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Thursday, April 16, 2009

In Foreclosure???How to Get Your House Back

By Doc Schmyz

Your house is the last thing that you want to loose. Unfortunately even though we know this for a fact, we tend to take our mortgage payments for granted and end up loosing our homes. In this case, a home foreclosure will happen. When a borrower fails to pay his or her mortgage for a number of payments (usually 3 the lender will issue a foreclosure by selling the house or repossessing it.

Often the lenders lead their borrowers to believe that they don't have other options available. However, there are other alternatives that homeowners can use to keep their house off the auction block. The following is a list of ideas to consider if your in the foreclosure process.

1)Short stop

You can try to get a short refinance for the foreclosure of your property. If you don't want a new loan to cover an existing one, you can ask the help of a friend. A borrower's friend or relative can buy or pay off the mortgage.

2)Negotiate a payment scheme

In this case the homeowner agrees to pay a portion of the amount and agrees to pay the rest in the succeeding months. The homeowner shows proof of their income and pays a down payment. This is a much easier way and most lenders agree to this plan. Keep in mind this is not a long term fix...it is normally only a short terms(3-5 month) agreement.

3) Change of plans

Sometimes a temporary change in the terms of the loan can be given when properly negotiated. These changes include amortization extension and reduction of interest rate. A foreclosure negotiator handles the job of getting these plans approved. This is a total process for another short term fix.

4) Third party sale

The foreclosure property is sold to a third party. The proceeds will go to the mortgage lender as a settlement for the debt. This is the most common conclusion to a foreclosure.

5) Friendly third party sale

The third party who buys the property sells it on foreclosure to clean the deed of other holders/liens. Then the property is sold back to the original owners/borrower. Under a new contract of sale and then the process is complete. Manytimes this is a "seller financing" deal.

These are just some of the options that borrowers can use in attempts to retain their properties. Remember these alternatives are outside the original terms of the agreement. Homeowners will have to negotiate their way with lenders and banks. Preventing home foreclosure is still better than looking for a cure. - 23208

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