Under the New California Homeowners Bill of Rights the State of California has found that it is essential to mitigate the negative effects on the economy and the housing by modifying the foreclosure process to ensure that borrowers who may qualify for a foreclosure alternative are considered for, and have a meaningful opportunity to obtain, available loss mitigation options. And that avoiding foreclosure, where possible, will help stabilize the state’s housing market and avoid the substantial, corresponding negative effects of foreclosures on families, communities, and the state and local economy.
The California Homeowners Bill of Rights prohibits notice of default (the first step in a foreclosure ) until 30 days after the mortgage servicer has:
Sent a first-class letter to the homeowner that includes the toll-free telephone number made available by HUD to find a HUD-certified housing counseling agency.
Attempt to contact the borrower by telephone at least three times at different hours and on different days.
Sent a certified letter, within two weeks after the telephone call requirements
Provided a means for the borrower to contact it in a timely manner, including a toll-free telephone number that will provide access to a live representative during business hours.
Posted a prominent link on the homepage of its Internet Web site containing the
Options that may be available to borrowers who are unable to afford their mortgage payments and who wish to avoid foreclosure, and
instructions to borrowers advising them on steps to take to explore those options,
A list of financial documents borrowers should collect and be prepared to present to the mortgage servicer when discussing options for avoiding foreclosure,
A toll-free telephone number for borrowers who wish to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure with their mortgage servicer, and
The toll-free telephone number made available by HUD to find a HUD-certified housing counseling agency.
This means the “bank” must give the homeowner a single point of contact with a live person, notice of the options to refi, and a list of documents needed to apply for a refi.
The new Bill of Rights also gives the homeowner the right to designate a lawyer or other representative to help in the loan modification and the foreclosure prevention process. My estimate is that this process will extend the time for a foreclosure to 9- 12 months from the date the “bank” decides to start the foreclosure process and give a fair opportunity for borrowers to refi or otherwise avoid foreclosure.
By David DiJulio:
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