The Federal Housing Finance Agency is extending the length of time that borrowers can be in a COVID-related forbearance on mortgages back by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Originally, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac instructed loan servicers that mortgage borrowers could request up to 12 months of forbearance on their mortgages as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, the FHFA is allowing these borrowers to request a forbearance extension of up to three months, the agency announced Tuesday.
While in forbearance, mortgage borrowers are not required to make their monthly mortgage payments. When forbearance ends, these borrowers have a range of options to choose from to pay back the owed amount, including tacking the missed payments onto the end of the mortgage’s duration.
Homeowners must already be in forbearance on their mortgage by Feb. 28 to qualify for the three-month extension.
Separately, the FHFA is extending the moratorium on