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by Tanisha Warner on May 29, 2012

Housing Counseling

Two new studies by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) illustrate the positive impact housing counseling has on consumers in two distinct situations: those who are considering buying a home and those who are struggling to stay in their home.

The “Foreclosure Counseling Outcome Study” revealed that with the help of a HUD-certified counselor, nearly 70 percent of those counseled obtained a mortgage remedy to retain their home. In addition, 56 percent cured their defaults and became current on their mortgages.

Through the “Pre-Purchase Counseling Outcome Study,” HUD found that 35 percent of participants became homeowners within 18 months of pre-purchase counseling.

“These two studies underscore the need to continue supporting housing counseling programs across the country, especially during this period when so many families are struggling with mortgage issues,” said Jo Kerstetter, vice president of financial education and community relations for Money Management International (MMI). “HUD-certified pre-purchase counseling and foreclosure prevention counseling improves the likelihood that a homeowner will remain in their home.”

“Here at MMI, we see first-hand the positive impact our housing counseling services have on consumers,” said Daniel Fenton, senior director of housing for MMI. “We are pleased to see that HUD’s results validate what we already believe to be true.”

Whether a first-time homebuyer or facing foreclosure, MMI is approved by HUD to deliver a variety of housing counseling services and financial educational programs to help consumers obtain and keep their piece of the American Dream:

Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline — MMI is proud to be one of the organizations supporting the Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline, providing foreclosure prevention and loss mitigation counseling services. Every day thousands of homeowners from across the nation call the Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline to get help and advice for handling their past due mortgages.

Reverse Mortgage Counseling — MMI is approved by HUD to provide counseling required by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to complete an application for a reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage, also known as a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), is a type of loan that allows homeowners who are 62 years of age or older to convert part of the equity in their homes into tax-free income.

First-time homebuyer workshops — MMI offers community workshops designed to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed decisions about becoming a homeowner, as well as useful information to assist with correcting credit issues, obtaining a mortgage, shopping for a home and completing the inspection and appraisal process.

Housing counseling services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone and online. In-person credit counseling is also available by appointment in the local markets in which we operate.

Posted in:  Homeownership, About MMI


Helen says:
May 31, 2012

You need to look for HUD-certified housing counselors....there is NO FEE! Go to and find one!!

Linda says:
May 31, 2012

Were it not for MMI, I would not be on the fast track to becoming debt free and better able to afford my home. If one contacts the Hope line they will be instructed to contact MMI - without proper debt consolidation and reduction, the Hope program does not allow one to apply for any help with his/her mortgage. And, the assistance of a HUD counselor is recommended and, in our case, was critically important. I think anyone looking for bonafide, reputable assistance should start with government agencies. They are your best bet at ferreting out those organizations and companies that can best help you.As for MMI - while this has been a MOST difficult road to travel, I will be debt free in a little over a year. I have been in the program for 4 years and have never missed a payment. Put trepidation and embarrassment aside. It is what it is. If you made the debt - you owe the debt. Plain and simple. And, MMI counselors will never make you feel helpless or as small as you probably might make yourself feel. I would have never eliminated almost $45,000 in debt to this point had it not been for MMI's program. I would have needed three more lifetimes, at least. Better still, my credit score has rebounded to the 800 mark. It's a good feeling after such a struggle. Just one more year...I know I'll make it.I hope this serves to help anyone in dire straits. I also hope this serves as a 'thank you' to MMI and their staff. You deserve many blessings!

Tshering says:
May 31, 2012
Website: NA

Home ownership process is in line in Bhutan, many real estate developer has come but they are finding difficult to fine a customer, it's all due to the prize factor,it's costly. all the civil servant are hunting for the same but right now everything is in vein. may be your esteem co could do something for Bhutan. Please do let me know if your Co is interested.

Warren Parker says:
May 31, 2012

The pursuit of housing counseling can be tricky and complicated; while MMI is a highly respected organization among housing counselors, it seems as if most "housing counselors" are really just seedy companies which take money from unwitting consumers and don't really help anyone hold onto their homes.Worse, very few internet links exist to help ferret out the seedy outfits, and the financial services industry fights the regulations needed to protect consumers from the scam artists.

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