A number of years ago, I did an FHA mortgage for a client. This morning I got a call from Fred, saying “I need your help, I don’t want to lose my house.” He told me that he has spoken to Bank America, they service the mortgage. They told him the only way they can modify the mortgage is if he stops making the mortgage payments. Every time I hear that, it makes me crazy.
Over the last few years, he lost his job a few times, but found new employment, his credit was marginal, but sufficient to get him refinanced from his 7.25% rate, into an FHA streamline loan. The lenders want to know if the mortgage's been current over the last 12 months, which it has. Also, they want to know the credit scores, which works, but they don’t want to know about any of the other obligations or that history.
Fred’s payment will go from $1,413 per month to $1,106. To Fred, he feels like he won the lottery. There are a lot of Fred’s out there in the world, many of which seek help and so often in the wrong places.
By: Amilda Dymi
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