Monday, December 28, 2015

FHA-Home Affordable Modification Program guidelines

Below are some of the guidelines governing an FHA-HAMP modification. You don't have to really know all of this stuff, call me and I will tell you if you should be eligible and if you should be eligible, I will help you apply.  Rod Williams 615-850-3453.

Eligibility –
The Servicer of the modified FHA-HAMP mortgage must be FHA-Approved.
Eligibility –


The current mortgagor(s) on the existing FHA-insured single family mortgage must be identical to the mortgagor(s) on the HAMP mortgage, except as provided below.

All changes in ownership due to death or divorce of the current owners must be supported by legal documentation.

The existing FHA-insured mortgage is in default, but is not more than 12 full mortgage payments past due.  A default is defined as 1 payment past due more than 30 days.  For default calculation purposes, all months are determined to have 30 days.  For example, a mortgage due for the July payment is in default on August 1st.  
The mortgagor(s) must be an owner occupant, have sufficient resources to make the payment on the HAMP mortgage and continue to occupy the home.

A new mortgagor may be added to the HAMP mortgage, provided at least one existing mortgagor(s) is retained.

The mortgagor must not have intentionally defaulted on their existing mortgage.  (Note: Intentionally defaulted means the mortgagor had available funds that could pay their mortgage and other debts without hardship, but failed to pay).

Eligibility –
Existing Mortgage
Must be a FHA-insured single family mortgage (1-4 units).
Mortgages previously modified under HAMP are ineligible.
There is no net present value (NPV) test for eligibility.
Eligibility –
Maximum Mortgage
Not applicable.
Eligibility –
Modified Mortgage
The existing FHA-insured mortgage must be re-amortized to a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, and must be modified in compliance with all FHA Mortgage Modification requirements, except those specifically modified under the FHA-HAMP program.
Property Eligibility
The property securing the FHA-insured property must be the mortgagor’s primary and only residence; and only single family (1 to 4 unit) properties are eligible.
Interest Rate – Modified New Mortgage
The interest rate must be fixed and meet the guidelines in Mortgagee Letter 2008-21.

Current Loan to Value Requirements Mortgage 
Loan Purpose
FHA-HAMP mortgages are required to have a lower monthly principal and interest payment than the unmodified FHA-insured mortgage and are made without an appraisal. 
All existing subordinate financing must be subordinated to maintain the first lien priority of the HAMP mortgage.  For more information, please see ML 2003-19.
Credit History
No minimum credit score required. (Credit report is only used to verify recurring debts.)
Seasoning Requirements on the Existing Mortgage
The first payment due date must be at least 12 months in the past, and at least 4 full mortgage payments must have been paid.

Property Valuation
No appraisal required.
Trial Modification
The Mortgagee must place the mortgagor(s) under a trial modification payment plan for the modified mortgage payment prior to completing the FHA-HAMP.  The mortgagor(s) must have made the first three consecutive trial monthly mortgage payments on time before the FHA-HAMP can be completed, and a partial claim filed.
Documentation Requirements
The Mortgagee must obtain the following additional documentation:
To be considered for any of the loss mitigation options, the mortgagor must provide detailed financial information to the Mortgagee.
Every borrower and co-borrower must sign a hardship affidavit attesting to and describing the hardship.  The document to be used is available for download at:   
The Department has no objection to situations where a cooperative mortgagor provides complete financial information either written or during a telephone interview.  Regardless of how the mortgagor’s financial information was secured, the Mortgagee must independently verify the financial information by obtaining a credit report (the credit report is not used for credit qualification but Mortgagees are to use for determining indebtedness), and any other forms of verification the Mortgagee deems appropriate.
Underwriting Requirements - General
No Credit Alert Interactive Voice Response System (CAIVRS) review is required, but HUD’s Limited Denial of Participation (LDP) and General Services Administration (GSA) exclusion lists are still required checks for all mortgagors.
FHA-HAMP processing and underwriting instructions are described below. 
  • Where the mortgage is in default and no more than 12 full payments delinquent the Mortgagee combines a partial claim for up to 12 months of arrearages, foreclosure costs, and principal reduction with a modification.
  • Except for the new maximum partial claim amount calculation, the partial claim must meet the requirements of Mortgagee Letters 2000-05, 2003-19 and 2008-21.
The mortgagor may not be charged any additional costs for receiving this loss mitigation workout option.  On a cancelled foreclosure, Mortgagees are reminded that all such costs must reflect work actually completed to the date of the foreclosure cancellation and the attorney fees may not be in excess of the fees that HUD has identified as customary and reasonable for claim purposes. 

