Ginnie Mae backs mortgages issued by FHA, Veterans Affairs and the Agriculture Department. As we were writing this, it is unclear what sort of help will be offered to homeowners, so check the GinnieMae.gov website for details.
For those borrowers who also have federal student loans, the Department of Education will stop wage garnishments and collection actions and will refund $1.8 billion that has been collected to student loan borrowers. In addition, the government has set student loan interest rates to zero percent and will allow borrowers to opt-in to administrative forbearance for 60 days without penalty or accruing interest.
Ilyce Glink is the author of “100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask” (4th Edition). She is also the CEO of Best Money Moves, an app that employers provide to employees to measure and dial down financial stress. Samuel J. Tamkin is a Chicago-based real estate attorney. Contact Ilyce and Sam through her website, ThinkGlink.com.