Navigating the Mortgage Modification Mess A Cautionary Tale takes the reader on a serious, yet sarcastically humorous, trip through Federal and internal bank programs for modifying home mortgages. It represents a 3-year timeline of the authors attempt to save part of the American Dream of home ownership. The process involved submitting, and often resubmitting, a large amount of paperwork to answer underwriter questions and justify a hardship request for mortgage modification. During the process, the author saved notes from phone conversations and copies of correspondence from financial institutions. This Cautionary Tale is a compilation of these communications that underlines the gross inefficiencies inherent to HAMP, HAFA, and other mortgage modification programs With the current housing market, there are other people facing foreclosure and the need to modify existing mortgages. The author hopes the experiences described in this Cautionary Tale will help others avoid pitfalls as they try to navigate through the many available mortgage modification programs.