Illinois Hardest Hit Funds Mortgage Assistance Program

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How to Avoid Foreclosure

Today, a large number of homeowners are facing foreclosure and many wonder what steps they should take. Those facing foreclosure should be well educated on the subject. For example, homeowners should familiarize themselves with their local and state foreclosure laws, their rights as homeowners, and so forth. With that said, it is important to remember that foreclosures are preventable.

The easiest way to avoid foreclosure is to make your monthly mortgage payments and do so on time. Lenders will prepare for foreclosure after three missed payments. While you will not be removed from your home right away, just know that the process is easy to get started, so never fall behind in your payments.

Of course telling you that you should make on time monthly mortgage payments doesn’t mean that you will or that you even can. If you see financial trouble in the near future, such as being laid off from work or being out of work due to an injury, speak to your lender. If a lender knows that your financial troubles are only temporary and if you have a history of on time payments in the past, they may be willing to work with you. This may involve smaller payments for the time being.

Even if you cannot get your financial lender to lower your mortgage payments, even just temporarily, there are still ways that you can avoid foreclosure. First and foremost, never ignore warnings and phone calls from your lender. Even if you do not intend to keep your home, it is important to be in constant contact with your mortgage holder. You will need to know what happens next and when you should leave the property.

If you have jewelry, a second car or other belongings that can be sold, you are encouraged to do so. This may give you the money needed to get your mortgage up-to-date and in good standing. Even if not in one hundred percent good standing, it shows your financial lender that you are trying your hardest to keep your home. As easy as selling some of your belongings are, know that acquiring a second job is often your best chance of success.

Increasing your income and temporary cash flow are just two ways to avoid foreclosure and keep your mortgage payments up-to-date. With that said, many homeowners facing foreclosure are surprised to learn just how much money they can save up by prioritizing their spending. Due the recent rise in gasoline, food, and entertainment, consumers who never had to worry about using coupons or having a monthly budget need them now. All homeowners, especially those facing foreclosure are encouraged to track their spending habits and eliminate unnecessary purchase. The money saved should be applied towards mortgage payments.

Another easy way to reduce the risk of foreclosure is to seek professional assistance when needed. In some states, local governments and even mortgage lenders occasionally provide free foreclosure assistance to homeowners in need. As soon as you suspect that foreclosure may be an issue, you should meet with an attorney specializing in foreclosures or a HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) approved counselor. These are individuals who can advise you of your rights, help you understand your state’s foreclosure laws, as well as help you develop a plan of action. Homeowners facing foreclosure often report an overwhelming feeling that just cannot and will not go away. This is the time to seek professional help.

Finally, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) advises homeowners to not fall for foreclosure scams. These scams are often referred to as foreclosure recovery scams. Never believe the claim of an individual or company who says they can stop foreclosure proceedings with one signature. If you are not careful, you could still lose your home. What you may become instead is a renter who can’t afford the new rent. Never sign any documents pertaining to your home without first having a trusted and reputable attorney review them.


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