Home Equity Assistance
Is a home equity loan modification right for you?
A home equity loan or line of credit modification may make your payments more affordable.
You may be eligible1 if:
- You’re having trouble paying your home equity loan or line of credit due to an increase in your loan payment or a reduction in your income
- Your home equity account has been open for at least nine months
- You’ve made at least six full payments during the life of your loan
- You haven’t received a home equity modification once in the past 12 months, or twice in the past five years
- All borrowers on your loan agree to participate
There are additional eligibility requirements for this program. Please contact us to learn more.
There are no fees with this program. However, you will be responsible for certain costs, expenses and fees associated with the servicing of your loan that were incurred by you before you before the application for the modification is completed and approved. When your modification becomes final, all prior unpaid late charges will be waived.
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When you call us to request a modification, please be ready with your loan number, the monthly pre-tax income for each borrower, monthly household expenses, and information about your current financial hardship. We’ll review your situation, confirm your interest in a modification and send you a financial information packet.
Throughout the process, you'll have a Customer Relationship Manager who will answer all your questions and help guide you through the steps you'll need to take.
When you receive the financial information packet, you’ll need to complete, sign, and return the forms, along with any other documents that are requested, to us as soon as possible.
After we receive your documents, we'll contact you via phone or mail within five business days if any documents are incomplete or missing.
Once we have received all of your required documents, it may take us 30 calendar days to complete the evaluation process and notify you of our decision.
If approved, you’ll start a three month trial period to make sure you can afford the new payments.
We'll send you a Trial Period Plan Notice explaining the terms, such as the monthly payment amount, the deadline to accept the trial plan terms and the date your first trial payment is due. You can make payments through Online Banking, by mail, or over the phone.
Once you’ve made all of your trial payments on time, we’ll send you the Modification Agreement.
The Modification Agreement defines the changes to your home equity loan. This agreement must be signed, notarized, as required, and returned to us by the stated deadline in order for your modification to become permanent.
Once completed, we are required to report the modification to the credit bureaus, which may negatively impact your credit.
What if I'm not eligible or get declined?
Please call us if your financial circumstances have changed. We may be able to reevaluate your eligibility for a program.
Call us to learn more at 800 669 6650.
1 These eligibility requirements are informational and are not intended as a commitment to modify your home loan nor is this an exhaustive list of the eligibility of the Program.