Kevin W Hardin

Kevin W Hardin BIO The Mortgage Mediation Group assists homeowners, attorneys, realtors, loan officers, and other professionals with issues related to Mortgages. These issues may be Credit Report Errors, Short Sale, Loan Modification, Foreclosure, Deficiency, RESPA, TILA and Post Foreclosure-related claims under the California Homeowner Bill of Rights. Kevin W Hardin is the Specialized … [Read more...]

Round 2 of Loan Modifications and Short Sales

Round 2 of Loan Modifications and Short Sales If we go back and look at the bulk of the loans that were either paid short in a short sale or modified by a HAMP or HAMP-like loan modifications, their vintage was 2005 to 2007. What this means is that loan modifications that fixed some aspect of affordability back in 2008 through 2011 are going to be resetting in 2015. Most HAMP loan mods or … [Read more...]

Lower FHA Loan Limits For 2014

Lower FHA Loan Limits For 2014 Hud just release Mortgagee Letter HUD No. 13-184 HUD ANNOUNCES NEW FHA LOAN LIMITS for 2014 TO TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1ST The existing FHA loan limits for 2013 around the country were the result of HERA Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which is not going to be extended this year. HUD has now announced that those FHA Loan Limits for 2014 are lower. You … [Read more...]

Arizona Loan Modification

Arizona Loan Modification Short Sale vs Arizona Loan Modification is the question to consider when attempting to prevent a foreclosure or make a key decision when faced with negative equity.  In a short sale, you will sell the home for less than what you owe and walk away from the loan, with the goal of not owing the Lender anything on the prior loan post short sale.  A Mortgage Modification is a … [Read more...]

Declined For HARP

Declined for HARP; What do I do now? So, you have been through every lender there is and cannot secure a HARP refinance. What do you do now? If you are reading this you owe more than your home is worth. According to a Q1 2013 report form Corelogic, Arizona is running almost 30% of homes are underwater or in negative equity position. California is running close to 25%. The market has improved … [Read more...]

Climbing Out of the Basement of Negative Equity

Are You Climbing Out of the Basement of Negative Equity? We have heard so much talk about the recovery in the Arizona and California market. Everyday some talking head is screaming "The market is coming back!" Back?!? Really? Back to what? Are you climbing out of the basement of negative equity? Over the last 5 years I have worked with over 6,000 homeowners who were upside down in their … [Read more...]

Principal Reduction

I want a principal reduction on my mortgage. I hear that everyday from prospective clients. I completely agree. I want those homeowners to receive one. A couple years ago, they were a figment of our imagination. Today, principal reduction has become more of a reality. Clients are beginning to see more of them. With housing prices in our markets going up and with the amount of negative equity … [Read more...]

Arizona Zombie Mortgage

Do you have an Arizona Zombie Mortgage? You have an Arizona Zombie Mortgage. Sometimes called a Zombie Foreclosure as in an article in the Chicago Tribune, original article here. There are many of these zombie mortgages in Arizona. Not as many as some states like Florida, but many just the same. They just will not die! The bank will just not foreclose. You are not making payments and it will not … [Read more...]

Treasury warns Chase of permanent HAMP witholdings

Treasury warns Chase of permanent HAMP witholdings Original Article The Treasury Department will withhold Home Affordable Modification Program HAMP payments from JPMorgan Chase (JPM: 33.95 +2.17%) and Bank of America (BAC: 5.88 +1.73%) for the third straight quarter. With so many homeowners facing foreclosure for so long you would think Chase would get it? On the other hand, maybe they do. It … [Read more...]

Strategic Default: Is There Really Much Strategy Involved?

Strategic Default The term "strategic default" refers to homeowners that can afford their mortgage payments but have come to the conclusion that it is not a sound financial decision to continue to pay on a home that is underwater.  In the past, a strategic default typically involved abandoning or "walking away" from the home and "jingle mailing" the keys to the lender.  That strategy often later … [Read more...]