Stay out of foreclosure
Foreclosure is the worst thing that can happen to your home and possibly your credit. If you find yourself getting further and further behind on your mortgage payments there are several ways to avoid foreclosure. One way to avoid foreclosure is to put your mortgage into forbearance with your current lender. This means that they will make
temporary reduction or suspend your payments for a certain period of time in order to allow you to bring your mortgage current.
You may even want to look at selling your home if you find that foreclosure is a distinct possibility for you.
Refinancing your mortgage may in many cases give you the breathing room you need to prevent a foreclosure, either through a longer term, some cash out to help consolidate external debts, or a deferred interest program. Whether you are simply worried that you may be faced with foreclosure in the near future, or you have already received a notice of default and entered the foreclosure process, or even if you have entered into a
forbearance agreement with your lender, we can help you pull yourself out of what can be a difficult situation with dignity, retaining home ownership and avoiding bankruptcy.
If you start falling behind, the 3 most
important things to pay each month are your mortgage, utilities and food. Credit card companies will hound you the hardest, because they have the most to lose if you declare bankruptcy. Try to work out payment plans with your other creditors, but decide in your mind that the mortgage money is off the table. In other words, set you mortgage payment aside first. Don't let other creditors coerce you into using that money.
The most important thing right now is TIME. Early in the foreclosure process, you have options. The longer you wait, the less options you will have and any decisions will basically be made for you. If you find yourself procrastinating because you think that you are the only one that has gotten behind on their mortgage, you are wrong. The number of people that have become delinquent on their mortgage has never been higher. The good news is that there are also more people that understand the process and can help, if you ask.
Homeowners in foreclosure must also be vary careful. Once a Notice of Default is filed on a home the homeowner is usually inundated with offers from those who say they can help. Many of the offers are scams that prey on the fears of homeowners in trouble. Some want the homeowner to Grant Deed the property to them. Some offers for help may be legitimate but homeowners should perform all necessary due
diligence before accepting any such offers.
As soon as you find yourself being late on payments, contact your lender. Keep in mind that banks do not like to foreclose on properties. It is a money losing procedure and it blemishes their records. Your bank can often help you avoid foreclosure by structuring a repayment plan or through a mortgage modification.
You may be approached by a company that offers to buy your house from you and lease it back for a agreed period of time and then sell it back to you. These are referred to as lease buyback programs and are the newest form of fraud that is
appearing in the housing market. Be very careful and always research these companies very well and have a lawyer review the contracts.
Some lenders are more difficult to deal with and may not be so
accommodating at first but keep pressing the issue with them. While in this process you must contact a mortgage professional at the same time so you can get another perspective on the situation. Sometimes the feeling of helplessness can accompany this situation which can hinder your ability to think clearly on what needs to be done.
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