If you are being told to halt your mortgage payments by a third-party assisting you with the process be careful. Do not spend the payments. It is true that mortgage companies are less likely to consider you for an in-house modification if you are current. Under the government programs this is not true.
The mistake many people make in attempting to "artificially" qualify for a modification is to spend the money. When they are denied the modification for whatever reason they are faced with foreclosure and do not have the money to become current.
If you are seeking the modification under a government program then contact a HUD counselor and run all the information you are receiving past them for a second opinion. Remember don't spend the missed payments.
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I am approved for loan modification, but I have to stop making mortgage payment for 3 months.
Who approved you? What sort of approval? It sounds like someone's been selling you a bill of goods... the federal loan mod programs all require that you be up to date... Call the bank holding your note to find out if this is legit. And I bet it isn't.