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Evaluating the Benefits of a Streamlined Refinance Program

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  • Kristopher S. Gerardi
  • Lara Loewenstein
  • Paul S. Willen

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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 housing equity that many have accumulated in recent years.

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  • Kristopher S. Gerardi & Lara Loewenstein & Paul S. Willen, 2020. "Evaluating the Benefits of a Streamlined Refinance Program," Working Papers 202021, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwq:88337
    DOI: 10.26509/frbc-wp-202021
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    1. Kristopher Gerardi & Kyle F. Herkenhoff & Lee E. Ohanian & Paul S. Willen, 2018. "Can’t Pay or Won’t Pay? Unemployment, Negative Equity, and Strategic Default," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 31(3), pages 1098-1131.
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    Keywords

    government-sponsored enterprises; refinancing; business cycles;

    JEL classification:

    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General
    • R38 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Government Policy

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