A few weeks ago Bank of America agreed to participate in a state-run program to reduce mortgage balances for struggling homeowners in California. This announcement makes them the 7th to do so and also the biggest mortgage lender to be part of the aid program.
BofA’s participation was almost necessary for the $2 billion program, called ‘Keep Your Home California’, which originally rolled out in February but was not able to reach many homeowners with the small lenders that were participating at the time.
Keep Your Home California provides a number of forms of help to homeowners, from interest rate modification all the way up to reducing the actual principal balance of the mortgage. The principal-reduction program requires the lenders to match the program’s assistance dollar for dollar. Meaning if the Keep Your Home California program were to offer $20,000 in assistance, the lender/servicer (BofA in this case) would also have to contribute $20,000, reducing the mortgage balance by $40,000 in total.
California Housing Finance Agency’s (CalHFA) program manager, Diane Richardson, said $94 million worth of aid has been committed to over 5,000 homeowners so far. Of those, about 10% have received some amount of principal reduction.
For more information click on www.keepyourhomecalifornia.org