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I was laid off from my job at the end of March…1 of about 90 (automotive manufacturing). I honestly didn’t think it would get up to me, I was pretty high on the list and there’s only about 150 people that work for our company. They told us on a Wed that Fri would be our last day, so when I got off work Wed I went to a local Credit Union to see about refinancing my house to get a lower intrest rate and lower my house payment, I had HR at work send proof of employment to the bank before I signed my papers that Friday (the loan manager said that was fine, I didn’t tell him I was getting laid off). I haven’t heard back from him and its been over a month and I’ve called several times questioning him about it, he keeps saying he’ll have to get back with me. Anyway, I’m not holding my breath on him to call me back, are there any programs I can look into? I have already talked with my mortgage company and they said they won’t refinance anything if I don’t have income. And for the people that are going to say GET A JOB!!!! Well, I would but I’m going back to school M-F from 8-3 so I can better my life doing something I want to do and not something I have to do, I don’t want to work in a factory my whole life and now I have actually got the chance to better my life…I’m also a single parent taking care of 2 kids, I’m at school while their at school and we get home at the same time. A part time job would be hard because I don’t have anyone to watch them while I work. And as long as I’m in school, they’ll pay me unemployment. but with losing my job I lose $ 240 each week and that makes it harder for me to pay the house payment. Only serious people, please don’t be mean, tell me I’m lazy because at least I’m trying to make a better life for me and my kids and I don’t want to lose our home and I don’t want to put it up for sale, and I’ve worked so hard to get this house. I’ve used my savings to make up for what my unemployment doesn’t pay and wouldn’t even have the money to put down on another place if I did sell it, and if I have to forclose on the house, it’ll look bad on my credit that I worked so hard on for the past few years to get good so I could buy this house. I’ll only be in school for a year and I’ll have my diploma and be able to get a decent paying job, but I need to lower that house payment so we won’t be in such a bind until after I graduate and get the job.
To let you know I talked to the guy at the Credit Union today, he said there was a program out there for people that have been laid off that will lower their intrest rate and will be fixed rate until they get back on their feet. He’s looking into that for me and thank you to everyone that helped. Hopefully this newly discovered information will help someone else and we’ll still get to stay in our home. ***PRAYING***

4 Thoughts on Laid off and need to lower my house payment? (its long)?
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    November 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Unless you can prove unemployment will last for 2 years, I don’t know of any lender that will do your loan at the moment. There might be some sort of modification program for you, but I am not certain.

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    November 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    First off… I’m sorry! I completely understand. I have two kids, i’ve worked since i was 15. Saved up for 5 years and finally was able to buy a place. You’ve obviously not lazy. You care! You want to do what’s right. Past bad credit, foreclosures, any other crap that might happen, your outlook in life is what will get you further than anything.

    What i did when I was in this situation is I found a much smaller place to rent, something within my budget (it was 1 one bed with my two kids – Yes, it was tight). Then i rented my house.
    My payment was $ 1100,
    Found a place to rent for $ 600.00
    Rented my house out for $ 1000.00
    If this is something you could do it might be worth looking at. Always try and make sure your rental contracts (on both ends) line up. This way you’re not caught with both your house payment and the apartment if you were to loose your renter. The tax benefits of having a rental are also VERY worth while. In addition rentals are at a high demand due to the fact so few can purchase currently.

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    November 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    It is all fine and well that you want to go to school so that you do not have to work in a factory for the rest of your life, but..having said that…you have been told point blank that they will not lower your payment or refi if you do not have a J O B! There is no bank or lender who is going to lower your payment or refi you if you are on unemployment and without a job on the horizon. You cannot have it both ways. I understand what your objective is, but that isn’t how lenders work. They want to see a steady income coming in. Unemployment checks do not count.

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    November 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I’m totally on board w/ Benjamin. What a great idea…keep your house, but rent it out. You might even be able to rent it out for a little more than what your mortgage payment is??? (rentals are highly desirable right now, so you might be able to get a premium price). Great “temporary” solution to your dilemma.

    You sound like a real decent lady…hard working, concerned about your kids, looking to better yourself. Keep your chin up! I’m hoping the best for you.

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