Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan published as of today the FHA has prepared amendments to its loan workout program so that it will further complement President Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) under Making Home Affordable. It is hoped that the new FHA mortgage modification rules will be in place by August 15th.
How does this aid you? Well, if you currently own a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), you will be able to radically decrease your monthly home mortgage payments, interest rate, and possibly achieve a partial principal forbearance or balance reduction (a decrease in the amount you owe on your home loan), provided you meet the new guidelines.
Homeowners that have successfully recieved a mortgage loan modification through Obama's Making Home Affordable Program have had staggering results, some homeowners lessening their mortgage rates to as low as 2% on 30 and 40 year fixed loans, saving a good deal of moneyeach month on their home loan.
The Burst of the Housing Bubble is a very stirring era for homeowners in FHA loans, as they now as well can get similar positive outcomes. Qualifying for the FHA -HAMP can be somewhat tricky, and there's a good deal of bad information out there on how to successfully modify your mortgage. We're going to put to rest the tittle-tattle, and help you figure out how to get qualified, ModificationZoom style.
Primarily we must cross the "eligibility" bridge - Your bank needs to be FHA-Approved to modify under FHA-HAMP. Most mortgage lenders that offer FHA mortgage loan programs are qualified. The best way to satisfy whether or not your servicer can modify your home mortgage under FHA-HAMP is to call and query if they take part in the program! If your "mortgagee" (lender) is eligible, your next step is to make sure that you are eligible!
Your current loan must be an existing FHA-backed single family mortgage, and the existing home loan must be in default, meaning that you are 1 payment past due more than 30 days, but less than 12 full home loan payments delinquent.
Your house must be a FHA insured single family home (1-4 units), loans previously amended under HAMP do not qualify, you must have had the loan for 12 months, and here's a great piece of information: There is no net present value (NPV) analysis for eligibility!
(The NPV check is employed to agree on whether it is cost effective for your lien holding bank to amend your home mortgage. Under this process, it doesn't matter if it is financially optimal for your mortgage lender to alter your loan or not! If you qualify, your servicer should amend your mortgage, regardless of the sum of equity you have in the home!)
There is no upper limit on home loan amount for home mortgages eligible for mortgage loan modification, and it have a bearing what your credit looks like! There is no valuation required, and your FHA - HAMP changed loan has to be at a decreased interest rate and payment than what you already have!
For documentation, you will need to present the following:
1) Hardship Letter
2) Income Documentation - Paystubs & W-2s, or Profit & Loss Statements & Full Tax Returns if you are Self-Employed.
3) 3 Months Bank Statements
4) Financial Worksheet of Income & Expenses
5) Hardship Affidavit
So what is going to happen when you recieve a mortgage loan modification through FHA - HAMP? First, you will be placed in a temporary loan modification payment plan, and after you make the first 3 payments under your new plan, FHA-HAMP can be completed.
Your mortgage will be altered to a 30 year fixed rate to a (proposed) front end DTI of 31%. You must verify that your back end (proposed) DTI is below 55%.
What specifically does this signify? Your "front end" DTI can be determined by dividing your home mortgage expense by your pre-tax income. Your "back end" DTI can be determined by adding the sum of all of the monthly payments that show up on your credit report by your gross income - e.g. - credit cards, automobile loans, and other mortgage loan payments.
Conversely, to work out what your new payment will be, simply multiply your gross income by 31 percent!
Ok, I know that was a good deal of information, so we're going to abridge with a "To-Do List":
1) Confirm that you hold an FHA loan, and that your Mortgagee (mortgage lender) is FHA - Approved.
2) Your home mortgage must be at least 1 payment late, but not more than 12 payments late.
3) Make sure your home is 1-4 units, that it is your primary and only residence, that you've had the loan for 1 year, and you haven't previously modified under HAMP.
4) Write out the hardship affidavit, write a hardship letter, document your income, completed a financial worksheet, include bank statements and submit the package to your mortgage holder!
5) Get your loan modified!
The remnants of the information out there on FHA - HAMP is pertinent, but not necessarily stuff that has to be grasped to get a loan modifications through the government program. For example; your servicing bank will determine how to get to the goal 31% payment by giving you a 30 yr or 40 yr fixed term and the calculated fixed rate, and may have to lower your principal to help you qualify for the payment you need to be financially stable. For more information, contact ModificationZoom toll free at (866) 760-9099.
ModificationZoom is not a Government Agency, but we do understand the ins and outs and loopholes of FHA - HAMP, and can help you.
Alright, now you're ready to rock and roll with the FHA Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).