Friday, June 05, 2009

FREDDIE MAC MODIFIES RELIEF REFINANCE MORTGAGES


Changes Provide Broader Availability for Borrowers, More Flexibility for Closing Costs


McLean, VA -- In a move aimed at furthering the success of President Obama’s Making Home Affordable Program, Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE) today announced several changes to its refinance offering under the program. Freddie Mac’s Relief Refinance Mortgage is designed to assist borrowers who are current on their mortgage payments but who would benefit from refinancing into mortgages with terms that better position them for long-term homeownership.

Once these changes are available, borrowers will be able to refinance a Freddie Mac-owned or guaranteed mortgage with any lender affiliated with Freddie Mac. Previously, borrowers had to work with the lender who currently services their mortgage. In addition, to help reach more borrowers, Freddie Mac is increasing the amount of closing costs that can be rolled into the new refinance mortgage.

“We are responding to consumers’ desires to have more refinancing options,” said Freddie Mac Executive Vice President Don Bisenius. “As an added benefit, we are expanding the program and providing greater flexibility in financing closing costs. Freddie Mac is committed to doing everything we can to bring the benefits of the Administration’s Making Home Affordable program to as many borrowers as possible.”

Borrowers can continue to work with their existing servicer to refinance their mortgage. In the vast majority of these cases, the current servicer will not have to re-underwrite the borrower. If the borrower chooses to work with another Freddie Mac-affiliated lender, the mortgage will need to be re-underwritten.

Freddie Mac will allow the lesser of 4 percent of the new refinance mortgage amount or $5,000 of closing costs, financing costs and prepaids/escrows to be rolled into the new refinance mortgage.

Freddie Mac’s standard postsettlement delivery fees, up to a maximum of 2 percent, will apply to the Relief Refinance Program.

Borrowers should visit www.freddiemac.com/corporate/ and complete the online form to determine if Freddie Mac owns their mortgage.

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

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