Editor’s note: Please visit the Making Home Affordable website (link at the end of this article) for the most current information about this program.
Under President Obama’s “Making Home Affordable” loan modification program, owners who are in risk of losing their home or are on the verge of not being able to make their monthly mortgage payments may be eligible to have their monthly mortgage payments reduced down to as much as a 2% interest rate to help them meet their obligations.
To determine if you qualify for the program you must answer yes to ALL of the following questions:
Loan Date: Was your loan taken out (originated) prior to January 1, 2009?
Primary Residence: Is the property where you want the mortgage modified your primary residence? (If it is a vacation home or rental property where you don’t live, you will not qualify).
Number of Units: Do you own a single-unit property or one with four-units or less? (If you live in one unit of the building and rent out one or more units in the same building, up to three units, then you will still qualify).
Mortgage Balance: Do you have an unpaid principal balance that is equal to or less than $729,750? (This limit can be higher for four-unit properties.)
Monthly Payments: Do you have a mortgage payment (including property taxes, insurance, and home owners association dues) that is more than 31% of your gross (pre-tax) monthly income? If you’re not sure, use this tool to determine the percentage.
Cash-Strapped: Are you having trouble paying your mortgage or are on the verge of doing so? (Answer yes if you are 31 days or more late on your mortgage payments, have had a major reduction in your income since taking out your loan, or have suffered some major financial hardship such as mounting medical bills, financial issues related to divorce, or just had or are expecting a balloon payment coming due or mortgage rate increase from an ARM.)
If you answered yes to all of the questions above, you may qualify for the loan modification program and can move on to the next step, as outlined by the government at Making Home Affordable site.