What Should I Do If I Fall Behind On A Conventional Loan?

The video puts this in more visual terms, but most importantly, talk to your lender about specific loss mitigation options. Work directly with him or her to request a “workout packet.”

A secondary lender, like Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, may have purchased your loan. Your lender can follow the appropriate guidelines set by Fannie or Freddie to determine the best option for your situation.

Fannie Mae does not deal directly with the borrower. They work with the lender to determine the loss mitigation program that best fits your needs.

Freddie Mac, like Fannie Mae, will usually only work with the loan servicer. However, if you encounter problems with your lender during the loss mitigation process you can call customer service for help.

In any loss mitigation situation, it is important to remember a few helpful hints: Explore every reasonable alternative to avoid losing your home, but beware of scams.

For example, watch out for:

  • Equity skimming: a buyer offers to repay the mortgage or sell the property if you sign over the deed and move out.
  • Phony counseling agencies: offer counseling for a fee when it is often given at no charge.

Remember – don’t sign anything you don’t understand.