I recently contacted Preferred Law PLLC to help me with BOA Modification. I have tried for 14 months on my own and this is just to much stress. Of course, they said that they could get it done within 4-6 months and the cost would be $3,900.00. Stop making my mortgage payments, they guarantee it 100 % and this scares me? I looked at the BBB which gave them an A- rating but this company in BBB Credited. I am currently 2 months behind on my mortgage what’s your opinion.
I typically suggest people first turn to free mortgage modification counseling from a HUD Housing Counselor. The service is paid for by the government.
The concern is if you are even qualified for a BOA program to begin with. Banks are not required to modify mortgages and they have strict requirements.
If Preferred Law wants you to pay so much money, then it seems reasonable to ask them to give you a guarantee or refund if they are unable to obtain the refund. Additionally ask them to provide you with independently verified statistics that demonstrate their success rate so you can make an informed decision.
You might want to compare what they are selling you with the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rules from the Federal Trade Commission.
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If you want to try to qualify under a government program, use the links below for free.
Be sure to first read How Not to Get Scammed by a Mortgage Loan Modification Company.
First you’ll need to determine your current debt-to-income ratio. The target debt-to-income ratio under the Home Affordable Modification program is 31%. Use this free online DTI calculator.
Mortgage Modification Calculator
The mortgage modification eligibility calculator will ask you several questions and then show you which programs you may be eligible for.
Free Mortgage Modification Help and Counseling
If you have questions about the process or eligibility you can call 888-995-4673 and get connected with an mortgage modification adviser for free. This help is provided by government subsidized HUD Housing Counselors and they can be a big help in navigating the modification process.
In order to assist you, the housing expert will need to gather some information from you. Have the following documents handy:
- Information about your first mortgage, such as your monthly mortgage statement.
- Information about any second mortgage or home equity line of credit on the house.
- Information about the monthly gross (before tax) income of all household members contributing to pay the mortgage, including recent pay stubs if you receive them or documentation of income you receive from other sources.
- Information about your savings and other assets.
- Account balances and minimum monthly payments due on all of your credit cards.
- Account balances and monthly payments on all your other debts such as student loans and car loans.
- Your most recent income tax return.
- It may also be helpful to have: A letter describing any circumstances that caused your income to be reduced or expenses to be increased (job loss, divorce, illness, etc.), if applicable.
You can also get free help and housing counseling from a local HUD approved counselor. You can find your local free housing counselor, here.
Contact Your Mortgage Company
Not sure if your mortgage company offers modification programs? Not all do. You can contact your mortgage company to ask them about mortgage modification programs you might be eligible for. Click here to find your mortgage company.
Want to know the net present value (NPV) of your home for the mortgage modification process? No problem, use the free NPV calculator to find out. The NPV calculator is right here.
The calculator can be used by homeowners who have been denied a HAMP modification because of their NPV result or can also be used by homeowners prior to applying for a HAMP modification to help them better understand the NPV evaluation.
No Advance Fees
The Federal Trade Commission has a Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule which prohibits advance fees for mortgage rescue services or mortgage modification help.
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