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What You Can Do in Order to Avoid Foreclosure

Sep 5, 2008
Foreclosures can really be very painful. Losing your home can be very devastating especially if you have already spent years paying for your mortgage. Also, a foreclosure can terribly affect your credit score. Once you have a foreclosure in your credit record, it may be impossible for you to get another home loan.

If your house is foreclosed, your lender will evict you and eventually sell the house you have worked hard for. Moreover, if the sale price does not cover all your home loan debts, the lending company may ask you to pay for the rest regardless of the fact that you already lost your home.

As such, before you actually end up in a foreclosure, you might as well take immediate action once you notice that your mortgage debt starts to pile up. The moment you realize that you are finding it hard to pay for your monthly house payment, you should immediately contact your lender.

Dealing with Your Mortgage Lender

Foreclosure is a common scenario all over the country. More or less, twenty per cent (20%) of all the people who avail of mortgages end up in foreclosures. If you do not want to be one of them, inform your lender right away.

Note that most mortgage lenders are willing to negotiate. Most of them will want you to keep your home as much as you do. Foreclosure is a very complicated process not only for you but for the mortgage lender as well. As soon as your house gets foreclosed, they will have to resell it. In some cases, they even have to spend for the house refurnishing so they can sell it. Finding a buyer for a foreclosed home may be difficult as well.

In dealing with your lender, you have to keep in mind that preventing a foreclosure is actually beneficial not only for you, but for your lender as well. However, you have to note that you should not wait for a foreclosure announcement or for three or more missed payments before you talk to your lender.

Proposed Solutions to the Lender

Forbearance

You can ask your lender to give you a definite time period to deal with your financial setback. During this period, ask your lender if he can allow you to make a reduced monthly payment. In some case, you can even ask the lender to let you skip some payments. However, note that every skipped or reduced payment should be paid after the forbearance period. This solution is applicable if you are experiencing a temporary financial setback and you are sure that you will eventually get tax refunds, payments, and other forms of monetary support in the months to come.

Loan Reinstatement and Modification

This means that your credit agreement may be modified. Your lender may agree to set a specific date where you should pay all your debts. Aside from setting a specific due date, the lender may also agree to modify the payment terms of your mortgage. This may result to a reduced monthly payment made on a longer payment term or you may also propose to convert your mortgage into a fixed rate instead of an adjustable rate mortgage.
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