Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan published today the FHA has made modifications to its home loan modification procedure so that it will further imitate President Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) under Making Home Affordable. It is anticipated that the new FHA loan workoutguidelines will be in place by August 15th.
How does this help you? Well, if you now own a home mortgage secured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), you should be able to extensively moderate your monthly home loan payments, interest rate, and possibly realize a partial principal forbearance or balance reduction (a decrease in the amount you owe on your mortgage), provided you meet the new guidelines.
Homeowners that have effectively gotten a mortgage modification through Obama's Making Home Affordable Program have had marvelous results, some easing their mortgage rates to as low as 2% on 30 and 40 year fixed loans, saving a good deal of moneyeach month on their mortgage.
Now is a very exhilarating period for borrowers in FHA loans, as they now also can achieve similar benefits. Qualifying for the FHA -HAMP can be a little tricky, and there's a good deal of junk out there on how to succeed. We're going to clear up the tittle-tattle, and help you understandhow to get qualified, ModificationZoom style.
Firstly we must cross the "eligibility" bridge - Your mortgage company needs to be FHA-Approved to modify under FHA-HAMP. Most major lien holding mortgage banks that offer FHA home loan programs are approved. The superlative way to remedy whether or not your bank can modify your home mortgage under FHA-HAMP is to call and query if they partake in the program! If your "mortgagee" (lender) is eligible, your next step is to make sure that you are eligible!
Your present home mortgage must be an existing FHA-held single family mortgage, and the present loan must be behind, meaning that you are 1 payment past due more than 30 days, but less than 12 full mortgage loan payments past due.
Your abode must be a FHA insured single family home (1-4 units), mortgages previously amended under HAMP are ineligible, you must have had the loan for 12 months, and here's a great piece of information: There is no net present value (NPV) check for eligibility!
(The NPV examination is ulitilized to decide whether it makes sense for your bank to adapt your mortgage. Under this program, it doesn't matter if it financially makes sense for your servicing bank to adjust your mortgage or not! If you qualify, your mortgage lender should change your mortgage, apart from the total amount of equity you have in the home!)
There is no upper limit on mortgage loan amount for mortgages eligible for home loan modification, and it have a bearing what your credit looks like! There is no appraisal required, and your FHA - HAMP modified mortgage lien has to be at a significantly lower interest rate and payment than what you already possess!
For supporting documentation, you will need to submit 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 take place when you get a home 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 fixed for the life of the loan.
Your home mortgage will be changed to a 30 year fixed rate to a (proposed) front end DTI of 31%. You must confirm that your back end (proposed) DTI is below 55%.
What exactly does this signify? Your "front end" DTI can be determined by dividing your mortgage loan expense by your gross income. Your "back end" DTI can be determined by the sum of all of the monthly payments that show up on your credit report by your gross income - e.g. - credit cards, auto loans, and additional home mortgage payments.
Conversely, to calculate what your new payment will be, simply multiply your gross income by 31 percent!
Alright, I understand that was a lot of information, so we're going to summarize with a "To-Do List":
1) Make sure that you have an FHA loan, and that your Mortgagee (lien holder) is FHA - Approved.
2) Your 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 lien holder!
5) Get your loan modified!
The remainder of the information out there on FHA - HAMP is pertinent, but not necessarily stuff that has to be absorbed to get a loan modification through the government initiative. For example; your lien holding bank will govern 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).