The Federal Housing Finance Agency is easing the terms of the Home Affordable Refinance Program in order to help the estimated 11 million homeowners who have been making their mortgage payments but are unable to refinance because their loans are worth more than their homes. The HARP program has helped more than 890,000 homeowners since its launch but has been criticized for inefficiency. The changes hope to streamline the program and include allowing homeowners that owe more than 125 percent of the market value of their home to get new loans. Edward DeMarco, acting director of the FHFA, said the goal is to create refinancing opportunities for borrowers while bringing some stability to the housing market. More here and here.