This morning I was startled to read an article in RIS Media, an information service that scans the news services and gathers articles impacting real estate — for homeowners, buyers and for agents — reporting that Credit Scores are being reduced as much as 100 points for successful Loan Modifications!
Loan Modifications are one avenue that troubled homeowners can take when income levels drop or expenses skyrocket due to unexpected bills such as medical costs. There are a number of different combinations and types of loan modifications available, although I understand that very few loan modifications have actually been successful.
I try to keep an eye out for success stories and, indeed, I know of ONE family that was successful in their quest for lower monthly payments due to a layoff. It took months, lots of frustration, but ultimately they were able to drop their interest rate from the upper “sixes” to about 3%. I’ve talked with a number of potential clients … and now clients … also about their pursuit of loan modifications so that they were able to remain in their homes. These folks just weren’t able to push a loan mod through and finally gave up and listed their homes for sale. A couple actually decided to let the house go back to the bank through foreclosure.
RIS reports that homeowners that ARE successful in negotiating a loan modification through private lenders are now finding credit score reductions up to 100 points! That’s certainly causes a significant impact on the homeowner’s ability to obtain future credit at a reasonable rate. Just imagine having a credit score of 750, successfully negotiating a loan modification on your home loan so that you can stay in your house … then finding yourself in a position where you must purchase a new car. Under the scenario RIS reports, your credit score could now be 650 — a real hinderence in obtaining a car loan with a reasonable interest rate!
According to the RIS report, the federal loan modification programs, Making Home Affordable and Home Affordable Modification Program, do not reduce credit scores as the transaction is reported to the credit agencies as a “loan modified under a federal plan” as of Nov. 1. However, if you modify your home loan through a private bank or other lender, your credit score could be impacted significantly.
Click Here to read the entire article … then pay attention: Watch Your Credit Score if You Do a Loan Modification!