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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Talk To Your Lender About Saving Your Home from Foreclosure

By Doc Schmyz

When your home is on the verge of foreclosure, you certainly will do anything possible to save it. But the problem is how you will do it. The first thing, among many, is going to your lender/banker and asking for help.

Yet for others, contacting the lender at the first sign of financial problems seems to be not such a good idea. It may be because they are embarrassed to discuss money issues to others or they simply don't see the need to inform their lender right away of their present financial standing , most of the time they are thinking it is a temporary problem. But the fact is, asking for your lender's help will save you a lot of trouble and it will help you save your home in the long run.

Most people have the perception that lenders, like banks, think only of themselves and don't care about the future of the borrowers. This leads to the common notion that lenders show no mercy to homeowners who have defaulted on payments and will take the homes when the very first window of opportunity opens. The truth is lenders like owners will do everything they can to avoid home foreclosures. So again, the best way to save your home is to work with your lender to solve the problem.

In most cases lenders will send a Notice of Default if you miss payments for 3 consecutive months. Call your lender as soon as possible. Inform them why you have defaulted on a payment and ask for an alternative payment schedule or temporary lower rates until your finances have returned to normal. You can also ask for Forbearance which is where your lender waives some of the penalty fees as a result of default or a mortgage refinance without going through the process of re-application, whichever you think is more economical. Mortgage lenders are NOT IN THE REAL ESTATE SELLING BUSINESS, thus are more than willing to help you to avoid repossessing your home.

Talk to your lender, inform them of your situation, and ask for payment alternatives. DO NOT WAIT!!! Act fast. Understand the gravity of the situation and do something about it. It is your obligation to pay your mortgage but when worst comes to worst, your lender wants to help you keep your home. - 23208

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