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Mortgage Modification Bill Fails in the Senate – Why?

Posted by David Leibowitz on June 3rd, 2009 in Bankruptcy Legislation, Legislation, Mortgage Modifications, , ,

The Senate voted decisively against allowing residential mortgages to be modified in Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.  It was a decisive vote.  Only 41 Senators voted in favor – we know that 60 senators would have had to be in favor to get past a filibuster. 

Why is it that a shopping center developer like General Growth can cram down their mortgages but ordinary American homeowners can’t?  Why is it that bankruptcy is OK for Chrysler or GM to cram-down their reluctant hedge-fund bondholders but it’s not OK for an American homeowner who can’t even get a mortgage lender to talk to her?

Senator Durbin tells us exactly why – and we should be angry about this!  We should be furious.  People should be marching on Washington.  Yet we seem not to care.  We seem to think our neighbor should suffer, not realizing that in so doing, we are hurting ourselves.

                The banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis -
                many of the banks created –  are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill.
                And they frankly own the place!

You would think that We, the People own the Senate.  But we don’t.  Unless We, the People, tell Senators that we won’t condone them acting as lackeys for the banks, the Senate will continue to take the banks’ money and stick it to you.

Why do banks care so much?  The answer is in three little words – “Mark to Market.”  This means that if  lenders have to realistically value their assets – like their residential mortgages – to what they are really worth – they would have less assets than liabilities.  In other words they would be broke – bankrupt – insolvent – closed – in receivership – taken over by the FDIC.  Moreover, bank chairmen, directors, officers and their ilk would be unemployed, lose stock options, perks, private jets and their rich and famous lifestyle in general.  This, dear readers, is what the Senate now stands for.  

Henry Sommers, past president of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys put it well when he said:

“In terms of what this was really about, my opinion is that the insolvent banks do not want to reveal the emperor’s lack of clothes, because if their assets were marked to market, their true value, the insolvency would be obvious. Fighting cramdown is part of that, as is the Obama mortgage plan, which does not require any principal reductions. The negotiations about the bill left me very doubtful that many people will even get the Obama plan modifications. When  there are more foreclosures threatening banks’ balance sheets (and further dragging down the economy) they will want more bailouts.

Unfortunately, Summers and Geithner can’t escape the bank culture whence they came. They cannot contemplate shutting down the insolvent banks and are therefore over a barrel. If you have not done so yet, you should definitely listen to the  This American Life’s show on the topic.”

If you’re mad as hell and won’t take it anymore, then gear up to support whoever will oppose any incumbent Senator who failed to stand up for you when they next run for election.  This is still a democracy, right?

If you are trying to get a mortgage modification or mortgage finance plan under the Obama Home Affordable Plan and can’t, please tell us about your experience.  We may be able to publicize your plight in the press or in Congress.

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How do I contact my mortgage company to get a loan modification agreement?

Posted by David Leibowitz on April 7th, 2009 in Foreclosure - Saving Your Home, Mortgage Modifications, Uncategorized, , ,

It’s not easy to contact a mortgage servicer.  They say they want to help you get a loan modification agreement.  But first, you have to find them.  Here’s a handy list of phone numbers.  Hopefully, this will help you on your way.  And if you need more help, call Lakelaw at 1 866 LAKELAW instead of the mortgage modification company scammers that the United States Department of Justice and Attorneys General around the company are trying to shut down

HOW TO REACH YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY

  • ABN Amro Mortgage Loss Mitigation:
    Customer Service: 800-793-8900
    Web: http://www.mortgage.com
  • Accredited Home Lenders          (877) 683-4446
  • AMC Mortgage Services (Ameriquest and Argent)          (800) 211-6926
  • America’s Servicing Company     800-662-3806
    866-674-1430
    866-567-8439
    800-842-7654
    866-567-8440
    866-426-5569

