What is a Loan Workout?
A loan workout is an agreement that is negotiated with your current lender that changes the terms of your current loan. Lenders are willing to negotiate when borrowers are facing financial difficulties and can’t obtain other financing alternatives. You must show the lender why it would be in the lender’s best interest to agree to a workout arrangement. If convinced, a lender may be willing to reduce the loan interest rate, reduce monthly payment amounts or change other loan terms.
A loan workout/modification creates a new note with new terms. Almost always, the new note is considered current at the time of inception. Thus, a loan modification is distinguished from a forbearance agreement because the modification creates a new note curing the default and ceasing prior foreclosure proceedings.
A loan modification generally occurs where the parties to a problem loan mutually agree to workout the problem by creating new and better loan terms. The hope is that the new loan will enable to the borrower to
meet their obligations.
Many borrowers make the mistake of waiting till they are knee deep in trouble before they try and work things out with their lender or they wait until their lender starts sending threatening payment demand letters before approaching the lender with a workout plan. By that time, chances of renegotiating the loan go down but are not impossible. Putting off contact with the lender does lesson your chances but now more than ever, lenders are willing to work an agreement that will be beneficial for the both of you.
By contacting the lender early, you show you are aware of your financial troubles and it gives you both more time to come to a solution. Lenders are more likely to go along with a workout plan if you show the ability to get back on track and most importantly the ability to make your mortgage payments on time.
A loan workout will be the new term for refinance for thousands of people who cannot refinance using traditional resources.