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“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009
32 Ways to Quickly Stop Foreclosure – a Complete Course for Homeowners
by Dave Dinkel
“How To Gain Back Control Of Your Personal Finances By Putting The Brakes On All Those People And Institutions Who Want To Take Your Home And Make Money Off Your Personal Financial Hardship.”
Included are FIVE Special Bonus Reports:
Bonus Report #1 - Making Money with Your Home, Even if You Lose It Bonus Report #2 - Getting Your Home back at 50% to 90% of Loan Value Bonus Report #3 - Secrets of Lease Options for Homeowners Bonus Report #4 – Buying a Home (Possibly Yours) at the Foreclosure Auction Bonus Report #5 - Do-It-Yourself Credit Repair for Homeowners
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“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009
-WARNINGIf you haven’t been contacted by a horde of investors, realtors, investors disguised as professionals who want “to help you keep your home”, lenders, attorneys, mortgage brokers, and even outright scam artists, - YOU WILL BE SHORTLY! A few of these individuals could possibly have a product or service that may make sense to your financial well-being but these are FEW and FAR BETWEEN. For your sake, trust no one! Read this Manual so you are informed of what choices you have and specifically, what options no one else will tell you!
We STRONGLY suggest you DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING, unless your attorney reviews it first.
We always ask homeowners we work with to give us their “incoming” correspondence so we can review it. At least 25% - 50% of these letters, postcards and other written documents contain Fraudulent Information, because the industry is almost entirely unregulated!
Do not let yourself be duped into making a decision that you can’t change.
The single worst enemy you face is PROCRASTINATION! If you hesitate or are indecisive, you will likely lose your home to foreclosure. To save your home or to stall for time to sell it at the highest possible price you will need to take action and do so immediately. Frankly, it is very therapeutic to KEEP MOVING toward a resolution in what can be a very depressing situation. Take charge of your life today by first printing this text so you can read it as soon as possible. The highlighted areas and colored print were placed here to stress their importance. You do not nee to print the text in color as you can print it in black to save on your color ink. Next, set aside quiet time to read this text and finally, keep yourself active daily by making a list of what needs to be done and, no matter how aggrieving, get the list completed each and every day. Whatever you don’t want to do, you should do it FIRST!
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SCAM ALERT Beware at Hearing Possible Reasons for a Continuance Examples Not Acceptable for Continuance Tip #13 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 TABLE of CONTENTS Cover Page Warning Table of Contents Introduction CHAPTER 1 .Seconds are $$$ Makers Tip #7 .Relapse Rate & Its Consequences Tip #16 .Special IRS Lien Treatment So What is Your Decision? CHAPTER 3 . Dual Contracting Sample Monthly Income and Expense Estimator Your Monthly Income and Expense Estimator Tip #17 .Cost of Prepayment Types of Mortgages Tip #3 – Accelerated Prepays Conventional Mortgages Adjustable Rate (ARM’s) Second or Third Mortgages Home Equity Lines (HELOC’s) Hard Money Loans Government Insured FHA HUD VA FHA HUD Reverse Mortgage (HECM’s) Tip #4 – Getting “Good Faith” Tip #5 – Which to Pay? Judicial Foreclosure Tip #6 .Determining The Amount of Equity in Your Home “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .Behind Again and Out Tip #9 .Get it in Writing List of “Mortgage and Deed of Trust States” EXTREMELY IMPORTANT The Actual Process of Judicial Foreclosure Tip #10 .Understanding the Foreclosure Process Types of Liens Where Foreclosure Is Possible HOA Liens IRS Liens Mechanics Liens Tip #1 .Don’t Answer the Phone or Door Tip #11 .Partial Payments Non-solution Tip #8 .2009 PAGE 1 2 3 7 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 14 14 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 19 20 20 21 21 23 24 25 27 27 27 28 29 29 31 32 35 37 37 37 38 39 41 43 44 -3- .Determining Your Ability to Keep Your Home Tip #15 .Single vs.Supervisor Interventions IMPORTANT NOTE – How Long? Tip #14 .What is the Difference The Actual Process of Non-judicial Foreclosure Eviction – What to Expect CHAPTER 2 .Summary Final Judgment Tip #12 .Sub-contractor Payments Municipal Code Violation Liens Mortgages Tip #2 .
