A loan modification is an agreement between you and your mortgage company to change the original terms of your mortgage. This could be a change in the payment amount, length of the loan, interest rate, etc. In most cases, you can modify your loan so your monthly payments are more affordable. You might consider a loan modification if you're ineligible for a refinance, you're facing a long-term hardship, or you're several months behind on your mortgage.
Determining a Borrower's Eligibility
Lenders will use specific financial analysis criteria to determine if a borrower is eligible for a loan modification. This criteria includes:
- Financial Hardship: The borrower experienced an unavoidable, verifiable loss of income or increase in living expenses. This could include job loss, death of a spouse or child, illness or disability.
- Ability to Pay: The borrower can prove he/she will be able to make the new payments now and the original payment again after 6 months.
- Debt-to-Income Ratio: While this may vary, most lenders require the borrower's debt-to-income ratio in the 36% to 45% range. Compensating factors such as credit score and the amount of equity in the property will also be considered.
- Inability to Refinance: The borrower is unable to refinance, but still needs temporary lower payments to make it through financial hardship.
- New Applicant: The mortgagor has not received a loan modification in the previous 24 month period.
If you are interested in seeing if you qualify for a loan modification, follow these steps:
- Gather Financial Information: Make sure you have your basic financial and loan information on hand before you call your lender. This information includes: your mortgage statements, monthly debt payment information such as student loans, car loans or credit card payments, and your income details proven through pay stubs and tax return documents.
- Explain Your Situation: Be prepared to outline your current financial hardship and why you're having trouble making your monthly mortgage payments. You will also need to let the lender know if this is a short-term or long-term problem.
- Once you have completed steps 1 and 2, you're ready to call your mortgage company at the Lake of the Ozarks to let them know you are interested in a loan modification and would like to see if you qualify.
Lakelender Michael Lasson is here to help with all your Lake of the Ozarks home financing needs. From new home loans to refinancing your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, I'm here to help you every step of the way. For information or questions you may have regarding mortgages, give us a call at 573-746-7211.
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