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Facing Foreclosure? Relax, You Have Some Options Before You Lose Everything

Dec 25, 2007
You're on a downhill slide. You have been laid off from your job, fired, seriously injured in an accident, or any other scenario of circumstances that prevent you from meeting your financial responsibilities.

In our world today, this is not uncommon. The largest growing trend in our society today is being in way over your head in debt, including your home. Because the trend in the market in the past several years has been to make it possible for anyone and everyone to obtain a mortgage for their dream home, we are now in a situation where a large percentage of these mortgages are in default.

Many of the people that are finding themselves at the mercy of their mortgage holders are looking for anything they can possibly do to avoid foreclosure. The banks and mortgage companies want to work with the consumer because they are in the business of lending money, not buying and selling houses.

Therefore, if you keep in mind that as soon as you see you are having problems, or going to have problems, tackle it head on without hesitation. You can prevent potentially being forced into foreclosure by working with those who are willing and able to help you through the process.

There are many websites that can give you valuable information on where to begin and what your options are. Preventing foreclosure, which is also called loss mitigation, is the key to keeping your home and beginning to rebuild your life and your credit. Make sure and thoroughly read through your mortgage paperwork to see specifically what the penalties and options are when you fall into default or are on the verge of foreclosure. Be sure to contact your mortgage holder as soon as possible to see how they can assist you and for clarification and questions on the specifics in your loan documents. What you don't understand might be your saving grace and just what you were looking for.

Your ultimate goal is to avoid foreclosure and bankruptcy. The most important thing to remember is to keep a calm head and not panic. Don't jump into signing up for something like a foreclosure recovery scam only to find out what a mistake it was. Contact your lender; ask them what they have to offer for assistance. Many times they will be willing to make adjustments to payment schedules to allow you to pay partial payments until you are caught up. The fact that you are contacting them in an effort to resolve the default and work towards a satisfactory payment schedule shows your lender that your intentions are to keep your home, not just throw up your hands, give up, and let the foreclosure processes begin.

Get all of your financial documentation together and in order. Take a look at where you might be able to borrow from (that will not put you in a larger deficit) in order to get payments caught up. Look at areas you can cut back and reduce your spending.

For example, having cable and every movie channel available is not a necessity but a luxury. Think about what you spend on eating out, the annual membership to the fitness club or other memberships, the weekly outing to the movies, or possibly getting into a carpool rotation with friends or coworkers to save on the ever increasing cost of fuel. If you sit down and look at all of your spending under a microscope, there will always be some area that you can find to eliminate unnecessary spending and put more towards your monthly debt, especially your home loan.

Although not an option for everyone, evaluate whether renting out a room or the office over the garage might be a way to generate additional and currently unavailable income. This can be a long term or temporary way of generating income and also creating possible tax deductions that you currently don't have access to. The saying that you have to "sacrifice to gain" might be your motto during this time. There are so many options that you might have access to but did not realize until you were forced into the corner of impending foreclosure. Are there savings in places that you had not thought about? In times like this, borrowing from a life insurance policy or possibly your 401K plan might be something to seriously consider. If you are able to resolve this on your own, that would be best. You are having enough stress and anxiety without resorting to borrowing from friends or family, even if they are happy to help. You will have a sense of peace not having to worry about bringing others into your current dilemma.

The important thing to remember is if you have looked at every option you possibly could, and you are still unable to recover from that potential foreclosure, look at other options in getting out from under the loan and the current default. Look around the housing market in your area and homes that have sold recently in your neighborhood.

Although you really don't want to sell your home, it might be a better option. Also, if you keep a consistent dialog with your lender and let them know your plans, they will be far more likely to work with you. Some mortgage lenders also give the option of basically giving the house to the bank in "lieu of foreclosure". Although this is also something that will damage your credit, it is still by far better than foreclosure showing up on your credit report.

When faced with financial difficulties, loans in default, pending foreclosure, you have to remain calm and keep a clear head about everything going on. There are many options but without the ability to think clearly, you might miss many of them. If you are unsure, ask your mortgage lender or someone that is trained and qualified to answer the questions you have.
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Thomas Bladecki is the author and can provide additional information about avoiding foreclosure what you can do to keep your home - Home Foreclosure Help.
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