People who are having trouble with paying their mortgages may have either loan modifications or loan forbearances available to them. There are some important differences between the two that consumers should understand before applying for either one.
Understanding Loan Modifications
In a loan modification, the homeowner and the borrower negotiate a solution that allows the homeowner to stay in the home while also allowing the lender to avoid foreclosing on it. Loan modifications are good for homeowners whose payments are no longer affordable because of income losses, increases in expenses or interest rates that have reset. In order to be approved, a homeowner must be able to show that he or she will be able to make the modified payment.
Loan modifications are distinguished from mortgage forbearances because one or more of the terms of the loan are changed in order to make the payments more affordable. Loan modifications may include any of the following: