Almost every lender/servicer cautions homeowners against paying third parties to assist with their loan modification applications. Every participating lender in the Making Home Affordable (MHA) loan modification program is capable of working directly with their borrowers to process these applications without third party assistance.
There is also free government loan counseling help for homeowners that are struggling to work directly with their lenders. On the other hand, many of my clients first tried unsuccessfully on their own and were then surprised at how much quicker and better the results were when I was advocating for their application. I have a Bartlett client that was told he did not qualify for a MHA loan modification by both his servicer (National City) and a government counselor. I was able to get him into the MHA program in less than a week.
I was able to get a Des Plaines client a mortgage modification with Washington Mutual on their rental home in Florida even though rental properties aren't even included in the MHA program. Whichever route you go, make sure not to pay large upfront fees and that loan modification charges are for obtaining a loan modification not submitting your application. In Illinois, make sure that any upfront fees are for retaining a real estate attorney. If you want to explore retaining a real estate attorney to process your mortgage modification application correctly then use the free online evaluation at:www.illinoismortgagemods.com
The auto industries 3 Billion dollar bucket of money is almost gone and mortgage servicers have really gotten their act together on participating in MHA so even the much larger 75 billion dollar bucket will tap out. There are gotchas within MHA guidelines just like there were with Cash-for-Clunkers but qualifying candidates should come out of it with a payment at 31% of their gross income even if that means a 6 month delinquent borrower gets reset as low as 2% on a 40 year amortization! If you want to see if you may qualify for a MHA loan modification then contact your mortgage servicer, a real estate attorney or use the free online evaluation at: