If your mortgage is owned by Bank of America, you may get a pleasant surprise in the mail in the next few days.

The bank has started reaching out to more than 200,000 borrowers who may be eligible to receive partial loan forgiveness. Those who qualify will save about 30 percent on their monthly mortgage payments.

The first letters have been mailed this week, the lender says.

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not eligible. Why? Because the acting director of the agency that oversee the two entities, Edward DeMarco, says it shouldn’t be done.

Federal Housing Administration and Veterans Affairs loans are not eligible for this program.

Details on what you may be offered

borrowing powerBank of America’s initiative resulted from the recent $25 billion national mortgage settlement.

Bank of America says it will help “qualified underwater” borrowers by reducing their mortgage balance to as low as 100 percent of the home’s value. Many of these borrowers owe significantly more than what their homes are worth. The lender will then modify the mortgage to reduce the interest rate to make the borrower’s payment more affordable. If needed, the bank can offer additional payment forbearance on part of the principal.

But if the lender or the investor that owns your mortgage determines that it’s more profitable to foreclose on your home than to offer you a loan modification, you may not get the deal.

According to Bank of America: “The settlement terms require a final calculation to determine that the cost incurred by the mortgage investor to modify the loan does not exceed the expected loss to the investor if it goes to foreclosure instead, commonly known as positive net present value.”

Need Help?

Century 21 Hometown REALTORS® will be more than happy to provide you with free consulting services to see if you will qualify for this program. Contact any of our agents or offices and request a CMA or Competitive Market Analysis of your home. It will provide you with an opinion of what the market price of your home would be today and help you answer the question of qualification for this Bank of America program.