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Understanding Unemployment Forbearance

Unemployment is a reality that many homeowners face. To provide you with a greater measure of security and more time to find new employment, your lender may be able to provide you with short-term unemployment forbearance and, if necessary, extended unemployment forbearance if you are still unemployed after the initial term.

 

Tip

Be honest with your lender. If your situation is long-term, let them know up front so they can better help you.

Unemployment Forbearance may make sense if you:

  • Are facing financial hardship due to unemployment.
  • Are looking for assistance with the mortgage for your primary residence.

If your loan is owned by Freddie Mac, there are two options to help you through your mortgage challenges during your unemployment period. Visit our Loan Look-up tool to see if we own your loan.

  1. Short-term forbearance. If you qualify, your lender can offer you short-term forbearance for 6 months, where your mortgage payments are either reduced or suspended.

  2. Extended unemployment forbearance. If you remain unemployed when the short-term forbearance period ends, your lender will evaluate your eligibility for extended unemployment forbearance and may extend your forbearance period for up to another 6 months. Under this option, your mortgage payments may be reduced or suspended.

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