Our priority is always the safety of our team members, their families, our customers, our vendors and others involved in our industry. To that end, our goal is to maintain a clear and transparent line of communication to keep you aware of how we are monitoring and responding to this evolving situation.
We take the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat very seriously, and we want to assure you we are prepared for a broad range of potential issues. We are focusing on the health and safety of our team members while continuing to serve our customers. Our senior leadership team will be meeting on a daily basis to closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other local health authorities.
Below you'll see updates that might help you when interacting with us, important information about payment assistance options, and frequently asked questions.
We understand the challenges you may be facing to your work and personal life right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why we think it’s more important than ever to let you know that we’re still here for you. Our team is working from home now but be assured we are working harder than ever to help you reach your goals*.
*This is not a commitment to lend. Not all borrowers will qualify; contact us for more information on fees and terms.
Amerifirst Operational Procedures during COVID-19
As we take these measures of caution, we want to stress that it is still business as usual. All team members have been asked to keep up levels of efficiency and productivity either while in or outside of our offices. Since we certainly understand the challenges you are facing in your business or personal life with this event, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Amerifirst Home Mortgage contacts if there is any way we can provide additional service to you.
As a company and community, we share the responsibility to keep each other safe. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed of any changes to normal business operations.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Amerifirst at firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Response Plan
Pursuant to Michigan Executive Order No. 2020-97, Safeguards to protect Michigan workers from COVID-19, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has required employers to develop and publish a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with recommendations developed by OSHA.
This plan was developed to protect Amerifirst employees and customers by limiting spread and exposure to the virus within Amerifirst facilities. Click here for a copy of Amerifirst’s plan.
Any questions or concerns can be sent to email@example.com.
To our Customers: We’re Here to Help
As always, caring for you, along with our employees and communities is of the utmost importance to us, especially during difficult times. We understand that an unexpected crisis such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can cause a great deal of stress, especially when it affects your family and your most valued asset – your home.
In times like these, when you may need extra support, we’re here to help.
During this unprecedented time of consumer uncertainty and need, we may be experiencing much higher-than-normal call volumes. For quicker service, we encourage you to use our online resources for 24/7 self-service access to your loan information. You can complete transactions, such as making payments, setting up automatic payments and viewing loan history, property taxes and insurance.
State and Federal regulations are continuously changing as our government works to meet the needs of those who need assistance. We will do our best to keep you up to date on the latest information impacting the servicing of your mortgage. Please check back periodically for the most current information.
If you’ve been impacted financially by COVID-19, we are here to help. You will find information below about mortgage assistance options should you need them. Representatives are available, as well, to answer your questions and to review options.
Our team continues to monitor the situation and will update this site as needed. Please know we are always here to help. Thank you and stay well.
If you’re experiencing a significant loss of income and are unable to pay your mortgage, we’re here to help. You may be eligible for a forbearance plan - a temporary pause or reduction of your monthly mortgage payment for a fixed period of time.
While forbearance may be a viable option to help you through this crisis, remember, once your forbearance is over, any reduced payments will need to be repaid. We’ll work with you to find a payment solution that fits your needs, but you should only choose forbearance if you need it.
We’ve put together this short video to clear up any confusion about mortgage forbearance. Here, our Customer Service team answers some frequently asked questions about the program.
Q: What options are available to me, since I have been impacted by COVID-19?
A: If you’ve suffered a financial impact due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, you may be eligible for a forbearance plan.
Q: What is a forbearance?
A: A forbearance is a temporary pause or reduction of your monthly mortgage payment. During the forbearance period, your payments are reduced for a set period of time.
John’s monthly mortgage payment is $1,000 and is due on March 1. He opts in for a forbearance in March with a monthly payment of $500. As a result, the forbearance period will run from March through May. At the end of the forbearance period, a total of $2,500 would be outstanding as of June 1st. That breaks down to $1,500 for the remaining balance of the March through May payments (at $500 each), plus his June payment of $1,000. At this point, John's situation will be re-evaluated for all available options to bring his loan current.
Q: What is the length of a forbearance plan?
A: We will evaluate each person’s individual needs to determine the appropriate length for an initial forbearance plan. Those who qualify can receive up to 180 days for the initial forbearance plan. If you’re still experiencing a hardship at the end of the initial forbearance period, we will reevaluate the situation and can extend your forbearance plan up to another 180 days.
