Homeowners: Steps to Help You Avoid Foreclosure

Are you a homeowner who fears losing your home?  If you are in the middle of a financial crisis, your fears may be founded.  Before deciding to throw in the towel and let your home enter into foreclosure, there are some steps that you will first want to take.  

For your convenience, a few of those practical and easy to implement steps are outlined below.

1 – Eliminate Unnecessary Purchases

If you have yet to receive a foreclosure notice or warning from your financial lender, now is the time to start saving money.  Eliminating unnecessary purchases is the best way to do so.  In addition to eliminating extras, such as a cup of coffee on the way to work each morning, look at your utilities.  Can you lower the package for your telephone, internet, or television?  If so, do so.

All money that you save should either be applied towards your mortgage or saved for when you approach your lender.

2 – Get a Second, Part-Time Job

If you are already on a limited spending budget, eliminating unnecessary purchases can only go so far.  For many homeowners, a second job is required.  Yes it may be hard being an office manager by day and a grocery store clerk by night, but you must do what you can to save your home.  The good news is that this job does not have to be permanent, but just until you get on your feet.

3 – Sell Your Assets

If you are unable to have a second job, such as if you are a single parent, you should start examining the valuable assets in your home.  Do you have an extra vehicle that just sits in your driveway?  Do you have jewelry you can sell?  If so, do it.  If you are in serious need of money, consider hosting a yard sale.  This allows you to sell and profit from items that aren’t valuable, but still buyable.

4 – Schedule an Appointment with Your Financial Lender

When you know you will have a problem making your mortgage payment or when you receive foreclosure warnings, approach your lender.  Surprisingly, they may be able to work with you.  In most cases, banks want to avoid foreclosures just as bad.  

Bring the money that you saved in the above mentioned steps with you to your meeting.  Use it as proof that you are serious about keeping your home.  When you show drive and determination, your lender is more likely to work with you.  This may include reworking your loan to give you more affordable monthly payments.

5 – Consider a Pre-Foreclosure Sale

If your financial lender is unable to help or if you still can’t meet their requirements, do not wait for foreclosure to happen.  You will still lose your home, but you should be able to retain your credit rating with the sale of it.  You will use the money to payoff your mortgage in full.  Depending on the selling price, you may make a small profit.  

As you can see, there are a number of steps that you can take to avoid foreclosure on your home.  These steps are the easiest and most practical for homeowners, just like you.  For expert advice, schedule an appointment with a housing counselor approved by HUD or with an attorney that specializes in real estate foreclosures.

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