The goal here is for you to understand the process of foreclosure and provide you with the confidence and strength you will need to meet this life-changing trouble by being well informed and by knowing your options.
This may surprise you but depending on your financial situation and the amount of debt you are carrying, along with the present and likely future value of your home, you may be better off giving up the property. Here are some important issues you should consider in making this important decision: Is your property financially worth refinancing? Do you have enough equity to refinance? Is your money trouble truly temporary? Can you borrow from your friends and family? What is the true resale value of your home? Can you realistically repay the loan under the current terms? You must consider each of these issues carefully and honestly.
If you determine that financially you home is worth saving then here are some options you might want to consider:
Borrow The Money – Friends and Family
If your financial difficulty is temporary, you may consider this option to get over the hump. Many borrowers approach their parents, close friends and even their children. This can be a humiliating process but one you should probably consider if your financial difficulty is only temporary. If there was a co-signer on the loan, it is wise to approach this person first since this person has a vested interest in your financial dilemma. However, it is important for you to be completely candid with this person and realistic regarding how long it will take for you to repay the loan. This is one situation in which honesty will be your ally.
Refinance Your Current Loan
This is the obvious alternative and depending on when you purchased your home and the degree of equity that now remains, you may be able to temporarily solve your problem by simply refinancing your debt at a lower interest rate and/or for a longer term. However, if you are like many homeowners in today’s declining and volatile market, chances are you have already exhausted this option and your previous lender, has already encumbered the remaining equity. This is especially problematic in a declining real estate market or where there has been a substantial increase in interest rates. If you are fortunate to have equity in your home, be sure to compare lenders for the best deal.
Consider Selling The House – Even At A Loss
After considering your options, you may be better off to simply sell your house rather and avoid the damage to your credit record that a foreclosure or bankruptcy will cause. If you take this course of action you should be prepared to act quickly. Your house might be on the market for several months before you find a qualified buyer. It is advised to be very realistic about the price and the terms your offer as a seller. To sell quickly you may need to offer your house for much less than what you believe it is worth.
Remember, you are trying to avoid going into foreclosure and ruining your credit. It is very important to find a real estate agent who knows the local market and is experienced in these kinds of quick sales.
Finally, above all, do your best to keep sane through this horrible process. You are not alone. Take care of your emotional health and that of your family. And remember, this too will pass.