New HARP 2.0 Alert – Full Launch By Lenders Expected on March 17, 2012

New HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program), also called Obama Government Refinance Program is expected to be fully launched on March 17, 2012. Even though the program was announced in December, 2011 the lenders have been slow in offering this new and enhanced program to California homeowners with underwater mortgages. One of the reasons was that Fannie Mae hasn't made changes to it's internal underwriting system for these loans to be underwritten. Get a HARP Rate Quote Now In a recent announcement however, Fannie Mae mentioned that the necessary changes will be made to…continue reading →

Mortgage Production Volume Down and Real Estate Sales up in 2012?

The Real Estate sales is expected to inch higher, while mortgage production volume is predicted to go down , according to economists at Fannie Mae. The second half of the year should outpace the first six months in terms of growth, though fiscal policy and political uncertainty in Washington will likely drive consumer and business activity, the mortgage giant said. Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan said - Positive consumer activity and challenges in housing and the global economy will equate to moderate growth for the year. We're entering 2012 with decent momentum,…continue reading →

FHA Extends Waiver of 90 Day Flip Regulation Till End of 2014

* The below post was originally published on Dec 22, 2011. In Dec 2012, FHA issued a notice announcing that the Flip waiver has now been extended till end of 2014. All other information in the post remains valid.** In an effort to continue stabilizing home values, Acting Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner Carol J. Galante has today extended FHA temporary waiver of the anti-flipping regulations through December 31, 2012. With certain exceptions, FHA regulations prohibit insuring a mortgage on a home owned by the seller for less than 90 days. In 2010,…continue reading →

Shashank Shekhar is Voted “Top 40 Under 40” Most Influential Mortgage Professionals

I am extremely delighted to report that National Mortgage Professionals Magazine has voted me as "Top 40 Under 40" most influential mortgage professionals. In a rigorous process that involves nationwide voting and a review by the magazine judges - only the best in the country are chosen. While selecting me as one of the winners, the magazine noted - Shashank Shekhar is the chief Executive Officer of Arcus Lending, Author of the Blog LendingExpertBlog and author of 2 books on Real Estate. A Social Media expert, Shashank helps incorporate social media ideas in…continue reading →

It’s Official – FHA Loan Limit of $729,750 is Back! No Such Luck for Fannie/Freddie!

Just few hours back, President Obama signed a bill reinstalling  the FHA Jumbo Limit back for several high cost counties in  California to $729,750 (from the recently reduced $625,500). The bill comes into immediate effect, meaning FHA can start  insuring the $729,750 Loan Amounts right away. The restored loan amount is good till Dec 2013. Senate approved it 70-30, which was preceded by the House passing the bill 298-121. The senate has earlier in the month approved an amendment to the bill to restore the $729,750 loan limits for FHA and Fannie Mae/Freddie…continue reading →

New HARP 2.0 Obama Government Refinance – Guidelines Released

Guidelines Released for California New HARP 2 - Obama Government Refinance Get a HARP Rate Quote Now Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac today released the guidelines for the new expanded Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), also called Obama Government Refinance program. Here's 8 things you need to know: The program starts on December 1st, 2011 and goes till December 31st, 2013. The loan must be currently owned/serviced by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Go here to find if your loan qualifies. The loan must have closed before June 2009. The program allows for…continue reading →

HARP Expanded Obama Refinance Program – Big Banks Sign Up

The expanded HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program), also called Obama's Refinance Program is moving along. Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup all released statements last week in support of HARP 2.0. Get a HARP Rate Quote Now The Federal Housing Finance Agency had earlier announced the framework for the expanded HARP. Some of the guidelines include: The loan should currently be owned or serviced by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac The loan should have closed before June 2009 No double dipping - so if you have already availed of a HARP…continue reading →

San Jose Real Estate Market Report – October 2011

San Jose Real Estate Single Family Market Report Both Median and Average Price went up for San Jose Single Family Market in October 2011 compared to September. But still remained lower compared to last year. However, number of sales was much higher than same month last year. The table below has more statistics: San Jose Real Estate Condominium Market Report Median Price for San Jose Condominiums remained almost the same compared to last month and also from the same month last year. Number of Condominium sales was up from last month and also…continue reading →

Just in – Expanded HARP Refinance program for California Underwater Mortgages

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) just announced that it is expanding it's HARP Refinance program for California and rest of the country for borrowers who are underwater on their mortgages. The plan, targeted at borrowers who hold loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is the latest government effort to deal with a problem at the center of the economy's weak recovery -- a crippled housing market. Here are the highlights of the program: More than 125% LTV allowed. So if you owe more than 125% of the current house value, you…continue reading →