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Waukegan Mortgage Relief AttorneyAnyone can encounter financial problems that affect their ability to meet their obligations. Homeowners who are struggling to pay bills may be concerned about what will happen if they get behind on their mortgage payments. Those who are worried about the possibility of foreclosure will want to understand their options, and in some cases, they may qualify for mortgage relief through the Flex Modification Program. 

Eligibility for the Flex Modification Program

To determine whether they qualify for the Flex Modification Program, homeowners will need to understand who owns their loan. This program is available for mortgages owned or guaranteed by the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). While a mortgage may have originated with a bank or another private lender, many mortgages are sold to other investors, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. While these loans may then be sold to another investor, they will often be guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, allowing homeowners to take advantage of relief through the Flex Modification Program.

To qualify for the Flex Modification program, a homeowner will need to meet certain requirements. The mortgage must have originated at least one year prior to being evaluated for relief, and a loan must be a conventional first mortgage, giving the lender the right to be repaid first if a foreclosure sale is completed. A homeowner may seek relief if they are more than 60 days delinquent on mortgage payments, although if the property is the homeowner’s primary residence, they may seek relief if they are current on mortgage payments or are less than 60 days delinquent, including in cases where a lender determines that they are in “imminent default” and will no longer be able to make monthly mortgage payments based on their financial circumstances. While a homeowner will usually be required to provide documentation of financial hardship, proof of income, and other information, those who are more than 90 days delinquent may qualify for streamlined procedures that will allow them to receive a modification more quickly and with fewer documentation requirements.

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lake forest foreclosure attorneyMany families in the United States face the threat of foreclosure due to financial difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, most of these families have been able to avoid losing their homes thanks to the moratorium on foreclosures that was put in place in March of 2020. This moratorium has been extended several times, and while it was scheduled to expire on June 30, 2021, it has been extended once again. Homeowners may be able to make use of provisions that will allow them to maintain ownership of their homes.

Foreclosure Relief for Federally-Backed Mortgages

The federal foreclosure moratorium has been extended through July 31, 2021. This moratorium applies to homes financed through USDA Single-Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed loans, as well as single-family mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

In addition to this extension, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has implemented a new rule that will provide protections for homeowners facing foreclosure while also offering options for financial relief that will allow them to resume mortgage payments and continue owning their homes. This rule will go into effect on August 31, 2021, and it will last until January 1, 2022. This will ensure that homeowners will have protections during foreclosure proceedings that take place after a borrower is delinquent on mortgage payments by at least 120 days.

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Arlington heights foreclosure attorneyThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial difficulty for many families throughout the United States. Many businesses have been forced to close or scale back their operations, resulting in widespread job losses or reductions in work hours. Many people who are struggling to pay their regular expenses have defaulted on their mortgage payments, putting them at risk of losing their homes. Fortunately, federal and state governments have placed a moratorium on foreclosures, ensuring that families will not be forced out of their homes in addition to the other difficulties they are facing. While the current foreclosure moratorium lasts through June 30, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed an extension of the moratorium through the end of the year.

Details of the CFPB’s Proposal

Based on an analysis of data by the CFPB, around three million homeowners in the United States are behind on their mortgage payments. While the foreclosure moratorium has allowed many of these homeowners to receive forbearance on mortgage payments, the CFPB estimates that this forbearance period will end for around 1.7 million homeowners in September of 2021. This could result in a massive wave of foreclosures that could cause millions of families to be displaced from their homes.

To address this issue, the CFPB has proposed an extension of the prohibition against foreclosures through December 31, 2021. This would give homeowners more time to figure out how to pay off the amounts they owe and resume ongoing payments. The CFPB is also proposing a streamlined process for allowing lenders to offer loan modifications to homeowners. This would reduce the amount of paperwork required to make these types of modifications, allowing homeowners to begin making affordable mortgage payments more quickly. The proposed rule would limit modifications to agreements that would not increase the amount of a homeowner’s monthly payments and that would not extend the term of a loan for more than 40 years after the date of modification.

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Libertyville foreclosure defense lawyersUPDATE: If you are considering reinstatement as an option for avoiding foreclosure, you will want to be sure to understand your rights, the deadlines that you will need to meet, and what other options may be available. The deadline for reinstating your loan is 90 days after you were served with a foreclosure notice. By this deadline, you will be required to make up the missed payments and pay other fees and expenses. In addition to late fees, you may need to pay other costs related to foreclosure proceedings, such as attorney's fees, recording fees, court costs, and the costs of a home inspection. You will need to request a quote from your lender for the total amount that must be paid to reinstate the loan. If you disagree with the amount provided in this quote, you can send a notice of error disputing the amount. Once you have met the requirements for reinstatement, the foreclosure case will be dismissed. It is important to note that after you have exercised your right to reinstatement, you will not be able to use this form of relief for five years after the date of the dismissal.

Another option that may be available is to pay off your loan in full. This is known as "redemption." To pay off the loan, you may be able to refinance your home through a loan from another lender, or you may receive a personal loan or gift from a person such as a family member. Typically, the deadline for redemption of your loan is seven months after the date you were served with a notice of foreclosure, although there may be some exceptions depending on your individual situation. As with reinstatement, you can request a payoff quote from your lender that will detail the full amount that will need to be paid, which will include the principal of the loan, any applicable late fees or interest, and foreclosure-related expenses.

If you have questions about reinstatement, redemption, loan modifications, or other options for foreclosure defense, contact our Waukegan foreclosure lawyers at 847-549-0000 to schedule a free consultation.

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Libertyville IL foreclosure defense attorneyWhen a family experiences financial difficulties, they may be unable to make mortgage payments, which may cause their lender to begin the process of foreclosure. While the possibility of losing a home can be hard enough for a family, in some cases, they may be required to make additional payments even after the foreclosure process is completed. If the sale of a home during foreclosure does not fully cover the amount owed on the mortgage, a lender may pursue a deficiency judgment against the borrower and attempt to collect the remaining amount. However, borrowers have a number of options that can help them avoid a deficiency judgment and additional financial obligations.

Options for Avoiding Deficiency Judgments

The best way to eliminate the possibility of a deficiency judgment is to stop the foreclosure process altogether. There are a variety of foreclosure defense strategies available, including negotiating mortgage loan modifications that will allow a borrower to become current on their mortgage and continue making payments. However, if foreclosure cannot be avoided, borrowers may have other options for avoiding further liability, including:

  • Consent foreclosure - A borrower may make an agreement with their mortgage lender in which they will not contest the foreclosure of the home, and the lender will waive their rights to a deficiency judgment once the foreclosure process is complete.

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