Loan modifications are becoming a more popular way of saving the home from being foreclosed upon by the bank. These modifications are when the lender and the applicant make a fresh contract on the amount of the monthly mortgage payments and the length of time these payments are going to be made.
In order to apply and be successful, the applicant must fulfill certain requirements as written to each modification plan. There are private plans given by various lenders and there is the modification plan that has been implemented by the government that certain lending institutes have become a part of. Those that are a part of the government plan all have to go after the same eligibility criteria which include amount of the principle balance which is owed which is determined by the size of the home, the inability to pay the monthly payments and the capability to prove this, the lack of equity on the home and more.
To prove the situation, there are many documents that the applicant must have such as pay stubs, tax comes back, financial spreadsheets, credit card or individual loan papers, amongst others. These all have to add up to prove the harsh financial situation of the applicant.
Because of the numbers and the paperwork involved, completing the application process is not always effortless. In fact it can be fairly difficult. A person has to know what to expect from the process and how it all works. Lenders aren’t always co-operative in providing loan modifications even when they are from the government so it is up to the applicant to woo the lender. Even tho’ there are requirements to meet, sometimes there are little loopholes that the lender can find to disqualify someone. It is necessary to know how to find another loophole to qualify oneself again.
This is where an attorney can be fairly helpful. The time that the applicant uses in preparing all of the papers, attending discussions or negotiations and so many other things can be saved by hiring a third party to do this work for them. It’s not just the time that is saved. When an applicant negotiates with the lender, it is not often that they know when a better deal can be made and they might just lodge for something that sounds good. An attorney catches sight of these contracts instantaneously and instead of approving one that can cost the applicant more money in the long run, they arrange agreements that save the applicant money instead.
The government implemented loan modification plan can work very well under various circumstances but there are still a high percentage of these homes that go into bank foreclosure. The rate is even higher with private plans. This can be prevented by hiring a third party to take on these negotiations and working out a much better deal for those payments, term length, and of course interest rate. For anyone who is considering applying for a loan modification, it is very recommended that they at least ask for professional advice very first and save themselves some unnecessary hassle.