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Prevent Foreclosure And Save The Pains Of Losing Your Home

Jun 9, 2008
The mere thought of losing your home to foreclosure can cause you a lot of anxiety. So you can just imagine how painful it is if you actually lose your home. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent foreclosure even in this time of economic woes.

Take all the news items you have seen in the newspaper or have seen on TV, put them out of your mind and forget about what some deem as the inevitability of foreclosure. Have a more positive mindset and actively seek ways to prevent a foreclosure proceeding, especially if you truly want to avoid foreclosure and save your home.

Contact Your Creditors

One good way to prevent foreclosure is by explaining your financial situation to your creditors as best you can, leave nothing out, and ask them for their help. If you have received a collection letter or phone call from your creditors, do not simply run and hide. If you try to hide, these lenders have ways to find you and then foreclose on your home. It makes no sense to try to hide from them.

Instead of hiding from your creditors, face them and explain your situation to them. When asked for your current financial records, give your creditors a copy. The more you cooperate with them, the more they will be willing to give you a chance to keep your home.

Ask For Special Forbearance

When you talk to your bank or financial institution, consider asking for special forbearance to prevent any foreclosure proceedings. By definition, forbearance is an agreement to delay any pending actions. A special forbearance can allow you the time to make arrangements for a payment plan that suits your budget. Usually in most cases, when you ask for special forbearance, your creditor will ask you to prepare your own expense and income statement showing what you feel you can afford to pay monthly on your home. So you are prepared, a representative of the financial institution will review your statement with you and may ask you if there are any expense items that could be eliminated to free up more cash to pay your debts. The representative may also ask you for your own plan on how you could increase your current income further freeing up additional cash for debt repayment.

Ask For a Mortgage Modification

Besides asking for special forbearance to prevent foreclosure proceedings, you could also prevent foreclosure by asking for a mortgage modification or a refinance of your existing loan. Refinancing your present loan can help you obtain better terms and conditions for repayment. Often, when you refinance your mortgage, your lender will extend the payment term or lower the interest rate, reducing your payment to a more reasonable level.
About the Author
Author Sean Roberts has written many unique articles about foreclosure. See more of his works here about foreclosure . You can also read other articles by him at the blog Desert Blogger.
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