Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Unsolicited Principal Reduction Offer from BofA

by Bill McBride on 11/11/2009 03:01:00 PM

Here is an unsolicited Principal Reduction Loan Modification (pdf) offer from BofA. (ht Dwight)

A few background details:

  • The homeowner bought the house in May 2005 for $420,000.

  • The homeowner refinanced in March 2006. This included a negatively amortizing adjustable rate mortgage (NegAM ARM) first with BofA for $392,000, and a 2nd with IndyMac for $49,000. (Total = $441,000)

  • For personal reasons, the homeowner was no longer able to make the payment, and is now delinquent. They were offered a HAMP modification, but apparently did not respond. This unsolicited offer is from a BofA internal program.

  • The balance due on the NegAM ARM with BofA is currently $429,000 and the homeowner owes another $17,000 in delinquent payments. (Total due is $446,000 for 1st, not including 2nd)

  • The house would probably sell for about $325,000.

    The offer from BofA:
  • BofA is offering to reduce the principal (including delinquent payments) to $334,400.

  • The new loan would be a fixed rate at 5.5%, with the same term (about 25 years left), but amortized over 40 years. In 25 years the homeowner would owe a balloon payment of $198,000.

  • The current minimum payment on the NegAM ARM is $1,966 (not including taxes and insurance), and the payments on the new loan would be $1,725 per month (principal and interest).

  • There is no mention of the 2nd in the offer.

    If the homeowner accepts the offer, he would still owe more on the 1st than the house is worth (the 2nd mortgage would have to be resolved). The personal issue still exists, and reducing the monthly payments by a couple of hundred dollars probably will not help. My understanding is the homeowner is considering trying for a short sale, but it is interesting that BofA is sending out unsolicited principal reduction offers - probably to NegAm borrowers.

    UPDATE: The number is answered by a recording that announces they are a "debt collector", and then says they are now closed (probably for Veterans Day)

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