June 20, 2018
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What You Can Do To Avoid Foreclosure

It's good to know that more Americans than ever before are able to realize their dream of owning a home. Unfortunately, the number of people burdened by big debt and home foreclosure is also increasing.

What it means
Foreclosure is the legal process through which the lender, a bank or a mortgage company, takes back what is theirs because the borrower failed to meet the requirements of the contract and did not make payment on their loan on time. A mortgage payment is not like a credit card where you can make a partial payment. It is all or nothing. If your mortgage payment isn't made within 60-90 days, the foreclosure process will begin.

One of the main reasons people end up in foreclosure is because they agreed to an "exotic mortgage" that has teaser interest rates. They may have a low interest rate for a certain period of time in the beginning and then it increases, sometimes more than once, thus, their payment goes up, stretching their budget even more until they can no longer handle it. Other reasons for foreclosure include loss of job, pay cut, loss of overtime, divorce, and heavy credit card debt.

Stages of Foreclosure

Generally, there are four stages of foreclosure:

1) Redemption-you're given a date, called a cure date, by which all missed loan payments must be paid in order to avoid foreclosure.
2) Default-if you don't bring it up to date by the cure date, you will receive a notice of default.
3) Foreclosure-if your payments are not paid even after the default notice has been posted, the lender has the right to foreclose on the mortgage and take possession of the house. If you still occupy the home, the lender can get a court order for eviction.
4) Sale-the lender can sell the home at a public auction.

What you can do to avoid foreclosure

Call your lender as soon as possible and have all your financial documents ready so you can discuss your loan. Also, contact the lenders mitigation department to find out if a payment option is available. Depending on your specific situation, lenders can offer retention options or liquidation options. Remember, it's in your best interests to talk to your lender instead of ignoring it until it's too late.



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