The Housing and Economic Recovery Act was passed into law to help homeowners who are facing foreclosure. Eligible homeowners can cancel their current mortgage and get a fixed-rate loan. Congressional budget analysts project that the program would help 400,000 homeowners . The program will take effect on October 1st and is due to end on September 30th, 2011 .
Increase in FHA Insurance
The FHA will be allowed to insure up to $300 billion in new 30-year fixed rate mortgages under the law .
Increase in Cap for Guarantee by Fannie and Freddie
The law permanently increases cap on the size of mortgages guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie to $625,000 .
Ban on Down Payment Assistance
Sellers are no longer allowed to provide down payment assistance on FHA loans .
New home-buyer credit
The law allows a tax refund for first-time home buyers for up to 10% of purchase price with a limit of 7.5% .
Grants to States
The law grants $4 billion for states to buy foreclosed properties .
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