Residential servicing firms could reap rewards of up to $2,000 per year (per loan) under the White House's new initiative to help struggling homeowners.
Under the "stability" portion of the Obama administration's $75 billion Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan, servicers will receive an upfront payment of $1,000 per loan for each eligible modification.
As long as the borrower stays current on his modified loan the same servicer can receive a second payment of another $1,000 at year-end.
The White House/Treasury/HUD program also is offering a $2,000 incentive to lenders and mortgage holders if they modify "at risk" loans before the borrower actually goes delinquent.
Under this clause the servicer can make $500 and the investor $1,500 per loan. Roughly $75 billion in taxpayer money will be used to help 3 million to 4 million homeowners that might lose their homes to foreclosure.