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HAMP, MHAP programs extended through 2015

The Obama Administration has announced an extension, through December 31, 2015, on its successful Making Home Affordable (MHAP) Programs, including other provisions of the Home Affordable Modification Program.

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Mortgage rates rise as housing, stock market, economy rally

Forecasts for rising mortgage rates in 2013 may have been too little, too late. Mortgage rates jumped today to their highest levels in months, according to a flurry of


Home equity grows 13.5% since 2011

U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT - After a sharp first quarter rise, total equity has grown to $863 billion, or 13.5 percent, since the end of 2011 and the number


Infographic: President Obama harps on HARP 3.0

"It’s a plan that has the support of independent, nonpartisan economists and leaders across the housing industry, but Republicans in Congress worked to keep it from even getting


New HUD document mother-of-all mortgage relief program brochures

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) outreach campaign is virtually a one-stop shopping center for anyone struggling with their mortgage. Appearing to


Special HARP-, HAMP-like programs reaching rural America

You could call these special refinance and mortgage modification programs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) "HARP and HAMP For The Boonies" - if you consider "boonies"


Columbia Business School: HARP 3.0 could benefit 13 million homeowners, jolt the economy

The HARP 3.0 bill, slowly making its way through Congress, could help at least 13 million households refinance, save them an average $3,000 a year and help them


President Obama’s HARP 3.0: Streamlined refinancing for all

If it was up to President Obama, along with mortgage bailouts for those behind on their mortgage, every homeowner who has been paying their mortgage on time should


‘U.S. Senate Bill 3085 is the rumored HARP 3.0

Rumors of a HARP 3.0 were not greatly exaggerated. The rumors have panned out as legislation called the "Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012." If passed, the act would


Responsible Homeowners Refinancing Act of 2012: HARP 2.5, not HARP 3.0

It's not the HARP 3.0 rumored to be in the pipeline, but the Responsible Homeowners Refinancing Act of 2012 would give HARP 2.0 a boost and provide additional


Pres. Obama’s ‘To Do List’ includes help for families who struggle, but manage to pay their mortgage

THE WHITE HOUSE - Today, President Obama traveled to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) NanoTech Complex in Albany, NY to call on Congress to act


Mortgage rates edge lower as FHA refinances get easier, cheaper

Rates on the most popular types of mortgages declined slightly, just in time to allow refinancing homeowners to also cash in on cheaper Federal Housing Administration refinances, according


Record low mortgage rates just keep coming

Another week of news about record low mortgage rates largely fell on deaf ears for consumers who can't meet strict mortgage underwriting requirements to buy a home or


Improved HARP music to ears of more homeowners

The new and improved Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) is spreading a wider net for struggling homeowners previously unable to take advantage of the federal program. With refinancing rates


Housing takes back seat to economy in State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama heavily laced his 2012 State of the Union Address with comments about solutions for the nation's economic malaise, but he gave housing the short shrift. Housing

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