The financial analysis, Hardship Affidavit, and documentation supporting the decision to provide partial claim relief must be maintained in the mortgagee’s claim review file. 
Loss Mitigation – Priority Order
FHA-HAMP can only be utilized if the mortgagor(s) does not qualify for current loss mitigation home retention options (FHA Special Forbearance, Loan Modification and Partial Claim) under existing guidelines (ML 2008-21, 2003-19, 2002-17, 2000-05).  To qualify for the FHA-HAMP, Mortgagees must utilize its loss mitigation actions using the aforementioned priority order.
Underwriting –

Monthly Gross Income
The mortgagor’s Monthly Gross Income amount before any payroll deductions includes wages and salaries, overtime pay, commissions, fees, tips, bonuses, housing allowances, other compensation for personal services, Social Security payments, including Social Security received by adults on behalf of minors or by minors intended for their own support, annuities, insurance policies, retirement funds, pensions, disability or death benefits, unemployment benefits, rental income and other income.
Underwriting –
Front End Debt to Income Ratio
Front-End ratio is the ratio of PITI to Monthly Gross Income.  PITI is defined as principal, interest, taxes and insurance.
The Front-End ratio must be as close as possible to, but not less than, 31%.
Underwriting -

Back End Debt to Income Ratio
The Back-End ratio is the ratio of the mortgagor’s total recurring monthly debts (such as Front-End PITI, payments on all installment debts, monthly payments on all junior liens, alimony, car lease payments, aggregate negative net rental income from all investment properties owned, and monthly mortgage payments for second homes) to the mortgagor’s Monthly Gross Income.  This ratio must not exceed 55%.
The Mortgagee must validate monthly installment, revolving debt and secondary mortgage debt by pulling a credit report for each mortgagor or a joint report for a married couple.  The Mortgagee must also consider information obtained from the mortgagor orally or in writing concerning incremental monthly obligations.
Underwriting –
Subordinate Financing
Subordinate liens are not included in the Front-End ratio, but they are included in the Back-End ratio.
Underwriting –
Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium
Not applicable.
Underwriting –
Annual Premium
Remains the same.
Underwriting -

Calculation of  Maximum Partial Claim Amount

The maximum one-time only principal reduction on the modification is determined by multiplying the outstanding principal balance of the existing mortgage as of the date of default by 30 percent reduced by (i) arrearage amounts advanced to cure the default for up to 12 months PITI and (ii) allowable foreclosure costs.  However, the actual principal reduction amount for a specific case shall be limited to such amount that will bring the mortgagor(s) PITI to an amount not to exceed 31 percent of gross monthly income.  Whether or not there are previous Partial Claims for a given case number, the arrearage component of this and any previous Partial Claims cannot exceed the equivalent of 12 months PITI and allowable foreclosure costs.  This 12 month PITI maximum is NOT affected by any payments that may have been made to reduce the partial claim mortgage balance.
Partial Claim Guidelines
No interest will accrue on the partial claim.  The payment of the partial claim is not due until (i) the maturity of the HAMP mortgage, (ii) a sale of the property, or (iii) a pay-off or refinancing of the HAMP mortgage.
In Foreclosure Process
To ensure that a mortgagor currently in the process of foreclosure has the opportunity to apply, Mortgagees shall not proceed with the foreclosure sale until the mortgagor has been evaluated for the program and, if eligible, an offer to participate in the FHA-HAMP has been made.  In the event that the mortgagor does not participate in FHA-HAMP, the Mortgagee must consider the priority order, outlined in “Requirements to Use FHA-HAMP” section of this Mortgagee Letter, prior to proceeding to foreclosure.
90 days Past Due
Ninety day past due mortgages must have been considered for all loss mitigation programs prior to being referred to foreclosure.
Mortgagees are required to escrow for mortgagors’ real estate taxes and mortgage-related insurance payments.
Unpaid Late Fees Waived
The Mortgagee will waive all late fees.

Credit Report
The Mortgagee will cover the cost of the credit report.

Mortgagor Cash Contribution
The Mortgagee may not require the mortgagor to contribute cash.

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