The HARP 2.0 program is also known as, “Making Home Affordable, the Obama Refi.” The program was created by the Federal Housing Finance Agency in March 2009 to allow those with a loan-to-value ratio exceeding 80% to refinance without paying for mortgage insurance.
Who Is Eligible for HARP?
Although HARP is designed to make certain aspects of the qualification process easier, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to move forward. Your loan must be backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Current LTV (loan to value) must be greater than 80%. Must be current with no past due payments in 12 months. Home must have been purchased on or before 5/31/2009
HARP is intended to help people with little to no equity or even those who owe more than their home is worth do a rate/term refinance. That means they wouldn’t deal with the usual equity requirements as long as they were refinancing to lower their rate or change their term.