How does a borrower qualify for an obtain a loan modification
Even lenders who don't participate in HAMP (mortgage companies with loans owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must participate, and other lenders have the options to participate) may offer loan modifications, their criteria for who qualifies will vary. To qualify for HAMP, you must:
Homeowners will likely need to provide the following documents to lenders to be considered for a loan modification: income documentation such as recent pay stubs; tax returns; a list of assets and their estimated values; credit card and loan statements; and a letter outlining the financial hardship they face. Once they have gathered that information, borrowers should call their mortgage bank and ask for a loan modification.
What is the effect of a loan modification on my credit?
Those participating in HAMP probably won't see a dip in their credit score, as government has set up requirements that lenders report HAMP in such a way it doesn't currently your credit score. However, there is no guarantee that a loan modification in general won't impact your credit score.
What are the alternatives to a loan modification?
If you don't qualify for a loan modification, but can't make your mortgage payments, you have other options to avoid foreclosure.
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What is Home Affordable Modification Program
In 2009, the government created the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), which is part of the government's Making Home Affordable Program designed to provide relief for troubled homeowners. HAMP helps troubled homeowners by reducing their mortgage payments so that these payments are 31 percent of their pre-tax monthly income. Not all lenders participate in HAMP, but you may be able to work out a loan modification with them nonetheless.
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