Evaluating the Benefits of a Streamlined Refinance Program
Abstract: Mortgage borrowers who have experienced employment disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are unable to refinance their loans to take advantage of historically low market rates. In this article, we analyze the effects of a streamlined refinance ("refi") program for government-insured loans that would allow borrowers to refinance without needing to document employment or income. In addition, we consider a cash-out component that would allow borrowers to extract some of the substantial amount of housing equity that many have accumulated in recent years.
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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Part of Series: Policy Hub
Publication Date: 2020-06-25