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Tips for Handling a Trial Mortgage Modification Period

Amending the terms of a mortgage by adjusting interest rates, or by extending the period over which the mortgage will be paid, can allow a borrower to better manage financial hardship. In fact, a mortgage modification is one of the most common ways to avert a home foreclosure. Before a mortgage company agrees to permanent… Read More »

Can You Short Sell a Home With Multiple Mortgages?

When you owe more on your home than the property is worth on the market, you may consider a short sale as a way to avoid foreclosure. This means the property is sold for less than the outstanding mortgage. Here’s an example of a short sale scenario: You owe $300,000 on your home and cannot… Read More »

How Long Can Forbearance Be Used To Stop a Foreclosure?

Under a forbearance agreement, a mortgage company reduces or halts a homeowner’s monthly mortgage payments for a set period of time. The total amount owed does not change but is simply due at a later date. Forbearance is a foreclosure defense strategy designed to help people keep their homes as they deal with temporary hardship…. Read More »

Can You Buy a House After Filing For Bankruptcy?

Yes, you can still buy a house after a bankruptcy filing. Filing bankruptcy discharges your debt and can make you a better mortgage candidate. There is no law that prevents you from buying a home after bankruptcy. Mortgage lenders want to see a minimum of twelve months of performing credit after bankruptcy. It is this… Read More »

Can I Declare Bankruptcy and Still Keep My House?

If you are behind on your mortgage and are worried about foreclosure, you have to consider all your options. Depending on your circumstances, either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy might allow you to shed crushing debt and still hold onto your home. If you have piles of dischargeable debt preventing you from meeting your… Read More »