We recommend that you work directly with your bank
first and research any government programs that you may
qualify for and apply to the best one that fits your
situation. If you are not confident or do not have the
time to work with your bank or apply to the correct
government program yourself, give us a call at (800)
393-0304. We help people every day get enrolled in the
Hardest Hit Fund
Thankfully there are options available to you if you are looking to stay in your home.
The most popular program, a Loan Modification is a change to an existing loan to a more affordable level by a lender in response to a borrower's long-term inability to repay it. Loan modifications typically involve a reduction in the principal balance, interest rate or an extension of the length of the term of the loan, or a combination of the three. You may qualify if you have recovered from a hardship and can afford the new payment amount. Most lenders can work with home owners, even if they have poor credit and have a foreclosure date since they do not want your home.
Depending on your situation, your bank may offer you a solution to repay your missed payments and avoid foreclosure with a Mortgage Forbearance Agreement. This agreement is made between a mortgage lender and delinquent borrower in which the lender agrees not to exercise its legal right to foreclose on a mortgage and the borrower agrees to a mortgage plan that will, over a certain time period, bring the borrower current on their payments. A Mortgage Forbearance Agreement is a temporary solution for delinquent borrowers designed for borrowers who have short-term financial problems caused by an unforeseen hardship such as health problems or unemployment. Usually Mortgage Forbearance Agreements allow a minimum of 4 months to postpone monthly mortgage payments, all the way up to 12 monthly payments at the maximum.
A Principal Reduction is a process whereby your loan modification attorney assists in negotiating down the total amount of the principal that you owe on the loan to reflect current value of the property. Usually the interest rate is reduced to current market rates and your monthly mortgage payment is lower.
However a Principal Reduction is difficult because the bank or lender is not making as much profit, and may even avoid mentioning principal reduction as an option. Just a $200 a month reduction equals tens of thousands of dollars less profit for the bank over the life of the mortgage.
You may modify your own mortgage directly with your lender, use resources at HUD, or find out now if you qualify for a Loan Modification Plan for free, just fill out the no obligation form below:
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