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Take Steps to Stop Foreclosure on Your Home

Aug 17, 2007
Fewer people would lose their homes to foreclosure, if they knew how to stop it. Here are some things you might want to do or avoid if you want to stop foreclosure on your home. Some of these must be put into motion before the trouble begins, some just before the foreclosure auction actually takes place.

First of all, dont fail to maintain enough savings for emergencies. Every single dollar you earn may seem to have a bill to its name, even before it reaches your pocket and putting aside anything may seem almost impossible. This results in little or no savings for an emergency, when one does arise. Homeowners do need to put away, at an average, about six months worth of mortgage payments in the form of savings. As a minimum, they need to have three months of mortgage payments on reserve. Set up a home equity line of credit. If it ever comes to pass, to stop a foreclosure you will need the money. However, the options would probably have disappeared by then, leaving you unable to find the amount you need.

A major part of the total number of foreclosures can be prevented or at least delayed, if home equity lines of credit have been previously activated. Setting up one of these equity credit lines can be accomplished for almost no cost and it locks in rates as low as 4%. In addition, you usually dont have to pay anything each month as long as you dont access the credit. Unforeseen events like illness or loss of work will also prevent you from obtaining a loan, while they push your home into foreclosure. Setting up a home equity credit line in advance gives you access to the money when you really need it.

Try never ever to miss a mortgage payment. Every single foreclosure begins with missing one mortgage payment. Remember that skipping a mortgage payment is perceived by creditors as a far more serious thing than missing a utility bill or a credit card payment. Missing further payments becomes psychologically easier after this. In addition, your credit rating suffers, possibly stopping you from getting the loan you need to stave off foreclosure. Dont be afraid to ask for help. You might be pleasantly surprised by the kind of help and support that will be offered and how it can help save your home from foreclosure.

Do not, under any circumstances, ignore the lender. Most lenders prefer knowing why you are in trouble and would like to get updates on proceedings. This is especially true when your financial problems have justified reasons like health problems or loss of job etc. It is in the interest of the bank to help you get back on your feet because they are only interested in their payments. Also, dont live in denial. Acknowledge that you have a problem, face the problem and try to find solutions. You do have options, so take advantage of them. Many options allow you to keep your house while putting a stop to the foreclosure proceedings, without having to pay all arrears which are due in one go. Just remember, the sooner you act the more options there are.

Dont spend all your money on other bills. After you miss a few mortgage payments, the bank may no longer accept a single monthly payment, insisting on all payments to be remitted at once. The biggest mistake you can make is to allocate what little cash you have, for other bills. Keep in mind that you will need those funds at some point to actually try to save your home. Another common mistake is to stop making payments, after you have missed one mortgage payment. When you get a bill for two payments, it seems like a waste to try paying that month installment because the bill says you owe two. Until the bank actually refuses to accept payments, it is wise to keep making what payments you can. This shows the lender that you are trying and that you intend to pay them.

Filing a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy always puts a stop to the foreclosure process. If you stick to the court approved pay back plan and make all the payments under the plan, the foreclosure will never start up again. Make sure you file on time, if this is what you have decided to do and make all the payments.
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