No one wants to experience a foreclosure on their home and it likely that they work hard to avoid it. It is unlikely that anyone takes out a mortgage with the clear intent to not make the payments and have a lender foreclose on the home. Sometimes things happen in life and makes missing a mortgage payment or a few of them unavoidable. There are many reasons that this could happen, such as loss of employment, family death, illness or injury. Any number of these or any combined could lead in devastation for the person as well as a financial downfall.
No, you do not want to have the lender foreclose on your home the lender does not either. A lender makes their money by the interest you are required to pay with your mortgage, if they are forced to foreclose on your home, they will not receive the interest. Therefore, many lenders will be absolutely willing to listen to your circumstances and work with you in order to prevent foreclosing on the home.
The first thing you should do is respond to the phone calls and the letters that are coming in the mail for you about your late payments. This may be painful and something you don’t feel like doing, but it will be less painful than having your home taken right out from under you. Call the bank your lender; you may be surprised to learn exactly how willing they are to work with you. If you explain what your financial situation is, your bank will likely be willing to work with you and will just be happy to hear from you. Sometimes, all it takes to stop the process from becoming a formal one is a response from you.
Once you contact the bank or lender you need to be prepared to set up payment arrangements that will get you back on track. Let the bank know exactly how much you can pay each week. Even if you can only pay a couple hundred dollars each week, this will eventually get you back to where you should be and the bank will consider it a good faith effort to keep your home and as long as you keep up with these scheduled payments, you’ll find that the bank is willing to work with you as long as you need them to so that you can keep your home as well as keep them off your back. It might take awhile, but you can get on top of your late payments. Remember, your bank doesn’t want to foreclose on your home, so you should take all of the chances you are offered and communicate with the bank about the issues you’ve had paying your mortgage, and then arrange payments, and be sure to make them.
Show the bank you mean business
It is imperative that you be able to talk with your lender and let them know what is happening, and that you are having issues right away. If you neglect to tell them and let your mortgage fall seriously behind you will lose any credibility or trust with the lender and could hurt your chances in avoiding foreclosure. There is not much time to contact the lender, within sixteen days of being late, they will call you up and ask you what is going on and want a payment. After a month of being late, they will begin to call more frequently, if after 90 days you still have no made some sort arrangements or have paid the past due amount, you will be facing foreclosure procedures.
If you put a little faith in your lender and simply talk to them and ask for options, you may find there are a variety of options available to you. For example, if you have an accident that temporarily set you back, the lender may allow you to make up the missed payments over a period of time. A lender that is more flexible may take things into consideration and rework your entire loan that could lessen the payments you are required to make monthly, even reduce the amount of interest as well. Finding out is as simple asking your lender and working with them.
Once you’ve received a notice of intent to foreclose, you still shouldn’t lose all hope. Most of the time you can still keep your home and reconcile the debt with your bank. You might have to make a larger payment or the bank may actually try to demand that you pay the debt in full, but if you get a foreclosure attorney involved you may be able to undo these issues. Most of the time if you can pay a portion of the missed payments on the spot you’ll be able to proceed normally and set up new monthly payments so that you don’t have to lose your home. An attorney can often step in and help you set up payments that will not leave you broke, but will also satisfy the needs of the bank. Sometimes it is easier to have an attorney present to sort of act as a middleman since this is a very stressful situation for most owners, and it can be difficult to keep emotions out of it. Attorneys will also be able to ensure that your rights are protected and that you have every chance possible to save your home from being foreclosed on.
If you miss the boat on this type of thing, you can actually show up at the auction for your home. As long as you are the highest bidder, the bank doesn’t care who buys the home just that the home sells. If you are intent on saving your home, the auction is a great place to be because there may only be a handful of people there that bid on the home and if you are able to put down a large sum of money, you might just win your house back! Don’t dismiss every chance possible to win your house back, as you may figure out how to come up with the money just in the nick of time.
There are many ways to keep from being foreclosed on. Many people simply sell their homes, sell belongings, stock, or take money from savings accounts to pay off their debts and get back on track. Foreclosure does not only mean the loss of your home, it means damaged credit and the need to look for a new place to live. If more people would realize that the bank really does not want to foreclose on their homes and that they can take advantage of these offers by just picking up the phone and getting in touch, fewer homes would be foreclosed on. Banks will often help you refinance if you are just not able to make such big payments each month, or they’ll make payment arrangements for you to get on top of the debt. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, get help, and get aggressive about keeping your home because you can stop foreclosure.