Loan Modifications

Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist... more +
Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist borrowers in meeting their obligations and avoid foreclosure. Such mortgage loan modifications may include reduction of principal amount or interest rate, lengthening of loan term, and monthly payment caps. less -
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Fannie Mae Updates Modification Policies

On March 28, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-05, which provides, as recently promised, updated guidance regarding standard and streamlined modification programs. The announcement informs servicers...more

Freddie Mac Revises Modification Requirements

On March 28, Freddie Mac announced in Bulletin 2014-4, that with regard to the processing of standard and streamlined modifications for mortgages with pre-modification mark-to-market loan-to-value ratios less than 80%,...more

Fannie Mae Delays Modification Policy Updates, Substitutes ARM Loan Indices

On March 12, Fannie Mae issued a notice postponing the April 1, 2014 implementation deadline for changes to its standard and streamlined modification programs announced in SVC-2013-28. Those changes expanded the programs to...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 27, 2014

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this...more

Changes in the California Legal Environment for Commercial Lenders and the Dangers of “Extending and Pretending” in Dealing with...

I have recently reviewed several articles about the recent trial court decision of Zigner v. Pacific Mercantile Bank, Orange County Case No. 30-2010-00337433 (filed in January 2010). Our firm did not represent any party in...more

Class Action Alleging Servicers Engaged In Loan Modification Fraud Dismissed With Prejudice

On February 20, the U.S. District Court for Central District of California dismissed with prejudice a putative class action against several large mortgage servicers because the named borrowers failed to properly plead their...more

Bifurcated Note Implementation - Looking Beyond Traditional Risk Metrics to Prevent Borrower Windfall

In the world of large loan modifications, servicers and borrowers have turned frequently in recent years to the A/B Note structure in situations where the collateral financed by a loan is valued at less than the outstanding...more

Fannie Mae Issues Numerous Servicing Policy Updates

On January 24, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcements SVC-2014-01 and SVC-2014-02, and on January 29 issued SVC-2014-03. Effective April 1, 2014, the first announcement revises Fannie Mae’s requirements for borrower...more

If It’s Not In Writing, It Didn’t Happen: Oral Promises To Modify A Loan Are Not Enforceable

A recent decision issued by the California Court of Appeal will make it more difficult for plaintiffs seeking to avoid foreclosure. In Rossberg v. Bank of America, N.A., 219 Cal.App.4th 1481 (4th Dist. 2013), the California...more

NY Issues Shared Appreciation Mortgage Proposal for Underwater Borrowers

New York's Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued proposed regulations that authorize shared appreciation mortgages (SAMs) to be made to borrowers who are "underwater" on their mortgages. Under a SAM, the mortgage...more

Fannie Mae Issues Numerous Servicing Guide Announcements

Over the past week, Fannie Mae has announced numerous servicing policy changes through a series of Servicing Guide Announcements. In SVC-2013-25, Fannie Mae updated allowable bankruptcy attorney and foreclosure attorney fees,...more

Massachusetts Amends Debt Collector and Third-Party Loan Servicer Regulations

The Massachusetts Division of Banks recently amended 209 CMR 18, "Conduct of the Business of Debt Collectors and Loan Servicers." The final amended regulations clarify and establish new standards of conduct for debt...more

Bankruptcy Alternatives

For a large number of people, bankruptcy is the best and only alternative for getting out of debt once their financial situations have passed the point of no return. However, for many in Georgia, their financial conditions...more

New California Court of Appeal Decision Reaffirms General Rule that Residential Lenders Owe no Duty to Borrowers, Including in the...

In a recent decision, Lueras v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 886, the California Court of Appeal returned to the general rule that, absent unique circumstances giving rise to a duty of care, lenders do...more

Fannie Mae Announces Servicing Policy Changes

On October 30, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2013-22, which describes various servicing policy updates. First, effective on or after February 1, 2014 for condominium insurance policy renewals, Fannie Mae...more

Massachusetts Finalizes Debt Collection And Loan Servicing Rule

On October 17, the Massachusetts Division of Banks released final regulations intended to parallel and supplement new mortgage servicing requirements promulgated by the CFPB and included in National Mortgage Servicing...more

National Mortgage Servicing Settlement Monitor Adds Enforcement Metrics

On October 2, Joseph A. Smith, Jr., the Monitor of the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement announced four new metrics his office will use to measure the settling servicers’ compliance with the agreement’s servicing...more

California Appellate Court Holds Lender Failed to Follow HAMP Procedures

The California Court of Appeal reversed a lower’s court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by a borrower alleging that her lender breached an agreement to offer a permanent loan modification after she made all required payments under a...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), September 26, 2013

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this...more

Federal District Court Denies Class Certification In Loan Modification MDL

On September 4, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied class certification of individual borrowers in a consolidated action against a national bank for allegedly mismanaging requests for HAMP...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), August 28, 2013

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our...more

Ninth Circuit Reinstates HAMP Class Action

On August 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that HAMP Trial Period Plans (TPPs) create a contractual obligation that the servicer offer a permanent modification to borrowers who complete the TPP....more

U.S. Court of Appeals: The Home Affordable Assistance Program Has Produced More Litigation Than Happy Homeowners

In Corvello v. Wells Fargo Bank NA (--- F.3d ----, C.A.9 (Cal.), August 8, 2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Wells Fargo Bank was required to offer borrowers permanent loan modifications to their home...more

Ninth Circuit Opens Door for Protracted HAMP Litigation

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court’s dismissal of two consolidated class action complaints, holding that mortgage servicers participating in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) are...more

California Federal District Court Grants Class Certification In HAMP Litigation

On August 5, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California certified a class of borrowers who allege that a mortgage servicer wrongly rejected mortgage modification applications and improperly initiated...more

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