HARP 2.0 Refinance

What exactly is the Home Affordable Refinance or HARP program?

 The Home Affordable Refinance Program 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. Originally, only those with an LTV of 105% could qualify. Later that same year, the program was expanded to include those with an LTV up to 125%. This meant that if someone owed $125,000 on a property that is currently worth $100,000, they would still be able to refinance and lock in a lower interest rate.

In December 2011, the rule was altered once again to state there would be no limit on negative equity for mortgages up to 30 years and now individuals owing more than 125% of their home value could refinance without PMI.

Qualifying criteria

Certain criteria must be met to qualify for HARP. While there may be additional criteria imposed by the mortgage servicer, the government requirements are as follows:

  • The mortgage must be owned or guaranteed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. Many homeowners are unaware that their mortgages are linked to one of these organizations, since neither Freddie Mac nor Fannie Mae deals directly with the public.
  • The mortgage must have been completed on or before May 31, 2009.
  • The homeowner must not have a previous HARP refinance of the mortgage, unless it is a Fannie Mae loan that was refinanced under HARP during March-May 2009.
  • The homeowner must be current on their mortgage payments, with no (30-day) late payments in the last six months and no more than one late payment in the last twelve months.
  • The current loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of the property must be greater than 80%.
  • The homeowner must benefit from the loan by either lower monthly payments or movement to a more stable product (such as going from an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) to a fixed-rate mortgage).

Appraisal waiver

Another feature of HARP is that applicants can forgo a home appraisal if a reliable automated valuation model is available in the area. This can save the borrower time and money, but is subject to the discretion of the mortgage servicer.


HARP 2.0 also has fewer documentation requirements. For example HARP 2.0 guidelines no longer require verification of large deposits that appear on applicant’s bank or other asset statements. The HARP 2.0 guidelines are newer, simpler, and designed to approve more loans so if you were turned down for the HARP program in the past then apply again as you may now meet the requirements.

For the current guidelines of this program or to see if you may qualify, please contact Global Unity Mortgage today at (860)872-9479 or email us at globalu@sbcglobal.net. Keep in mind, with many types of mortgage options to choose from, it’s important you choose an experienced residential mortgage broker who is knowledgeable about the various, and sometimes complicated, loan programs available. Under the guidance of veteran broker Gary Cutler, Global Unity Mortgage puts their clients first by responding quickly to inquiries and going the extra mile to find the best lending program available for their specific needs and they have hundreds of satisfied clients throughout Connecticut to prove it!

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