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5 Ways To Avoid Foreclosure

Jan 17, 2008
No one is immune from an unexpected financial downturn, but the reality is that no matter how unfair such downturns may be, they do not excuse us from the responsibility of paying our bills on time. And mortgage payments are no different; if you have failed to meet your monthly mortgage obligation, you may be in receipt of a foreclosure notice. But don't give up just yet; there are several options which you can pursue if you want to avoid foreclosure.

Special Forbearance

If you know that the financial trouble you are in is a short-term situation, try to avoid foreclosure by negotiation a grace period of reduced monthly payments with your mortgage lender. You'll need to provide solid evidence that your finances will be improving in the near future, and that you will get caught up on the amount of your default. What you are asking for from you lender is as Special Forbearance.

Home Equity Loan

If you have lived in the same home for a long time, and kept up with your house payments, you will have built up a good amount of home equity. Home equity is simply the cash value of your home when the money you still owe is deducted from its appraisal value, and one way to avoid foreclosure is to refinance your mortgage, cashing out your equity and using it to pay off the old mortgage.

But you should only do this if you are certain you can make the payments on the equity loan; otherwise you will end up in danger of foreclosure once again. If you choose to take a home equity loan, try to renegotiate your terms so that you have lower interest rates, and lower monthly payments.

Personal Loan

If you haven't lived in your current home long enough to have build up any serious equity, but your credit record does not yet reflect your late mortgage payments, you can try to get a regular loan to avoid foreclosure. Only borrow enough to get you caught up on your mortgage.

If your credit rating has already been hurt by your mortgage default, you can try to avoid foreclosure by borrowing what you need from family or friends. But if you can't do that either, you should still do whatever you can to avoid foreclosure and save your credit record.

Selling

If refinancing or borrowing is out of the question, you should look into selling your home while it is still in preforeclosure. Yes, you will lose your home, and you are unlikely to make any money on the sale, but right now you should be focusing on saving your credit so that you can qualify for a mortgage on a less expensive home.

There is only sure one way to avoid foreclosure, and that is to buy a home on which you can make the monthly payments without stressing your budget, so that if an unexpected financial problem arises, you will not have to resort to any of the above options.
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