Loan Modification Lawyers in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Loan Modifications
The non-bankruptcy option for homeowners.
Are you struggling to make your mortgage payments? Behind on them? Or worried you might lose your home to foreclosure because you lost your job, had a divorce, had a death in the family or simply can’t keep up with payments?
There is a way to keep your home without filing for bankruptcy: Loan modification.
Haines & Krieger’s highly trained staff have a great deal of experience with the loan modification process. When you meet us for a free consultation, we can help you figure out if loan modification is the right option for you. If it is, then you’ll have our extensive expertise on your side as we analyze your situation and negotiate a better deal for you with your bank.
Mortgage Modification Mediation Program
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Nevada has adopted uniform procedures for its Mortgage Modification Mediation (MMM) Program. This program applies to all bankruptcy Chapter 13 and all types of real property, commercial and residential. MMM has streamlined the modification process to reduce costs, save time, and make it easier for the parties to facilitate a loan modification.
The program has many positive features:
1. HIGH SUCCESS RATE: Of the 76 referrals that have completed the MMM program as of March 31, 2016, 71% have reached an agreement or settled prior to the mediation.
2. TIME: The loan modification must be completed in 150 days! No more waiting for years to get a decision on your loan modification.
3. COSTS: Attorney fees can be paid through your chapter 13 plan. Often times these fees can be paid from funds that would have otherwise been allocated to your unsecured creditors.
4. JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT: The parties are required to participate in MMM in good faith and may be subject to possible sanctions by the court for violation of this requirement.
5. ACCURATE ACCOUNTING: Your chapter 13 trustee will be paying your mortgage if a modification is granted and will ensure all payments to mortgage servicer are properly accounted for.
6. CENTRALIZATION: There will be a centralized location for all documents which will contain a complete list of all of the mortgage servicers’ loan modification requirements. Default Mitigation Management LLC (DMM), is the court approved portal provider. This will provide the clarity and accountability for the loan modification process.
What is loan modification?
Loan modification means negotiating with your bank in an effort to come up with a more realistic payment plan. A successful loan modification also means that you don’t lose your home to foreclosure.
Loan modification means doing one or more of the following:
- Lower monthly payments
Reduce the principal amount of your loan
- Lower your interest rate
Turn your adjustable rate mortgage into a fixed rate mortgage
- Work out a payment plan for arrearages built up from late payments
- Waive negative interest
Extend the time to make payments
How do you get started?
- Set up a free consultation with a Haines & Krieger loan modification professional.
- Complete our online loan modification request form
- Make sure you have the following documents:
- Your most current mortgage statement (If you have a second mortgage, then of course the most current mortgage statement for that as well.)
- Pay stubs for the past 3 months for yourself and anyone else listed on the mortgage as a borrower. (If you are self-employed, then provide a profit/loss statement for the previous 3 months.)
- Federal income tax return for the past 2 years
- Bank statements for the previous 3 months for all bank accounts you have
- The note for your mortgage (and second mortgage if you have one) + HELOC (if applicable)
- The loan application documents from when you originally purchased your home (including TIL and GFE and RESPA disclosure)
Watch out for scams!
There are a lot of people and companies out there who are taking advantage of homeowners facing financial troubles. You’ll see entities that call themselves “housing counseling agencies” or offer help with mortgage or loan modification. They may even be sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While some are legitimate, many others are scams.
NEVER pay money up front for loan modification services. Your first consultation should always be free. If someone wants to charge you an up front fee, then go elsewhere. There is no reason you should have to pay an initial fee.