Here is an interesting article from the Washington Post that describes the difficultiy many homeowners have with modified mortgages. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/02/AR2009020203163_pf.html
Some interesting statistics show that the avergage modification increases the principal balance. This is probably because some delinquency is added to the principal.
We just had a modification that changed the interest rate but not the payment amount. OK, it became interest only instead of negative amortization, but what good is it to someone that got a pay cut and can't afford the payments? At best it was a stop gap measure and the borrower knows it.
The lender approach is still playing the numbers with an outlook to making a profit - as the article points out once you get to the last paragraph! Capitalism is good and no one goes into business to make a loss.
But you have got to question where is the TARP money going and why is it not being targeted to the housing mortgage market to allow losses so the housing market and lending market can stabilize?
Copyright 2009 Richard P. Zaretsky, Esq.
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