Avoiding Foreclosure In Broward County

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Have you fallen behind on your mortgage payments? Has your lender asked you to contact them?
If so don't ignore the letters from your lender
Get hold of the lender as soon as possible.

ImageChef.com - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more1. Don't ignore the problem.

The further behind you become, the harder it will be to reinstate your loan and the more likely that you will lose your house. Be proactive

2. Contact your lender as soon as you realize that you have a problem.

Lenders are not looking to own your house. They have options to help borrowers through difficult financial times.  

3. Open and respond to all mail from your lender.

The first notices you receive will offer good information about foreclosure prevention options.  Later mail may include important notice of pending legal action.  Your failure to open the mail will not be an excuse in foreclosure court.

4. Know your mortgage rights.

Find your loan documents and read them so you know what your lender may do if you can't make your payments.  Learn about the foreclosure laws and time-frames in your state (as every state is different) by contacting the State Government Housing Office.

5. Understand foreclosure prevention options.

Valuable information about foreclosure prevention (also called loss mitigation) options can be found on the Internet at www.fha.gov/foreclosure/index.cfm.

6 Prioritize your spending.

After health-care, keeping your house should be your first priority.  Review your finances and see where you can cut spending.  Look for optional expenses-cable TV, memberships, entertainment-that you can eliminate. Delay payments on credit cards and other "unsecured" debt until you have paid your mortgage.

7. Use your assets. 

Use your  assets like a second car, jewelry, a whole life insurance policy-that you can sell for cash to help reinstate your loan? Can anyone in your household get an extra job to bring in additional income?  Even if these efforts don't significantly increase your available cash or your income, they demonstrate to your lender that you are willing to make sacrifices to keep your home. 

8. Avoid foreclosure prevention companies.

You don't need to pay fees for foreclosure prevention. Rather use that money to pay the mortgage instead. Many for-profit companies will contact you promising to negotiate with your lender.  While these may be legitimate businesses, they will charge you a hefty fee (often two or three month's mortgage payment) for information and services a Realtor or a HUD approved housing counselor will provide free if you contact them.

9. Don't lose your house to foreclosure recovery scams!

If any firm claims they can stop your foreclosure immediately if you sign a document appointing them to act on your behalf, you may well be signing over the title to your property and becoming a renter in your own home!  Never sign a legal document without reading and understanding all the terms and getting professional advice from an attorney, a trusted real estate professional, or a HUD approved housing counselor.

10. Don't just give up.

You have options, get educated and save your home.

Comments (3)

Inside Richmond Real Estate
Inside Richmond Real Estate - Richmond, VA
Great post.  I think people at times can ignore the problem as it gets worse.  Its best to be proactive and start looking for solutions early on.
Oct 14, 2007 01:00 PM
Lori Isaacson
Credit Restoration Consultants - Plantation, FL

It is nice to hear someone trying to help someone stay positive. We need more of this. We at Credit Restoration Consultants try our best to help people as well.

Lori Isaacson

Aug 12, 2008 07:11 AM
Ariel Segall
berryFORMS.com - Weston, FL


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Ariel Segall

Nov 07, 2008 05:40 AM