Dealing with the foreclosure of your home is never a good situation, especially since foreclosure is typically the result of unexpected and potentially unavoidable life occurrences such as job loss, death, or medical problems. When a homeowner is notified of foreclosure proceedings by their bank, it can be a devastating occurrence.
Fortunately, some steps can be taken to delay or stop a foreclosure either before notice has been given, or once the process has begun. Below we have listed 10 ways to stop foreclosure that you may find helpful.
Stopping a Foreclosure Before It’s Begun
- Contact your lender and request time to catch up payments. Foreclosing on your home is not the desired outcome for your lender, and they may be able to restructure your payment plan, also known as forbearance, to be more affordable and realistic for you.
- Requesting a change to the terms of your loan with your lender on an adjustable loan is a possibility. Your lender may be able to lower your interest rate to one that works better for your financial circumstances.
- Refinancing your home loan is a popularly sought option when a homeowner is at risk of foreclosure. If your lender agrees, refinancing will allow you to add your missed payments into your overall balance and restructure the loan terms to work better for your budget.
- Sometimes a lender will allow you to restructure your loan to accommodate your missed payments; essentially this will make your monthly obligation higher, but you will no longer be behind on your mortgage payments.
- Most lenders will only agree to this if the homeowner is not already behind on payments, but a loan modification is something that those who have experienced a financial hardship can request from their lender. HAMP (home affordable modification program) is often under which the program lenders will conduct this option. This can benefit the homeowner by extending the length of the loan to permanently lower the monthly payments. If you are experiencing financial hardship, it’s essential to maintain steady and immediate contact with your lenders so that you can keep options like these open.
- Apply for the HARP (home affordable refinance program) if your loan is through Fanny Mae or Freddy Mac. You will need to be current on your mortgage to be eligible, but if approved, this can get your loan back within the realm of affordability for you.
- If a way to reasonably restructure your loan isn’t reached, there is a program called HAFA (home affordable foreclosure alternatives) for which you can apply. If you are approved for this program, you won’t be able to stay in your home, but it will stop foreclosure proceedings, and you will no longer be responsible for any past unpaid mortgage debts. Some beneficiaries also qualify for $10,000 in financial assistance to find a new home.