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Pasadena, CA, October 4, 2010 – OneWest Bank N.A., a Pasadena-based regional bank, today announced that it has implemented the Principal Reduction Alternative (PRA) loan modification program as outlined under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). With this announcement, OneWest becomes one of the first servicers to launch the program.  

“We are pleased to now offer principal reduction as yet another solution to help more borrowers stay in their homes,” said Steven Mnuchin, OneWest Bank Chairman. “OneWest continues to be extremely supportive of both the FDIC’s and the Treasury’s leadership in the loan modification arena and appreciates the opportunity to be an early adopter of this important program.” 

Principal reduction eligibility:

During the initial launch of the PRA program, the following loans will be eligible for principal reduction under this program: 

  • The loan must be owned by OneWest Bank or serviced as part of an investor pool that has given OneWest the authority to implement HAMP.
  •   Loans that are serviced on behalf of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Federal Housing Administration and VA loans are currently not eligible for this principal reduction program.
  • The loan must be at least 60 days delinquent.
  • The home must be owner occupied.
  • Qualifying loans must have a loan-to-value ratio in excess of 115%, determined by a current assessment of the home’s value.

How and when is principal forgiven?

Principal will be forgiven over a three year period in three equal installments.  The amount of the reduction will initially be treated as a principal forbearance and will be non-interest bearing. The following example illustrates how principal is forgiven under the program:  

A borrower with a principal loan amount of $200,000 and a property value of $150,000 is eligible for a principal reduction of $27,500. Through the PRA program, the borrower’s loan will be reduced to $172,500 and their loan to value ratio will be reduced from 133.3% to 115%.  As long as the borrower is never behind more than three payments, on each of the first three anniversaries of their modification, 1/3rd of the $27,500 ($9,167) will be permanently forgiven. 

This program has been structured to conform to the guidelines of HAMP and therefore, borrowers will continue to be eligible for incentives under HAMP, including an additional principal payment of up to $1,000 for each of the first five years, if the borrower maintains good standing.  

Please note that not all borrowers who are HAMP eligible will be eligible for PRA even though they may receive a HAMP modification. Borrowers who submit an application for a HAMP modification but have not previously received a HAMP modification will be evaluated for a PRA; however borrowers who had previously received a HAMP modification are not currently eligible for PRA at this time. 

For more information regarding eligibility and for answers to frequently asked questions on the PRA program please go to https://www.indymacmortgageservicesblog.com/ 

Loan modification results:

Since its inception, OneWest Bank has been committed to home preservation through mortgage modifications.  OneWest Bank has completed more than 45,575 loan modifications, some of which were completed as part of modification program created by the FDIC while others were implemented under HAMP . 

About OneWest Bank N.A.

OneWest Bank N.A. is one of the largest Southern California headquartered banks and is focused on delivering personalized, relationship-based banking to its customers. The bank has 82 retail branches conveniently located throughout Southern California to serve consumers and businesses, small and large. With total assets of $28 billion, OneWest has the size and strength to offer a wide array of banking products and services and the stability to protect its depositors. IndyMac Mortgage Services, a division of OneWest, services over $150 billion of mortgage loans on the behalf of third parties and offers loan modifications pursuant to Home Affordable Modification Program (“HAMP”) guidelines. Through our wholly owned subsidiary, Financial Freedom, OneWest is a leading reverse mortgage lender and servicer. OneWest is an FDIC-insured institution and funds deposited in the bank are insured up to the FDIC’s insurance limit of $250,000 per depositor. Information about OneWest Bank can be found on the company’s website at www.owb.com. 

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