Another Word On Hope
Jayson Gibson gives his take on this program – and he’s not holding anything back. His take is informative, opinionated and funny. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. He won second place in the Carnival of Real Estate. He’s also given me permission to write a snarky – what else is new? - post I’ve been thinking about.
The Hope for Homeowners program (H4H) is live. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has published a list of lenders who are participating. These lenders are proactively rewriting loans to enable homeowners to keep their homes as opposed to adding to the already overburdened real estate market.
It’s not necessarily to save the real estate market. It’s not even necessarily to save you. It’s likely the reason banks are getting ahead of the trend is to save them time and money. And to get a piece of the government bailout.
Did you know that banks have something similar to credit scores? The more foreclosures a bank has on their list, the worse their “credit score.”
Get busy and get the help you need. It’s the first time in real estate history that the government has stepped forward to help homeowners in such a dynamic way. Take it while it’s available.
Thieves can smell desperation. So before you go out and hire someone to help you figure this out, do two things. First, make sure your lender is on the list of participating banks. Secondly, call your personal mortgage professional or me to make an introduction.
Many mortgage brokers are willing and have the skills to help you get through this. They’ll review your current situation to see if you’re likely eligible for a loan modification or perhaps you’re a candidate to refinance completely. Don’t know who to turn to, contact me. I’ll send you in the right direction.
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