    800-304-3100
  • American General       770-614-6005
  • American Home Mortgage Servicing. (877) 304-3100
  • Aurora Loan Services Home Retention Dept.: 866-519-1456 – 800-550-0508
  • AmTrust (888) 696-4444
  • Avelo Mortgage LLC 866 992 8356
  • Bank of America:
     Loss Mitigation: 800-846-2222 or 716-635-2000
    Authorization Fax: 716-635-7265
    Short Sale Package Fax: 716-635-7255
  • Bank of New York Loss Mitigation:
    Phone: 212-495-1784
    Fax: 212-415-2035
  • BB&T  Mortgage  800-827 3722
  • Benefical (800) 333-5848
  • Carrington Mortgage Services – 800 477 0192 (option 2) or 800 561 4567
  • Cendant Loss Mitigation:
    Phone: 800-750-2518
    Fax: 856-917-8334 
  • Central Pacific Bank (800) 342-8422
  • Charter One
    CCO Mortgage
    Citizens Bank      (800) 234-6002 0r 877 745 7355
  • Chase (800) 446-8939
    Homeowners Assistance Department (foreclosure)
     800-446-8939
    Fax: 614-422-7259
    Additional numbers
    Phone: 800-981-3792
    Fax: 858-605-3006
    Phone: 800-526-0072
    Phone: 800-527-3040 ext. 533 

    Phone: 800-848-9136 (Mortgage)
    Phone: 800-836-5656 (Home Equity)
    Phone: 510-652-0401
    Web: https://chaseonline.chase.com 

  • Chevy Chase  Bank   866 391 8688
  • Citi Financial Mortgage (800) 753-3673
    Foreclosure: 800-424-3562
     800-423-8158
    800-848-7491
    Dial by extension: 800-888-600 
  • Citimortgage (800) 283-7918
    Loss Mitigation: 800-682-2286
    Foreclosure: 877-202-3846
    Loss Mitigation: 866-357-6015
    Loss Mitigation Fax: 248-488-7727
    Workout Fax: 248-488-8357
    Loss Mitigation: 866-357-0614
    First American: 800-511-1278
    Workout Fax: 636-256-2884 
  • Citi – all entities – Loss Mitigation:  800-422-1498
  • Countrywide (800) 262-4218 or 800 669 6607
  • Ditech (800) 852-0656
  • Downey Financial Corp. (800) 824-6902
  • EMC (800) 723-3004 0r 888 577 4011 (Loss mitigation)
  • Equity One (866) 361-3460|
  • Fairbanks Loss Mitigation:
    Phone: 888-818-6032
    801-270-7713
    Fax: 904-232-4607 
  • Fifth/Third Bank  800-375-1745 (option 3) Loss Mitigation
  • First Franklin (Home Loan Services/NationPoint) 800 622 5035 (Loss mitigation)
  • First Horizon Home Loans  – Loss Mitigation 1st Mortgage – 800 707-9988 x 33805
    Loss Mitigation:
    Phone: 800-707-0139 — ext. 17305 
  • First Horizon Home Loans -
    Loss Mitigation 2nd Mortgage - 800 396 6184
     
  • Flagstar Bank    800 968 7700 ext 9780
  • Fremont Investment & Loan  866 484 2901
  • GMAC Mortgage  (800) 850-4622
  • GMAC ResCAp (GMAC Mortgage,
    Homecomings, GMAC Bank)   800 799 9240 option 5 ext 8743285
    Phone 1: 800-206-2901
    Phone 2: 858-874-7417 
  • GreenPoint Mortgage (Serviced by Countrywide) 800 669 6650
  • Green Tree    (877) 816-9125
  • HSBC all entities -  800 395 3489
    Collection Counselors (if short term problem)
     Phone: 800-338-6441
    Default Resolution Team (if long term problem)
     Phone: 888-648-3124
     Fax: 732-352-7519
    Web: http://www.us.hsbc.com 
  • Home Loan Services, Inc (First Franklin
    Nation Point, National City Bank) 800-622-5035 ext 24267
  • HomEq    877 -867 -7378
  • Home Side Loss Mitigation:
    Phone: 904-281-3900
  • Household Finance (800) 333-4489
  • Huntington National Bank (800) 323-4695
  • Huntington Mortgage Group – 800-323-9865
  • Indymac Federal Bank (877) 736-5556
  • Irwin Mortgage Corporation
    Phone: 888-444-6446
    Pre-Foreclosure: 888-218-1988
    Web: http://www.irwinmortgage.com
  • JP Morgan Chase   800-446-8939
  • Litton Loan Servicing (800) 247-9727 – default counseling  (800) 999-8501
    Phone 1: 800-548-8665
    Phone 2: 713-966-8803
    Fax: 713-966-8820
    Web: http://www.littonloan.com 
  • MERS (not really a servicer but you may need to contact them) (800) 646-6377 – fax (703) 748-0183
  • National City (800) 367-9305 or 800 622 5035
    Phone 1: 800-523-8654
    Phone 2: 937-910-3563
    Web: http://www.nationalcitymortgage.com 
  • Nation Star Mortgage   888-850-9398
  • Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company (800) 3563442
  • New Century Financial (800) 790-9502|
    Phone: 877.206.9904
    Web: http://www.newcentury.com 
  • Ocwen Federal Bank (800) 746-2936 or loss mitigation 877-596-8580
  • Ohio Savings Bank (Now Amtrust) 800 860 2025 ext 8917
  • Option One Mortgage Company  888-275-2648
    Web: http://www.oomc.com 
  • PHH Mortgage (Delinquency ) 800 330 0423 (Foreclosure) 800-750-2518
    Phone: 800-257-0460
    Web: http://www.phhmortgage.com 
  • Popular Mortgage Servicing 800 383 2292
  • Prodovis Mortgage Company 888-878-0522 option 5home retention department
  • ResMae Mortgage Corp.   866 794 80444 ext 5944
  • Saxon Mortgage Services  – 888-325-3502 (Delinquent) 800-594-8422 (not delinquent)
    Phone 1: 262-502-6724
    Phone 2: 817-665-6537
    Phone 3: 414-278-8068  

