Anthony and April Soper's financial troubles were only starting last October when they applied for a mortgage adjustment through the Obama administration's Home Affordable Modification Program.
Bank of America, their mortgage servicer, put them on a HAMP trial payment plan in December that cut their monthly payment by more than half from almost $4,000 to about $1,826. They say they made their reduced monthly payments early and did everything else that was asked of them. But they didn't get a permanent modification, and they say they don't know why. Instead, according to a lawsuit they've brought against Bank of America, they are now more than $8,000 behind on a mortgage that had been current 12 months ago. Each of their credit scores has dropped by nearly 100 points. And, they allege, Bank of America has threatened them with foreclosure.