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

I Need The Name of a Credible Loan Modification Company. – Charlotte

Charlotte “Dear Steve, I want to know how to find a credible loan modification company. Is there a list of fraudulent companies as to the consumer will know who not to do business with? I am having the hardest time trying to find anything on the internet which will inform me of fraudulent companies. I … 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

Mortgage Loan Modification Problems. Delayed then Denied, Often Mistakenly

Loan Mod Profiles: Delayed then Denied, Often Mistakenly by Karen Weise ProPublica, Today, 10:09 a.m. Download the audio. Listen to David Moe talk about trying to get a loan mod. Retired pastor David Moe describes the process of trying to get a loan modification — only to be denied after more than a year — … Read more

More Lawyers Arrested for Loan Modification Scam Involving Home Relief Services and US Loan Mod Processing.

A lawyer and his business partner have been arrested on charges of defrauding over 400 victims in a $1.25 million loan modification scam that targeted distressed homeowners. A warrant has been issued for another business partner in this case. Former attorney Christopher Lee Diener, 42, and business partners Stefano Joseph Marrero, 40, and Terrence Green … Read more

Loan Modification and Foreclosure Prevention Programs Are Not Working for Most

North Carolina just released a report which did a great job of narrowing in on the core issues that I hear from many people attempting to get their mortgage loans modified or who think a foreclosure prevention program is going to help save their house. For a small minority of applicants these programs are effective, … Read more

Ohio AG Goes after Barclays Capital Real Estate, HomeEq Services for Unfair Loan Modifications

The Ohio Attorney general has gone after Barclays Capital Real Estate operating under HomeEQ Servicing for several issues but one of them was an attempt to get Ohio consumers seeking loan modifications to sign agreements that included provisions for the borrower to: Waive all defenses, claims or offsets with respect to the unpaid principal balance … Read more

Loan Modification Boiler Room and Success Rate Exposed

Responding to a just-released report that exposes the inner workings of a loan modification boiler room, California Attorney General Brown warned homeowners to avoid “shadowy and unscrupulous” loan modification consultants who use aggressive telemarketing tactics and charge thousands of dollars in upfront fees for foreclosure relief. The report, written by a court-appointed receiver, found that … Read more

Just Because Your Bank Modified Your Mortgage Doesn’t Mean It Will Stick

A very interesting article on the Mortgage law Network appeared that you should be aware of. And banks are failing at an alarming rate. When a bank is taken over by the FDIC, the FDIC is protected by law from “side deals” made with borrowers which might tend to reduce the value of your loan … Read more

I Received a Mailer From Payment Reduction Service and Core Pac Solutions to Modify My Mortgage. – Charles

Charles “Dear Steve, My mortgage is upside down, I am one month behind, I cannot qualify for a re-finance given my credit score. I contacted my lender to see if I qualified for the federal loan modification plan (countrywide/BOA) and they indicated that they will contact me if they think I qualify-no word. I got … Read more

We Have Three Mortgages Against Our House, Started Our Own Business, and Finding it Hard to Pay the Bills. – Arthur

I apologize in advance for the short response. I am currently away on vacation with limited internet but wanted to give you an answer as soon as possible. Steve Arthur “Dear Steve, Upside down mortgage due to declining property values. Our income is down 50% due to the economy. We’ve tapped all our equity to … Read more