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Things You Ought NOT To Do If You Want To Stop Foreclosure

Jul 12, 2008
Things you ought NOT to do if you want to stop foreclosure on your home

Life is full of uncertainties and any event such as job loss, divorce, relocation, prolonged sickness, etc. could adversely affect us. The financial repercussions of such unfortunate events may force you into a situation where you are unable to make your monthly homeloan repayments. If you are a victim of such unfortunate circumstances, and have already missed three or more months of homeloan repayment, you could be faced with a foreclosure on your home. Before things go this far, let's take a look at a few precautions to help you prevent a foreclosure.

Don't take a second mortgage or equity line of credit: If you have equity on your home you may qualify for a second mortgage or equity line of credit in order to consolidate bills. No doubt, this will momentarily improve your financial situation in an emergency, but don't forget that you are foolishly incurring greater indebtedness. Never add to your existing debt unless you have an effective plan for meeting these new obligations during your depleted financial phase.

Don't create a record of unexplained chronic late payments: Lenders foreclose only as a last resort to limiting further losses on a defaulted loan, as foreclosures cost them more than it can compensate. No wonder, when homeowners fall behind on payments, lenders take the initiative to work with them to bring the loan current. However, your lender's willingness to help you out with your current problems will depend considerably on your past payment records. If you have been consistently making timely payments without any serious defaults your lender will be more than willing to cooperate and help your tide over your present crisis. Therefore, it is crucial that you don't create a record of unexplained late payments. Always stay in communication with your lender about your financial situation.

Don't think of leaving your home: The prospect of foreclosure is such a trauma that many homeowners overreact by deciding to just pack up and leave. Vow and resolve to face up to this problem head on rather than thinking of running away. Such determination is crucial to stop mortgage foreclosure before it happens. You must realize that there exists several effective ways to stop mortgage foreclosure. Remember, once you fail to stop mortgage foreclosure, this will always be reflected in your credit record. On the other hand, if you succeed in stopping mortgage foreclosure, not only will you be able to keep your home but also have a positive credit rating for future.

Don't hide your financial facts from your lender: If you find it difficult to make your regular mortgage payments, communicate this to your lender at the earliest. With their cooperation you may qualify for assistance. For instance, there may be another loan better suited to your needs. They may help you out with a special repayment plans, temporary suspension of mortgage payments, mortgage modification, etc. All this will depend upon how transparent you are with your lender about your financial status, which you can substantiate by furnishing complete proof of your income, expenses, and debt.

It is never too late to start taking precautions. Your home is precious to you, so don't let any opportunity slip by to improve your finances, rather than face the ugly prospect of a foreclosure.
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