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Forensic Loan Audit: Opening the Door to Loan Modifications

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During the housing boom of the early 2000’s, creative and exotic loans became the norm and it seemed as if anyone could obtain a mortgage for any amount. However, what seemed like a dream come true was in fact the nightmare of predatory loans. Studies of the lending practices of the past ten years suggest that 80 percent of the home mortgages funded in the past decade violate laws designed to protect consumers from predatory lending practices.

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Predatory lenders often marketed mortgage loans with teaser interest rates, interest-only loans, and negative amortization loans with the terms, if disclosed at all, buried in fine print only comprehensible to the person who wrote the terms. Eventually those who had fallen prey to these unscrupulous lending practices found themselves hard pressed to make their monthly mortgage payments. When these homeowners approached their lender for a loan modification, they found themselves either buried under mounds of paperwork or just refused a loan mod outright.

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Homeowners sought ways to bring the loan modification nightmare to a successful resolution and found that a forensic loan audit was the essential tool needed. Statistics reveal that when they are armed with the results of a forensic loan audit, lenders become more amenable to completing loan modifications, which will stop foreclosure

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What Does a Forensic Loan Audit Involve? A forensic loan audit involves a comprehensive detailed review of all the paperwork the lender provided the homeowner at the closing of the real estate transaction.

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The auditor examines the documentation to find evidence of the following: •Errors and/or misrepresentation in the loan documents; •Truth-in-Lending violations; •RESPA violations; •HOEPA violations;

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•Inflated appraisals; •Forgery and backdating of documents. •Fraud •Predatory Lending Once the forensic loan audit is completed, the homeowner is notified as to whether the audit discovered any evidence of fraud, predatory lending, or violation of consumer protection laws.

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How Can A Forensic Loan Audit Help in Securing A Loan Modification? Often a forensic loan audit can be enough to persuade a lender to concede to a loan modification in order to avoid going to court. As the courts become flooded with foreclosures, judges have become increasingly aware of the pattern of predatory lending and abusive lending practices that ran rampant during the housing boom. Lenders and loan servicers have found the court is much more willing to hear evidence of fraud and consumer protection laws; as a result, many judges have ruled against servicers.

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In fact, there have been rare cases where judges have voided the mortgage loan in its entirety. Many lenders want to avoid this legal exposure so they are much more amenable to making a loan modification when they are aware a forensic loan audit is available to the court. Over the past year, more and more homeowners have pursued legal remedies because their lenders did not truly and in good faith conduct the loan modification process, which resulted in many good people losing their homes to wrongful foreclosures.

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This rising trend in litigation against the lenders has caused those lenders to be much more attentive to the homeowner who has a forensic loan audit. It should be noted however, that homeowners who succeed in using a forensic loan audit to get a loan modification have also put the task of negotiating that modification into the hands of skilled professionals.

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Forensic Loan Audit: Opening the Door to Loan Modifications  

Forensic Loan Audits will reveal a predatory loan, which can help get loan modifications completed and thus stop foreclosure.

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