I Am Behind on My Mortgage
The phone rings all during the day, through dinner, and up until bed-time. Not only do bill collectors call, but now the bank calls. First, the bank sent a notice stating that I am behind on my mortgage. If I didn’t bring things current, they warned, I could lose my house in foreclosure. I can’t sleep. Instead of counting sheep, the wolf hangs around my front door tacking up notices to vacate. I am borrowing from one credit card to pay another. My family hasn’t seen a doctor or dentist in months. Help! I could lose the house. What options do I have?
I am behind on my mortgage. What options do I have?
- Bring the Loan Current a.k.a. Reinstatement – Believe it or not, your lender wants to work with you to help you get back on track and make your payments. Foreclosure is no picnic for either party involved. And, frankly, both you and your lender lose in the end
- Work Out a “Forbearance Plan” – a forbearance agreement provides short-term relief for borrowers. With a forbearance agreement, the lender agrees to reduce or suspend mortgage payments for a certain period and not to initiate a foreclosure during the forbearance period.
- Sell Through a Short Sale – you may be able to sell your home with the bank’s permission before the foreclosure process begins. A pre-foreclosure sale, also known as a short sale, allows homeowners to sell their home at current market value and use that money to satisfy their mortgage [source: Chicago Tribune].
- File for Bankruptcy – Contact a bankruptcy attorney. You need to know your options so you can make informed decisions. How to stop a Springfield foreclosure? Filing for bankruptcy stops a foreclosure proceeding.
- Come up with a Repayment Plan – Repayment options could include a plan to repay missed payments in addition to making monthly payments, especially if there is a temporary hardship
- Explore FHA Programs for Homeowners – Home & Garden writes about the partial claim, a loan modification offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for FHA-approved loans [source: HUD]. The FHA provides an interest-free loan to pay off your missed mortgage payments, and it doesn’t need to be paid off until you sell your home or make your last mortgage payment [source: HUD]. There are many programs that offer help to those with floundering financials.
- A Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure – a deed instrument in which the borrower conveys all interest in real property to the mortgagee (i.e., the lender) to satisfy a loan that is in default and avoid foreclosure. At the height of the housing crisis in 2007-2008, it was called “jingle mail.” Homeowners simply put the house keys in an envelope and mailed them to the bank and then drove away. A deed-in-lieu is a more formal process for jingle mail.
- Loan Modification – Loan modification could include a reduction of the interest rate, convert from a variable interest rate to a fixed interest rate, or extend the length of the term of the loan. A loan modification agreement is a permanent solution to unaffordable monthly payments.
- Sell the Home to a Cash Buyer –
- How to stop a Springfield foreclosure? Try calling us. It is quick! You can sell your house fast in Springfield e normally in 30 days or less. That is much quicker than a traditional sale, which can take several months, and closing takes places after repairs. In most cases when an investor and a seller can agree on a price immediately, they can close as fast as one to two weeks.
- A real estate investor will buy as-is. Worrying about some repairs that you’ll need to fix based on an appraisal? An investor will estimate the repairs needed to restore your property, arrive at an offer, and will purchase the property in whatever condition.
- No Fees! A real estate investor doesn’t charge you a real estate commission and may take care of any other nagging financial problems such as back taxes, code violations, the risk of foreclosure, or past due water and sewer bills.
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