This week President Bush signed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, immediate measures that will help homeowners facing foreclosure find ways to refinance and will help strengthen mortgage markets. The package also includes a very substantial tax credit available to first-time home buyers.
In this email, you will find a series of links that provide comprehensive details of the legislation package.
To summarize, the legislation package includes Federal Housing Administration Modernization that will simplify and make FHA-backed mortgages more available while helping thousands of families refinance existing mortgages and keep their homes. Other important components of the bill are reform of the government-sponsored enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), permanent increases to both GSE and FHA loan limits, a first-time home buyer tax credit and a program to expand FHA that would allow more homeowners to refinance their mortgages.