Wells Fargo homeowners have had the option of turning to the home loan modification throughout 2010 as a way to lower their monthly mortgage payment. Yet, concerns over the modification program have recently arisen in the news and, for services like Wells Fargo, questions over the sustainability and application of these mortgage assistance plans has many questioning whether home loan modifications through the federal mortgage assistance program have been helpful to their full potential. However, homeowners have also had opportunities to refinance their home loan as a way to lower monthly mortgage payments as well, but this topic has also recently been in the news as interest rates are said to be increasing.
The problem homeowners face when seeking to lower their monthly mortgage payment is that a homeowner is either on one end of the spectrum or the other in terms of whether they qualify for modification assistance to lower their monthly mortgage payment or refinancing. While Wells Fargo is not the only financial institution that offers mortgage modifications or refinancing opportunities, and homeowners with a current Wells Fargo home loan are not required to refinance with that particular lender, many financial institutions are offering these options for their homeowners and throughout this year many have taken advantage of these plans to make their mortgage payment more affordable.
However, homeowners who qualify for a home loan modification are usually those who are in a bad financial position in terms of their personal life or employment, meaning they have either missed mortgage payments or are close to defaulting on their home loan. Modification efforts from both the Making Home Affordable Program and from proprietary plans have both been used by Wells Fargo, among other financial institutions, as a way to lower homeowner obligations when it concerns their monthly mortgage payment in the hopes of avoiding foreclosure.
On the other hand, low interest rates which have been present throughout 2010 have made not only home buying opportunities more affordable for some homeowners, but it is also allowed many homeowners to refinance for either a lower monthly mortgage payment or a shorter home loan term which may lower the overall monthly payments a homeowner must meet. Yet, these homeowners are usually those who are in a good financial position in their mortgage, meaning they have equity built up and are usually those who have a good credit score, can afford the costs that come with refinancing, and will generally qualify for a lower rate on their mortgage to the extent where they will actually benefit from refinancing.
While, again, homeowners with Wells Fargo do still have options to modify their mortgage through home loan modification programs, there are also refinancing options available despite homeowners seeing increases in home loan interest rates. However, homeowners seeking a modification with Wells Fargo will have to contact their lender or consult an approved housing counselor to help them with a modification from their primary lender, but refinancing options offer a wider range of opportunities, as many homeowners can opt to refinance with a lender who may not be their primary mortgage servicer.