1. Paperwork that is sloppy and doesn’t paint complete picture of homeowner’s financial situation.
2. Homeowner gets frustrated with working with the lender and walks away from the distressed property.
3. Lender claims homeowner doesn’t have a true hardship (unemployment and divorce are usually seen by lenders as hardships).
4. Lender determines that a homeowner can afford to pay the mortgage.
5. The home is not worth less than the value of the loan.
Source: Mecklenburg Times staff research
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