Janian & Associates Offers Foreclosure Relief To Homeowners
Very little of the 75 billion dollars the banks received from the stimulus package has been used to help borrowers who are in trouble with their mortgages. The government has decided to try to pressure the banks to approve more loan modifications to provide foreclosure relief to borrowers. It’s about time they did something, but is it possibly too little, too late?
Only about 1,700 homeowners have succeeded in getting permanent loan modifications through the program since it began in February. According to the banks, people are not turning in their forms so they cannot process the applications. If I was losing my home, I’m sure I would find time to fill out some paperwork to try to save it. That must be one huge stack of forms.
There are around 375,000 people who should qualify for the loan modifications but over 60%, or 225,000, of them have not turned in their paperwork or have turned in only part of the paperwork. But are the people who did turn in their forms doing any better? It sure doesn’t look like it.
If over 225,000 people didn’t complete their forms, there were a bit fewer than 150,000 who did. About 50,000 of the people who completed their applications have not heard anything yet. Of the 100,000 who have, roughly 1. 7% actually got permanent modifications to their loans. That’s a pretty pathetic figure.
In order to try to get more banks to approve modifications, the government has decided to put on their bullying hat. Treasury Department SWAT teams are scheduled to be making visits to lenders next week so they can determine which banks are not making enough loan modifications. Then they will publish a list for everyone to see. I bet the banks’ officers are shaking in their boots over that.
It looks like the much needed foreclosure relief that was promised by the government is moving slowly. Making the program voluntary was a huge mistake that government officials really should have seen coming. Is it any big surprise that mortgage companies don’t want to reduce the amount of money they are owed and take a smaller profit on those mortgages? Everyone looks out for their own bottom line, and that especially includes mortgage companies.
Call Janian & Associates for a free consultation with a Loan Modification Attorney.