Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Restarting the loan modification process after the first loan modification window has expired

Question: The bank I have a mortgage with has offered me a loan modification in September. However, due to minor changes in my records a couple of years ago, a notary public has refused to notarize my loan modification papers. I contacted my bank on the same day and subsequently in later days to come. Only now (three months later), my bank has accepted my amended records, but then said that my window for loan modification has expired two days prior to that. What can I do now?

Response: Unfortunately, the only place you can go from here is restarting the process from scratch. You will have to resubmit your paperwork and hopefully if the income is similar to what it has been at the time of previous submission, you will be approved with similar terms. The banks' timeframe for accepting paperwork late is usually stretched out until the end of the month approval was granted (i.e. the entire month of September). Unless the bank issues a new loan modification agreement with a new deadline for return, the original offer for a modification agreement is no longer on the table. The good news is that since the agreement from September has not been properly enforced, the bank can still issue a new modification agreement (although it is in the bank's discretion). You should try to speak to the same negotiator who issues the original modification agreement, supplement the bank with updated pay stubs and bank statements, probably re-date a few forms, and if the bank is working in good faith, it might re-issue the modification agreement with similar terms.

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

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