We were contacted by Preferred Law LLC about getting a modification of our home mortgage They painted such a rosy picture of reducing our mortgage rate by 2-3 pts. which would save us thousands over the term of our loan.
I read your article about Modifiation Review Board LLC, based in Sandy Utah, which when sent the final forms to sign and return was listed on the letterhead. I noticed a few spelling errors, including the last name of my husband, as well as a few in the base of the letter. It didn’t look right to me, and the company named had never been brought up during any of the phone consultations we had with the Preferred Law LLC representative, Rod Kartchner.
One of the scenarios he explained to us, and which set off a red flag, was the best case scenario which would benefit us greatly, was a 40 year plan at 2% interest. Now my husband and I are 60 years old..realisitcally, who, in thier right mind would refinance us for 40 years?
They want us to sign a contract paying them 3900.00 over the course of 4 months, which is about the length of time it would take to get this modification, and we were told to stop paying our mortgage immediately.
My husband lost his job last year, so this sounded too good to be true, that our mortgage would be reduced several hundred dollars a month. We have been round and round with BOA for several months and getting nowhere as they kept losing our paperwork, asking for more info, resulting in a denial with an opportunity to appeal, then not filing the appeal when we complied, within days, with the information they wanted which brought about the denial.
So once again we were verbally told we were denied, and that we wouldn’t have this problem if my husband got a job and The underwriter said we were destined to fail. We have asked for a second denial notice several times, but as of yet , they have not complied.
We had never been late on a payment, and are not currently behind. When we took out this note we were in a better financial position and could very well afford the note even at the current interest rate we had, which at the time the note was taken out, was a fair % rate.
But now that my husband lost his job, and is collecting unemployment benefits, money is very tight, to say the least. I am still working and we do have good credit. We are extremely tired and frustrated with BOA and it’s inability to help us with the few government programs out there designed to help people in our position, and dont know what to do next.
Short of selling our home and moving to the street, we are getting desperate and this Preferred Law LLC company almost got us to sign on the dotted line due to the rosy picture they painted, However, the “GUARANTEE” of modification they offered in writing, has only been verbal so far. The amount of money they asked for a fee, was daunting, and advising us to stop paying our mortgage, then hiring a credit repair company to help us when the modification went thru, scared the heck out of us.
They sent us a few informational pages, explaining our legal rights in the mortgage world, the laws of forclosure, etc. which looks professional enough but also looks as tho they could have been printed off the web somewhere. We have stopped all procedings with this company until we investigate further and have decided to contact a modification lawyer in our town.
With all the info out there, concerning the government programs, it is clear to us that we qualify for the HEMP program, and cannot understand why we are having such a difficult time with BOA.
My question is, after reading your article, did you get any furthur info or feedback on this company and are they legit?”
Your question brings up a number of issues.
First and foremost, you should understand that Bank of America has no requirement to modify any mortgage they don’t want to modify. If Bank of America has given you some feedback about you not qualifying for their programs, that’s important information.
If you read my post about Modification Review Board you might have seen the nastygram I received, and posted, from Benjamin R. Horton, Esq. from Preferred Law.
In that letter he stated “Modification Review Board does temporarily share some of the content with one of our Preferred Law, PLLC websites.” But since the claim is that Modification Review Board is borrowing the material from Preferred Law I can’t understand how your interaction with Preferred Law would result in you receiving a client agreement or material from Modification Review Board.
Just logically, if you received a mailer or something proactively from any modification company it is probably intended to be the introduction to sell you something. In that light you need to evaluate the presentation as a sales pitch and if there are items in the verbal sales pitch that the company is not willing to put in writing, that’s concerning.
Before you consider paying any money on the verbal statements of a sales representative it would be sensical to get a second opinion. You can talk to a free HUD Housing Counselor or as you already deduced, a local real estate attorney. Certainly a second opinion is not something any legitimate law firm would object to you pursuing.
So I’d suggest you ask the Preferred law representative to put their representations in writing that you are counting on. If they won’t then I think that stops your quest right there. If they will, a second opinion is a great idea before you cough up money you can’t afford to spend.
Just one last question, did Preferred Law send you a mailer that looked like an official form? If so, can you upload a copy of that form me using this link?
Please post your responses and follow-up messages to me on this in the comments section below.