Sunday, October 16, 2011

Steps To Avoid Foreclosure

Foreclosure is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners. And unfortunately, it’s a word that we hear quite often these days. An alarming number of homeowners are going through it, or coming dangerously close.

In many cases, foreclosure is avoidable. But most homeowners have little or no knowledge about how to save their homes. This causes them to make mistakes that put them in even greater danger. Here are some common mistakes to avoid at all costs:

* Don’t wait until the sheriff is knocking on your door to get help. The time to start looking for solutions is when you first start having trouble keeping up with your payments. Unless you’re absolutely sure that it’s a temporary situation and you’ll be back on track next month, contact your lender immediately and discuss your options. If you can get something worked out before the foreclosure process begins, you’ll be more likely to keep your home.

* Don’t waste a lot of energy placing blame. Whether you think the foreclosure is your own fault, your spouse’s or someone else’s, playing the blame game will get you nowhere fast. Try to forgive yourself or the other party and work toward a solution.

* Don’t run from your lender. It’s easy to toss letters in the trash and stop answering the phone, but avoiding your lender won’t help matters. You need to explain your situation and try to get the lender to work with you. And you can’t accomplish that by giving them the silent treatment.

* Don’t agree to a payment plan you can’t afford. Lenders often propose that homeowners who have missed payments make increased payments for a while until they catch up. But if you could make more than your regular payment, you probably wouldn’t be in such a situation to start with. Don’t agree to an unaffordable payment plan just to get them off your back. Keep negotiating until they come up with something that you can afford.

* Don’t give the lender too much information. It’s important to be honest when answering the lender’s questions, but don’t provide information that they do not ask for. If you do, it could hurt your chances of getting your loan modified in a way that is acceptable.

* When requesting a loan modification, don’t rush through the paperwork. Make sure you fill everything out completely and accurately. If you have questions, ask. This is something that you need to do right the first time, because if you mess up, it could cost you time that you don’t have.

It can be difficult to keep your head on straight when you’re facing foreclosure. But do your best to remain calm and rational and avoid these mistakes. If you play your cards right, you can often prevent foreclosure and get back on track with your payments.


  1. The best way to prevent foreclosure comes from educating yourself about how foreclosure works and knowing your best options. This should bring to light your choices available and definitely will help alleviate your stress by learning so what can and will not happen when you are dealing with a foreclosure. Knowledge of the topic of foreclosure will assist you to prevent foreclosure scams and various costly mistakes.

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  2. The best step to avoid foreclosure is to explain your problem to your lender. Tell him that you’re facing problems in making payments on the loan. Don’t forget to mention why you’re finding it difficult to pay off mortgage loans. Talk about the alternative options with your mortgage lender. Honestly answer the questions asked by the lender. Find out if there is any way to stop lender from taking away your home.

    There is no point in playing the ‘blame game’ at all. Blunder has already been done and now you’ve to rectify it. What you need to do is sit with your family members and have a discussion about the ways to get out of this problem.