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8 Ways to Stop a Foreclosure Process

8 Ways to Stop a Foreclosure Process

The default in a mortgage payment can sometimes be unavoidable due to various circumstances. The homeowner might have lost their job or they might have spent their allotted mortgage payment on other pressing expenses. If the homeowner has missed several payments without contacting their lending company, they might have to face foreclosure.

However, there are several ways to avoid going through the foreclosure process. Even if the homeowner cannot actually pay the debt, they can still find ways to prevent the foreclosure of their home, since this would heavily impact their credit rating, and it prevents them from buying another property for the next 5 to 7 years. The debtor can also appeal for an extension of their payment schedule until they get back on their feet.

Read on to learn more about how you can stop foreclosure proceedings from pushing through if it happens to you.

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1. Negotiate with Lender

Before any of the drastic foreclosure process begins, the homeowner’s first option is to talk to their lender. They can agree on the possibility of restructuring their debt. The homeowner can explain their circumstances and the reason why they defaulted on their payment, and the lender might provide the homeowner with certain allowances that would make the terms of the mortgage payment easier and more attainable.

2. File for Bankruptcy

If the homeowner[1] does not have the means to pay for their mortgage and other debts, they can file for bankruptcy, so that the government can prevent their creditors from coming after them. Technically, the debt of the homeowner still exists, but it gives them the time to get back on their feet and find ways to pay their debt again. Moreover, the homeowner and the creditors should devise a reasonable plan that is beneficial to all the parties regarding the repayment of the existing debts.

3. Foreclosure Relief Programs

There are programs implemented by the government that help homeowners prevent the foreclosure of their homes, like the Making Home Affordable Program.[2] This benefit is afforded to chosen homeowners who have defaulted on the payment of their mortgages, so that they can avoid foreclosure of their property. If the homeowner is unemployed, they can apply for the Home Affordable Unemployment Program or the FHA Special Forbearance, which provide assistance to the homeowner for up to twelve months.

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4. Loan Refinancing

If it is possible, the debtor can look at taking out a second loan to finance the first loan they have missed. Since the remaining mortgage length is shorter and the unpaid balance is smaller, the monthly payment on the second loan could possibly be lower. The homeowner can look around for the best possible loan option, or they can ask their original lender if they can refinance the loan. It is vital to take care of all the paperwork before the actual foreclosure process begins to prevent the foreclosure sale from pushing through.

5. Lease Assumption

Another option that the homeowner can look at if they want to stop the foreclosure process is to have someone assume the lease. Tara-Nicholle Nelson describes the lease-assumption scenario in this manner: “In a lease-option scenario, the buyer becomes your tenant, and you continue owning the property until the buyer has saved enough down payment money, improved their credit sufficiently or sold their other home.”

She also provides tips on how to effectively use the lease-option to halt the foreclosure process: “To successfully use a lease-option to stop the foreclosure process, you must negotiate lease payments that cover most or all of your mortgage payment, property tax, and insurance obligations — enough that you can make up any difference and still pay to live somewhere else.”[3]

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6. Deed in Lieu

The credit rating of the homeowner will be affected if the foreclosure processes pushes through. However, they have another course of action in the form of a deed in lieu. This would not damage their credit score as badly as the actual foreclosure proceeding, since the homeowner would be transferring the ownership of the property to the lender. The lender and the homeowner would sign an agreement that relieves the debtor of his entire obligation to the creditor.

7. Deed for Lease

Once the deed in lieu has been signed, the buyer has the option to rent back their home, which is called the deed for lease. This means that the lender has consented to allowing the homeowner to stay in the property as a renter for a specified period of time. The deed in lieu has already prevented the foreclosure from transpiring and the deed for leases just gives the lender the right to become the sole administrator of the debtor’s new lease.

8. Short Sale

If the homeowner receives an offer on the home while they are in the middle of the foreclosure process, the lender is bound to consider it. The homeowner can sell the property at a price that is higher than their debt so that they can clear themselves from the contractual obligations. Moreover, short sales would not affect the debtor’s credit score if the lender does not report the sale in a soft market to credit monitoring agencies. This can also allow the debtor to purchase another home in two years.

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If the homeowner is looking to sell their house quickly, there are several online sites, like needtosellmyhousefast.com,[4] that can cater to the debtor’s immediate need. One of my friends was struggling with paying the mortgage on his house, and he decided to sell his house, so he tried posting on this site and he got an instant offer on his property. Moreover, he got a fairly reasonable price for that deal.

In conclusion, there are ways to avoid going through the foreclosure process. The reasons for non-payment can be fortuitous and unavoidable, but the homeowner should make it a point to reach out to their lender before it is too late. You might be able to negotiate the terms of your loan with the lender, and you can save yourself the trouble of having to find another home.

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Last Updated on April 3, 2019

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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6. Get Aggressive About It

Consider these points:

Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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Finally (and most importantly)…

8. Keep Trying

Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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