BANKRUPTCY is bad. FORECLOSURE is worse.
Although it is preferable to avoid bankruptcy, it is even better to avoid foreclosure. Foreclosure is the legal process whereby property is repossessed and sold at auction to cover the costs of an unpaid debt. This is usually the result of a homeowner defaulting on mortgage or loan repayments. The most common causes of foreclosure are divorce, loss of employment or a death in the family.
Although filing for a chapter 13 can prevent your home going through the foreclosure proceedings, its important to make on time monthly payments to your trustee and rebuild your credit so, that getting a refinance is easier to qualify.
Most lenders have programs available that you can request called financial hardship packages in order to help you get caught back up on your mortgage payments or at least to assist with helping you to try and keep your home versus losing it due to foreclosure. The key to getting help from your lender though is to contact them early or the first chance you get when you know you are going to be late on a mortgage payment and stay in communication with them.
If you are facing foreclosure and have exhausted all refinancing options, you may want to look into a sale-leaseback option. You may be able to stay in your home, improve your credit, and re-purchase your home at a later date.
To avoid foreclosure contact your lender as soon as you miss a mortgage payment. Often the lender will work with you to help you avoid foreclosure.
The foreclosure process can be long and costly and is regulated by state law. The most important thing to remember if you are forced to make a mortgage payment late is to contact your lender immediately.
If you have 30% or more equity in your property, you may be eligible to refinance the property to avoid foreclosure, as an alternative to bankruptcy. Contact a specialist at 888-418-4467 or via email at email@example.com for more information and to see if you qualify.