Failure By Mortgage Companies To Modify Mortgages May Reawaken Bankruptcy Cramdown Legislation

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According to an article in the Journal of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the failure by mortgage companies to pursue voluntary modifications of mortgages may renew the push to allow judges to modify mortgages within bankruptcy cases. Since the “Home Affordable Mortgage Program” (HAMP) went into effect in March 2009, only about 360,000 homeowners have seen their mortgage payments lowered by their mortgage companies. The goal set by the Obama administration was to have 500,000 mortgages modified by November 1st, and it is estimated that 2.7 million homeowners are eligible for modifications under the program.

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