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The Loan Modification Calculator and Debt Management Bailout

The Loan Modification Calculator and Debt Management Bailout

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There has been lots of press on the topic of Loan Modification. You can negotiate with your bank to modify your loan yourself or by using a third party expert negotiator or law firm. The government has also now gotten involved and set up a special program to help consumers modify their loans but not everyone qualifies for the government’s bailout as part of the government loan modification program. To see if you quality you need to do some basis calculations. Read through our Loan Modification Calculator examples to see if you qualify for a government bailout or loan modification as part of Obama’s loan modification plan. If you do this is a great way to manage your debt and get back on your feet.

Here’s the basic criteria that our loan modification calculator looks at for seeing if you qualify for a government bailout:

To qualify for the government bailout loan modification program you first need to be in a financially distressed situation.

  1. You need to have a financial hardship. Take a look at our article on tip to writing a hardship letter as well as sample hardship letters.
  2. You have to have little or no money in the bank available to you.
  3. Your loan is under the conforming limit in your area.
  4. Your loan to value of your home is near or above your current loan amount.

However ….

5.   You need to have some income coming in. It is okay if you have lost some of your income but you need to be able to pay your new mortgage pavements.

If you meet these criteria then the bank look at doing two things:

– The bank will look at reducing your interest rate. To qualify for the government bailout program the bank can lower your interest rate down to 2%. If you already have a low interest rate this may not help.
– The bank will additionally look at stretching your amortization to 40 years.

6.   After adjusting your interest rate and or your term of your loan, the bank will then look to see if you qualify for the government sponsored bailout loan modification. To qualify for the bailout loan your new payment that is calculated must be not more than 31% of your gross income after your principle, interest, taxes, insurance and association dues are considered.

Here are a few examples from our loan modification calculator:

Loan Modification Calculator – Calculation 1
Your income is: 5,000 per month
Your current interest rate is: 8%
Your current loan term is: 30 years
Your current loan amount is: $800,000
Your Tax, Insurance & Ass Fees: $9,000/yr
You have a Hardship: Yes
***** In Bailout Calculation 1: You DO NOT qualify because your loan is over the limit of a conforming loan.

Loan Modification Calculator – Calculation 2
Your income is: 3,000 per month
Your current interest rate is: 8%
Your current loan term is: 30 years
Your current loan amount is: $400,000
Your Tax, Insurance & Ass Fees: $5,000/yr
You have a Hardship: Yes
***** In Bailout Calculation 2: You DO NOT qualify because even if the bank drops your interest rate to 2% and stretches your loan to 40 yrs, your payments on your loan are $1,211. If you add to that your tax, insurance and association fees you are now at $1,628 per month. Unfortunately that is 54% of your monthly income so you do not qualify for the government bail out program.

Loan Modification Calculator – Calculation 3
Your income is: 6,000 per month
Your current interest rate is: 6%
Your current loan term is: 25 years
Your current loan amount is: $400,000
Your Tax, Insurance & Ass Fees: $5,000/yr
You have a Hardship: Yes
***** In Bailout Calculation 3: You DO Qualify because if the bank drops your interest rate to 2% and stretches your loan to 40 yrs, your payments on your loan are $1,211. If you add to that your tax, insurance and association fees you are now at $1,628 per month. This is 27% of your monthly income so YOU DO qualify for the government bail out program. Likely the bank will not drop your rate to 2% in this case since they do not need to have you qualify.

If you qualify some of the other benefits to the government’s bailout program are:

  1. Once the program is in place your loan will not change rate for 5yrs and even then it can only adjust 1% per year for a maximum of 5% points above your start rate.
  2. If you are on time with your payments for 5 years, you get a one time reduction in your principle of $5,000 at that time.

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 The Loan Modification Calculator and Debt Management Bailout

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FICO 101:  How to Improve Your FICO Score (Credit Score)

FICO 101: How to Improve Your FICO Score (Credit Score)

improve your fico score FICO 101:  How to Improve Your FICO Score (Credit Score)Almost every working American has a FICO score. Anyone with a Social Security number, a job, and any kind of debt is likely to have a record with one or all of the three major credit reporting agencies. This credit report history results in an algorithmic score that rates each individual’s creditworthiness. A higher FICO score means that a person is responsible in acquiring and paying debt, while a low score tells potential creditors that a person is a higher risk.

How is a FICO Score Determined?

Your FICO score is an algorithmic mathematical weighted formula. Your credit history shows how many creditors you have, what your credit limit is for each creditor, how much of your limit you have used, and also whether you pay on time and as agreed or have made late payments in the past.

Serious credit issues, such as repossession, foreclosure, and collections, will also show on your credit report, as well as financial judgments from a court of law. All these critical aspects are scored by their importance to provide a single number of your creditworthiness.

What Affects My FICO Score And How Can I Protect It?

Your FICO score must be treated with care, much like a pet. It needs constant nurturing, maintenance, and sometimes, it must be treated by a professional and bandaged for repair. A credit history can be damaged by anyone who reports your credit activity to the reporting agency without your consent. Subsequently, it is paramount to treat your creditors with respect and pay them as agreed.

Your credit report and FICO score can be damaged by the report of any of the following:

• Late Payments – If you miss a scheduled payment on a credit card, auto, or home mortgage payment, it will show on your report. Late payments are noted as simply late, and in increments of 30, 60, and 90+ late. The more days late your payment is, the lower your credit score. In fact, your credit score can drop almost overnight.

CREDIT TIP: Even if you cannot pay your creditors, you should make arrangements right away when you experience financial difficulty. Try to work with your creditors regarding a payment plan, which may prevent them from reporting a late payment on your credit score.

• Over Limit – Your credit card companies will report your maximum credit limit. If you charge more than that limit, your report will reflect it.

CREDIT TIP: Always stay well below your credit limit. Conventional wisdom says to keep your charged credit at 2/3 or below your limit for each creditor.

• Collection – If you fail to make payments for a period of time on a credit card or other debt, your account will close and be sent to a collection agency. Your credit report will show both the account closure and the new reporting by the collection agency, adding even more damage to your credit.

CREDIT TIP: Avoid collections by working with creditors directly. If you do end up in a collection account, pay it in full as soon as possible. The worst thing you could do is avoid the creditors and collection agencies.

How Can I Improve My FICO Score?

If you have had past credit issues that affect your FICO score, there are strategies you can implement to start improving your score today.

• Payoff All Problem Credit – If your FICO score is affected by negatively closed or collection accounts, immediately pay them in full as soon as possible.

• Get A Secured Credit Card – If you’re unable to get an unsecured credit card, obtain a secured card with a deposit amount. Start making charges and paying your balance in full each month. This will help build your history of reliable monthly payments.

• Get A Personal Loan – Many banks and credit unions will allow you to obtain a personal loan with a savings or CD deposit as security. Obtain a small personal loan, such as $1000, and keep the money in the bank – don’t spend it! Immediately make the first payment and continue making regular payments each month thereafter. Your bank will report your good payment status, and your FICO score can start improving.

Credit is one of the most important personal issues for every consumer. Your credit report and score can determine whether you can get a home loan, a new credit card, and even affect whether you get a job. Treat it with care and you will succeed in keeping your FICO score in a positive range.

 FICO 101:  How to Improve Your FICO Score (Credit Score)

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