Bank of America Loan Modifications Have The Worst Track Record
Bank of America brags it has completed nearly 700,000 permanent modifications including more than 85,000 under the government’s HAMP program — the most of any servicer.
However, that number is misleading when compared to the performance of the other biggest loan serviers. As of the Treasury Department’s most recent report on servicer performance under HAMP, Bank of America had 78,905 permanent modifications — indeed more than any other servicer. But Treasury estimates that the bank has a pool of 375,168 eligible 60-day-plus delinquent loans — far more than any other servicer.
That means Bank of America has granted HAMP mods to about 21% of potential eligible borrowers. The other Big Four banks have done better:
•Bank of America HAMP mods given to 21% of potential eligible borrowers
•Citigroup HAMP mods given to 44% of potentially eligible borrowers
•Wells Fargo HAMP mods given to 37% of potential eligible borrowers
•JPMorgan Chase HAMP mods give to 32% of potential eligible borrowers
Bank of America also is notorious for dragging out trial modifications.
HAMP is supposed to give borrowers who are in default or at risk of default a chance to modify their mortgages and reduce monthly payments, usually by $500. Eligible borrowers are put into three-month trial modifications, and if they make their payments the trial mod is supposed to become “permanent” for five years. But HAMP is notorious for lengthy trials that confuse borrowers and in some cases make their situations worse.
Of the 76,500 HAMP trials that have dragged on for longer than six months, 32,444 — or 42 percent — belong to Bank of America.
Bank of Ameica has poor record for granting alternative modifications, aka, “in house” mods
43% of the 524,695 homeowners who’ve had their trial modifications canceled by one of the eight largest servicers have been granted an alternate modification. That’s the case for just 26% of Bank of America’s trial cancellations.
And the Big Eight have granted alternate mods to 30% of people rejected from HAMP trials. Only 13% of Bank of America’s HAMP trial rejects have had such luck. A Short Sale may be a better option if you have had a bad experience with Bank of America.
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