What is a HARP Mortgage?
Is your current mortgage underwater? Discover how a HARP refinance can help you to refinance your loan and keep your home. What is a HARP mortgage? In response to the number of foreclosures after the housing bubble burst in 2008, the Federal Housing Finance Agency started the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). This program was designed to help homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments but are unable to refinance since the amount owed on the loan is more than the value of their home, known as “underwater.” The HARP program is set to expire at the end of 2016 unless Congress intervenes, but that still leaves plenty of time for eligible homeowners to refinance their homes.
Home Mortgages: What is a Debt-to-Income Ratio?
Learn what a debt-to-income ratio is and how lenders use it when reviewing your mortgage application. Mortgage lenders use a debt-to-income ratio (DTI) along with other criteria, including assets and credit score, to determine whether you’re a good risk for the loan you’re asking for. This ratio compares your overall monthly debt to your gross monthly income.