Government Programs

The current Sarasota, Florida area housing market and national financial crisis has caused untold stress and heartache for many families. Right now, you can get real help and real answers from your local Sarasota, Florida real estate agent, Gregg Rappaport. He is your best solution for solving your home finance challenges. Below are some of the current options to discuss with him. Find out which option would be most beneficial to your current situation. The current options are:

 

HAFA

If you can’t afford your mortgage payment and it’s time for you to transition to more affordable housing, the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program is designed for you. HAFA provides two options for transitioning out of your mortgage: a short sale or a Deed-in-Lieu (DIL) of foreclosure. In a short sale, the mortgage company lets you sell your house for an amount that falls “short” of the amount you still owe. In a DIL, the mortgage company lets you give the title back, transferring ownership back to them. Only participating lenders are enrolled in the HAFA program so we need to check to see if your lender is available. Also many lenders will not allow a deed in lieu and would rather you complete a short sale.

 

HARP

If you’re not behind on your mortgage payments but have been unable to get traditional refinancing because the value of your home has declined, you may be eligible to refinance through MHA’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). HARP is designed to help you get a new, more affordable, more stable mortgage. HARP refinance loans require a loan application and underwriting process, and refinance fees will apply. HARP is only available to current Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac guaranteed loans.  Also, please keep in mind that this option will not reduce the principle amount that you owe on the home and will only refinance what you currently owe for a possible lower interest rate and longer term.

 

HAMP

If you’re not unemployed, but you’re still struggling to make your mortgage payments, you may be eligible for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). HAMP can lower your monthly mortgage payment to 31 percent of your verified monthly gross (pre-tax) income, which usually provides savings of hundreds of dollars per month. Only available if your loan is Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac or is serviced by a participating mortgage company. Also it will not reduce your principle balalnce and only lowers your interest rate and adds more years to the end of your loan.

 

2 MP

If you have a home equity loan, HELOC, or some other second lien that is making it difficult for you to keep up with your mortgage payments, learn more about this MHA program. Only available if you already qualify for HAMP and your lender on the 2nd mortgage is a participating lender.

 

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