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Check Your Mail – Payments to 4.2 Million “Distressed” Borrowers Happening Now

Actual check received in the amount of $2000 by one of my past clients in her mail today; she had completed a short sale. Envelope reads "Important Payment Agreement Informaton Enclosed" from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Actual check received today by one of my past clients who completed a short sale. Envelope reads “Important Payment Agreement Informaton Enclosed” from the Office of the Compftroller of the Currency and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
If you have been foreclosed on or have completed a short sale, don’t be so quick to throw away mail from your past lender. Payments to 4.2 million borrowers will be distributed to those whose homes were in any stage of the foreclosure process in 2009 or 2010 and whose mortgages were serviced by one of the following companies, their affiliates, or subsidiaries: Aurora, Bank of America, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, MetLife Bank, Morgan Stanley, PNC, Sovereign, SunTrust, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.

In most cases, eligible borrowers will receive a letter with an enclosed check sent by the Paying Agent–Rust Consulting, Inc. Some borrowers may receive letters from Rust requesting additional information needed to process their payments. Rust is sending all payments and correspondence regarding the foreclosure agreement at the direction of the OCC and the Federal Reserve.

Borrowers can call Rust at 1-888-952-9105 to update their contact information or to verify that they are covered by the agreement. Information provided to Rust will only be used for purposes related to the agreement.

Watch out for scams. Beware of anyone who asks you to call a different phone number than the number above or to pay a fee to receive a payment under the agreement.

SO WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT
The Federal Reserve Board issued enforcement actions against four large mortgage servicers
–GMAC Mortgage, HSBC Finance Corporation, SunTrust Mortgage, and EMC Mortgage Corporation–in April 2011. Under those actions, the four servicers were required to retain independent consultants to review foreclosures that were initiated, pending, or completed during 2009 or 2010. The review was intended to determine if borrowers suffered financial harm directly resulting from errors, misrepresentations, or other deficiencies that may have occurred during the foreclosure process.

A number of servicers supervised by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) were also required to conduct independent reviews.

The deadline to request an independent review was December 31, 2012.

What happens to my second lien if both my wife and i are on the second lien and she filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Q: what happens to my second lien if both my wife and i are on the second lien and she filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy? will they go after me now? My wife was laid off last year and was living on unemployment for while. now there is no more unemployment money. the mortgage and second lien depended on both me and my wife to pay. now its all on me and we are in trouble. i have wife and child with another baby on the way due beginning next year in addition with another family member living with us. i am sole provider. The second lien was not part of a typical 80/20 loan instead we used second lien money towards house improvements since it was crappy house. we cannot afford attorney to give us any legal advice. we got loan modification for second lien and they are pressuring to sign that before we are even approve to loan modification on first lien. what if we decide to short-sale or foreclosure, will they go after me due to second lien? HUD counselors are useless and bank is all about taking all they can. thank you, Mike

A: Mike, your question is “what if we decide to short-sale or foreclosure, will they go after me due to second lien?” The answer is, it depends.

If you decide to short sale, the second lien will require some type of payment towards allowing the short sale. The second lien holder will decide what their terms are. Sometimes they want as little as 10% of the balance owed and sometimes as much as 3% of the purchase price. What you can also definitely count on is that they will continue to pursue you for the deficiency.

If you foreclose, the second lien goes away, however the senior does not.

Your initial question re bankruptcy sounds like she may not have filed yet, and that you are investigating your options. May I suggest Norm Schriever, a debt counselor, with Unity Financial Solutions. Tell him I referred you and he will give you a free one hour consultation.

He is also affiliated with the Law Office of Kristin Marshall who is a real estate attorney. Unity Financial specializes in Credit Card Settlement, Debt Management and Bankruptcy. Most recently they have been assisting homeowners who have concerns with their mortgages and need options on what to do. The company will review your loan documents free of charge and advise you free of charge. Their goal is to help individuals in the long run to clear up their debt and begin again as quickly as possible.

They work in conjunction with the law office should the need arise for bankruptcy or court matters. They are also members of the BBB and have been featured on msNBC, CNNMoney.com, New 10, SacBee and are on Facebook.

Norms contact info is below:

Unity Financial Solutions
Norm Schriever
(916) 548-6350
norm@unityfs.com

Let me know how it goes.