Resources for Property Owners During the Pandemic Corona Virus

Resources for Property Owners During the Pandemic Corona Virus

The following resources are from the National Association of Realtors, to provide property owners with assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

American Land Title Association (ALTA) has provided the following resources:

Bank Regulators have also instructed banks and servicers to be proactive in extending help to homeowners:

Banks have posted their own policies and ways for consumers to contact them for assistance:

Servicers (those who collect the payments for investors/banks and interact with consumers) are providing information for how homebuyers can reach out for assistance:

Mortgage Insurers are also providing information on how servicers can help consumers:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Protect Your Credit: The CFPB is urging consumers to protect their credit during this pandemic. Click here.

Protect Yourself Financially: The CFPB has a number of resources focused on financial protection, both short and long term, such as paying bills, income loss, and scam targeting. Read more here. Resources include contacts for housing and credit counselors, debt collectors, and  state unemployment services.

Department of Labor (DOL)—DOL has provided resources for employers and workers in responding to COVID-19 and including the impact on wages and hours worked and protected leave. See here. (These resources are primarily for businesses and employers.)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)— Americans can  continue  to  use  and  drink  water from their tap as usual. EPA has provided important information about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater

Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

Immediate Foreclosure and Evictions Relief for Homeowners for the Next 60 Days—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has authorized the FHA to implement     an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA- insured mortgages for the next 60 days. Click here for full press release.

FHA Q&A form—FHA continues to run single family business operations. FHA has created a Q&A form available on their website to keep interested parties updated on their procedures during    the COVID-19 crisis. Please refer to https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh for the most current information.

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

FHFA has instructed Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their servicers to be proactive in providing assistance to homeowners including forbearance. In addition, FHFA imposed a moratorium on eviction and foreclosures on mortgages backed by the GSEs:

 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have issued similar guidance:

  • Homeowners who are adversely impacted by this national emergency may request mortgage assistance by contacting their mortgage servicer
  • Foreclosure sales and evictions of borrowers are suspended for 60 days
  • Homeowners impacted by this national emergency are eligible for a forbearance plan to reduce or suspend their mortgage payments for up to 12 months
  • Credit bureau reporting of past due payments of borrowers in a forbearance plan as a result of hardships attributable to this national emergency is suspended
  • Homeowners in a forbearance plan will not incur late fees
  • After forbearance, a servicer must work with the borrower on a permanent plan to help maintain or reduce monthly payment amounts as necessary, including a loan modification

Fannie and Freddie have also created pages with additional information:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)—The IRS has also created a Coronavirus Tax Relief section on their website with updated information for taxpayers and businesses. See here. (These resources are for businesses and not for consumers specifically.)

  • IRS “Tax Time Guide to Guard Personal, Financial, and Tax ” See here. (These resources are for businesses and not for consumers specifically.)
  • Income Tax FILING and PAYMENT Deadlines Extended: In light of COVID-19 crisis, the IRS on March 18 extended the income tax payment deadline for individual returns (as well as all other entities) until July 15, 2020. Two days later, the IRS also extended the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. Additional forms do not need to be filed to qualify for these extensions.

Rural Development—U.S. Department of Agriculture (RD):

Small Business Administration (SBA)—The SBA has provided guidance and resources for businesses and employers to respond to COVID-19, including information regarding the economic injury disaster loans, local assistance, and SBA products & resources. See here. (These resources are for businesses and not for consumers specifically.)

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)—The EIDL program supports small businesses facing temporary loss of revenue as well as working capital. They can be used to pay debts, including payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid due to a disaster. Click here for program summary and SBA Response to COVID-19.

Student Debt

  • The Department of Education announced that it will allow forbearance on federally- backed student loans for sixty days beginning on March 13, 2020. Likewise, the Administration has also waived all interest on student loans for this period. You must contact your loan servicer to being a
  • Servicers are sharing information how borrowers can seek remedies.

