In lieu of Obama's new loan modification program, getting a HSBC loan has never been easier.
Previously, any HSBC modification programs that were available were only for six to eight month terms, but in light of the economic and housing crisis they have opened up to longer termed modifications. They have begun offering programs that range from two to thirty years, depending on the borrower's situation.
Those who were turned down for modifications from HSBC are now eligible to reapply under the new program. And thanks to the new requirements stating that modification is not available to anyone who is not going through financial hardship. Meaning that no one will be turned down because they are having a hard time -- as a matter of fact, it will help them.
It sounds great, but in truth HSBC loan modifications are difficult to get, as are modifications with any other financial institution. Despite getting incentives for approving applications, lenders are pensive to approve. This is most likely because approximately 89 percent of borrowers do not make their first payment after their mortgage has been modified.
An important part of the application process is the hardship letter -- which is the portion where the borrower states their case and lets their lender know what they're going to do in order to handle their payments. In the hardship letter, some borrowers state their intentions to work on a budget and stick with it. It's easy to work out a budget, but it's difficult to maintain it.
The key to HSBC loan modification, like one with any lender, is to truly believe that you will be able handle even lower monthly payments. It's critical to make your case in the hardship letter and hit home the fact that you are going to be able to manage your payments. Working out a budget beforehand and including some details in the letter can be highly beneficial.
Be sure the budget you work out is actually doable. Working on a budget that cuts out too many necessities is pointless, but one that is logical and is actually the best you can do will get you much further -- your lender can tell if you're trying to reach too far and won't be able to handle it.
Working out a careful and prudent budget that you actually believe and know you can handle will show in your application and your hardship letter. HSBC is not looking for another pointless modification, they're looking for someone who will actually be able to handle a budget.