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I’m Late with My Mortgage Payment- HELP!

Short Sale Repurchase changes after August 16 2014Home Affordable Modifications

Avoid Foreclosure- Free Counseling

Are you having a hard time making your loan payment? Are you hearing about all those loan modification programs on the radio and TV and do not know who to trust?

Afraid of Fraud?  Did you know that there is free counseling that is available to you through government programs?

You may not be alone- one out of every 10 families who are just like you who have either missed one or more of their mortgage payments and still desperately want to keep their personal residence. If you can no longer afford to make your monthly loan payments, you may qualify for a new government loan modification program called HAMP.

 Am I eligible for a Home Affordable Modification? Answer these questions:

  1.  Is your home your primary residence?
  2. Is the amount you owe on your first mortgage equal to or less than $729,750?
  3. Are you having trouble paying your mortgage?For example, have you had a significant increase in your mortgage payment OR reduction in your income since you got your current loan OR have you suffered a hardship that has increased your expenses (like medical bills)?
  4. Did you get your current mortgage before January 1, 2009?
  5. Is your payment on your first mortgage (including principal, interest, taxes, insurance and homeowner’s association dues, if applicable) more than 31% of your current gross income?

 If you answered yes to these questions- you may qualify for a loan affordable modification Click here to view the government loan modification survey. Fill it out and see if you qualify.

If you do not qualify for a  loan mod, you may want to see  if you qualify for the government HAFA short sale program and the 3,000 moving expenses if you complete a short sale.

Kathy Dyer wants you to keep your home. Call her for any questions and we will direct you to people who can help. If you can not get a loan modification, call us to see if a short sale if right for you.

Avoiding Mortgage Scams

Kathy Dyer Realtor CABRE #01723710

kdyer@KW.com  831-717-7047

KW Coastal Estates

Carmel Ca. 93923

Kathy Dyer Realtor with KW Coastal Estates serving the Monterey Peninsula area

Avoiding Mortgage Scams

Mortgagee Scams

AVOID MORTGAGE SCAMS!

Fraudulent foreclosure “rescue” professionals use half truths and outright lies to sell services that promise relief, but fail to deliver. In reality, they make a quick profit by charging high fees or collecting mortgage payments, and keeping the money, rather than passing it on to the lender. Usually they use advertising messages like “Stop Foreclosure Now!” They are also known to use a variety of tactics to take your money, and sometimes your home as well. Knowing what types of scams are most common is the best way to avoid being conned.

 Types of Mortgage Scams:

Phony Counseling:   Some scam artists tell their victims that they can negotiate a deal with their lender if they pay a fee first. They tell them not to contact their lender and to let the “negotiator” handle the details. Once the fee is paid, the crook takes off with their money without contacting the lender.

Bait and Switch: Other con artists trick their victims into signing documents for a new loan to make the existing mortgage current. Unfortunately the distressed homeowner could be surrendering the title of the house to a scam artist in exchange for a worthless or expensive “rescue” loan.

Rent-to-Buy Scheme:  Some victims are told to surrender the title of their home as part of a deal that allows them to stay in the home as a renter, and buy it back during the next few years. But deals like this usually are so expensive that buying back the home becomes impossible. In the end, they lose their home and the scam artist takes off with the equity that they had built up.

Bankruptcy Foreclosure: A few of the fraudsters may promise to negotiate with the victim’s lender or get refinancing on their behalf if they pay a fee in advance. Instead, they pocket the fee and file for bankruptcy in the homeowner’s name — sometimes without their knowledge.

How to Find Legitimate Help?

Homeowners who are having trouble paying their mortgage should contact their lender immediately. They may be able to negotiate a new repayment schedule. For more information, read “Mortgage Payments Sending You Reeling? Here’s What to Do,” at http://ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea04.shtm

To learn more about shopping for mortgages, visit http://www.ftc.gov/credit and click on “Mortgages/ Real Estate.”

Who to Contact if you’ve Been the Victim of a Mortgage Scam?

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, contact: http://www.ftc.gov/ or 877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

In general, be suspicious of:

• Anyone who wants the deed to your house for any reason, whether it’s to clean up your credit or obtain special” financing from an investor.

• Anyone who offers to rent your house back to you until you can get back on your feet.

• Lenders who encourage you to borrow more than you need or more than the value of your home.

• Terms that change at the last minute or offer next-day approval based on prepayments or up-front fees.

• Forms you do not understand or that contain blank spaces “to be filled in later.”

• Beware of phony credit counseling agencies charging high fees for financial counseling services you can get for little or no charge through non-profit agencies.

Red Flags for Mortgage Scams

Kathy Dyer Realtor CABRE #01723710

kdyer@KW.com  831-717-7047

KW Coastal Estates

Carmel Ca. 93923

Kathy Dyer Realtor with KW Coastal Estates serving the Monterey Peninsula area

Making Home Afforable Program for Struggling Home Owners

Making Home Affordable Program for Struggling Home Owners

Making home more affordable

Act now to get the help you need through the Making Home Affordable
Program
. This part of the President’s Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan was created to help millions of homeowners refinance or modify their mortgages to a payment that is affordable, both now and in the future.

