Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act on the GO Now!

Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act on the GO Now!

The Senate approved the long time waiting extension of the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act , bringing home owners who did a short sale this year one step closer to tax relief. Home being soldThe bill, which passed the House of Representatives two weeks ago, is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama. The Senate approved the bill in a 76-16 vote.

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 was created to help distressed homeowners; that were faced with taxes after a Principal reduction; however this law expired Dec. 31, 2013 making distressed home owners responsible for paying taxes on “phantom income” from the forgiven debt. The tax on a 2014 short sale or workout would have been due this coming April 15 had Congress not extended the measure.

The extension will only apply to short sales conducted in 2014. Any further extensions will have to be considered by the new Congress, which begins its 2015 session in January.

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New Mortgage guidelines in effect since December 1st !

New Mortgage guidelines in effect since December 1st !

WASHINGTON-MAY 23: Fannie Mae's mortgage portfolio shrank at 19%Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac launched their new mortgage guidelines that went into effect last December 1st, now requiring a much lower down payment. From the previous 5% to 3% in what lenders hope will be a good kick start from a sluggish housing market that we have seen lately.

Now the brain trust at WalletHub has released its 2014 Mortgage Insurance Report to help low-down-payment home buyers save up to $12,000 on their decision between a Federal Housing Administration loan and private mortgage insurance.

On the other hand FHA premiums, unlike private mortgage insurance, continue to be assessed throughout the life of a loan, even if the loan to value ratio drops below 80%. This creates a huge cost disparities over time, between private mortgage and the FHA option.

New mortgage guidelines are expected to significantly increase the availability of more new purchases.