The economy has been taking a dive for a while now and things don’t appear to be getting better. More people than ever are facing foreclosure if they do not receive some type of loan modification help. Even those who are now current on their mortgage payments realize that they may soon fall behind due to lay off and job losses. If someone is unable to refinance the loan for any reason, there are several options that may be available.
If you are already behind on payments you can speak to your bank about working out an arrangement to get current with your payments, say, within the next year. The lender has the final say but this option is open to explore. In fact, until recently, you had to be behind on payments in order to get any type of loan modification help. Of course, this describes a lot of people with the current economic situation. There are estimations that up to 6000 or more families will lose their homes in the next several years unless they are offered help.
Loan modifications come in all sizes and shapes so there are options. The latest help available is in the form of the new Affordable Home Program. This program is available to those who are not behind on their payments but still need to have their payments and interest lowered in order to stay current. The new program will also help those who owe more on their home than it is currently worth. Property values have declined sharply so many who would not qualify under existing programs may now qualify under the White House Plan.
Regardless of a home owner’s situation, every avenue should be explored. Whether you are behind on your payments now or not you could be facing problems in the near future. You can speak to your bank or loan institution or you can find out more about the Affordable Home Program. There is supposed to be new information available as well as loan counselors to help answer questions about the program.
Having more than one option is always ideal. The situation you face now may not be the one you are facing for the future. With loan modification help for those who are and are not currently in default, a lot more people can be helped. The important thing is to get information on your particular situation. There are options available for those with great credit ratings but there are also options now for those with less than perfect credit scores.
The main objective is to keep the home owner in their home. Too many people have worked too hard to be able to have a house of their own only to lose it because of the current economy. Economic circumstances change and whether this down slide is short term or long term people need to protect their investments. Check out the different loan modification programs available so you do not have to be one of the people facing foreclosure.