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Over the last month we have mentioned in Could This Be The End of Short Sales? and No New Ideas From Mortgage Summit that it was rumored the Obama administration was about to order the government-controlled lenders to forgive a portion of the mortgage debt for Americans who are underwater. Today the Obama administration has indeed launched a revised government mortgage relief program referred to as the “short refinance” program . However this program is not intended for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans and it still faces the challenge of satisfying second lien holders. The administration still hopes that up to 1.5 million loans could be modified through the program. The intent is to focus on homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments but are at risk of default because they have no equity in their homes. It is still too early to tell how many Stockton area underwater homeowners will benefit from this program.

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