September 10, 2020
The internet can also be used to help you find and hire a lawyer. As previously stated, those facing foreclosure don’t always have the financial resources needed to hire a lawyer, but there are ways around this. Some lawyers will accept cases pro bono and others will work out a payment agreement with you. As for when you should hire an attorney, you should do so if you fall victim to a foreclosure scam or if you believe that your lender is treating you unfairly and illegally. As a reminder, lawyers specializing in real estate and foreclosures are recommended.
Credit counseling websites are another resource that you can find available online. This is a controversial and sometimes risky approach, but help may be out there for you. Some credit counseling companies may try to work with your lender for you. This may result in more affordable monthly mortgage payments for you. With that in mind, there are many scams that surround these companies, even those that claim to be non-profit organizations. For that reason, do the proper amount of research online first or check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
The website for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should be visited as well. There you will find a lot of information that is not only from a reliable source, but accurate. This website can be found at HUD.gov. There, you can not only review your options before, during, and after foreclosure, but you can be connected to valuable resources, including a HUD approved housing counselor.
Also online, you will find a number of websites that are operated by individuals just like yourself. Many have dealt with foreclosures firsthand, some came out on top, while others didn’t. These types of websites can be used to provide you with valuable resources, as well as support. Hearing how to deal with foreclosure firsthand, through someone who has been there before, may be a source of comfort for you.