Why did it come down to foreclosure is one of the first questions you ask yourself. There are many reasons you become stressed for money and unable to make your mortgage payments. You can lose your job, downgrade in your income and in the case of many, the cost of living and upkeep has risen. There can also be a death in the family or a major illness which can cause time loss at work. I have a friend who had multiple repairs to his car which made it impossible to make his mortgage payments. The list goes on.
If you are getting behind on your mortgage, do not ignore the letters from your bank or mortgage company and think that stalling will stop foreclosure on your property. The bank and mortgage company have an obligation to protect itself and the stockholders from loss. Most banks will not wait more than 120 days for their payments. You have to take action to stop foreclosure.
When you realize that you cannot make your future mortgage payments, contact the bank or mortgage company and try to work out some type of program. Do not wait till you receive a notice of default. This letter safe guards their interest not yours. Call them immediately before this legal action takes place. Contact them and try to make some arrangements for payments to stop foreclosure actions before it even starts.
There are many plans to help you out of a bind, but the best is working with the bank or mortgage company to work out a program with them. Some of the other plans are the following:
1. Sell your house and get out of debt
2. Ask for a Short Sale
3. Sign a deed in lieu of foreclosure
4. Refinancing thru a foreclosure bailout
5. Get temporary help from your family
In conclusion, it is important to take steps immediately before you receive a letter of default on your mortgage. Call the bank and mortgage company and make some type of program to get you thru this time of loss of income. Remember, things always change in life back to the way it was in the past. This same problem existed in the 1980's and changed to better times in the 1990's. Time always heals old wounds. Always, I repeat, always "If you are planning any type of changes in your mortgage, consult with a real estate attorney before signing on the dotted line. They will help prevent you from making a serious mistake or being taken by a scam artist."