Avoiding Foreclosure in Tough Times

18 June 2015
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Things happen in life that are beyond your control. You may lose a job, have a medical emergency, or have some other issue that can cost you a lot of money. When this happens, it can be hard to make payments that you owe. When you are not able to make a payment on your home, you risk losing your home by a foreclosure. When these hard times hit and foreclosure is imminent, you can try to avoid a foreclosure by taking some different steps and trying some different solutions.

How to Avoid Foreclosure

1. Sell Your Home. One of the best things that you can do to avoid foreclosure is to sell the home. This is especially wise if you already have equity in the home and you are not upside down. By selling the home, you will be able to pay off the mortgage and you will be able to keep the remainder if there is any. This way you will not have to worry about being foreclosed on. You may have to rent while you get back on your feet but at least you did not get foreclosed on.

2. Lender Negotiation. There may be times when you will not be able to make the payments but you still want to keep the house. Perhaps you are out of work but expect to start again soon. You could be receiving a tax return or a bonus at work. When the lender can see that you will be able to make the payments again, they will be more willing to negotiate with you by extending the loan, agreeing to accept reduced payments, or adding the missed payments back into the mortgage. When this is the case it is important to make sure that you contact the lender quickly before it is too late. They are more willing to help if you are proactive and honest.

3. Bankruptcy. When you file for bankruptcy, the foreclosure process will stop and cannot continue again until you emerge from bankruptcy. This can give you time to make a plan and try to figure out a way to keep the home or find another place to live. This can be a way to get back on your feet and avoid a foreclosure or at least postpone it for some time.

Of course the best way to avoid a foreclosure is to make your payments on time. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Thankfully, these options can help you avoid foreclosure. For more assistance, talk to a foreclosure attorney like Jeffrey S Arnold Attorney At Law P.C.