Local Bay Area homeowners who are facing a financial challenge may find themselves in foreclosure.
Foreclosure is when the mortgage loan doesn’t get paid back and the bank begins the process to take ownership of the property to recoup its losses.
If you find yourself entering the foreclosure process, you might wonder if there is anything you can do about it.
In this blog post, you’ll read about a 7 foreclosure prevention measures in the Bay Area that you can take to keep your home from foreclosure.
These foreclosure prevention measures might not all work in your situation but we’re telling you about them so you can make the decision for yourself:
1. Pay off your mortgage / sell your property. The quickest and easiest way to end the foreclosure process is to pay off your mortgage. After all, this is all the banks wanted in the first place so they would be happy to let you stay in your home and they get their money back. Admittedly, this is not always possible, which is perhaps the reason that you’re in foreclosure in the first place.
2. Work out a deal with your bank. Sometimes you can work out a deal with your bank where you sit down with a mortgage or foreclosure specialist and talk to them about changing the structure of your mortgage. Perhaps your payments get spread out so they are lower each month, for example. Just make sure that the deal works for you-you don’t want to just repeat the process.
3. Do a short sale. A short sale is when you sell the property and use the proceeds of the sale to pay down or pay off your outstanding amount with the bank. This keeps a foreclosure from impacting your credit score and it gets the bank off your back!
4. Give your deed in lieu. Another option would be a deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure, which basically means that you will hand over the deed to your house to the bank and they agree not to put you through foreclosure. This will often only work if your house is worth approximately the amount owed on the mortgage. If not, the bank may pursue the difference.
5. File for bankruptcy. In some ways, bankruptcy is far more dramatic than a foreclosure because it impacts your whole life. However, once you file for bankruptcy, the foreclosure process has to stop so it’s still a foreclosure prevention measure. In the state of California, we call this a “Skeleton Bankruptcy” this allows you time to get your finances together and plan your next course of action as the foreclosure process will resume after a couple of months.
6. Hire a real estate attorney. With an attorney, you can see if you have any basis to challenge the foreclosure. There is always the change of human error, there are many cases where lenders have made mistakes and this mistake can invalidate the foreclosure and buy you time in the case that the lender has to begin all over again. Be proactive and keep communication open with your mortgage company.
7. Refinance with a new mortgage lender. Chances are you don’t have extra money around to pay off your current mortgage on your own, but if you can work with a new lender to pay off the old mortgage and get a new loan with terms that you are comfortable with, this is a great option!
If you’re not sure which one to do, consider this: If you can afford payments and you want to stay in the house then a foreclosure workout arrangement (#2) is probably your best option.
If you want to put everything behind you and move on with your life then consider selling your home and paying off your mortgage with that money. This is where we come into action.
Considering selling your Bay Area house?
We buy houses in California for cash and would love to see if we can help you during your foreclosure process. Contact us by filling out the form on this page and we’ll see if we can work with you.