Treasury Prepares Principal Reduction Initiative under HAMP

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One of the components of the MHA initiative was the Principal Reduction Alternative (PRA) program. Under the PRA program, some of the principal of a borrower’s loan was forgiven and didn’t have to be repaid as long as the borrower remained in good standing-not more than 60 days delinquent-on a Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP.

The largest program within MHA is the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). HAMP’s goal is to offer homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure reduced monthly mortgage payments that are affordable and sustainable over the long-term. HAMP was designed to help families who are struggling to.

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IR-2013-8, Jan. 24, 2013 WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today announced guidance to borrowers, mortgage loan holders and loan servicers who are participating in the Principal Reduction AlternativeSM offered through the Department of the Treasury’s and Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP-PRA).

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"There is less hope at this point that something can happen under this initiative," he said.. While a reasonable approach, Lundstedt noted, as a result, the vast majority of loan modifications under HAMP have been interest rate-driven.. our experience with several large servicers indicates that principal reduction may be the appropriate.

 · Lending a Hand to Underwater Homeowners. while running an apples-to-apples comparison of the NPV results from the standard HAMP waterfall and the principal reduction case should result in the servicer choosing the more valuable outcome, writedowns remain voluntary and there is no mechanism to force them to happen.. Treasury must consider.

However, reductions of the principal balance of your home mortgage under HAMP’s Principal Reduction Alternative may be taxable as cancellation of debt income. You may be able to recognize this income over a 3-year period.

HAMP LOAN MODIFICATION made easy in 2016 The Treasury. to spur principal reductions as a key improvement. "A well-crafted and well-implemented principal reduction program should help underwater homeowners, prevent foreclosures, and.

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