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Distressed BofA homeowners in Calif. now have chance of principal reduction

August 6th, 2011 8:24 AM by Lehel S.

Distressed BofA homeowners in Calif. now have chance of principal reduction
Bank of America has joined the Keep Your Home California principal-reduction program, making it the largest loan servicer involved in lowering loan balances for those with economic hardships.

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  • Keep Your Home California is a program offered through the California Housing Finance Agency to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

  • Bank of America, which services more than two million home loans in California, joins others servicers involved in the program, including: California Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the California Housing Finance Agency, Community Trust/Self Help, GMAC, Guild Mortgage Company, and Vericrest Financial.  Agency officials hope the list will continue to grow, and that the program will continue to gain momentum.

  • Under the program, qualified homeowners may be eligible for up to $50,000 in assistance.  The program requires the mortgage investor to match dollar-for-dollar the amount provided by the program.

  • Bank of America borrowers who do not qualify for the principal-reduction program will be evaluated by bank representatives to explore other options, including a loan modification.

  • To be eligible for the program, applicants must: Own and occupy their homes as their primary residence; not exceed $729,750 in current unpaid principal balances on first mortgages; meet low- and moderate-income limits; complete and sign a hardship affidavit to document reasons for hardships; have mortgage loans that are delinquent or “in imminent default;” and have enough income to pay modified mortgage payments according to guidelines from servicers participating in the programs.

  • For more information about Keep Your Home California, visitkeepyourhomecalifornia.org or call (888) 954-5337(KEEP).

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Posted by Lehel S. on August 6th, 2011 8:24 AM



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