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What to Do When Foreclosure Happens

Aug 17, 2007
Foreclosure is a process that gives the lender a chance to recover the amount that is owed on a defaulted loan by taking ownership or selling the property that secures the loan. This process begins when an owner defaults on loan or mortgage payments and the creditor files a public default notice known as the Notice of Default. There are four ways in which a foreclosure process can end:

. The owner of the property can reinstate the loan by paying the default amount during the grace period that will be determined by the law of the state and this period is known as pre-foreclosure.

. The owner can sell a property to a third person during pre-foreclosure. Selling of the property will allow the owner to pay the entire loan amount and avoid having foreclosure on the credit report or credit history.

. The third way a foreclosure period can end is that the third party will buy the property at a public auction at the end of the pre-foreclosure.

. Lender can take up the property ownership with the intention of selling it again in the open market. The lender can take the ownership of the property through an agreement with the owner during the pre-foreclosure period or the lender can buy the property back at a public auction.

The rate of foreclosures is up 72% and this can create a previously unheard amount of homeowners losing their homes. If this trend continues, there will be approximately 1.2 million people will be turning their homes back to lenders and mortgage holders. When it comes to the increasing rate of foreclosure, Georgia and Colorado are ranked number 1 and 2. The rate of foreclosure in Georgia is 1 in every 127 households that file foreclosure. There are some steps that you need to take when you are being foreclosed upon:

Try and get in contact with your lender to churn out more favorable conditions on the loan. Lenders are never ready to foreclose because of the amount of publicity and effort they would receive. Therefore they might work out better deals in order to avoid that will occur in a costly foreclosure formality. This will save money in the long run.

If the mortgage has been paid down over time or the value of the property has increased, you might have some equity in it now. You can sell the house on your terms and some extra cash will also remain with you rather than just walking away without anything along with the credit issues from a foreclosure.

If you want to save your house then you can take a home equity loan or a second mortgage on your property in case you are able to make the extra payment on the loan. If you feel that there is money on its way and you are really willing to keep your home then this can be a very good option even if you will have to take the equity in order to make payments for getting back on your feet. However, try to avoid this idea if you are just trying to delay the inevitable.

If you are facing foreclosure then make sure that the more desperation you will show, someone will try to take advantage of it. There can be a common situation where a person can buy the property at a low price with the promise to rent it back to the former owners. What will happen in this situation is that the former owner will sell the property and the new owner will refuse to rent it back and force the former owner to move out. So you need to take every step carefully.
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