Financial Assistance Emerges in Chinese Drywall Disaster

Toxic Chinese drywall that was installed in many Orleans Parish homes has been discovered to emit sulfur, methane, and other toxins. The drywall is thought to be responsible for homeowner’s health problems and damage to household appliances. If you have been forced from your home due to toxic Chinese drywall and are now suffering to repair the damage while balancing your mortgage costs and rent payments, you are not alone.

Three Senators Fighting to Obtain Mortgage Break for Chinese Drywall Victims
Just recently, three U.S. senators attempted to enter into negotiations with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to obtain 6 months of mortgage relief to homeowners fighting the damage of Chinese drywall in there homes. One of these senators was Mary Landrieu, a democrat from Louisiana. Landrieu was joined in this effort by Bill Nelson, a Florida senator. The senators state that the 6 month grace period will help “folks struggling to keep their heads above water” . The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has receieved more than 3,000 allegations of toxic Chinese drywall. Just weeks ago, a similar plan was approved by Fannie Mae to help out Virginia home owners.

Louisiana Bill Addresses Victim’s Concerns with Home Insurance Cancellations
On April 22, 2010, a proposal for a bill to help victims of Chinese drywall was introduced in the Louisiana Senate. The bill was introduced by Julie Quinn, and would bar home insurers from cancelling, refusing to renew, or increasing premiums or deductibles due to toxic Chinese drywall at a home. Quinn has received dozens of complaints from homeowners who say they are going to lose home insurance because they filed a claim related to the drywall. In addition, some homeowners are suffering added financial burdens from the drywall because they are afraid of reporting it to their insurer. See the full article by clicking here.

Ways to Help Lower Your Mortgage Payments in Response to added Expense of Chinese Drywall Damage

Temporary Interest Rate Reduction
If you don’t have the option of waiting for Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae to provide you with mortgage relief, you still have options available to you. A temporary interest rate reduction may help you stay afloat long enough to avoid foreclosure. A temporary interest rate reduction can help individuals who are facinging financial problems that are likely temporary in nature, but who cannot provide full payments for a foreseeable time period. A temporary interest rate reduction can reduce your interest rates to market rate, or some cases, below market rate. Fannie Mae, may be willing to lower the rate to 3% in some instances.

Loan Modification of Securitized Loans & Special Plans
Most mortgage securities are issued by or guaranteed by Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s servicing guidelines permit loan modifications.

Treasury Secretary Paulson, along with the mortgage industry, created “Hope Now,” a voluntary program that helps consumers who have securitized subprime adjustable rate mortgages to avoid foreclosure by temporarily freezing their interest rate at the initial level. This plan has a clear procedure for processing loan modifications for those people who are up-to-date on their loan payments but are in danger of defaulting after the initial interest rate resets. These homeowners may be given a limited modification under which their interest rate will remain the same for a give period, often 5 years.

Treasury Secretary Paulson also implemented “Project Lifeline” for more dire cases. This program gives eligible participants a 30 day delay in foreclosure proceedings. In order to qualify, you must be at least 90 days late on payment and no more than 30 days from a scheduled foreclosure sale.

Addressing Orleans Parish Homeowner Credit Concerns
If you are deciding what path to take in regards to your toxic drywall problem and are concerned about impacting your credit, this information may help you. While you may not want a foreclosure avoidance plan of any type on your credit, these plans have been shown to be better than having a complete forclosure on your credit history. A foreclosure avoidance plan at least shows that you are attempting to make an effort to repay your mortgage.

To find out more about your options for loan modification and foreclosure avoidance, contact the Berniard Law Firm toll-free at 1-866-574-8005 or email us at Jeffberniard@laclaim. New Orleans attorney, Jeffrery Berniard specializes in helping victims of toxic Chinese drywall and can help you understand your options.

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