HSBC is one of the few lenders who did not opt in for the Government loan mod program, but they do offer their own proprietary loan modifications to qualified borrowers. The lender follows a similar underwriting and eligibility review process as other banks and HAMP, but the terms that they can offer borrowers are slightly different than under HAMP. Here is some brief information on the programs and basic guidelines that may help you learn how to apply.
- Repayment plans: if you have fallen behind on your mortgage and cannot get caught up, you may be eligible for a repayment plan. HSBC will make arrangements to divide the past due amount into monthly payments for up to 6 months. This means that you have to make your normal payment PLUS this prorated additional amount. This may be a solution if your financial hardship was just temporary and you have the means to make the higher payment for a short while.
- Forbearance: IF you have a temporary financial hardship, say due to job loss or medical issues but feel confident that within a few months you will be able to resume making the normal HSBC mortgage payment, the bank may allow you to miss up to 6 payments. This missed payments are added to the back of your loan and are still due.
- Loan Modification: the terms of your original note are modified to a more affordable monthly payment so that you can avoid foreclosure. The interest rate may be lowered, the loan term may be lengthened, you may be offered an interest only payment or sometimes HSBC will reduce the principal balance. Your home must be underwater-meaning you owe substantially more than it is currently worth-in order for them to consider this option. Usually, the amount is deferred and not completely forgiven. This means that when you sell or try to refinance, that amount is still a lien against your home.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR AN HSBC LOAN MODIFICATION
- Homeowners who are facing a legitimate financial hardship, situations like loss of job or income, excessive high debt, lack of financial reserves, and increased expenses. Loss of equity alone is not a valid acceptable reason for a loan mod.
- Borrowers must be able to document their income with paycheck stubs, bank statements, award letters, etc. They must complete a financial worksheet which details the household monthly income, monthly expenses and assets. This information will then be used by HSBC to determine if the current mortgage can be modified to an affordable payment.
- HSBC requires that the home be your primary residence, and rental or second homes are not usually allowed under the loan mod program.
- You will be asked to complete an application which includes your monthly budget information, detailed on the financial worksheet. Your household income,
expenses and assets will all be carefully reviewed and based on what you report on this form, you will either qualify for a loan workout or be denied.
- You must be able to prove any income you report to HSBC, room mate income is allowed as well as rental income. The bank uses a standard formula to determine if your income, expenses and assets fit into the approval guidelines. IF you show too much or too little income then you will be denied.
- You must write a brief explanation of why you need a loan mod, this is called a Financial Hardship Letter. It is best to keep it to one page, and hit the major acceptable reasons, such as loss or reduction of income, increased expenses, lack of reserves or high monthly bills.
- Complete the application form carefully and legibly, sign where needed and provide proof of income. Make a copy package for yourself before you send it in. Follow up one week later to confirm that HSBC has received it. Follow up once a week and keep a written log of every contact you have during the review process.
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