If you’re unemployed and in danger of going into default on your mortgage the nation’s Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE’s), Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, are making some important changes to their foreclosure and forbearance (when the bank suspends collection of payments for a period of time, kind of like a timeout on making payments) policies.
The new rules will direct mortgage servicers (who you make your payment to) go through a forbearance process when the homeowner has lost their job before moving into foreclosure territory. Under the new rules these services have automatic authority to grant homeowners on unemployment a full six months forbearance and can go to the GSE’s for approval of another six months if the homeowner’s unemployment income lasts for longer than six months.
That’s adding up to a year to get back on track before any sort of foreclosure process begins!
There are some exceptions to the new rules however. The house must be a primary residence, not an investment or second home. And the mortgage must be backed by one of the GSE’s themselves, not FHA or VA, and not a private/portfolio loan held by the bank themselves.
That covers the basics. But, of course, there are some more details that might affect you. If you have any questions, please ask! I’m always here to help…