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For some small business owners, trouble on the home front (as in home mortgage front) threatens already precarious business conditions. Home mortgages that once seemed a good source of money for the business now could result in the need to lay off workers or even close. Homeowners with trouble making mortgage payments often hear that their best bet is to contact their lender about a loan modification. They should be well prepared when they do so.
As discussed in this blog post, home mortgages threaten millions of small business jobs in California, and likely other states as well.
Whether the problem making mortgage payments is short term or long term, the best option for homeowners often is to contact their lender to try to work out a new payment agreement. Lenders are not obligated to make mortgage modifications, however it is often in their interest to work out a feasible payment plan for the homeowner rather than foreclose and sell the property.
As discussed in this blog post, the Obama Administration's Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan included refinancing of qualifying mortgages owned or securitized by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to a lower fixed interest rate (see makinghomeaffordable.gov). As reported by the Washington Post, today the Obama Administration announced that the program will apply to previously excluded second mortgages.
In part to help those outside this program, the Obama plan also included $75 billion in matching cash to encourage lenders to agree to mortgage modifications.
Here are quick tips to keep in mind when seeking a mortgage loan modification.