Preventing Foreclosure | North Bergen, NJ | Short Sales | Hudson County, New Jersey | Zip 07047
If you fall behind on making your monthly mortgage payments, you can lose your home. There are ways to protect your home, but you must act immediately.
* First, contact your lender. Chances are, your lender will want to work with you to help you find a way to save your home. DO NOT avoid phone calls or disregard letters from your lender.
* Seek counseling. A debt counselor or even your lender, can help you make a budget to structure a repayment plan. For unbiased answers go to the list of counselors approved by the US Government Dept of Housing: call toll free 800-569-4287 or go to www.hud.gov and select "avoid foreclosure" from the left hand bar.
* Negotiate a payment plan. A cure is a one time 30 day grace period for a missed payment. You could also set up complete refinancing, as long as your new plan gets you out of the mess you're in. If you are several months behind with your mortgage payments and you have not contacted your lender, they may assume you have no intention to repay their loan. If you are having serious financial difficulties, you need to seek professional assistance and/or legal counsel to best protect your home.
* Keep records. Keep a record of every conversation (dates & times) you have with the bank in case you end up in court. Keep copies of all correspondence.
* Don't sign anything you don't understand. If you are working with a counselor, ask him to refer an attorney who can explain documents to you.
* Sell your home. If your problem is serious enough that it can not be resolved in a reasonable amount of time, it may be necessary to sell your home and find a more managable living situation. Negotiating a short sale with your lender is another option. Make sure you work closely with your lender to allow a reasonable time to sell the home. If all else fails, you may be able to sign the house over to your lender, normally referred to as a "Deed in Lieu". An attorney may also be able to help you file for bankruptcy as a last resort.
Best of luck to any of you facing this unfortunate situation. I am a licensed New Jersey Real Estate Agent certified by the National Association of Realtors® for Short Sales & Foreclosure. Please feel free to call me if you should have any questions. God Bless.