If you fail to make your mortgage payments on time or if you default on your payments, you are in danger of foreclosure. This happens more and more frequently in today’s economic climate. But it is possible to avoid mortgage foreclosure if you know what to do.
Here are a few of the options that are available to you. These are only going to be open to you if you can get the cooperation of your lender.
– See if your lender would be willing to re-arrange your payments based on your current financial situation. This may be referred to as a special forbearance and you may qualify for it if your financial situation has changed. To qualify for this you will probably have to provide information to your mortgage holder to prove that you will be able to meet the payments of the new plan.
– Another option may be a modification of your actual mortgage. This would involve refinancing the amount owed and/or extending the term of the mortgage. The goal is to reduce monthly mortgage payments so they are more affordable for you.
– You may qualify for an interest free loan from HUD to bring your mortgage up to date if you meet certain conditions. This is referred to as a partial claim and your lender can help you with the application process and explain the conditions of this type of loan. You can also contact your local HUD office for more details.
– Another way to avoid mortgage foreclosure is to consider a pre foreclosure sale. The purpose is to sell your home and clear up your debts to avoid foreclosure and damage to your credit. If you know that you will be unable to make mortgage payments even if they are lowered, this may be something to consider. You will have to see if your lender will agree to give you some extra time to sell before foreclosing.
– A final option which should be considered only as a last resort is a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. In this case you are basically turning your house over to your mortgage institution instead of paying off the mortgage.
Even though you will lose your home this may be a better option than losing it to foreclosure. That’s because your chances of obtaining another mortgage loan at some point in the future are better than if your home is lost due to foreclosure.
These are the main alternatives that you have as you try to avoid mortgage foreclosure. Be sure to contact your lender at the first sign of financial difficulty so they can help you find the option that will be best for you.
Learn about 6 practical steps you can take to avoid foreclosure.
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Expert Foreclosure Helper
Great tips. I am currently trying to avoid mortgage foreclosure, so this information is very helpful to me.
This is very good. Thanks
I agree. But may i add that if you cant pay on time, contact asap your lender and ask if he/she can extend your due. In that we can avoid misunderstandings