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The Mod, The Mortgage Lenders Scam
by William Manchee

Saturday, June 02, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Mortgage lenders often lure their customers into a false sense of security by offering them a modification when they have no intent to actually approve it.


The Mortgage Lender’s Scam

When I was young I often dreamt
Of owning my own home one day
A great investment it would be
No money down, thirty years to pay

So my wife and I bought a house
And together we made it a home
A wonderful place to raise our kids
With lots of land for them to roam.

For years we lived there happily
In love, watching our children grow
Then one day my health went south
Couldn’t work, had to take life slow

My wife was forced to get a job
She worked hard but the pay was low
Unemployment? It wasn’t enough
To make ends meet, our debts did grow

Missed some payments, what will our lender do?
No worry, we understand, we can bend,
They say, we really want to help you
If you modify we’ll tack it to the end

Okay, sounds good, what do we do now?
Fill out this form, Send us this and that
No payments due until you’re approved
We’ll get this mod done in nothing flat

We do all they ask, they say, just relax,
Then a letter comes—your payment’s late!
We wilt in disbelief. You said don’t pay
But now it’s ‘pay up’ or we’ll accelerate?

We call them, distraught, confused, upset
We don’t understand this chilling event?
After passing us around, a supervisor says
Ignore the letter, it shouldn’t have been sent.

But weeks go by, yet not approved,
 More letters come that make us squirm,
We call, complain, get passed around.
Don’t worry. All is well, they confirm

Weeks stretch to months, still no word
Then a letter arrives by certified mail
I call, upset. Oh, don’t be concerned
But, what in the hell is a trustee’s sale?

They say it’s all a computer glitch
Just hang in there, your mod’s a go
But from a law firm? I’m not convinced
They say, they know, just breath slow

I call again to check what’s going on
Can’t find my application anywhere?
I sigh in disbelief, such incompetence,
Beyond belief, I’ll kill them all, I swear.

Now the constable’s knocking at my door.
You said you ‘d wait, you wouldn’t dare,
Sell my house at a foreclosure sale? I call,
Mad as hell, but noone there seems to care

It’s too late now. Tried to help you out,
We did our best. Sorry, what can we say?
But don’t despair,'Cash for Keys' is still a go
Move out now, no fuss, and have a nice day!

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Reviewed by Jansen Estrup 6/3/2012
Many thanks for the warning. It happened to my children so be sure I hope yours is only a well done poem. Be well ...

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