VA Home Loan Program—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing information to keep Veterans and stakeholders safe while continuing the mission of the VA Home Loan Program: https://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/documents/circulars/26_20_7.pdf

The following resources are from the National Association of Realtors, to provide property owners with assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

American Land Title Association (ALTA) has provided the following resources:

Bank Regulators have also instructed banks and servicers to be proactive in extending help to homeowners:

Banks have posted their own policies and ways for consumers to contact them for assistance:

Servicers (those who collect the payments for investors/banks and interact with consumers) are providing information for how homebuyers can reach out for assistance:

Mortgage Insurers are also providing information on how servicers can help consumers:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Protect Your Credit: The CFPB is urging consumers to protect their credit during this pandemic. Click here.

Protect Yourself Financially: The CFPB has a number of resources focused on financial protection, both short and long term, such as paying bills, income loss, and scam targeting. Read more here. Resources include contacts for housing and credit counselors, debt collectors, and  state unemployment services.

Department of Labor (DOL)—DOL has provided resources for employers and workers in responding to COVID-19 and including the impact on wages and hours worked and protected leave. See here. (These resources are primarily for businesses and employers.)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)— Americans can  continue  to  use  and  drink  water from their tap as usual. EPA has provided important information about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater

Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

Immediate Foreclosure and Evictions Relief for Homeowners for the Next 60 Days—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has authorized the FHA to implement     an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA- insured mortgages for the next 60 days. Click here for full press release.

FHA Q&A form—FHA continues to run single family business operations. FHA has created a Q&A form available on their website to keep interested parties updated on their procedures during    the COVID-19 crisis. Please refer to https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh for the most current information.

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

FHFA has instructed Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their servicers to be proactive in providing assistance to homeowners including forbearance. In addition, FHFA imposed a moratorium on eviction and foreclosures on mortgages backed by the GSEs:

 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have issued similar guidance:

  • Homeowners who are adversely impacted by this national emergency may request mortgage assistance by contacting their mortgage servicer
  • Foreclosure sales and evictions of borrowers are suspended for 60 days
  • Homeowners impacted by this national emergency are eligible for a forbearance plan to reduce or suspend their mortgage payments for up to 12 months
  • Credit bureau reporting of past due payments of borrowers in a forbearance plan as a result of hardships attributable to this national emergency is suspended
  • Homeowners in a forbearance plan will not incur late fees
  • After forbearance, a servicer must work with the borrower on a permanent plan to help maintain or reduce monthly payment amounts as necessary, including a loan modification

Fannie and Freddie have also created pages with additional information:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)—The IRS has also created a Coronavirus Tax Relief section on their website with updated information for taxpayers and businesses. See here. (These resources are for businesses and not for consumers specifically.)

  • IRS “Tax Time Guide to Guard Personal, Financial, and Tax ” See here. (These resources are for businesses and not for consumers specifically.)
  • Income Tax FILING and PAYMENT Deadlines Extended: In light of COVID-19 crisis, the IRS on March 18 extended the income tax payment deadline for individual returns (as well as all other entities) until July 15, 2020. Two days later, the IRS also extended the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. Additional forms do not need to be filed to qualify for these extensions.

Rural Development—U.S. Department of Agriculture (RD):

Small Business Administration (SBA)—The SBA has provided guidance and resources for businesses and employers to respond to COVID-19, including information regarding the economic injury disaster loans, local assistance, and SBA products & resources. See here. (These resources are for businesses and not for consumers specifically.)

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)—The EIDL program supports small businesses facing temporary loss of revenue as well as working capital. They can be used to pay debts, including payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid due to a disaster. Click here for program summary and SBA Response to COVID-19.

Student Debt

  • The Department of Education announced that it will allow forbearance on federally- backed student loans for sixty days beginning on March 13, 2020. Likewise, the Administration has also waived all interest on student loans for this period. You must contact your loan servicer to being a
  • Servicers are sharing information how borrowers can seek remedies.

VA Home Loan Program—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing information to keep Veterans and stakeholders safe while continuing the mission of the VA Home Loan Program: https://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/documents/circulars/26_20_7.pdf

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