Whats the best way to modify my mortgage interest rate?
I bought my home about 2 years ago at 7.125%. I had (and still have) excellent credit, but the reason my rate was high is because I went with a stated, no doc loan. That means I didn’t show any tax returns to get my loan (they just needed my ID, bank statements, assets, and credit check). Nowadays, stated and no doc loans do not exist anymore (for good reason). It’s so tempting to refinance now with the rates being so low. But, I can’t. There’s lots of banks offering hardship programs now that will lower/modify your interest rate without refinancing (and I am experiencing some hardship due to the economy), but I would like to know if there are any other options. The bank is Citibank. Does anyone else have this same issue? Should I hire an attorney who specializes in loan modifications? If so, what should I look out for? Thanks in advance.
I forgot to mention that I did apply for the hardship assistance program that my bank is offering, but I was rejected because I was not in enough financial trouble. The rep even hinted that I should pay my next mortgage payment a week late to make it seem like I’m having problems. I really dont want to do that. I just want to lower my rate a little bit and have some extra money to save each month. Thats it.
Ok, I can’t refinance based on their requirements, thats the whole point of my question. I want to modify my loan. Refinancing is not an option. If ya don’t have an answer, then moooove along. Thanks!