This topic is very important to me. I've seen a lot of mis-information out there and want to clear some of it up. I am a real estate agent, my career of choice. My job is to put people in to homes, not take them out of it. Foreclosure is something that NEVER has to happen. It is true, it does happen, but with the right information it can be avoided.
Don't avoid talking to your lender...this is the worst thing you can do. The lender doesn't want your home!
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered before you continue to go forward and make an informed decision. The first question that I would ask yourself is "Has the situation that caused the default been resolved?" If your answer is yes, then your next question is that if you were all of a sudden brought current "Could you continue with your house payments without a problem?" If your answer was yes again, then you can, 90% of the time, keep your home and avoid foreclosure. (Don't fall for the short sale con-artist) My suggestion to you at this point, is to call your lender and try to set up a one-time forbearance. (A forbearance is a postponement of loan payments, granted by a lender or creditor, for a temporary period of time. This is done to give the borrower time to make up for overdue payments.) Also you could possibly have the default amount added to the end of the loan.
Now, let us take a look at your options if you answered no to either of the earlier questions. If you still want to try to keep your home and have enough equity, if you act fast enough you maybe able to refinance and lower your payments. Hopefully giving you enough space between your current payments and what the payments will now be that you can afford to keep the home.
OK, worst case scenario you can't afford to keep up on payments, the situation hasn't been resolved and you don't have enough equity to refinance. Now you are being told the only option you have is to sell your home on a short sale and get nothing in return besides not having a foreclosure on your record. DON'T BELIEVE THAT! Even with NO EQUITY you can make $25,000, $50,000 or maybe even $100,000 on the sale of your home. The key is hiring a Realtor that understands creative financing and has buyers that are ready, willing and able to buy today.
If your home is worth $300,000 and you owe $299,999 most people will tell you your only option is to give your home back to the bank. THIS IS NOT TRUE!
If you have a loan for $300,000 at 6.5% and your default amount is $7,000 and your Realtor charges 6%.
If you sell your home on creative financing you can sell your home for $310,000 with 10% down.
$31,000 down ($18,600 for Realtor fees, $7,000 for your bank)
Leaving you $5400.
Now if you finance the remaining $279,000 at 7.5%
Your monthly payment on $300,000 @ 6.5% = $1896.20
The payment from the new buyer at $279,000 @ 7.5% = $1950.81
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