Author Archives: Michael Smeenk

Loan Modification Anatomy

Many homeowners ask about the criteria for obtaining a loan modification through their existing lender. I have successfully assisted dozens of borrowers in obtaining modifications. This article will summarize some of the key characteristics of a successful loan modification request. However, before proceeding through these steps, borrowers may wish to contact their lender about a… Continue Reading

Special Needs Trust: Farrah Soudani – Fundraising Press Release

Farrah Soudani Irrevocable Special Needs Trust Press Release VOLUNTEER RAISES MORE THAN $150,000 FOR FRIEND’S DAUGHTER, CRITICALLY INJURED IN AURORA SHOOTING Money will help Farrah Soudani pay for her medical expenses and continued care WHAT: A press conference with Farrah’s mother, Heidi Soudani and Farrah’s father, Sam Soudani, to thank University of Colorado Hospital, doctors,… Continue Reading

National Mortgage Settlement & Colorado Homeowners

What the National Mortgage Settlement Means for Colorado Homeowners The National Mortgage Settlement is an agreement between five of the largest residential mortgage loan servicers and a coalition of state attorneys general and federal agencies that resolves violations in the way the banks handled loan modifications and foreclosures. The Settlement is designed to compensate borrowers… Continue Reading

When Isn’t Probate Necessary?

I recently wrote a piece that discusses the probate administration process and explains why it’s necessary when someone dies. But an estate doesn’t need to be opened for every person who dies. This article examines those situations where a decedent’s property can be transferred to rightful beneficiaries without a probate proceeding. In order to determine… Continue Reading

What is Probate Administration?

What is Probate Administration and Why is it Necessary? In order for someone to give or sell something to someone else, they must have the legal authority to make the transfer. When a person is alive, they have the legal right to transfer something they own because they hold legal title to that property. But… Continue Reading

Walking Away From a Mortgage

Considerations Before Walking Away From a Mortgage. The Denver Post recently published an op-ed piece entitled “The Wisdom of Walking Away from Your Mortgage,” which encourages homeowners who owe more on their property than it is worth to consider simply walking away from their mortgage(s). This article, and others like it that suggest walking away… Continue Reading

Home Affordability Modification Program (“HAMP”)

Home Affordability Modification Program (“HAMP”) Lender Incentives to Modify Mortgage Payments The Home Affordability Modification Program (“HAMP”) is the federal loan modification program designed to assist homeowners who can no longer afford their monthly mortgage payments. HAMP went into effect in 2009 as part of the Making Home Affordable Program and set out a series… Continue Reading

Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (“HAFA”) When Mortgage Modification Isn’t Enough

The Home Affordability Modification Program(“HAMP”) has been largely unsuccessful in creating permanent loan modification solutions that allow distressed homeowners to remain in their properties. In response, the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (“HAFA”), which went into effect April 5, 2010, provides foreclosure avoidance options for homeowners who are not able to permanently modify their loans… Continue Reading