Posted By Michael Valdes @ May 9th 2012 10:27am In: Banking News


Bank of America (BoA) has begun mailing some 200,000 letters offering certain customers a mortgage principal reduction. Eligible borrowers could get their mortgage balance lowered by as much as $150,000. This is all part of the $25 billion settlement reached between the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers &  federal and state agencies over fraudulent foreclosure documents.

In order to qualify, the eligible homeowners must:

  • Answer the modification letter with a full documentation of income (Don't lose the letter)
  • Be able to show that they can still make the monthly payment.
  • Have a current monthly payment that is more than 25 percent of their gross income
  • Show they are unable to afford their current payment
  • Have a loan either owned by Bank of America or serviced by Bank of America for an investor who is allowing the modifications.
  • owe more on the mortgage than the home is currently worth
  • must be 60 days late on the mortgage payment as of Jan. 31, 2012.

If the homeowner qualifies, Bank of America will bring their monthly mortgage payment down to 25% of the borrower’s gross income. That could mean principal forgiveness well over $100,000, as there is no limit to the amount of the current mortgage.

Be on the lookout for a mailed certified letter from Bank of America with a red box in the top corner labeled, “IMPORTANT” and that states, “Qualifying customers may reduce their monthly payment by an average of 35 percent.”

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