How to Save the Pain of Losing Your Home and Prevent Foreclosure

By: Seanroberts
The simple thought of losing your home to foreclosure can be enough to cause you a good deal of anxiety. Just imagine then how painful it is should you really lose your home due to a foreclosure proceeding. There are several ways, fortunately, to prevent foreclosure even in these times of a troubled economy.

Forget about all the things that you read in the paper or have seen on TV about the inevitability of foreclosure. If you really want to prevent foreclosure and save your home, you have to think positively and actively find ways to prevent foreclose instead of just wallowing in despair.

Talk To Creditors

The best way to prevent foreclosure is to explain your financial situation to your creditors as best you can and ask for their help. When you receive that much dreaded collection letter from your creditors, do not run or hide. If you hide, these people have ways of finding you and foreclose on your home. Do not even bother to hide from them.

Instead of hiding from your creditors, face them and explain your situation to them. When asked for your current financial records, give your creditors a copy. The more you cooperate with them, the more they will be willing to give you a chance to keep your home.

Special Forbearance is a Possibility. Ask For It.

Consider asking for a special forbearance to prevent foreclosure when you talk to your lender or creditor. A forbearance is a special agreement to postpone any pending action. Some special forbearances will allow you time to arrange for a payment plan that is compatible with your budget. Usually when you ask the bank or financial institution for special forbearance, they will ask you to prepare an income and expense statement showing what you can afford to pay for your home mortgage. A representative of the bank or other lender will review your statement and then ask which expense items you can eliminate in order to free up additional capital to pay your debts. The representative may ask you for a plan on how you may be able to increase your income in the near future.

Ask For a Mortgage Modification

Besides asking for special forbearance to prevent foreclosure proceedings, you could also prevent foreclosure by asking for a mortgage modification or a refinance of your existing loan. Refinancing your present loan can help you obtain better terms and conditions for repayment. Often, when you refinance your mortgage, your lender will extend the payment term or lower the interest rate, reducing your payment to a more reasonable level.
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