Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What documentation should I receive from my lender prior to a foreclosure mediation?

Participation in Oregon’s new mediation program is required for lenders who initiated 175 or more foreclosure actions in the preceding calendar year. In our prior post (What documentation do I need to produce for a foreclosure mediation?), we itemized the documents that the homeowner must provide to the lender prior to a mediation. In this post, we address the documents that the lender must provide to the homeowner.

After a homeowner has paid the required fee ($175.00 but a fee reduction waiver is available for households making 200% or less of the federal poverty level) and submitted the required documents (see prior post), a lender is required to provide the homeowner with the following documents:

      Copies of the residential trust deed and the promissory note that is evidence of the obligation that the trust deed secures;
      The name and address of the person who owns the obligation secured by the trust deed;
      A record of your payment history for the preceding 12 months or since you were last current on your loan obligation;
      The amount you currently owe on the loan and the amount due to cure the default;
      Input and output values for each Net Present Value model that your lender uses;
      The most recent appraisal or price opinion your lender used to determine the value of your property;
      The pooling or servicing agreement your lender entered into with another agency;
      A description of any additional documents your lender needs to evaluate your eligibility for a foreclosure avoidance measure.

The documents the parties provide should provide both lender and borrower with a pretty good idea of whether or not a modification is likely under the circumstances. In some cases, it will be fairly clear that a modification is appropriate. In other cases, less so. In some cases, it will become fairly obvious that a modification is not likely (usually due to financial or affordability reasons). If this is the case, we would encourage homeowners to discuss possible exit strategies prior to mediation and to make sure that the lender will have someone present or available during the mediation that has actual authority to agree to an exit plan. If that person is not there, the parties may be required to come back for another resolution conference.

If you have any questions about the mediation process, whether you think you qualify for a mediation, or possible alternative exit strategies, please do not hesitate to contact Garland Griffiths Knaupp at (503) 846-0707.

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