Mission Viejo, CA (PRWEB) June 17, 2009
Feldman Law Center - Press Release by Feldman Law Center - A grinding recession has put already struggling homeowners in a position where household debt loads are quickly becoming unmanageable. Loan modification has become a well known remedy for those experiencing hardships including toxic mortgages, job losses, being underwater on the house, divorce, etc. It has been widely reported that fully half of these modifications end up back in default within six months. Recently Fitch Ratings published estimates that the re-default rates on mortgages would rise to 70% by yearend 2009 due to inadequate terms on the loan modifications and additional household debt that isn't included in calculating a what a homeowner can actually afford to pay on the monthly mortgage payments.
Once a homeowner has engaged a firm to negotiate a loan modification on his behalf, entering a debt settlement process can double or triple the decrease in monthly payments gained from a loan modification by itself. The debt settlement aspect of this combination has several advantages in terms of the loan modification and the benefits that would accrue outside of it:
1) Monthly consumer debt/credit card payments are typically cut by 50% within one month of starting the process.
2) The documented decrease in consumer debt payments makes the overall financial picture of the homeowner look much better. As lenders broaden their scope to account for consumer debt and ability to pay after a loan modification, the decreased payment as a result of the debt settlement could be the difference between getting a loan modification and being denied.
3) Engaging in a debt settlement will hurt the credit score of the consumer/homeowner but credit scores aren't a major factor in determining whether a loan modification will be accepted or not. Acceptance for the loan modification is mostly contingent on ability to pay meaning that a debt settlement, even accompanied by a declining credit score, can help make the case for a modification.
4) The timing for completion of debt settlements varies from eighteen to forty-eight months during which time the credit score of the borrower will decline. Over time, as each account is paid off in the settlement the borrower's credit score will begin to increase. Concurrently, initial interest rates on a new loan modification are typically set for three to five years before payment increases start to go into effect. An attorney negotiating the terms of a loan modifications to coincide with completion of a debt settlement can put his client in a position where the homeowner could apply for a refinance at a time when his credit scores are on the upswing.
5) Even if a refinance is not available to the homeowner, timing the conclusion of the debt settlement process to precede the first interest rate bump on the modified loan proves to be advantageous as the homeowner/consumer would have additional cash flow as he finishes his payments to the debt settlement.
For consumer/homeowners with burdensome mortgage and consumer debt payments, combining the two processes can make a significant difference in cash flowing out of the household, the difficulty in managing the debt, and dealing with the possibility of foreclosure. Have attorney assess your total financial picture so that the two processes can be synchronized for optimal results.
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