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Friday, November 14, 2008

Loan Modification - Countrywide's foreclosure relief program

Countrywide Financial - Real Estate Mortgage Lender - Home Loans - Equity Loan Mortgages
* Beginning December 1, 2008, Countrywide will proactively contact subprime and Pay Option ARM borrowers whose loans are scheduled for an interest rate change. We will invite them to contact us if they believe they will not be able to afford the new payments.
* Countrywide will not advance foreclosures for eligible borrowers for the time necessary to determine the borrowers' interest in staying in the home and their ability to afford the new terms as well as the investor's willingness to accept a loan modification.
* Countrywide will waive late/delinquency fees for missed payments when modifying loans and will not charge modification fees to borrowers in the participating states.
* When possible, Countrywide will waive prepayment penalties in connection with any workout or refinance, whether or not the new loan is originated with Countrywide.



Eligibility
Borrowers eligible for loan modifications under this program must have received a qualifying subprime mortgage or a Pay Option adjustable rate mortgage prior to December 31, 2007, and the property must be a 1-4 unit owner-occupied residential property. In addition, certain other requirements are set out in the program:

* The borrower is 60 days or more delinquent and the current loan-to-value ratio is 75% or higher;
* The borrower is current today but becomes 60 days or more delinquent at any time prior to June 30, 2012, and the loan-to-value ratio at the time of the modification is 75% or higher;
* The borrower has a subprime hybrid ARM and the borrower is current but reasonably likely to become 60 days or more delinquent as a consequence of a rate reset, and the loan-to-value ratio at the time of the modification is 75% or higher;
* The borrower has a Pay Option ARM and the borrower is current but reasonably likely to become 60 days or more delinquent as a consequence of a rate reset or payment recast based on negative amortization, and the loan-to-value ratio at the time of the modification is 75% or higher.

In addition, customers may be eligible for the early payment default benefit of this program if: (1) the customer has a Countrywide-originated first lien loan; (2) the loan was on or prior to December 31, 2007; (3) the customer's primary residence is the property that secures the loan; (4) the customer has made three or fewer payments over the life of the loan (the borrower's state may expand eligibility); and (5) the customer has either lost his home to foreclosure or is at least 120 days in arrears on mortgage payments.

Loan Modification Program Details
Countrywide will first offer eligible borrowers an FHA refinance under the HOPE for Homeowners Program. If not eligible for that program, Countrywide will offer these specific programs based on product type.

Subprime 2-, 3- 5-, 7- and 10-Year Hybrid ARM borrowers will receive an unsolicited extension/restoration of the introductory rate for five years and an invitation to contact Countrywide for additional relief if affordability concerns persist. Borrowers who cannot afford the introductory rate will be considered on a streamlined basis for a five-year interest rate reduction to as low as 3.5% (based on the affordability equation) and a conversion to a fixed-rate mortgage at the end of five years.

Pay Option ARM borrowers accepting a streamlined loan modification option will have the negative amortization feature eliminated from their loan. The mortgage interest rate will be reduced to as low as 2.5%, and the loan will be converted into either a fixed-rate mortgage or a ten-year interest-only loan. For single property owners who currently have no equity in their homes, Countrywide will write-down the principal balance to as low as 95% of the current value of the property to restore an equity position.

Subprime Fixed-Rate borrowers will receive a streamlined loan modification, by reducing the mortgage interest rate to as low as 2.5% and converting the loan into a fixed-rate or 10-year interest only loan with affordable step rate increases and lifetime cap.

Loan modification programs will provide payments within the limits of an Affordability Equation set out in the agreement and be targeted to equate to 34% of the borrower's household income.


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