December 15, 2017

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Who Owns My Mortgage?

There are many reasons why you might need to take steps to learn who owns your mortgage loan. When you apply for a home loan at the lender of your choice, that financial institution “owns” your loan. But things can change-a financial institution could be purchased by a larger company, the loan itself may be sold off to another financial institution, etc. When you need to apply for FHA refinancing, an FHA reverse mortgage, or other type of loan that requires your existing mortgage data, you may need to look up who currently owns your mortgage loan. This is especially true for those looking for loan modification help through a government program such as the Obama mortgage, Making Home Affordable, or other programs. Some foreclosure avoidance programs are only for | more...

 
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FHA Loan Program Changes To Help Prevent Foreclosure

On Friday, April 24 2015, the FHA and HUD issued a press release detailing “significant changes” to the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program or DASP. According to HUDNo 15-048, “In an effort to better serve homeowners looking to avoid foreclosure, loan servicers will now be required to delay foreclosure for a year and to evaluate all borrowers for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) or a similar loss mitigation program.” “HUD is making additional improvements to the Neighborhood Stabilization Outcome (NSO) sales portion of DASP which are aimed at increasing non-profit participation. Updates include giving non-profits a first look at vacant properties, allowing purchasers to re-sell notes to non-profits, and offering a non-profit only pool.” That is a major alteration from the old standard, which permitted lenders to foreclose on a | more...

 

FHA Loan Forbearance: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “Got fha loan for our home on Dec 2011. We have been doing fine until early 2014, we got a little behind. We have never let any payment be more than 30 days late, but we had some late payments to our bank on this loan. My wife is out of work after this month. Do we have any forbearance options?” In situations like these it’s extremely important to being talking with the lender right away. FHA loans do have forbearance options for qualified borrowers, but many of a borrower’s options are most plentiful before the mortgage becomes delinquent. Working with your lender at the first sign of trouble with the mortgage loan is a very important move towards foreclosure avoidance. According to the FHA official site: | more...

 

FHA Home Loan Foreclosure Avoidance Policy Changes

Recently, the FHA issued a press release announcing changes to its loss mitigation and foreclosure avoidance policies. We’ve reported on some of those changes in previous blog posts; we haven’t yet covered the FHA’s revised loss mitigation options and changes to those policies. According to HUDNo.12-22, in the section titled “Updated Loss Mitigation Priority Order Requirements” you’ll find the following new policy information on how the FHA handles its loss mitigation options–described in order of priority. According to the FHA, “After evaluating a delinquent mortgagor for Informal and Formal Forbearance Plans, FHA’s Loss Mitigation options must be considered in the following order: (1) Special Forbearances; (2) Loan Modifications; and (3) FHA-HAMP.” How does this evaluation process work? The FHA explains, “Before four full monthly installments due on the mortgage have | more...

 

FHA Foreclosure Avoidance Options

In a recent Mortgagee Letter (ML2012-22), the FHA and HUD describe a variety of changes to FHA Loss Mititgation options. “Loss Mitigation” basically refers to foreclosure avoidance programs for borrowers in trouble on their FHA mortgages. The FHA Mortgagee Letter opens by stating, “No later than 90 days after issuance of this Mortgagee Letter, (November 16, 2012) mortgagees must begin to assess mortgagors in default under FHA’s loss mitigation priority order and policies referenced herein. FHA updates on its loss mitigation/foreclossure avoidance policies includes the following new requirements, as described below. According to the FHA, “Before a mortgagee considers a delinquent mortgagor for one of FHA’s Loss Mitigation Home Retention Options, the mortgagee must first evaluate the mortgagor for both Informal and Formal Forbearance Plans.” Additionally, “Informal and Formal Forbearance | more...

 

FHA Amends Loss Mitigation Policies

The FHA has announced important changes to its Loss Mitigation Home Retention options, intended as stated in FHA Mortgagee Letter 2012-22, to “reduce the number of full claims against the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund by assisting a greater number of qualified, distressed mortgagors in retaining their homes.” The new rules, posted on November 16, have specific requirements for the lender. “No later than 90 days after issuance of this Mortgagee Letter, mortgagees must begin to assess mortgagors in default under FHA’s loss mitigation priority order and policies referenced herein.” The new FHA loan rules alter FHA’s Home Affordable Modification Program’s (FHA-HAMP) guidelines, as well as “the definition of “Special Forbearance” in Mortgagee Letter 2002-17; and Loss Mitigation priority order guidelines in Mortgagee Letter 2000-05.” What are these changes? We | more...

 

FHA Loan Foreclosure Avoidance Options

According to HUD.gov, there are a variety of options for borrowers to consider when trying to avoid FHA loan default or foreclosure. The options are not guaranteed for all borrowers–you may be required to qualify for each program depending on your circumstances, whether or not you are current on the FHA home loan and other factors. It’s very important to consider these options before you have missed any payments or are in ongoing financial trouble on the loan–doing so keeps you eligible for the most advantageous terms and options. FHA Borrowers who want to modify or refinance their loans for lower payments should consider one or more of the following options: Home Affordable Modification Program: This program, also known as HAMP, lowers the borrower’s monthly mortgage payment to 31 percent | more...

 

Hope For Homeowners Program Near An End

Time is running out on the Hope For Homeowners program which is currently set to stop permitting endorsements after September 30, 2011. During the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the Hope For Homeowners program was created to help stabilize the housing market. It was originally created to prevent qualified home owners from defaulting on their loans, and avert foreclosure. Those in danger of defaulting on FHA home loans were urged to call their lenders and request an evaluation for eligibility in the program. According to the Hope For Homeowners Act of 2008, borrowers were eligible of the original loan originated before 2008, the loan default was not caused intentionally, and the borrower didn’t have multiple home loans. This was not a simple refinancing plan similar to other loan forbearance or FHA loan | more...

 

FHA Loans and Foreclosure: a Timeline

With home foreclosures still in the news even several years after the housing crisis of 2008, we've written a fair amount on topics related to foreclosure on FHA home loans. Default and foreclosure are often preventable if the buyer takes action early; in some cases a simple bit of additional information is the only thing a borrower needs to take action that can save the home. Missing one FHA mortgage loan payment isn't good, but it is not the end of the world if the buyer contacts the loan officer and the FHA to discuss next steps. But what happens when the buyer misses the a second payment? The FHA says when the second payment in a row is missed, the bank will definitely reach out to the homeowner, but | more...

 

FHA Loans: How Many Payments Can Be Missed Before Foreclosure Starts?

When FHA borrowers get into financial trouble, the best thing to do is to get in touch with the FHA and the lender immediately to start damage control. This helps avoid the borrower going into default or foreclosure on the FHA loan. Some borrowers mistakenly think that they are in foreclosure territory after missing one or two payments--but many more wrongly believe they have much more time even after missing two or more payments before the foreclosure proceedings start. The truth is that the foreclosure often varies depending on the state and the lender. How much time does a borrower have before going into default and foreclosure in general?