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Fearing Foreclosure: There May Be Options Available To Start Over

Jan 9, 2008
Some homeowners believe that it may be easier to let the bank foreclosure on their home, and simply start over. Well in today's market that may well be the case, millions of homeowners are doing just that, walking away from their homes and letting the bank take it back. It seems that everyone is pointing the finger are someone else, there are many reason, but only a few people have the answers to these questions. By taking this action, you will just be among the great number of people that are doing the same thing.

Think this through, walking away may be the easy out, it may also seem like the only option that you have, the consequences cannot only affect you in the future but it will not help your immediate situation.

Upon losing home in a foreclosure, you will need a place to move you and your family too. Often the rent that you will pay may be about as much as you are already paying to live in your current home; that is if you can even get them to rent the property to you after your credit report has been adversely affected.

Keep in mind that you will need some cash, as most rental companies; require that you pay a security deposit, usually based on your credit, which is now in shambles. You will also need to transfer utilities, and you may have other costs that are associated with moving.

You may have heard rumors that the lenders want to foreclose on you home, but do not listen to them. Banks are in the business of lending, not property management. They do not want your house; they are many reasons why they do not. Foreclosures do not look good on their financials, and in many cases, they lose a great deal of money in a foreclosure.

Lenders are usually open to hear what you have to say about attempting to work something out with them. Once you know that you are in trouble contact the lender right away, if you receive notices or phone calls from them, do not ignore them, talk to them and try to work something out. Lenders may have several options available to you, but you need to talk to them in order to find out.

You may qualify for a loan modification program if your financial situation has changed, such as an increase in living expense, loss of wages or maybe you have had a major medical expense, these are all valid cases, in the event of a loan modification. This type of program would allow for repayment of the default and current payments within a pre-set amount of time. These are sometimes called a special forbearance; there are other types as well.

Refinancing may be an alternative to get your payment to a more affordable level. Talk to your lender, they can inform you of the options that are available to you. An effort on your part to make your payments, doing temporary work or selling some of your assets will demonstrate to the lender that you want to keep your home, who knows, you may be able to catch up on payments doing these few things alone.

In addition, you may be eligible for what is referred to a "short sale"; you and your realtor can approach the bank with an offer from someone to purchase your home for less then what is currently owed. This process can be somewhat involved so be sure that you fully understand the process.

Nothing with a foreclosure is easy, and will take some time, but beware that the clock is ticking once you have been notified of a default. After all this is your home, is it not worth a bit of time and effort.

There is a great abundance of information that is available on the internet, most of which comes without a fee. There are also companies out there that will assist you for a modest fee. Make sure that you investigate the company before you pay them anything, as there are a growing number of frauds that are taking advantage of homeowners facing foreclosure.
About the Author
Thomas Bladecki is the author and can provide additional information about foreclosure listings and the current real estate markets visit Home Foreclosure Help. You should also see his Foreclosure Blog for all the latest information about the real estate foreclosure market.
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