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Refinance or Modify Your Mortgage

If you are struggling to make your mortgage payments or can’t take advantage of lower interest rates because your home has dropped in value, you may be eligible for the Making Home Affordable Program, which is intended to help responsible homeowners and strengthen the housing market. The program has two key components:

Home Affordable Refinance

Many homeowners pay their mortgages on time but are not able to refinance to take advantage of today's lower mortgage rates, perhaps due to a decrease in the value of their home. The Home Affordable Refinance may help borrowers, whose loans are held by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, refinance into a more affordable mortgage.

Home Affordable Modification

Many homeowners are struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments either because their interest rate has increased or they have less income. The Home Affordable Modification may provide them with mortgage payments they can afford.

Rest easy. In just a few simple steps, you'll be on your way to contacting your mortgage company with confidence.

Use this checklist to ensure you have all the information you will need when you speak to your mortgage lender or housing counselor:

  • Most recent income tax return with all schedules and W-2s;

  • Two most recent bank statements;

  • Two most recent pay stubs (if you receive them) or documentation of income you receive from other sources;

  • Monthly mortgage statement showing the mortgage lender information and mortgage loan account number;

  • Information about other mortgages on your home, if applicable;
    # Account balances and minimum monthly payments due on all of your credit cards;

  • Account balances and monthly payments on your other debts (such as student loans and car loans);

  • Estimates of other monthly expenditures (such as utility bills, food expenses, insurance payments, and entertainment expenses);

  • It may also be helpful to have a hardship letter describing any circumstances that caused your income to be reduced or expenses to be increased (job loss, divorce, illness, etc.), if applicable.


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