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What To Do When You Can Not Pay Your Mortgage

Dec 5, 2007
Bills. Doesnt just listening to the word make you want to run and hide? They can sometimes they can just seem overwhelming. And sometimes you may find yourself asking what is going to happen if you can't make your mortgage payments. There are several different options and ideas of things you can do to help you out. But first of all, you must remember that good communication with your loan officer should be on the top of your list. They were willing to loan the money to you because they considered you responsible. So, if it is seeming that you may not be able to afford your mortgage payments, you need to be responsible enough to talk to your loan officer about your situation.

If you have not made a payment for over 145 days, the first option is that the bank will foreclose on your home. Foreclosure means that they can sell your house in order to cover the cost of the remainder of your mortgage. This is not your best option because it will not only put a bad mark on your credit report, but it will generally only cover the cost of the loan, not the interest you still owe. You would still be required to repay that of the mortgage.

Another idea would be to sell your home and pay for the mortgage with the money earned. Also, if there is any equity from the home, you will have something left over after selling it to live off for a few months.

If you do not have any equity on the home, there are still other options. One is called a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure. This means that you sign over the deed of your home to the bank. That way it eliminates foreclosure on your home but also allows the bank to sell the home to pay for the mortgage. They get their money and you get out of a bad mark on your credit. Not all banks are willing to allow you to do this, but if it is an option, it may be something to consider seriously.

Refinancing is also something that may be more realistic. If you have some time, you can try to apply to get a new loan with lower, more affordable, monthly payments. This would be the best option is you are still trying to keep the house. Finding the right loan for you may take some research and dedication, but it may be a better option giving up your home.

If you are concerned about whether or not you will be able to make your mortgage payments, you should immediately get in touch with a housing counselor. They can give you advice and lay out all of your options and help you decide which is the best for you.

Also remember that every situation is different. Some lenders will more flexible than others but as long as you are communicating with them, they are going to try and help you in a way that is beneficial to both parties involved.
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