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No Documentation Loan Modification

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to offer No Documentation Loan Modification Program

The Program

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer a simplified loan modification process. Beginning July 01, 2013, servicers will be required to offer borrowers who are at least 90 days, but not more than 24 months, delinquent on their mortgage a trial modification without requiring financial or hardship documentation.

If the homeowner makes three  timely trial modification mortgage payments, their mortgage will be permanently modified. Additionally, homeowners who provide documentation of their finances and hardship could receive “a modification with additional savings.”

The Eligibility Requirements:

“The loan must be owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Homeowners must be 90 days to 24 months delinquent, and have a first lien mortgage that is at least 12 months old with a loan to value ratio equal to or greater than 80 percent. Loans that have been modified at least two times previously are not eligible. Click on these links to see if your loan is owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.”  The program ends August 01, 2015.

Our View

This appears to be a good initial program.  This program has the potential to help many homeowners avoid foreclosure. While much remains to be seen, we do like the following aspects of the program:

  • No documentation– Many of our clients get frustrated and exasperated by the constant requests to provide the same documents over and over again.
  • No action required– Services will contact the homeowners directly. Homeowners will not have to hire a third-party to help them with the loan modification (equals more savings for the homeowner).
  • Length of trial modification– Three months is a reasonable amount of time. We have seen some trial modification go on for 6 months or more (this can be very stressful for the homeowner).
  • Investment properties are eligible.

Read the full press release here.

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