Foreclosure Advice You Must Take Action Not Wait For It to Come

By: Nick Adama

If you are in foreclosure now or if you've missed enough payments to worry about it, accessing foreclosure help needs to be your first priority. The very worst thing you can do is avoid dealing with your mortgage problems. One of the most common mistakes consumers make is refusing to talk with their lenders when they call. It will be hard to face up to the fact that you are having financial problems. But, if you don't speak with your lender, then they will foreclose all that much faster. Facing the problem may be frustrating, but you will have more options for help if you face it today instead of later.

Find help as fast as possible. The US government (as well as many local governments) has counseling options available for consumers who are trying to fight. These counselors can point you to government foreclosure help options that may help you. They can also give you with help on what laws are in place about the foreclosure process. Every state has individual processes and timeframes on how the process is likely to unfold.

It's always a good idea to go over your original mortgage documentation as well. There is usually a section in those documents that point out what your rights are as a borrower. You may think that the bank has all the power, but your documentation may be your key to success. Knowing where you stand legally is the first step in stopping your foreclosure.

Take a long hard look at your finances. Is there anything you can sell that will help you make your payments? A second car or whole life insurance policies are just a few options to consider. Saving your home for you and your family needs to be a huge priority for everyone at this point. Scrutinize how you spend your money. The home loan payment needs to be the first item on your list of bills. Credit card payments and other unsecured loans can be postponed while you are facing foreclosure, but mortgages shouldn't be. It's also a good idea to get a second job for awhile in order to pay extra towards the arrears on your home? Immediately eliminate all un-necessary expenses. Cable TV and high speed internet are easy points to eliminate. All of these options need to be explored. Knowing where you stand financially is the next step in getting foreclosure help.

Be careful who you trust and avoid scammers. There are too many foreclosure scams out there to count. One common type is the scammer that claims to be an official representative for government programs that help consumers who need help. Another tactic scammer's use is to act as a middle-man between you and your lender. They will say they will negotiate to lower your interest rates or the amount to be paid. In exchange though, you will need to make your payments to them instead of the lender. Obviously this ends up with the scammer getting all the money and the foreclosure victim still losing the home. Other scams include telling you to file for bankruptcy to stop the foreclosure, but bankruptcy doesn't always help in the long run. Always remember, just because someone has a license to practice law, doesn't mean they're not a scammer! Others will ask you to sign over your property to them and they will make the payments for you in exchange for rent. Knowing the difference between real help and scammers is a huge step in fighting to save your home.

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Nick publishes information for the My Personal Bankruptcy Lawyer website, which aims to educate borrowers how filing for bankruptcy really works. The site examines the various forms of bankruptcy, how to avoid filing, and the best resources debtors can take advantage of if it becomes necessary. Visit the site today to read more about financial setbacks, foreclosure, debt settlement, and more:

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