Why Loan Mods Stink
As mentioned in previous posts, loan modifications, as practised by most major banks, do not offer the results most homeowners had expected. Very few are altering the loan balance, yet millions of mortgages are upside down, many, especially in California, by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
What did we expect? We thought that the huge influx of tax payer money from TARP to keep the banks in business would result in more consumer-friendly lenders. What were we thinking? We were massively deluded. When banks have the upper hand as they do when homeowner/consumers are petitioning for a better deal, they will do the obvious. Take all the time in the world for the process, then order up massive amounts of paperwork, then lose the paperwork and finally offer a tentative agreement, possibly with a big cash payment, diddling as long as possible before making it permanent.
How Homeowners Can Gain the Upper Hand
What’s the alternative? How can homeowners shuck the petitioner role and instead gain the upper hand? Let’s remember that banks are regulated. Yes, during the boom years many of the regulators were asleep at the switch and irregularities and downright fraud became business-as-usual. Despite the lack of enforcement, the laws and regulations still exist and did exist even when not well enforced.
Today, specially trained attorneys are seeking to force the banks to restructure the loans done incorrectly, irregularly or even downright illegally. Many avenues of approach exist. Sometimes banks or brokers did not follow regulations in the origination process; sometimes the entire loan itself was a complete fraud. But, federal law does cover these situations. In these cases the law gives homeowners the upper hand.
What Is Loan Restructuring?
Really, this is what happens when regulations and laws are actually enforced. Oversight, we now realize, is key for the financial industry as with so many others. Loan restructuring can have several possible forms. Complete loan rescission is one possible outcome. The lender may issue an entirely new loan with a new balance, a new interest rate and even a new investor or any combination of these. Alternatively, the lender may agree to a financial settlement. It all depends upon the specific original loan itself.
Certain types of loans can be restructured; others cannot. Stated income loans are prime candidates for restructuring as well as ALT-A, Adjustable-rate loans [ARMs] and ARMs that can negatively amortize [neg-AMs] along with the famous Sub-Prime loans.
If you have one of these types of loans and have an interest in gaining the upper hand over your bank, contact me. Sorry, but for right now, I can help only those loans on property in California.
For other states, I NOW have additional resources. Give me a call at 626-641-0346