Q: Can I add the unpaid amount from the forbearance period to the end of my loan, or are there alternative options?
A: At the end of the forbearance period, any unpaid portions of your mortgage payments will remain outstanding. If you cannot afford this amount, you may work with us to determine eligibility for additional assistance. The unpaid amount from the forbearance period may not necessarily be added to the end of your loan. There are a variety of options available depending on the type of loan you have.
Q: How will a forbearance plan impact my loan?
A: A forbearance plan is a temporary reduction of your monthly mortgage payments, including the option to make $0 payments. No late charges will be assessed. No late payments will be reported to the credit bureaus.
Q: Do I need to apply for a forbearance?
A: If your finances have been directly impacted by COVID-19, you can apply for a forbearance plan. Please contact us so that we can review your situation and determine eligibility.
Q: When will I need to repay the payments that were due during the forbearance period?
A: You will be contacted towards the end of the forbearance plan to reassess your current circumstances and you will be provided with information on alternatives that may be available to you at that time. Please feel free to contact us at any time.
Q: Do I need to cancel my automatic monthly draft if I am on a forbearance plan?
A: No. If you are eligible for a forbearance plan and you are on automatic draft, your automatic monthly draft will be suspended when your forbearance plan begins.
Note: In order to stop an ACH payment, we need two business days advance notice.
Q: Can I pay more than what is due during the forbearance plan?
A: Yes, you can pay additional amounts during the forbearance. However, payments will not be applied until you have paid enough to satisfy a full monthly payment.
Q: Will I still receive billing statements during the forbearance?
A: Yes, we are required to send you a billing statement every 30 days. If you qualify for a forbearance plan, we will send you a forbearance letter outlining the terms of your forbearance. Negative credit reporting and late charges will not occur during the duration of the plan.
Q: Will I receive letters advising me of the delinquency status?
A: Yes, we are required to send certain letters to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. If you qualify for a forbearance plan, please refer to your forbearance letter, which outlines the terms of your forbearance. Negative credit reporting and late charges will not occur during the duration of the plan.
Q: What happens when the forbearance comes to an end?
A: If you have qualified for a forbearance plan, then towards the end of the plan period, your status will be reassessed to determine eligibility for additional workout options. We will send written communication and contact you by telephone to update your status and provide you with additional information on workout options if you are unable to bring the loan current at that time.
Q: What happens if I apply for a forbearance plan and it is determined that I’m not eligible?
A: If it is determined that you are not eligible for a forbearance plan, you may submit an application to be reviewed for all types of workout options. Additionally, the federal government has announced a moratorium (temporary suspension) on foreclosures through August 31st, 2020.
Q: Will I qualify for a forbearance plan if my loan is in foreclosure?
A: When you contact us, we will evaluate your individual situation to determine whether you will be eligible for a forbearance plan. The federal government has announced a moratorium (temporary suspension) on foreclosures until August 31st, 2020. If you are not eligible, the foreclosure process will not proceed as long as the home remains occupied.
Q: If a foreclosure sale has already occurred but I am still living in my home, will I be evicted?
A: No. As long as your home remains occupied, no eviction proceeding will take place. The federal government has issued a moratorium on evictions until August 31st, 2020.
Q: If my loan is in foreclosure or if a foreclosure sale as already occurred, what will happen after August 31st, 2020?
A: We are closely monitoring announcements being made by our federal and state governments. We expect more information to become available as we navigate this ongoing and unprecedented crisis. Please stay in contact with us for the most up-to-date information.
You can review your payment assistance options here:
As your forbearance period comes to an end, we have several options to help you until you are back on your feet or can transition from the forbearance period to regular scheduled mortgage payments.
Amerifirst services loans on behalf of investors such as Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae, or Freddie Mac. New hardship assistance programs developed by these investors are evolving and we are continually monitoring these changes to ensure we offer you all options as they become available.
To see a more comprehensive list of available options by loan type, please click here.
Keep in Touch
Remember, the most important thing is to remain in contact with us and let us know as soon as your situation changes as some options are time sensitive. We will review all options and choose the best one that suits your needs. We’re here to help!