Loan Modifications--Unregulated Industry--Same Sub-prime Hustlers Striking again?

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I wanted to put this out there to the Active Rain community to see if we have another unregulated industry taking the already beaten down consumer to the cleaners along the path of foreclosure!-- The Loan Modifications Scam or Savior?

This is a  big buzz word in the real estate industry. We have many folks facing upside down loans with equities gone and loan amounts exceeding current values by hundreds of thousands of dollars. They are scared to death of loosign their homes and are being preyed upon by Loan Modifiers who collect "up-front" fees of thousands of dollars for a promise of "Loan Modification. Are these folks for real? I know to collect "upfront" fees before a service is provided you must go through a registration process with the Department of Real Estate (california). So far only 55 companies have done this. But I googled Loan Modification and got over 200,000 entries coming up!!

  Can anyone reccomend solid Loan Modification companies? Don't hawk your company but give me results! I just see this as a segment of our population at risk of scams after being scamed by "warm-body" lenders who had no problem representing them in the sale as an agent and then also as a lender collecting more fees on the loan end than on the commission side! Are these the same people?

I heard one report stating 25% of the loans which underwent modification went BACK into default. The source in the article said this was a good thing!! You lenders out there--how long could you originate loans if 1 in 4 defaulted!!?? So how does one tell the good from the bad? Simple question--complex issue. Would appreciate the Active Rain communities help on this one. Thanks!


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Barb Van Stensel
Chicago, IL

Good post.  Will follow but I have no "good" loan modification companies.  Here in Illinois we have a list provided by the State but from the files I've seen ..... these people are way under water and generally as a whole (a) never qualified for the Loan; (b) some did it for greed and knew that because it was happening all over, why couldn't they just take the money and run?; and (c) the majority do not know how to manage their finances.

Jan 04, 2009 10:35 AM #1
Karen Wisne
Real Living - Columbus, OH

I would agree that it is an unregulated industry looking for opportunity and an unknowledgeable homeowner.

But please don't put use the word sub-prime as an adjective to hustler. Alt-A and Neg-Am loans are much more dangerous than any sub-prime loan and using those words together perpetuates the idea that the financial crisis boils down to a group of bad loan officers.  

Perhaps as responsible and community concerned Realtors, we can put the word out that homeowners don't need to pay big bucks for modifications and if the process is overwhelming for them, we can donate some of our time to help them get organized or get them started in the process with no-strings attached.

Jan 06, 2009 03:22 AM #2
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