It could be as low as 2% on a 40 year amortization. Your modified payment will depend primarily on your Current Income. Therefore, lower income means lower rates. Interestingly, the traditional risk variables that would ordinarily determine your interest rate when applying for a loan are turned on their head with the Making Home Affordable (MHA) loan modification program.
Can you imagine going back a couple years and having a banker say to you, “We could give you a lower rate if you were delinquent or even if you just made less money but it appears that you can afford to pay more than your neighbor so that's what we are going to charge”. Homeowners that are interested in benefitting from MHA shouldn't put off applying for the home-equivalent of “Cash-for-Clunkers”.
The auto industries 3 Billion dollar bucket of money is almost gone and mortgage servicers have really gotten their act together on participating in MHA so even the much larger 75 billion dollar bucket will tap out.
There are gotchas within MHA guidelines just like there were with Cash-for-Clunkers but qualifying candidates should come out of it with a payment at 31% of their gross income even if that means a 6 month delinquent borrower gets reset as low as 2% on a 40 year amortization! If you want to see if you may qualify for a MHA loan modification then contact your mortgage servicer, a real estate attorney or use the free online evaluation at: