Avoid Foreclosure

What options do you have if you can’t make your payments and you will be going into foreclosure if something doesn’t change? A Short Sale may be the best option for you, but it is in your best interest to first read your options below and determine if there is a way to keep your home.

9 Alternatives to Foreclosure in Salt Lake:

1. Do Nothing – If a homeowner does nothing, they most likely will lose their home at foreclosure auction. Loan applications generally ask if the applicant has ever been foreclosed upon. Credit reports also disclose this damaging information. Not the best option.

2. Payoff/Refinance – Completely paying off the entire loan amount plus any default amount and fees. Usually this is accomplished through a refinance of the debt. New debt is at a normally higher interest rate and there may be a prepayment penalty because of the recent default. With this option, there should be equity in the home.

3. Reinstatement – Paying the entire default amount plus interest, attorney fees, late fees, taxes, missed payments and fees.

4. Loan Modification – Utilizing the existing mortgage company to refinance the debt or extend the terms of the loan. This may allow the homeowner to catch up at a more affordable level. To qualify, you must prove to the lender you have fixed the problem that caused the late payment.

5. Forbearance – Lender may be able to arrange a repayment plan based on the homeowner’s financial situation. The lender may even be able to provide a temporary payment reduction or suspension of payments. Information will be required from the lender to show that you are able to meet the new payment plan requirements.

6. Partial Claim – A loan from the lender for a 2nd loan to include back payments, costs and fees.

7. Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure – Give the property back to the bank instead of the bank foreclosing. Banks generally require the home be well maintained, all mortgage payment and taxes must be current. Most loan applications ask if this has ever happened.

8. Bankruptcy – This option can liquidate debt and/or allow more time.
–Chapter 7 (Liquidation) To completely settle personal debt.
–Chapter 13 (Wage Earner Plan) Payments are made toward a plan to pay off debts in 3-5 years.
–Chapter 11 (Business Reorganization) A business debt solution.

9. Sale – If the property has equity (money left over after all loans and monetary encumbrances are paid). The home owner may sell the home without lender approval through a conventional home sale. In this case, the home owner will most likely get cash from the sale.

On the other hand, a Short Sale, also known as a pre-foreclosure sale, can be negotiated with your lender by your Real Estate Professional if what is owed is MORE than the property’s value.

Call us today and I’ll help you evaluate your situation and we’ll see which options you qualify for and which one will most benefit you. You can reach us by calling (801) 999-8084 or fill out the quick contact form below and we’ll call you.

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