got behind on mtg payments & other bills, filed chapter 13 last year, but case has not been settled. trustee denies claim & then attorney refiles. all payments are being made to the trustee. mtg payments are also being made. we also have a rental property in the same situation, but has since been rented & mtg payments are also being made. we have been contacted by phone on mtg loan modification companies. SC Law Group being one of them. after reviewing your website they don’t seem very reputable. the other one is Source One Financial associated w/ the Friedman law Group in New York.
can a loan modification to lower interest rate & payments & either relieve back mtg payments or have them put on the back of the loan a reality? or is this a pipe dream? sc law group doesn’t seem to be reputable from the reports on getoutofdebt.org are there any reports on the friedman law group or source one financial? AFSOA.com was link from getoutofdebt.org are they reputable or does the same vetting process apply?
First off, before you run out to do anything you need to talk this over with your bankruptcy attorney. You might also want to take advantage of all the free options you have to modifying your mortgage first since you are already cash strapped.
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.
I think this was the first time I’ve heard about Affordable Financial Solutions of America and a visit to their site made me concerned. One of the big red flags I have is when a debt relief company that is charging fees, does not provide contact information about where they are located.
In checking on their domain name they also have their ownership and location hidden. The domain name, AFSOA.com was only registered in October, 2011 for a period of one year.
The area code for their fax is 954 which is typically in Florida.
A search of Florida records found an Affordable Financial Solutions of America, LLC located at 330 N. Andrews Ave, #300, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301. The company was registered in Florida on February 16, 2012 and is actually a Delaware LLC that was registered on October 20, 2011. The managing member of the LLC is Maria T. Garcia. – Source
Another site lists the owner as Glenn Witmer. – Source
A search of The Florida Bar could not locate either Witmer or Garcia as licensed attorneys in Florida.
If I use the information attached to your email it looks like you live in a specific midwest state. Using that information I checked to see if the company was registered to do business in your state, they are not.
And then there is an odd occurrence on their site. If you click on the “success stories” tab it actually takes you off their site to a company called Prime Access Management (primeaccessmanagement.com) that claims to be located at 1000 NW St., Suite 1200, Wilmington, Delaware 19801.
A search of Delaware records could not locate a Prime Access Managent that is registered to do business in that state. The Prime Access Management domain name was registered on June 5, 2012.
The link to Primae Access Management is really very odd. Is AFSOA using client testimonials of a company that is not registered to do business to support their claims? I’m sure the Federal Trade Commission would frown on that.
This is only a cursory look at the company. If you’d like to dive deeper, consider reading How to Check Out a Business or Company to Avoid Getting Scammed or Ripped Off.
If you go back to AFSOA, I’d be interested if you asked them for their success record. Maybe they will share with you how many clients they’ve enrolled and what the outcomes of all those clients was. Let me know what they say.
Please post your responses and follow-up messages to me on this in the comments section below.