     

  • Select Portfolio Services  888-349-8968
    Loan Resolution Department: 888-818-6032
    Fax: 801-293-3936
    Web: http://www.spservicing.com 
  • Sun Trust Mortgage (800) 634-7928
  • US Bank (800) 365-7900
  • Wachovia Bank (866) 642-8608
  • Washington Mutual (JP Morgan Chase) (866) 926-8937
  • Washington Mutual Bank – loss mitigation – prime 888 926 8937
  • Washington Mutual Bank – loss mitigation – subprime – 888-708-4696 option 2
  • Wells Fargo (800) 766-0987 – loss mitigation 800-275-9254 05 800 416 1472
    Wells Fargo – Loss Mitigation
    Phone: 888-231-0757
    Loss Mitigation: 877-216-8448
    Borrower Assistance: 800-551-9808
    Homeowners in Foreclosure: 800-868-0043 or800-352-7654
     
  • Wendover Financial Services Loss Mitigation:
    Phone: 888-934-1081
    Phone: 800-436-1022
    Web: http://www.wendover.com
  • Wilshire Credit Corporation 888-917-1050 
  • Whitney National Bank – Loss Mitigation. Phone: 800-347-7272

These numbers and the identities of the banks and mortgage companies are changing every day.  If you find out any updates, please let us know and we will post them here.


Citibank supports Senate Bill 61 to allow Loan Modifications to Home Mortgages

Posted by David Leibowitz on January 9th, 2009 in Chapter 13, Foreclosure - Saving Your Home, Uncategorized, , ,

Senate Bill 61, introduced by Dick Durbin (D. IL), is entitled Helping Families Save their Homes.  This bill, if enacted, would allow borrowers to use chapter 13 to modify their mortgages, even if they couldn’t cut a deal with their lender outside of bankruptcy.  Mortgages could be marked down to the present value of the house.  The rest of the loan would be paid under a chapter 13 plan over a period of five years – and not necessarily at 100% either.  Interest rates could be cut.  Prepayment penalties would be out.  Consumer protection claims would be preserved.  No more flim-flam junk charges on mortgages would be allowed either.

Sounds good?  Well not to most mortgage lenders.  They are geared up to fight this tooth and nail.  The American Bankers Association still opposes using Chapter 13 to modify home loans.

BUT –  In a stunning turn of events, Citibank now supports this legislation.  How did this happen?  Here’s the deal.  The new law would apply only to mortgages in existence at the time the legislation was passed.  And the borrower would have to first show that he or she tried to get a loan modification before going into chapter 13 bankruptcy.  There are other points too – but these are the main ones.

Remember, making laws in Congress is a lot like making sausage – the end product may taste good but the manufacturing process isn’t pretty.  Stand by – we’ll keep you informed.


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