Fannie Mae launches a borrower-facing outreach site designed to educate distressed homeowners on potential retention strategies and foreclosure alternatives.
The online education resource — available in both English and Spanish — offers calculators to demonstrate to borrowers the mechanics of refinance, repayment, forbearance, and modification options if the borrowers would like to keep their home. In addition, it covers information on Fannie’s Deed-For-Lease program, which allows borrowers to become renters in the same property after pursing deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.
For borrowers who would like to leave their home, the online education resource offers possible options such as, a short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure when you can no longer stay in your home but want to avoid foreclosure.
For borrowers who aren’t sure what the best option is for them, the Options Finder can assist you. By answering some questions, the Options Finder determines which option may be right based on your current situation.
When you need additional assistance, the Resources section offers the following and much more:
Review what Fannie Mae is doing to assist homeowners and how they can help you.
Find and contact your mortgage company to discuss your situation.
Download forms to help you prepare for (and keep track of) working with your mortgage company or a housing counselor.
Use the calculators to determine which scenario fits your needs.
Search for helpful answers to some of the most common questions regarding your options.
Once you ‘ve learned about options that may be available for your situation, it’s time to take action.
Step 1: Research
Be sure to bookmark the page and print the information on the option(s) that applies best to your situation. You will want to refer to this information when speaking with your mortgage company.
Step 2: Gather
Gather the information shown below. You’ll need this information handy so you can refer to it during your discussion with your mortgage company. Use the Financial Checklist to help get organized and prepared.
- Your mortgage(s): Loan number, past due notices, monthly statement, etc. for your first mortgage and second mortgage or other liens (if applicable).
- Your other debts: Copies of bills and monthly statements for all other debts such as credit cards, personal loans, auto loans, utilities, etc.
- Your income: Paystubs, unemployment benefits letter, alimony, child support, etc. for all borrowers on the mortgage.
- Your hardship: Explain your situation and any hardship that has affected your income or ability to make your payments, etc.
Step 3: Contact
Contact your mortgage company and ask them about the options that are available for your specific situation. Also ask for the name and/or employee number of the mortgage specialist who is helping you and be sure to give them your up-to-date contact information. Use the Contact Log to keep track of your conversations and follow-up items.
Step 4: Discuss
Make sure you are ready to discuss everything about your current situation—the more the mortgage company understands and the more accurate the information, the more they can help you find the right option.
Step 5: Confirm
Ask them to confirm your current situation to be certain there are no other issues. Make sure you understand the next steps involved and if there is anything you will need to complete for the specific option.