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Best Ways For Avoiding Foreclosure

Jan 20, 2008
The majority of homeowners have a mortgage on their home and make regular monthly payments in order to stay current and to protect the ownership of their homes. The terms of the mortgage contract are well laid out and agreed upon by both the homeowner and the lender. That's why a borrower can feel very foolish as well as embarrassed when crap happens and they miss a few of the mortgage payments.

Such problems can seem very personal and it usually has something to do with a loss of the job or a health crisis. The combination of personal problems with the business arrangement can be very difficult as well stressful for the homeowner. The real challenge begins when the homeowner allows embarrassment to get in the way of dealing with the lender.

How to Do It

If the homeowner can understand that by defaulting on a mortgage it becomes a real problem for the lender, it might be easier to ask for help in avoiding foreclosure. If the borrower understands that mortgage problems are not unusual and that he/she is not the first, then the feeling that he/she is asking for special treatment can be overcome enough to seek help in avoiding foreclosure. By talking with the lender, the homeowner will see that repayment plans for late payments are easy to understand and follow; thus he may actually managed to be successful in avoiding foreclosure.

Statistically speaking, mortgage lenders on average lose almost $60,000 on every foreclosure. Almost half on the mortgage borrowers fall dangerously behind on payments. The good news is that these lenders are both motivated and experience in arranging repayment plans to assist in avoiding foreclosure. As soon as a homeowner recognizes that there is going to be a problem in making the monthly payments, he should contact the lender ASAP and explained his situation to them.

If necessary, a third-party can also negotiate on behalf of the borrower too.

There are basically five types of plans that are used by people for avoiding foreclosures. A person might find himself or herself in this situation where they have a short-term drop in income or an unexpected increase in expenses, which leads to the missing of several payments but results in a return to the previous ability to pay. In this case, a partial reinstatement plan can be set up. This plan allows the payer to resume regular payments when it is possible while making up for the missed payments in smaller payment chunks over the course of a specific the amount of time. Another option is a short-term forbearance, which can suspend as many as three payments or reduce the payments for as many as six months.

Just like the partial reinstatement plan, a repayment plan allows the missed or reduced payments to be made up while resuming the full payments. If necessary, forbearance can be put on a long-term basis, stretching the payments between 4 to 12 months. Forbearance can help take the pressure off and result in avoiding foreclosure. If that income loss its permanent, modifications can be made to the mortgage agreement. The loan period can be extended for lower payments or interest can be renegotiated. Occasionally the FHA will pay the money for missed or late payments to bring the loan up-to-date and then arrange for repayments after the home is sold or when the mortgage is paid off. Successfully avoiding foreclosure is a win win situation for all parties involved.
About the Author
Kerry Ng is a successful Webmaster and publisher of The The Foreclosure Tips Blog. For more great helpful information about foreclosures visit The Foresclosures Tips Blog
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