Long Island Loan Modification Lawyers
50+ Years’ Experience Resulting in More Than 7,000 Loan Modifications
When you experience financial difficulties, it is easy to fall behind on your mortgage payments and other bills. If you have an adjustable rate mortgage, it is possible for the interest rate to be adjusted to the point where you can no longer make a dent in your principal. If this sounds like you, it is time to find a solution that will provide you with relief from crushing debt and give you long-term financial freedom.
What Is a Loan Modification?
A loan modification is an agreement between a mortgage holder and the lender whereby the original terms of the loan are modified for the mutual benefit of both parties. By agreeing to modify the terms of the home loan, the borrower is better able to afford his or her monthly payments and the lender is able to recoup the money it invested in the initial loan. This differs from foreclosure where both the homeowner and the bank loses money.
Loans, whether commercial loans for businesses or mortgages for homeowners, may be modified in the following ways:
- The payment amount is changed
- The length of the loan is altered
- The interest rate is lowered
- The interest rate is converted from an adjustable to a fixed rate
- A past portion of the balance is delayed or forgiven
- A balloon payment is extended beyond its original due date
- Past fees that are due are waived
Through these modifications, your monthly payment is generally reduced to an affordable amount. Loan modifications differ from refinances where a new loan is entered into between you and a lender; a loan modification instead involves your original loan. It is an addition to your original loan agreement and documentation.
Eligibility for Loan Modification
One of the most crucial factors involved in the loan modification process is arranging the terms for something you can actually afford. In a home loan, your housing expense should generally be at a 25 to 45 percent share of your gross income. After determining this, you will need to qualify for a modification with your lender. In the case of a home loan, you will generally need to show that the home in question is your primary residence, that you have undergone some type of serious financial hardship that makes your current payment unaffordable, and that your income is enough to afford a more reasonable payment.
All of the eligibility requirements will need to be proven through such financial documents as bank statements, tax returns, pay statements, and more. Additionally, you may need to provide a written explanation to your lender about the hardships that have led to your situation.
How Long Does a Loan Modification Take?
Lenders generally have 30 days to respond to your submission of a loan modification. Once the lender receives your documents, you are optimally assigned to someone who will be in charge of your case and be given this person’s contact information. You also have a right to be given documentation of your current loan status, including your balance and history of payment as well as the exact legal entity that owns your loan.
New York Laws Regarding Loan Modifications
You may run into companies that provide loan modification assistance for a fee upfront. However, you should avoid them. Under New York law, collecting a fee upfront for a loan modification is prohibited. Fees for this service can only be collected after the service has been completed.
How Fine Law Offices Can Help
Fine Law Offices represents clients in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in assisting homeowners facing foreclosure. Negotiating with lenders to obtain a loan modification can be a daunting task. The skilled and experienced Long Island loan modification attorneys at our firm know the ins and outs of this process and can greatly improve your chances of obtaining a loan modification to stop the foreclosure of your home.
We work within your budget, offer flexible payment plans, and have a high success rate. We have handled millions in loan modifications for clients across the Tri-State area. Our firm offers reliable and aggressive legal representation and the knowledge needed to successfully negotiate with lenders on your behalf. We have experience with both lenders and borrowers and are well-versed in the regulations and laws in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. We can help you negotiate with your bank and reach a mutually-beneficial agreement.
Arrange for your free and confidential consultation today. Call (800) 939-3819.
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