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The Home Affordable Modification Program provides borrowers with the chance of permanently modifying their mortgage to a monthly payment they can afford. Not only that, the program can also help borrowers change their mortgage from a high-risk variable rate loan to a stable fixed-rate loan. However, for you to qualify for a Home Affordable Modification Program you must first complete successfully the program’s Trial Period Plan.
Many borrowers get confused about the requirements of the Trial Period Plan, fail the trial and lose the chance of saving their mortgage from foreclosure. This article provides information on how to meet the Trial Period Plan requirements. The article is based on information provided by the Departments of the Treasury and Housing and Urban Development through their MakingHomeAffordable.gov website.
Step 1: Fill in the three documents in the Home Affordable Modification Program Initial Package: 1) Request for Mortgage Assistance Form, 2) Tax Form 4506T-EZ (or Form 4506-T) and 3) the Verification of Income form. These documents can be downloaded by clicking here. Print two copies of each document, one for your mortgage servicer and one for your records.
If you have trouble understanding the documents and you are not sure how to complete them, call 1-888-995-4673 and request to talk with a housing counselor. This service is free.
Step 2: Send the documents to your mortgage servicer. You can find the address of your mortgage servicer by visiting this website. This service is provided by the MakingHomeAffordable website and includes all the mortgage providers who are enrolled in the HAMP program. The list of mortgage providers is organized alphabetically and provides the name, phone, address, fax number of all participating mortgage providers.
Step 3: Check your mortgage provider has received all the forms and documents they need to confirm your eligibility for the HAMP program. Do this as soon as possible because if you are missing a form or have made a mistake in filling the forms you will need to correct the mistake or send the missing document before your trial period ends.
Step 4: Make all your mortgage payments. This is crucial. Once of the main purposes of the trial period is to check the modified loan is suitable for you. In other words, your mortgage provider and the government want to know if you can afford the new mortgage payments. If you do not pay your monthly mortgage payments regularly during the trial period, you will not be granted a permanent loan modification.
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