
Loans already backed by the FHA can’t participate. Fannie and Freddie aren’t currently participating in the program, though it’s possible that they could decide to do so in the future. Fannie and Freddie currently have programs to allow borrowers to refinance loans for borrowers that are underwater, up to 125% of the property’s value. (This site allows you to find out if your loan is owned by Fannie or Freddie.)
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