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Exclusive   Borrowers look for mortgage modification
  STATISTIC: An "affordable" mortgage payment typically is  
  defined as 38 percent of the borrower's monthly gross income.  
Get help at IndyMac

IndyMac Federal Bank
Mortgage modification programs
IndyMac Federal Bank
Government agency:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., or FDIC.
Call (877) 908-HELP (4357).
Online form.
Web site: www.imb.com.
Noted qualifications:
Inability to afford your current mortgage payments.
Missed mortgage payments.
Ability to make modified payments.
May need to prove financial hardship.
Target debt-to-income (DTI) ratio: 38 percent.
Repayment plan.
Interest-rate reduction.
Extension of loan term.
Conditional forbearance.
Foreclosure stay.
Principal deferral.
Short sale.
Deed in lieu of foreclosure.
What these terms mean.
IndyMac sends out "invitations to apply" for a loan modification and ready-to-sign preliminary loan modification offers based on information that's on file (within the last six months). Offers require verification of income and expenses. Borrowers who have missed two payments are more likely to receive a letter.
Learn more about obtaining mortgage modification help.
-- Posted: Dec. 11, 2008

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