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02/06/2006
Avoiding Foreclosure
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Topic: Foreclosure
Few things are as devastating as losing your home. Sadly, it's not always inevitable. In many cases though the foreclosure could've been avoided with some outside help.

Most are unaware of the hidden difficulties that will arise if foreclosure occurs.

Finding a new home. Contrary to popular belief, it may not be better to let the foreclosure happen, because after you lose your home, you will still need to find a new place to live. All too often, the price you will need to pay in rent will be almost as high if not higher than your current mortgage payment. Remember: The owner of the property needs to make his mortgage payment, too, so he's going to charge a rental payment that's higher than his mortgage costs.

Deficiency judgment. It's not uncommon that the sale of the home is insufficient to cover the remainder of the mortgage. When the property has been damaged, or market values have dropped, the owner may end up with a bill in the tens of thousands for the difference.

Despite what many people think, most lending institutions are not anxious to foreclose. It's a last-ditch effort to recover their money and minimize their losses, and it's an incredible hassle. Most lenders would rather avoid it, if possible. There are multiple sources for help that you should be aware of, and most lenders will be happy to hear that their clients are going to try to keep their home rather than just await a foreclosure.

Housing Counseling Agency. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a list of HUD-approved counseling agencies. You can call (800) 569-4287 to find the agency nearest them.

FHA-Insurance fund. FHA borrowers may qualify to have HUD make a one-time payment to bring their mortgage current. See www.hud.gov/foreclosure for more information on the requirements to qualify.

Different mortgage program. You talk to a loan officer about the possibility of refinancing your mortgage to a more affordable program.

Special Forbearance. Many borrowers can qualify for a new payment structure if they've had an increase in their cost-of-living, such as unexpected medical expenses, or a decrease in wages. This payment structure will allow the owner to repay the lender in a given time frame.

In conclusion, you may have other options besides foreclosure!


Posted by saddleseatrider at 10:59 PM EST
Updated: 02/07/2006 10:56 PM EST
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