Face-to-Face Counseling for At-Risk Homeowners

Homeowners who are in default on their mortgage or at risk of foreclosure have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with their mortgage company and with counselors at a homeowners preservation event tomorrow in Houston. Rod Rice reports.

It’s the work of the Obama Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program, Hope Now, Neighborhood Works America and The Greater Houston Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce.

Eric Selk is with Hope Now and says this event is open to anyone, but there are people who received a letter encouraging them to attend and he says they should do so. He says the advantage is dealing with problems on a personal level.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet with someone face to face. It could be with your lender or it could be with a HUD approved non-profit counselor, and we encourage both avenues.”

Selk says representatives for 14 lender companies will be available, the biggest players will be among them.

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“We have a whole list of what the homeowner should bring, but sometimes homeowners just have questions.  Sometimes there in the middle of a payment plan and they just have questions.  It a great opportunity to get that confirmation that you’re on the right track, so people come with different motivations at different places that they’re at in the process.”

The event runs from 9 tomorrow morning until 2 in the afternoon at Lakewood Church along the Southwest Freeway.

Selk says they’ve seen about 50-thousand people across the country and the last time they were in Houston they helped almost a thousand people.