No one wants to find that they are facing the loss of their home, and the word foreclosure is a real worry for many. This article presents some common sense tips to help you should you find yourself in the position where your lender is preparing to foreclose on your property.
Take on the problem right away
Ignoring it will not make it go away. Take into account that lenders don't want to foreclose on your property unless they have no other choice. Call them to work out a payment plan that will allow you to recover from the brink of foreclosure. These days if it is at all possible to avoid foreclosure, lenders will make the attempt. Know this, it is generally rarely in the lender's best interest to foreclose. Everyone, including the U.S government is aware of the real estate problem.
Look At Your Lender For Help
Fear of foreclosure is your biggest stumbling block. If you do nothing, foreclosure will probably happen. In order to avoid it, start talking to your lender. They are working in your best interests although at time it may not seem so. As stated in the above tip, lenders don't want to take your home unless you leave them with no other choice. Lack of communication is equal to closing doors on options. So, get on the telephone and fight for what you've spent years paying for.
Research and check things out first
Prior to calling your lender, do your homework. Review your loan documents making not of the time frame and how much time you have left to make things right. If your forms look to intimidating or you just simply do not understand them, run them by someone else with more experience. You can also buy a guide or handbook on how to avoid foreclosure that will help you get things in order.
Find a house counselor.
House counselors are available through grants and they can help you. Call the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ask for counseling and explain what is happening and where you are in the process. Make an appointment to discuss your situation. Many counselors will help you get your finances organized, and some will even go so far as give you representation when talking with your lender.
Set up a budget
One reason you may find yourself facing foreclosure is because you've been spending more money than you earn. Start out spending only on necessities. Write out a budget of what and when you need to pay bills. Eliminate unnecessary expenditures so that you can get closer and closer to being able to pay your mortgage while still feeding your family. Make a category of luxuries and then rank them so that you know what you can get rid of easily, and what must stay. For instance, in our family, Internet access is mandatory whereas actual cable television is optional. That makes a monthly difference of 40 dollars which could go to a mortgage payment. Other things to cut include spa and club memberships, eating out at restaurants, long family vacations out of state or country and the like.
Cashing Out Might Be A Consideration
If you have sufficient assets, consider selling them for cash. If you house is packed with excess junk, you are sitting on a goldmine that could make you more money without doing much of anything beyond putting a table outside or setting up an eBay account. If you have higher ticket items including jewelry, cars and boats, you might have to get rid of one or more to hang on to your property. If you show a lender that you are willing to do what it takes to stay afloat, they will work with you. There are a number of guides online and in book stores designed to get you started in avoiding foreclosure.
Avoid The Scam Artists
When people get desperate, scam artists come out of the woodwork. Never pay somebody a lot of money to help you avoid foreclosure. There are legitimate companies out there, but in many cases HUD counselors will help you for free. Guides and handbooks are also extremely inexpensive, usually under 100 dollars and they come with a wealth of information to get you started. Between the two, you not only do not need to spend thousands of dollars to get started, but you will be able to probably avoid foreclosure and get help for free or a small fee.