Few would dispute that Fred takes it on himself to be one of the leaders in fighting and lobbying for a more ethical mortgage and real estate industries.
A seasoned mortgage and real estate professional he manages a commanding position in the industry and has been on CNBC, NPR and has been quoted in numerous publications, voicing his views at the White House and Congress to see positive change in the industry and push out the unethical brokers who have shady practices.
He recently with others helped bring forth HARP 2. A mortgage loan where homeowners that are underwater who could not refinance before will benefit.
JL: With HARP 2 now in place what developments do you see ahead in the housing industry?
FG: With people’s ability to refinance homes instead of having them go to foreclosure, people will stay in their neighborhood, spend money locally and make their communities better so prices can stabilize or go up.
JL: Analysts and Regulators are saying they expect 1 million more refinances then would have closed under HARP, with an average loan balance of $150,00 to $175,00 do you agree with this?
FG: Hard to say but if properly marketed, that could be a good number
JL : Does the consumer need to worry about deadlines to refinance under HARP 2 ?
FG Yes. They must do it by the end of 2012. Rates are ridiculously low now so why wait. Also, I am sure people are paying very high rates that will be eligible for these loans because they have to have been originated before May 2009.
JL: Lenders have been fond of adding fees to HARP loans called by Fannie and Freddie “loan level price adjustments” which where averaging 2%. I hear under HARP 2 the fees are reduced to 0% on loans 20 years or fewer, and 0.75% for mortgages for more than 20 years and for ARMs
FG: That is correct. That makes the rates not too high.
JL: Daily Properties readers have probably read one of many of the stories reporting on mortgage brokers and mortgage companies’ fraudulently adding extra fees to loans, how a consumer can tell if the fees added to their loan are fair and not illegal.
FG: In the beginning of their transaction, there is a good faith estimate. Brokers and lenders are locked into those fees.
JL: What if a loan is not owned by Freddie or Fannie?
FG: As of right now, there are no programs but the President has just announced generically, a program he wants to start. Details will follow. But, if you have an FHA loan, you can possibly get what is called a streamline loan to lower your rate.
JL: Will people who defaulted on their mortgage be able to get help under HARP 2?
FG: No. You must be perfect in your payment for the last 6 months and have had no more than one 30-day late in the last 6 months.
JL: Is there any other information consumer should know about HARP 2?
FG: You do not need to go back to your current servicer. If your loan is with Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, etc., you are not required to go to them. As a matter of fact, it might be harder since they have call centers with registered but not licensed people handling your loan.
To ask Fred Glick further questions on Harp 2 please email him at Fred(AT)FredGlickDOTcom