Loan Modifications: What Are They Really? Part 1

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A loan modification can be defined as an agreement between a homeowner and a financial institution that changes the terms of the original mortgage loan. Homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments or who are having financial difficulties should seek to modify their mortgage loan for the purpose of obtaining a reduction of their mortgage payments that fits into their financial circumstances. It should be noted that a loan modification application does not stop a foreclosure lawsuit from moving forward. Whenever a homeowner is sued in a foreclosure lawsuit they must file a written Answer to the Summons and Complaint with the court and with opposing counsel within twenty days if served personally and thirty days if served by any other means. Failure to submit an Answer, even if a mortgage modification application is submitted, is considered a default and an admission of the allegations in the lawsuit which allows the lawsuit to move forward unopposed.

Various Mortgage Modifications

There are a variety of ways in which a mortgage can be modified. Examples of the types of manners in which a mortgage can be modified are as follows:

  1. The interest rate can be reduced.
  2. Payment terms, which are usually over a thirty year period, can be extended to as long as forty years.
  3. The arrears on the mortgage can be placed at the end of the mortgage and the payment terms extended by the amount of months in which payments were missed.
  4. Penalties and attorneys fees concerning the mortgage can be waived.
  5. Interest and late fees concerning the mortgage payments can be waived.
  6. An adjustable rate mortgage can be converted to a conventional mortgage.
  7. An adjustable rate mortgage can be converted into an interest only mortgage or a fixed rate mortgage.

All of the aforementioned ways of modifying a mortgage can be used individually or in combination with each other to create a lower cost, more affordable, monthly mortgage payment for the beleaguered homeowner.

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