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Struggling with Your Mortgage Payment?

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The Making Home Affordable Program (www.makinghomeeaffordable.gov) is part of the U.S. government’s plan to help families set an affordable mortgage payment. The program lowers borrowers’ housing-related expenses (principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and assessments or PITIA*) to 31% of gross monthly income (before tax deductions). The program also will pay you up to $1,000 per year on your principal for 5 years if you make your payments on time.

To qualify, you must meet certain eligibility criteria, including:

  • The home is your primary residence.
  • Amount owed on first mortgage for a single family home is $729,750 or less.
  • Mortgage dated before January 1, 2009.
  • First mortgage payment* is over 31% of gross monthly income.
  • You are having financial difficulty making your current monthly payment.

Respond to Requests for Information
You will need to provide your servicer with key documents under the program before a modification can be granted. Avoid missing a deadline by responding to requests for information and providing documents in a timely manner. Information you will or may need readily available is listed in the following Borrower Modification Document Checklist.

Borrower Modification
Document Checklist

Two most recent pay stubs

Most recent Federal income tax return
Form 4506-T - Request for Transcript of Tax Return (servicer provides)
Most recent bank statement for 1 month (To verify direct deposits, e.g. social security, rental income,
other income)
Profit and Loss Statement (for self-employed
Making Home Affordable Program Request For Mortgage Assistance (RMA)
Non-escrowed loans, Proof of Payment of:
  Most recent real estate taxes
  Homeowner’s (hazard) insurance
Other Modification Documents
  Financial statement
  Utility bills

Printable Checklist (PDF) (PDF Help)

Last Updated 02/01/2016 CommunityAffairs@fdic.gov

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