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Discussion in 'Loan Modification' started by Angels, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. Angels

    Angels LoanSafe Member

    A friend of mine recently received a loan mod from Citi bank for his house. He was ecstatic as he received an in house loan mod that he had been trying to get for over a year. He starts to tell me the terms, payment dropped by approximately $1,600 per month for the first year and goes up each year with the interest rate (starts out at 2%, then a 1% increases per year up to 5% for the remainder of the loan). I thought he received a great deal and was real happy for him until he started talking about all his missed payments, penalties, fees, etc that the bank was so generous to roll into the loan for him. I thought that still was an OK deal because his payments are affordable now and then he dropped the bomb. At year 30 of the loan he has a balloon payment of ~$400K!!! the bank set him up! At year 30 if he does not have the money the bank will take the house or he will have to sell it to pay the bank, if he keeps it that long. If he decides to sell before then he will have to pay off the loan and the balloon payment, and I don’t even want to think what would happen if he defaulted before then.

    These situations are really tough to go through and to get an offer from the bank is truly a relief, but please be careful on what the banks are doing so that you don’t have something haunting you for the next 30 years. Keep things in perspective, it is only a house, and there are lots of them.
  2. davephx

    davephx LoanSafe Member

    Personally I could care less the balance in 30 years I'll probably be dead by then (i'm older). Regardless house may be worth far more in 30 years. I'm worrying about the next 5-10 years not 30 years out.

    Unless they do principal reductions (almost never do) what else can they do? Or you can avoid it by paying off the balloon now if your so concerned. But than you wouldn't need a mod.

    With all HAMPs (other than rare prin reductions) this is how it works as well as inhouse.
  3. Daisy Cutter

    Daisy Cutter LoanSafe Member

    Hey Angels, 30 years ago was 1980. A house that now costs $1.5mm cost $200K then. If somebody offered you a deal in 1980 to pay 2% interest and a balloon payment in 2010 0f $200K, it probably sounded like a lot in 1980 too. The reality is that 30 years an interest free loan is hard to beat. It sounds like your friend got a great deal. the only negative about what you are saying is it sounds like they did not eliminate the penalties.
  4. MyHAMP

    MyHAMP LoanSafe Member

    Hmm, I'd say in this case, the bank did all they could and it is as close to HAMP-terms as it can get..;)

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