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03 Jun 09 Home Loan Modifications for Veterans

Unfortunately many VA homeowners run into obstacles with incomes issues that affect their ability to make their VA loan payments on time and loan modification plans and mortgage refinancing must be considered. Many Military Veterans got themselves in to unfavorable loan terms with adjustable rate mortgages from subprime lenders. Many of these Vets also live in areas that have significantly depreciated and over the last few years, they lost their home equity.

Borrowers who paid their mortgage on time or have equity or at least are not upside-down, can do a VA refinance up to 100% with rate and term. Rate and term refinancing means that no cash out is taken in the new refinance transaction. VA borrowers who already have a VA home loan can do a VA streamline and that will ensure them a low fixed interest rate for up to thirty years. Vets who have no equity and who have been late on the mortgage payments for the last few years may have found themselves in a pickle… Many of these VA borrowers find themselves desperately seeking a reduced payment solutions and refinancing may not be an option.

The VA mortgage lenders have significant financing opportunities but many Vets who can’t afford their mortgage and do not qualify for traditional or VA refinancing should consider a loan modification because many mortgage lenders are reconsidering the value of REO properties and the cost of the foreclosure process. VA lenders are saying that offering the distressed veteran borrowers may not be such a bad option.

Obama and his administration have followed Bush in idea that the Federal Reserve and government incentives are key components in reviving the housing sectors nationwide. Unfortunately when veterans attempt to modify their home mortgages they are met with resistance from poorly informed “loss mitigation departments.” There are now thousands of Veterans with mortgages whose monthly payments are scheduled to increase over the next year, so a new wave of foreclosure and loan modifications is visible on the horizon. Remember, VA lenders will agree to VA loan modification plans only if they believe that the borrower has the ability and willingness to repay the loan.

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