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Stop Foreclosure: Tips For Saving Your Home

May 4, 2008
In order to stop foreclosure, the first thing you need to do is stop procrastinating. More often than not, when people fall behind on their mortgage payments they turn to avoidance. Foreclosure affects people both emotionally and mentally. The thought of losing your home can make your thoughts run wild. Then fear sets in and immobilizes you, making it nearly impossible to think clearly, let alone become proactive.

To stop foreclosure, you need to contact the Loss Mitigation Department of your mortgage lender. If you have the financial means to become current on your mortgage, your lender may simply reinstate your loan and no further action will be taken. Chances are late fees will be added to past due payments and your lender might report late payments to credit bureaus.

If you are unable to pay the delinquent amount in full, your lender might offer a Forbearance Agreement. This agreement allows you to rollover past due payments to the end of the loan. If you are able to pay a portion of the past due amount, you will be in a better position to negotiate with your lender.

If you cannot afford a partial payment, do not let it stop you from asking for a Forbearance Agreement. Instead, devise a repayment plan prior to contacting your lender. Make certain you can keep your agreement, otherwise you will end up in the same place you started and your lender won't be as eager to give you a second chance.

Another option to stop foreclosure is to sell your home. This option is best suited for people who have equity in their property. Homeowners who do not have equity usually find it difficult to locate a real estate agent. Reason being, when a realtor sells your home, they earn a commission based on the sale price. If you don't have equity, there won't be enough money to cover the realtor's commission.

If you are unable to locate a realtor to list your home, you can attempt to sell it on your own. This can be complicated for the novice, particularly if you are facing foreclosure. If you decide to sell your home on your own, take time to educate yourself about the process. Additionally, if you are in the preforeclosure stage, you will want to discuss this option with your lender's Loss Mitigation department before placing a "For Sale" sign in your front yard.

Once you receive a foreclosure notice from your lender, chances are high you will be contacted by companies offering to buy your home. Foreclosure notices are public record. People who make their living buying foreclosure homes have staff members who comb public records on a daily basis.

When these companies contact you it is crucial to be extremely skeptical. While there are legitimate house buying businesses that will purchase your home, many are only out to pull the wool over your eyes and leave you holding the bag.

If you do not qualify for a loan modification and are unable to sell your home, you might be able to give the house back to your lender. This is referred to as Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure. You voluntarily leave the home and the bank sells it through public auction.

A Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure does not protect your credit, but it does allow you to walk away from the home and the mortgage payment. However, if there are any liens against the home, you are still obligated to pay them.

If you are unable to obtain a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure, you might be forced into bankruptcy. Recent changes in bankruptcy laws have made it more difficult and expensive to file. There are several types of bankruptcy chapters and you will need to hire a bankruptcy attorney to help you determine which chapter is best for you.

While most people prefer to stop foreclosure proceedings and stay in their home, sometimes this simply cannot happen. Although losing your home can be devastating, in some instances it is the only option. Realize there are many rental homes, apartments, condominiums and mobile homes sitting vacant. Seek out rental property within your financial means and give yourself the opportunity to make a fresh start.
About the Author
Providing solutions to individuals facing foreclosure and other hardships, investors seeking solid investment opportunities and banks and financial institutions who want to sell their portfolios, Simon Volkov is a one-stop shop for real estate and investment opportunities. Learn more by visiting www.SimonVolkov.com.
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