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Friday, July 8, 2011

Additional Breathing Room Coming For Some Unemployed Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

If you’re unemployed and having trouble making payments on your FHA-insured mortgage, more help is on the way from the Federal Government.

The Federal Housing Authority is providing additional breathing room for unemployed homeowners by requiring FHA-approved lenders to extend special forbearance from four to 12 months.

This means certain unemployed borrowers with FHA-insured mortgages may have up to a full year to find work and get back on their financial feet. These special forbearance agreements between lenders and borrowers make it possible to delay any foreclosure action to allow you a chance to catch up missed payments in an agreed-upon timeframe.

At the end of the forbearance period, the lender will review your financial situation again to determine what option might fit your circumstances like a loan modification or repayment plan. The extended forbearance period begins August 1st with another 60 days for lenders to implement.

But what if you don’t have an FHA-insured mortgage? The Obama Administration also intends to require lenders participating in the Making Home Affordable Program (MHA) to extend the minimum forbearance period to 12 months wherever possible under regulator and investor guidelines.

More information is available from HUD at

This blog written by: Lemar Wooley at HUD.