The one reality about today’s housing market is that many people have more questions than answers. The following information is intended to help you or someone you know better understand your situation.
The qualifications for a short sale include any or all of the following:
A mortgage modification is a process through which your mortgage lender changes any or all of the following:
This process can allow borrowers to stay in their property when they can no longer afford their current mortgage payments.
Lenders have realized that in some cases it is better for them to work with current borrowers to lower payments or possibly improve terms in order to keep homeowners in their properties. The average foreclosure can cost a lender from 35-50% of the value of a property, so keeping borrowers in their homes is a good option for everyone.
According to the Making Home Affordable Web site (www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov), you will need the following information for your lender to consider a modification:
If applicable, it may also be helpful to have a letter describing any circumstances that caused your income reduce or expenses to increase (job loss, divorce, illness, etc.)
The first call you make should be to your lender, have the information above ready to discuss with them and call your customer service line to ask them what options you have available. If the person you speak with does not understand what you are asking, you can ask to be referred to one of the following departments (different lenders have different names for these departments):
Prior to contacting your mortgage lender you can quickly complete an eligibility test at www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov. This test will let you know if you are eligible for a modification through the government-sponsored Home Affordability and Stability Program (HASP).
For a list of mortgage lenders and servicers, visit www.HopeNow.com.
If Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac owns your mortgage, you may be eligible for a Home Affordable Refinance. This will allow you to refinance your home and often lower your payments.
You are not alone and foreclosure is not the only option. If your mortgage lender or servicer will not work with you to reduce your payment, you may want to consider a short sale. Agents with the Certified Distressed Property Expert® Designation have undergone extensive training in how to process and negotiate short sales.
A short sale allows you to sell your home for less than what you owe and avoid foreclosure. Speak to your market expert to see if you may qualify.
According to the resources released by the government, following are a list of qualifications: