How To Stop A Bank Foreclosure

By: Alan Largo

All too sadly, many Americans have been affected by the mortgage crisis that has swept our nation like wildfire. It still continuous today, forcing more and more people out of their homes amidst suffering huge financial losses.

Regrettably, many of these foreclosures could either have been prevented or at least delayed long enough for the homeowners to find the right resources needed to make educated and informed decisions regarding their most precious physical asset.

Many people do not realize it, but if a homeowner feels threatened of falling into foreclosure, the first thing that they must do is contact their lender immediately. People tend to play dodge ball with their mortgage companies trying to hide so that they do not find out the borrower is unable to make the payments.

This is the biggest mistake. No matter how gut wrenching it may feel, close and constant communication with your mortgage company is crucial.

If you are having trouble making your monthly mortgage payments, the best thing to do is call your lender and let them know what is going on. They will be eager to work with you to either refinance or set up other payment options.

If you are already headed into foreclosure, your lender may offer forbearance plans or more flexible payment plans to allow you to keep your home.

Your mortgage company is not your enemy. They are very willing to work with you so you can keep your home. Contrary to popular belief, your lender really wants you to keep your house. They are happy to receive your monthly mortgage payments.

If your house forecloses, you lose your house and your lender gets stuck with it. Not only will your lender not receive your monthly payments anymore, but they will have to spend a lot of money trying to sell your old property, along with everyone elses that foreclosed before yours. Your foreclosure is everyones loss.

If you are really getting into a bind, there are third party companies that may offer you more enticing payment options if your original lender is unable to accommodate you.

These companies can usually help to bring your payments up to date. In fact, some of them may even offer to buy your house and take it off your hands through a short sale.

The only problem with this is, you probably will not get your desired price and you will end up taking a substantial loss. However, some people are left with no other choice and must go for this option. To them, taking a big loss is better than risking losing everything entirely.

If you do happen to be served with foreclosure papers, it isnt over for you just yet. Stay in constant touch with your lender and keep them informed of your intentions. Maybe you can still negotiate a deal with them.

They have become much more flexible and willing to work with you than you may realize. By contacting them regularly, it shows them you are serious and determined to work out a solution that is favorable to both sides.

Also be sure to retain all your records. It is always wise to keep this documentation readily available as you may never know exactly when you need it. Remember, it is never too late! Armed with the right knowledge, you really can make a difference.

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