If you can no longer afford to make your monthly loan payments, you may qualify for a loan modification to make your monthly mortgage payment more affordable.

Millions of borrowers who are current, but having difficulty making their payments and borrowers who have already missed one or more payments, may be eligible.

Am I eligible for a Home Affordable Modification?

Answer these questions:

  1. Is your home your primary residence?
  2. Is the amount you owe on your first mortgage equal to or less than $729,750?
  3. Are you having trouble paying your mortgage?

For example, have you had a significant increase in your  mortgage payment or reduction in your income since you got your current loan or have you suffered a hardship that has increased your expenses (like medical bills)?

  1. Did you get your current mortgage before January 1, 2009?
  2. Is your payment on your first mortgage (including principal, interest, taxes, insurance and homeowner’s association dues, if applicable) more than 31% of your current gross income?

If you have answered yes to all of these questions, you may qualify for a loan modification program.  Only the servicer of your loan can tell you if you qualify. To qualify, you will generally need to show that you have adequate income to make the reduced payments on an ongoing basis and that modification is an appropriate option given the characteristics of your mortgage and the value of your home.

The next step is to gather the information you will need when you speak to a housing counselor or the servicer of your mortgage.  The number should be on your statement.

This includes:

Information about the monthly gross (before tax) income of your household, including recent pay stubs if you receive them or documentation of income you receive from other sources.

Checklist:

  1. Your most recent income tax return.
  2. Information about your savings and other assets
  3. Information about your first mortgage, such as your monthly mortgage statement.
  4. Information about any second mortgage or home equity line of credit on the house.
  5.  Account balances and minimum monthly payments due on all of your credit cards.
  6. Account balances and monthly payments on all your other debts such as student loans and car loans.
  7. A letter describing any circumstances that caused your income to be reduced or expenses to be increased (job loss, divorce, illness, etc.) if applicable.

If you are struggling with making your mortgage payment, seek the advice from your mortgage servicer to see if your qualify for any government loan modification programs. If not, seek out an experienced Realtor who specializes in short sales.

Kathy Dyer Realtor CABRE #01723710

kdyer@KW.com  831-717-7047

KW Coastal Estates

Carmel Ca. 93923

Kathy Dyer Realtor with KW Coastal Estates serving the Monterey Peninsula area

 

Fed Adopts Program to Stem Foreclosures

This week’s C.A.R. Mortgage Update contains information Freddie Mac, curbing foreclosures, credit unions, and financial roadblocks to home ownership.

Fed adopts program to stem foreclosures  holding head

The Federal Reserve recently announced it will seek to renegotiate mortgages it owns that might otherwise enter foreclosure, according to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke. Under the program, the Fed could reduce what a homeowner owes on a mortgage; lower the interest rate; lengthen the term of a loan; or take other steps to prevent a loan from defaulting.

The Federal Reserve’s program will focus on reducing the amount of principal owed by those at risk of foreclosure, especially those with loan balances exceeding 125 percent of the estimated value of their property. It is unclear how many homeowners could benefit from the program, and most individual borrowers will likely not know if their mortgages are owned by the Federal Reserve. If eligible for a loan modification, the homeowner would work with mortgage servicer and not the government directly.

For any questions concerning your real estate situations feel free to give us a call and we can put you in touch with professionals to help you through this tough time. Kathy Dyer 831-717-7047

Kathy Dyer Realtor CABRE #01723710

kdyer@KW.com  831-717-7047

KW Coastal Estates

Carmel Ca. 93923

Kathy Dyer Realtor with KW Coastal Estates serving the Monterey Peninsula area

Countrywide Bank Loan Modification for Troubled Home Owners

Bank of America, which acquired Countrywide in July, said that nearly 400,000 troubled homeowners who have subprime mortgages and option adjustable-rate loans through Countrywide may be eligible for loan modifications. To be eligible for the Bank of America plan, homeowners must occupy the home as their primary residence; the mortgage must be seriously delinquent — or likely to become so; and the loan must have been serviced by Countrywide and originated prior to Dec. 31, 2007. Bank of America will help borrowers by restructuring first-year payments of principal, interest, taxes and insurance to no more than 34 percent of the borrower’s income; halting foreclosure sales against borrowers who are likely to qualify for a loan modification; and waiving restructuring fees and prepayment penalties.

To read the full story, please click here:
http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/2008-10-06-countrywide-mortgages-settlement_N.htm

Kathy Dyer Realtor CABRE #01723710

kdyer@KW.com  831-717-7047

KW Coastal Estates

Carmel Ca. 93923

Kathy Dyer Realtor with KW Coastal Estates serving the Monterey Peninsula area

What to do if you cant Afford your Mortgage Payment

What to do if your can’t afford your mortgage payment?

