Six Phases of Foreclosure Part 3 of 3 Part 3 of 3

Real Estate Agent with ERA Davis & Linn Real Estate

If you or someone you know is facing possible foreclosure, you should know what to expect

Part 3 of 3


Phase 5: Real-estate owned (REO):

If the property is not sold during the public auction, the lender will become the owner and will attempt to sell the property on its own, through a broker or with the assistance of an REO asset manager. These properties are often referred to as "bank-owned." The lender may remove some of the liens and other expenses in an attempt to make the property more attractive.


Phase 6: Eviction: The borrower can often stay in the home until it has been sold either through a public auction or later as an REO property. At this point, an eviction notice is sent demanding that any people vacate the premises immediately. Several days may be provided to allow the occupants sufficient time to remove any personal belongings, and then typically the local sheriff will visit the property and remove the people and any remaining belongings. Belongings may be placed in storage and retrieved later for a fee.

The bottom line:Throughout the foreclosure process, many lenders will attempt to make arrangements for the borrower to get caught up on the loan and avoid a foreclosure. The obvious problem is that when a borrower cannot meet one payment, it becomes increasingly difficult to catch up on multiple payments. If there is a chance that you can catch up on payments  for instance, you just started a new job after a period of unemployment  it is worth speaking with your lender. If a foreclosure is unavoidable, knowing what to expect throughout the process can help prepare you.


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