Dos and Don’ts in Mortgage Modification Applications
Send a Complete Application
To avoid dual tracking, you need to submit a complete application for a mortgage modification. “Dual tracking” happens when your mortgage servicer continues to process the foreclosure of your home while considering your application for a modification at the same time. There are now federal laws that limit this practice, but it is still best to make sure that you send a complete application. Your application is complete once you’ve provided everything that your loan servicer has requested, such as your paychecks, financial statements, statement of assets, and a hardship statement.
Failing to provide a complete application is one of the reasons why many requests for modification don’t get approved. Your servicer won’t start processing your application unless you have submitted everything that they have requested.
Keep a Record of All Your Correspondence with Your Servicer
Make sure that you keep all the letters you’ve received from the servicer, such as a confirmation letter informing you that your application is complete and is currently being processed, or a letter informing you that there are certain items missing from your application.
Keeping a record of all of these could be useful later on especially if you want to question a foreclosure if the servicer did not comply with certain guidelines.
Make Sure to Send Only Legible Documents
When sending documents, make sure that all pages are clear and readable. Otherwise, it might not be accepted by the servicer and your application might be denied. Keep in mind that what is readable to you might be illegible to the servicer. They process lots of documents so it is best to submit clear and clean copies of your documents.
Don’t Omit Anything in Your Application
When you submit the documents, make sure that you include every page of the required documents, because the servicer might think that you’ve submitted an incomplete document. For example, if your financial statement has 4 pages and the fourth page is blank, you still need to submit it if the other pages indicate “Page 1 of 4” and so on.
Don’t Lose Your Cool If the Process Doesn’t Go Smoothly
Keep calm, even if you have to repeat certain processes in your application. Comply with all their requests, and make sure to send them as soon as you can. Always keep in mind that your servicer probably processes a lot of modification requests, so it is better to just comply to avoid giving them a reason to reject your request.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Clarifications
Make sure that you know exactly what you need to submit. If there’s anything that you’re unsure about, it is best to ask your servicer exactly what they need. For example, they might request that you submit two paychecks assuming that these cover your income for a month. But you might have to submit more or less if you’re paid every week or once a month.
Don’t Forget to Put Your Contact Information on All Your Documents
Usually, there are different ways to send your documents; you can send them either by regular mail, secure mail, or fax. Sometimes, paperwork can get lost so it is best to send them via secure mail. But even if you opt for secure mail, it is still best to put your information such as your name, loan number, and contact number in all of your documents. That way, even if the courier or your servicer misplaces any document, they can easily identify it as yours.
Call Our Jackson Mortgage Modification Lawyer Today!
Experiencing financial difficulties can be difficult for you and your family not just physically, but also mentally. It could bring a lot of stress and affect your relationships, but you don’t have to go through it alone. At Rollins Firm, we have an experienced mortgage modification lawyer in Jackson and Ridgeland Mississippi who can provide legal assistance and help you negotiate a loan modification for foreclosure prevention. Don’t wait until it is too late, contact us by calling 601-202-3942 today so we can help you.