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Foreclosure - It Doesn't Need To Happen To You

Jul 17, 2008
No one ever purchases a home with the desire of defaulting on the mortgage, but it does happen. Many situations can result in a bank foreclosure on a property, including medical emergencies, loss of a job or divorce. If you are in a position where your mortgage payments cannot be met, it is important to contact your lending institution right away to see what can be done about avoiding a bank foreclosure. The best way to get a handle on the situation is to understand exactly how the foreclosure process works and what you can do to stop it.

Three Strikes and You're Out

The paperwork is all done your hand is tired and you now own a mortgage. You have now legally obligated yourself to make recurring payments to your lender to pay off the principle of the mortgage and any interest accrued. For most people this is not an issue, but for those who run into problems in neglect to make three consecutive payments your mortgage lender has the right to call the loan. When a mortgage loan is called the bank expects payment in full of the remaining balance of the mortgage loan that point. In most situations however most people do not have the resources to cover that amount of money. It is at this point that a bank will begin with foreclosure procedures.

You can do yourself a big favor by communicating with your lender about any temporary financial difficulty you find yourself in before you actually not make a payment. If a lender knows the situation, he will be much more amenable to work with you in making up the payments with a variety of financing options. Why? The simple fact that lenders do not like to deal with bank foreclosures any more than borrowers do. A bank foreclosure will end up costing the mortgage company much more money than working out an alternative payment plan with the current borrower. Banks are in the business of loaning money not buying and selling homes. They won't do it unless forced.

The End Result

In many cases, working with your lender is all that is needed to avoid a bank foreclosure. You may work out an alternative payment plan, or the mortgage company may offer assistance in selling your property quickly to get both of you out of trouble. If a bank foreclosure does proceed, your home will most likely go on the auction block to be sold to another home owner or investor "as is". A foreclosure will go on your credit report for many years, making it difficult to buy another home or take out a loan for a car. If you find yourself unable to make your mortgage payment for whatever reason, contact your mortgage company right away. It is your best chance of avoiding a bank foreclosure and keeping your home.
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