Brief Government Loan Modifications
What Happens When Interest Rates Rise?
Laurie Goodman, Karan Kaul, Alanna McCargo, Todd M. Hill-Jones
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In this report, the second in a series prepared by HFPC researchers with support from the mortgage servicing collaborative, we examine government loan modification products available for loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). We explore how FHA, VA, and USDA borrowers who fall behind on their payments are unlikely to receive adequate payment relief when the market interest rate is higher than the original note rate. We argue that, with some changes to the loan modification options at the FHA, VA, and USDA, current and future delinquent borrowers in rising interest rate environments could be better served.

Click here to read the accompanying fact sheet: Offering Effective Relief to Troubled Borrowers of Government-Insured Mortgages when Interest Rates Rise

Research Areas Housing finance Housing
Tags Federal housing programs and policies Housing and the economy Single-family finance Credit availability Homeownership Finance
Policy Centers Housing Finance Policy Center