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Foreclosure myths debunked
by Broderick Perkins
(12/2/10) - When millions of foreclosures flooded the market at the onset
of the housing crash, home owners knew little to nothing about holding onto
their homes or recovering if they got the boot.
Misinformation and fraud compounded the effects of slow regulatory action
and lackadaisical response from the lending industry.
Uncharted waters were submerged in rumors, speculation, conjecture and
Years later, foreclosure myths
Freddie Mac, one of the nation's largest home loan investors, initially
charged with expanding opportunities for home ownership and now focused on
the liquidity needs of the mortgage market, is also about myth busting.
To set the record straight on foreclosures, it offers "Top Foreclosure Myths" and the truth behind those false
Myth: You should stop paying your mortgage so you can
leverage assistance with your mortgage payments.
The approach, called a "strategic default," can become a tactical
It isn't necessary to default on your mortgage payments in order to
qualify for help.
If you are struggling to stay current on your mortgage, you may be
eligible for a loan modification or other assistance
You signed a contract that binds you to making regular mortgage payments.
If you don't make your payments, you will be exposed to foreclosure,
subsequent black marks on your credit report and years of financial
If you can financially afford to make your mortgage payments, even if
you've been declined a mortgage modification , short sale or other work out, do
so to maintain your credit standing.
If you need help contact your lender, contact a U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved counselor
online or call the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline at 888-995-HOPE (4673).
Myth: After a foreclosure, you'll never get another
Well, sure. You blew it. Perhaps you borrowed more than you could afford
or your ability to pay for what you thought you could afford went away.
You may not qualify for a home for as long as seven years, but that's not
Work to create a spending and savings plan that will rebuild your credit.
Get approved counseling that will reveal your effort to recover.
Myth: Workout options are over once you get a foreclosure
Lenders would prefer that you keep your mortgage and continue to make
payments (and interest to them) because they lose money when they foreclose
on you. Even if foreclosure proceedings have begun, it's not too late to be
considered for a workout or other alternative.
Myth: You need to leave your home as soon as you're notified
that your property is in foreclosure.
A notice of foreclosure is the first step in the foreclosure process,
which is a legal procedure that the lender initiates after the borrower
defaults on their mortgage.
Hang in there.
There are procedural and legal guidelines and applicable state and
federal laws that servicers must follow in every foreclosure, which can take
months to complete.
Myth: If you're late on your monthly payments, you'll lose your
Gimme a break.
Sure, if you stick your head in the sand no one will see your need. If
you have a financial hardship and fall behind, it's possible to keep your
house and get back on track if you tell someone who is able to help. Contact
your lender to discuss your options that include forbearance, loan
modification, reinstatement, repayment plans, even a short sale.
Myth: All the offers for help are probably all scams.
do often target homeowners
who are struggling to meet their mortgage commitment or who are anxious to
sell their home. Deal with your lender first, rather than an outside party.
If you do deal with an outside firm avoid those that ask for a fee in
advance to work with your lender to modify, refinance, or reinstate your
mortgage. Ignore guarantees from outside firms that claim they can stop a
foreclosure or modify your loan. Walk away from claims of
"government-approved" or "official government" relief if you yourself
haven't contacted local, state or federal officials.
Legitimate offers will have specific information identifying your current
mortgage, including the loan number of your mortgage. Shy from offers that
come from a company other than your current lender or an authorized agent of
Myth: Give up if your lender is not responding to your
Forget about it. Never give up.
Lenders are deluged. It may take longer than you'd like to reach your
lender, which is why you should contact your lender at the first sign of
trouble. The process of obtaining a loan modification or other foreclosure
alternative may require diligence in the form of multiple calls and multiple
submissions of documents between you and your lender. The process isn't
perfect, the procedures continue to change.
Hang in there.
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