Foreclosing on a home is not an easy reality to deal with and can come with a wide variety of consequences. As I mentioned in my last post, as a Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent, I wanted to be prepared to help my clients in the best way I could and received my Certified Distressed Property Expert designation to be fully prepared to help those in Oak Shores or Heritage Ranch who are facing foreclosure.
While we talked about the option of a short sale last week, there are other options to help you avoid foreclosure. Below are ten ways that you can steer clear of foreclosure, and taking immediate action will help you before it’s too late!
1. Reinstatement- While being the most simple answer to foreclosure; it is also the most difficult to attain. This option allows a Lake Nacimiento home owner to contact the mortgage company and request the amount owed to date. They can then pay off the remaining amount. You can be reinstated up to a day before the foreclosure sale is finalized and the lender does not have to approve this process.
2. Forbearance or Repayment Plan- This option sets up a payment plan between the homeowner and the mortgage company to pay back the amount owed over a time. The monthly payment on the Lake Nacimiento home will still be paid each month in addition to a portion of the back payments that are owed.
3. Mortgage Modification- Modifying the mortgage allows the loan to be reduced in some way. Whether the interest rate, principle balance, term of the loan or a combination of the three; there is some type of reduction that will take place. This usually helps in lowering the monthly payment so that the mortgage becomes affordable again to the homeowner.
4. Rent the Property- This can be an especially good option for those living on Lake Nacimiento! Many people are looking for a great vacation home to rent out during the summer months or on the weekend. You can talk with your Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent about the option of renting your home on a permanent basis or renting it out at certain points of the year to help with payments.
5. Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure- Lender approval is required for this option that’s referred to as the “friendly foreclosure.” Homeowners are required to vacate the home, but are able to simply return the property to the lender and avoid going through the foreclosure process.
6. Bankruptcy- This option only works as an answer to foreclosure in some states and circumstances. If there are non-mortgage debts that the homeowner has that has caused them to miss their payments; bankruptcy may be an option.
7. Refinance- Refinancing could be a great solution to avoid foreclosure. Doing so can lower the monthly payments if the homeowners has good credit and they have enough equity in their Lake Nacimiento home.
8. Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (military personnel only)- Due to being deployed, some members of the military come under financial distress and so may qualify for the Servicememebers Civil Relief Act. This process will go through the an attorney that is qualified to work with service members who need relief.
9. Sell the Property- If you need to sell your home to avoid going into foreclosure; please let me know. As a Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent; I have worked for years with buyers and sellers on Lake Nacimiento and know what it takes to get your home sold in an effective and timely manner!
10. Short Sale- As a Certified Distressed Property Expert; I have experience working with homeowners to avoid foreclosure. I know the ins and outs of conducting a short sale; which has been a viable option for many. Basically, a short sale involves your Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent negotiation with the lender to allow the home to go into a short sale. The agent will verify the homeowner’s hardship that occurred after the purchase and the request for the short sale. Hardships can include things such as a job loss, divorce, forced or unplanned relation or mortgage payment increase.
Of course I feel that some options are better than others and can help you walk through the process of determining your needs and what would be the most beneficial to you!
I am always available to answer your questions and to provide you with the resources needed to make the most informed decisions. In fact, if you’re searching for more information on foreclosures, there’s a workshop this coming Sunday, August 28th that you may want to attend! Below are the details.
Monterey County Office of the Agricultural Commissioner
1428 Abbott St, Salinas
Sunday, August 28th
– Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo invites you to attend the Central Coast Foreclosure Workshop to get free information about pre and post foreclosure options. You’ll learn about foreclosure options for homeowners, tax-consequences of foreclosure, free and low-cost resources for homeowners, reporting fraud and avoiding “rescue” scams, finding resources for HUD- certified housing counseling, debt and credit counseling, bankruptcy, and emotional support.
This will be a helpful workshop you won’t want to miss! If you have more questions or would like to learn about your options; please feel free to contact me today!
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