I’m Underwater With My Mortgage. Household Refuses to Help Me Modify My Loan. What Do I Do? – Robert

“Dear Andy, Underwater Mortgage Household Finance (Beneficial) conventional mortgage taken out four years ago with current balance of $114,000.00 with a value $72,000.00 Household refuse to modify, refinance or reduce interest rate. Current FICO 690 anticipate higher after paying down two credit cards. No late payments, bankruptcy or collection. Interest rate 9.5% has not been … Read more

Bank of America Won’t Talk to Us About Our Loan Modification. – Barbara

“Dear Steve, I have written to you before and you were most helpful. Thanks I got married 2 yrs ago and one or both of us has been unemployed for most of that time. Our home is in my husband’s name as he bought it back from his x-wife three years ago. My husband is … Read more

An Undercover Investigation of Mortgage Loan Modification Scams

The National Fair Housing Alliance has issued a recent report looking into mortgage modification scams. The report identified some of the practices I’ve written about extensively on GetOutOfDebt.org and they do a great job of presenting examples of what they found. From April, 2010, until March, 2011, the project identified more than 150 companies suspected … Read more

Stories of Homeowners and Loan Modifications: Where Are They Now

by Karen Weise, ProPublica ProPublica has been covering the government’s foreclosure relief effort [1] since the Obama administration launched the program in the spring of 2009. This week, ProPublica is checking back with some of the homeowners we’ve profiled over the past year. Some homeowners received modifications that prevented foreclosure, some are still in limbo … Read more

Modify Utah Shutters Doors. Leaves Consumers Stranded.

Thanks to a tipster (send in your tips here) I found out about a loan modification company in Utah called Modify Utah. The company apparently closed up without advance notice to consumers that had paid for services. The Desert News is reporting: According to a letter from the firm’s attorney, Paxton Guymon, Modify Utah ceased … Read more

Mortgage Modification Letter Gives the Telephone Number of Legal Helpers Debt Resolution?

The strangest tip just came in from someone that was helping a consumer with their mortgage problem. The tipster (send in your tips here) said: I got a call from a client. He’s the seller of a short sale we’re about to close on this month. His message, “I finally got my loan mod, it … Read more

FTC Goes After Residential Relief Foundation, U.S. Homeowners Relief, National Foreclosure Relief, U.S. Foreclosure Relief, Federal Housing Modification Department, Crowder Law Group, Dinmica Finaciera, Nationwide Financial Aid, and Northern Federal Aid

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a series of law enforcement actions as part of the FTC’s continuing crackdown on scams that target homeowners behind in their mortgage payments or facing foreclosure. At the FTC’s request, federal courts have halted two allegedly bogus mortgage relief operations that posed as government mortgage assistance programs, pending trial. … Read more

Government Loan Modification Money Not Being Used by Banks

by Paul Kiel, ProPublica When the Obama administration launched its flagship foreclosure prevention program in early 2009, it pledged to spend up to $50 billion helping struggling homeowners. But the government has so far only spent a tiny fraction of that. A recent Treasury Department report summarizing TARP spending put the total at $600 million … Read more

Is John Towers Financial Services a Reputable Loan Modification Company? – David

Just checking the validity of a company in California who stated they could get us a loan modification on our mortgage down form $1,162.00 to $815.00 PITI. for $2000.00 Is this a valid & reputable company to do business with. The company is : John Towers Financial Services in Corona, California on N. Lincoln Ave. … Read more

My Husband and I Bought a Condo in Los Angeles in 2007 with 100% Financing. (Oh, No!) – Beatrice

Beatrice “Dear Steve, My Husband and I bought a Condo in Los Angeles in March 2007. Terms were 80/20 loans each interest only for first 10 years. We did not put any money down. The value of our Condo has dropped more than 100k (per comparables mainly of short sales in the same building(yes, there … Read more

United Law Group Class Action Case Over Loan Modifications, Moving Ahead

Loan modification attorney Sean Rutledge and firm United Law Group lost a recent round in a class action case moving forward in California. The Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled that a former client can proceed with a suit alleging that Irvine attorney Sean Rutledge, who resigned from the State Bar in November amid … Read more

Mortgage Loan Modification Profiles: In Trial Limbo

by Karen Weise ProPublica, Download the audio. Listen to Michael and Concetta talk about the loan mod process. Last fall, Wells Fargo told Michael and Concetta Acevedo that after a three-month trial, they could get a permanent mortgage modification that would allow them to keep their Staten Island townhouse. Instead, 10 months later, the Acevedos … Read more

Loan Modification Profile: Fed Up, Giving Up, and Moving On

by Karen Weise ProPublica, Today, 8:53 a.m. Download the audio. Listen to Wallace Farmer talk about the loan mod process. On a recent Friday morning, Wallace Farmer packed up and moved out of his Baltimore row house. After over a year of confusion and delays, JPMorgan Chase told Farmer that he made too much for … Read more

I Need to Lower My Mortgage Payment. – Josten

Josten “Dear Steve, I need some advice on how to lower my mortgage bill payment. We have to pay too much money, monthly just to keep this house. My family can’t pay this much and we may have to sell our home. Please I need some advice. How do I lower my montly mortgage bills … Read more

Bank of America Has Ignored My Requests for a Loan Modification. – Patti

“Dear Steve, Single mom, monthly bills have increased greatly; no salary increasse for three years; helping son through college; recent breast cancer survivor. Bank of America has ignored my requests for a loan modification. I owe $145,000. and my home is worth at best $80,000. I get paid twice a month with one check covering … Read more