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Loan Modifications Often a Scam That Victimizes Homeowners

Homeowners in default with their risky low-interest loans have something new to worry about: so-called loan modification “experts”, “consultants”, or “counselors”, as they variously call themselves.

California Civil Code generally forbids such businesses from collecting an upfront fee for their services from already strapped consumers once the Notice of Default (NOD) has been recorded. An upfront fee may only be legally demanded if the homeowner is not yet in default and there is a reviewed advance fee agreement on file and approved by the California Department of Real Estate.

Consumers should especially avoid any loan modification service that advises the homeowner to stop making mortgage payments, refuse calls from their lender (note: lenders actually calling the homeowners?) and to let the loan modification company speak with the lender. This has SCAM written all over it.

Speaking personally, I have never encountered a person who claims to do loan modifications who actually did so successfully. All promise to send me references, none ever have. The ones with a business number are hard to reach and return phone calls less frequently than the average loan officer or real estate agent.

Read the Full Article in the Redding Record Searchlight.

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