HARP 2.0 Provides Lenders With More Non-Recourse Protection
November 7, 2011
The Federal Housing Finance Agency late last month announced a number of changes to the federal governments Home Affordable Refinance Program for underwater borrowers with mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But one important little detail that escaped the attention of many has to do with the borrower loss of non-recourse loan protections for borrowers who refinance. Millions of Americans live in states that have such protections that could keep them from being personally liable in the event of a default. But in many of these states, refinancing removes those protections enabling a lender to pursue tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars more than they would legally have been entitled to without the refinance.