I would like to ask you, the blog readers, to help a reporter who is investigating practices in the mortgage modification programs. A national business publication is investigating overly aggressive second mortgage lenders. The reporter, Mr. Robert Berner (312-451-7149), is looking at situations where a second mortgage lender sues a homeowner after the homeowner has already entered into a modification agreement with the first mortgage. The second mortgage gets a judgment against the homeowner and then garnishes the owner’s bank accounts or salary which causes the homeowner to default under the first mortgage modification agreement.
These second mortgage lenders are sabotaging the modification programs set up and encouraged by the government to help homeowners. In some cases where the same bank holds the first and second mortgage the bank modifies the first mortgage and then sells the second mortgage to a third party investor which then aggressively collects the second or even sues the homeowner for delinquent second mortgage payments. These mortgage lenders appear cooperative in modifying their first mortgages but then undermine the same modification by collecting or selling the second mortgage.
A related mortgage issue I have heard about from my own clients occurs when a homeowner has checking accounts at the same bank that holds his home mortgage. Some clients have reported that when they missed a mortgage payment the bank invaded their checking account and pulled the mortgage payment out of their checking account without notice. I have previously posted my general advice which is to move your accounts out of the bank that holds your home mortgage if you miss a mortgage payment.
Please get involved. If you have had a mortgage modification plan ruined by a second mortgage holder who sued you during the modification process, or if you have had your mortgage lender grab mortgage payments from your checking account at the same back before a foreclosure or other lawsuit was even filed, call Mr. Berner (312-451-7149) and discuss your experiences.