The foreclosure process takes a lot of time and you do have options to avoid a foreclosure on your home. It will depend on if you want to keep your home or if you cannot afford it anymore.
If you are foreclosing on your home the process in many states can take up to a year. With the economy today, some states are taking even longer than a year to foreclose on homes.
If you want to keep your home and worried you will lose your home quickly in a foreclosure because you have missed a payment, relax. The process can take months and months. You usually have to be behind several payments before a bank will begin the process. It is important to remember that if you do not want to lose your home but are having financial difficulties you must talk to the bank. Many people chicken out and are afraid to talk to the bank because they are having financial problems and cannot afford to make the payment. The bank will work with you if you stay in touch with them.
Be sure to be honest with the bank. If you want to keep your home and avoid the foreclosure process the bank may have some options for you. If you do not tell the bank you want to keep your home then you might lose it because they didn't know. If you don't make payments to the bank and avoid the calls from the bank it looks as if you have given up on the loan. The bank will not offer options to you. You have to ask the bank and tell them about your situation and why you have missed a few payments. Many banks will allow a modification of the loan, a repayment plan, and other options so you can stay in your home.
If you don't want to keep your home because you are now in a financial situation where you know you cannot afford it, you can still avoid the foreclosure process. No one wants a foreclosure on their credit scores. Many people are unable to afford their home due to an unexpected unemployment, illness, death in the family, divorce, and more.
There are options for you to avoid the foreclosure process which include selling your home during the foreclosure process. Because the process takes so long it can't hurt to put a sign up in the yard. It is much better to sell your home than it is to let it foreclose. Why not try. You can also give the title back to the bank if you want to do a deed in lieu of foreclosure. That is an option. You can also sell your home for much less than what you owe the bank. This is called a short sale and needs to be approved by the bank. However, if you tell the bank you are trying to do a short sale they will most likely speed up the process of the foreclosure process.
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