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Loan Modification For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-55533-0
288 pages
July 2009
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The crucial information you need to secure a reliable loan modification and save your home

Behind on your mortgage payments? Worried about losing your home? Don't panic. Loan Modification For Dummies gives you the reliable, authoritative, easy-to-understand guidance you need to apply for and secure a loan modification that lowers your monthly house payment and keeps you in your home.

This practical, plain-English guide leads you step by step through the loan modification process, from contacting your lender to applying for a loan modification, evaluating the lender's initial offer, and negotiating a modification that lowers your monthly payment while helping you catch up on any past-due amounts. You'll learn how to communicate with your bank or loan servicer, recognize and avoid loan-modification scams, and find a knowledgeable loan modification specialist, if you choose not to do it yourself.

  • Advice on determining whether you're likely to qualify for your lender's loan modification program
  • Guidance on preparing and submitting a loan modification application that improves your chances of success
  • Helps you figure out a monthly payment you really can afford
  • Tips on modifying your loan even when you owe more than your home's current market value
  • Negotiation advice for securing the best possible terms and lowest monthly payment
  • Resources for contacting your lender, obtaining free or affordable third-party assistance, and getting government agencies on your side

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Introduction.

Part I: Getting Up to Speed on Loan Modification.

Chapter 1: Keeping Your Home by Modifying Your Loan.

Chapter 2: Taking Stock of Your Situation.

Chapter 3: Evaluating Your Options.

Chapter 4: Deciding Whether to Team Up with a Pro or Fly Solo.

Part II: Kick-Starting the Process: Applying for a Loan Modification.

Chapter 5: First Things First: Contacting Your Lender.

Chapter 6: Gathering Facts, Figures, and Documentation.

Chapter 7: Knowing What to Ask For.

Chapter 8: Preparing and Submitting Your Application.

Chapter 9: Keeping the Process on Track and on Time.

Part III: Hammering Out the Details with Your Lender.

Chapter 10: Discussing Loan Modification Scenarios with Your Lender.

Chapter 11: Evaluating Your Lender’s Initial Offer.

Chapter 12: Negotiating a Better Deal.

Part IV: Dealing with an Uncooperative Lender.

Chapter 13: Brushing Up on Your Legal Rights.

Chapter 14: Auditing Your Mortgage Loan.

Chapter 15: Applying Some Legal Pressure.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Long-Term Success.

Chapter 17: Ten Common Loan Modification Myths.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Resources.

Appendix B: Glossary.

Index.

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Ralph R. Roberts is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of loan modification, foreclosure self-defense, and real estate and mortgage fraud prevention, as well as an award-winning author. Lois Maljak is coauthor with Roberts of Foreclosure Self-Defense For Dummies.

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