Loan Modification Specialist

DEFINITION of 'Loan Modification Specialist'

A mortgage specialist who deals specifically with loan modifications. Loan modification specialists work with borrowers who are close to or have defaulted on their mortgage. A loan modification is simply an adjustment made to the terms of the existing loan to reduce the probability of a borrower defaulting. Common adjustments include: interest rate reductions, extension of length of loan term, change to loan type or a mix of all adjustments.

BREAKING DOWN 'Loan Modification Specialist'

The popularity of loan modifications rose during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. President Obama rolled out programs that provided incentives for lenders to adjust the loans for the borrower to avoid default and prevent foreclosures. More information on loan modifications can be found at the website for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

RELATED TERMS
  1. Loan-To-Value Ratio - LTV Ratio

    A lending risk assessment ratio that financial institutions and ...
  2. Bridge Loan

    A short-term loan that is used until a person or company secures ...
  3. Jumbo Loan

    A mortgage with a loan amount exceeding the conforming loan limits ...
  4. Loan Modification

    A modification to an existing loan made by a lender in response ...
  5. Balloon Payment

    An oversized payment due at the end of a mortgage, commercial ...
  6. Backlog

    A build-up of work that needs to be taken care of. The term "backlog" ...
Related Articles
  1. Options & Futures

    Short Sell Your Home To Avoid Foreclosure

    Are you in danger of losing your home? Protect your credit score with a real estate short sale.
  2. Options & Futures

    Things To Know About The Home Modification Plan

    This program allows FHA borrowers to reduce monthly mortgage payments through negotiation with lenders.
  3. Options & Futures

    Saving Your Home From Foreclosure

    Learn the tactics you can use to prevent your home from being repossessed.
  4. Stock Analysis

    Are U.S. Stocks Still the Place To Be in 2016?

    Understand why U.S. stocks are absolutely the place to be in 2016, even though the year has gotten off to an awful start for the market.
  5. Investing News

    U.S. Recession Without a Yield Curve Warning?

    The inverted yield curve has correctly predicted past recessions in the U.S. economy. However, that prediction model may fail in the current scenario.
  6. Retirement

    Best Mortgage Companies Friendly to Retirees

    If you’re no longer in the workforce and need a loan to buy a home, which companies are the most welcoming? Plus, good news about qualifying for a loan.
  7. Credit & Loans

    Don't Get Overcharged for Your Mortgage

    Don't pay more for a mortgage than necessary. Here’s a quick look at the different categories and how to be sure you're getting the best deal.
  8. Credit & Loans

    What is an Alt-A Mortgage?

    Called "liar loans" for their low documentation requirements, Alt-A mortgages were hot until the subprime crisis. Now Wall Street wants to bring them back.
  9. Investing

    Retirees: 7 Lessons from 2008 for the Next Crisis

    When the last big market crisis hit, many retirees ran to the sidelines. Next time, there are better ways to manage your portfolio.
  10. Home & Auto

    Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works

    A rent-to-own agreement can benefit homebuyers with bad credit or insufficient funds for a down payment. Here’s how one works.
RELATED FAQS
  1. Do FHA loans require escrow accounts?

    Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans require escrow accounts for property taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Do FHA loans have prepayment penalties?

    Unlike subprime mortgages issued by some conventional commercial lenders, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans do not ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Can FHA loans be refinanced?

    Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans can be refinanced in several ways. According to the U.S. Department of Housing ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Can FHA loans be used for investment property?

    Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans were created to promote homeownership. These loans have lower down payment requirements ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Do FHA loans have private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

    he When you make a down payment from 3 to 20% of the value of your home and take out a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How many FHA loans can I have?

    Generally, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) does not insure more than one mortgage per borrower. This is to prevent ... Read Full Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Socially Responsible Investment - SRI

    An investment that is considered socially responsible because of the nature of the business the company conducts. Common ...
  2. Inverted Yield Curve

    An interest rate environment in which long-term debt instruments have a lower yield than short-term debt instruments of the ...
  3. Presidential Election Cycle (Theory)

    A theory developed by Yale Hirsch that states that U.S. stock markets are weakest in the year following the election of a ...
  4. Super Bowl Indicator

    An indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in ...
  5. Flight To Quality

    The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This ...
  6. Discouraged Worker

    A person who is eligible for employment and is able to work, but is currently unemployed and has not attempted to find employment ...
Trading Center