Loan mod ‘blackmail’?

Borrowers balk at signing lender's mortgage amendment

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DEAR BENNY: My wife and I received from our lender a repayment agreement for our original mortgage. This was a result of the bank initiating a foreclosure sale, which was temporarily suspended because we agreed to enter the Home Affordable Modification Program. But the bank is asking us "to acknowledge that they are the legal holder and owner of the Note and Security Instrument and further acknowledges that if Lender transfers the Note, as amended by this Agreement, the transferee shall be the 'Lender' as defined by the agreement." It should be noted that this is not the original bank we signed the mortgage with. We obviously won't sign this amendment and supplement to the original mortgage until we have an attorney review the documents. What do you think we should do? --Brian DEAR BRIAN: Your lender is trying to protect itself by having you sign that document. Over the past several years, lenders sold their mortgage loan papers in bulk to such groups as Fannie M...