The majority of the mortgage modification programs from the larger lenders only are available to homeowners who either already are in default or are at risk of defaulting on What are my options if I cant get a loan modification?their primary residences. However, some homeowners, in particular those who may default on a vacation home or an investment property, have some options available.

Homeowners who are in default or at-risk of defaulting should contact a reputable credit counseling agency to discuss possible options other than foreclosure. When calling a credit counseling agency, the homeowner should have their loan number, most recent mortgage statement, bank statements and a letter demonstrating financial hardship. To find a credit counselor, visit the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Web site at: http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm?webListAction=search&searchstate=CA or the non-profit organization National Foundation for Credit Counseling at http://www.nfcc.org/.

Homeowners should contact their loan servicer as soon as possible to try to work out potential solutions. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), some borrowers who do not meet the requirements for an existing mortgage modification program may still be considered for a loan adjustment based on personal circumstances.

If a mortgage modification is not possible, homeowners may want to consider a short sale — sell the home for less than the amount of the mortgage. Although a short sale enables a homeowner to avoid foreclosure and often causes less damage to the homeowner’s credit score than a foreclosure, the lender must agree to accept the loss and in most cases the homeowner may not have to pay taxes on the difference. Also, many lenders are overwhelmed by the large number of short sales being submitted by homeowners, so it could take longer than usual to receive a short-sale acceptance from the lender. The home owner can stay in their home while the approval takes place. Sometimes home owners may qualify for moving assistance from 3,000 – 5,000.

If a homeowner cannot qualify for a mortgage modification or a short sale, some lenders will consider a deed in lieu of foreclosure, where the homeowner transfers the title to the lender in exchange for debt forgiveness. Home owners may qualify for Cash for Keys programs as well. Properties that have additional debt, such as home equity lines of credit or additional mortgages, may not qualify for a deed in lieu of foreclosure. Homeowners who have additional debt tied to the property must share this information with their lender for consideration when applying for a short sale.

Call an experienced Short Sale Realtor who is not only certified but has good results closing short sales.

Kathy Dyer Realtor CABRE #01723710

kdyer@KW.com  831-717-7047

KW Coastal Estates

Carmel Ca. 93923

Kathy Dyer Realtor with KW Coastal Estates serving the Monterey Peninsula area

Red Flags of Foreclosure Related Scams

Red Flags on Mortage related scams

RED FLAGS of FORECLOSURE RELATED SCAMS

With the high number of foreclosures lately, foreclosure-related scams have exploded onto the real estate scene. Many scams are aimed at homeowners in foreclosure, investors, buyers, tenants, and other people involved in the foreclosure process.

Once a person is late on their mortgage payment- a notice of default is filed and that notice becomes public knowledge. Anyone now can contact an unsuspecting person and lure them into a scam.

The following are some red flags to watch out for:

  1.  Asks for money upfront before providing any service
  2. Asks for payment only in the form of cash, cashier’s check, or wire transfer
  3. Asks for a transfer of title or an interest in the property
  4. Gives an unqualified promise to stop foreclosure or other assurances;
  5. Offers to buy a home for a price above its market value
  6. Asks for something to be done immediately without delay
  7. Asks for the homeowner to give a power of attorney
  8. Asks for signatures on a grant deed or deed of trust
  9. Asks for signatures without giving homeowner a lot of time to review the documents
  10. Asks for signatures on a document that has lines left blank
  11. Fails to provide copies of documents signed
  12. Refuses or fails to provide an oral promise in writing
  13. Instructs a homeowner to make mortgage payments to someone other than the lender
  14. Instructs a homeowner not to discuss the situation with the lender, housing counselor, accountant, attorney, family, friends, or others.

Avoiding Mortgage Scams

Making Home More Affordable Program

Kathy Dyer Realtor CABRE #01723710

kdyer@KW.com  831-717-7047

KW Coastal Estates

Carmel Ca. 93923

Kathy Dyer Realtor with KW Coastal Estates serving the Monterey Peninsula area

What is a Loan Modification?


A Loan Modification is a negotiation between a lender and a borrower whereas the loan terms are restructured without refinancing.  The rate and terms of your loan are restructured to fit your current financial situation.
 
In these market conditions, the banks and lenders have been mandated by the president to do everything they can to work out a payment plan with their borrowers. This is a great thing for today’s borrowers, especially for those who are running late on their payments or are having trouble making them on time. The banks and lenders would rather take less money and keep you in your home making a payment that you can afford, rather than go through the expense of foreclosing on the home, hiring a listing agent, rehabilitating the home, and letting it sit empty on the market for months, only to lose thousands in the process.

 We have referrals if you need any lenders help you with a loan re-modification, give us a call or email us.

 

Read below for more information:

Mortgage Modification Programs

Kathy Dyer Realtor CABRE #01723710

kdyer@KW.com  831-717-7047

KW Coastal Estates

Carmel Ca. 93923

Kathy Dyer Realtor with KW Coastal Estates serving the Monterey Peninsula area