Option 11. MORTGAGE LOAN MODIFICATION
(Available on a very limited number of VA loans with lender and/or investor approval) (Called Recast for FHA)
Definition: A restructuring of loan that could result in a lower interest rate, extending the term of your loan, thereby lowering your monthly mortgage payments.
If you have incurred a long term financial hardship and can afford a new agreed upon payment, this might be an option for you. A loan modification is a permanent change to your mortgage. There are costs and fees associated with a modification that you will be responsible for. All property taxes must be current or you must be participating in an approved payment plan with your taxing authority to be eligible for a modification. Any additional liens or mortgagees must agree to be subordinate to the first mortgage. All requests are subject to your lender’s approval.
A loan modification is easier to arrange prior to the Mortgage Company filing a foreclosure lawsuit. Some lenders will not consider this after filing, but it’s worth trying.
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