Specific Methods of Stopping or Postponing Your Foreclosure Tip #22 .Same Lender Application Soft and Hard Prepayment Penalties Types of Ownership CHAPTER 5 .) Refinance and Cash Out 2.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 The Majority of Foreclosures Are of Two Types 1.2009 57 57 58 59 62 63 64 64 64 65 65 66 66 67 68 68 69 71 71 71 72 73 73 74 74 75 75 75 75 76 77 77 77 78 78 79 79 79 -4- .How Not to Loan Shop #10 Outside Funding #11 Employer Advance #12 Liquidate Assets Tip #30 – Ask Again and Again #13 Rent-a-Room(s) Tip #31 – Guideline for Rooms #14 Rent Your Home #15 Only for FHA.SCAM ALERT – Contract Wrangling Tip #25 . & Penalties Tip #21 .SCAM ALERT – Deed Stripping Tip #24 .Deed in Lieu Of Foreclosure or Not Some Equity Large Equity 45 44 45 47 47 47 48 48 50 51 51 52 52 53 53 53 55 CHAPTER 4 .Understanding Your Mortgage Tip #19 .) Personal Crisis Extracting Your Home’s Equity Minimal Equity Tip #18 . HUD.ARM’s. and VA Loans WARNING – Violation of Federal Law EXTREMELY IMPORTANT – Rights under SCRA #16 Credit Cards Tip #32 .Quick Credit Score Boost #17 401-K Retirement Loan #18 Cash Value Life Insurance #19 Employer Hardship Advance “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .SCAM ALERT – “I can do it … oops!” #9 Refinance Delinquent Loan Consumer Alert! – “Reverse Me Out“ Tip #29 .SCAM ALERT – Equity Rebate Summary of What Not to Do (Don’t Do’s) 32 Ways to Immediately Stop or Postpone Your Foreclosure Methods of Keeping Your Home #1 Friends and Family Tip #26 .Get Confirmation of Partial… Tip #27 .Seller Financing Do You Have a Mortgage or a Deed of Trust? Important Features of Deeds of Trust and Mortgages Your Monthly Mortgage Statement Tip #20 .Options for CD’s #2 Stocks and Bonds #3 Second Home Financing #4 Home Equity Line at Your Bank #5 Home Equity Loan Other than Yours #6 Challenge Legality of the Foreclosure Docs #7 Forbearance Agreement IMPORTANT – It Isn’t Over Just Because You Signed #8 Small Second Mortgage Tip #28 .SCAM ALERT – “I was at the courthouse” Tip #23 . Resets.
Who is Responsible #2 Lease Option Tip #36 – Avoid a Law Suit Tip #37 – Court Hearing Exception #3 Sell “Subject To” Existing Mortgage(s) #4 Sell Your Home as a Wholesale/Retail #5 Sell as an Equity Split Tip #38 – Splitting it Up #6 Sign a Sales Contract #7 Sell Using a Modified Auction Procedure #8 Short Sale Strategy #9 Combo of Strategies Tip #39 – Investor Feeding Frenzy IMPORTANT – Buyer’s Agent Only #10 File Chapter 13 Bankruptcy (or Not) EXTREMELY IMPORTANT Tip #40 . Foreclosure #11 Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure IMPORTANT NOTE – Deed in Lieu vs. Right of Redemption 6. Investor Abuse Super Powerful Information .HUGE SCAM Tip #43 – How to Get Escrowed Funds Reviewing Your Escrow Options Beware – Predatory Loans Tip #44 – Negotiating With Investors Foreclosure in a Probate Another Word of Caution – “I have a buyer for …” Real Estate Investor’s Foreclosure Tip #45 .2009 -5- . Hot. Money Opportunity at the Auction 8. Overage Tip #47 – Illegal Actions for Overage Tip #48 . Foreclosure Hot.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Tip #33 – Repeated – Second for Insurance VERY IMPORTANT – If Unemployed #20 Grant Money If You Have to Sell Your Home #1 Talk to Investors Tip #34 – New Laws Effecting Your Rights Tip #35 – Whose Name.Double Your Advertising Tip #46 – Appraisal Restriction In Summary Summary of Homeowner Strategies 79 80 80 80 80 81 81 81 81 82 82 83 84 84 85 85 85 86 86 87 87 88 89 89 90 91 91 91 93 93 94 95 93 96 97 98 99 99 100 102 103 116 116 117 118 118 119 119 119 120 120 121 121 122 123 CHAPTER 6 .SCAM ALERT – Worthless Deed? 7.TOP SECRET – 12 Ways to Make Money From Your Foreclosure. Elder Abuse 5. Even if You Already Lost Your Home Twelve Ways to Make Money Even If You Lose Your Home 1.Repeated. Get Rid of Nagging Junior Liens 9. Hot Money Making Idea Tip #41 – Asset Info That Will Come Back… #12 Secret Method Not Disclosed Elsewhere Tip #42 .Bankruptcy vs. Predatory Lending Practices 4. Loan Reinstatement 3. Sell Everything “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .Quick Start Check List to End Your Foreclosure BONUS Report #1 .Statute of Limitations 2.
11.Secrets Homeowners Should Know About Lease Options Two Ways to Keep Your Home Using Lease Options Lease Option Out Tip #52 – Special Signage VERY IMPORTANT – Option Consideration Lease Option Yourself Tip #53 – One vs. Victims’ Funds Judgment vs.TOP SECRET .Reporting Identity Theft How the Credit Scoring System Works 42 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score or Get Payback Tip #62 – Medical Bill Minimal Repay Tip #63 – Divorce and Credit Issues General Information on Codes The Bankruptcy Myth US Department of Housing and Urban Development Foreclosure Information General and Earnings Disclaimers General Disclosures GLOSSARY 147 148 149 150 152 152 152 153 154 158 161 162 164 167 177 178 179 -6“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . 12. Transfer Tip #51 – Larger Discount Request What You Can Expect to Supply to the Lender BONUS Report #3 .Do-It-Yourself Credit Repair for Homeowners Tip #57 – How long Bankruptcy .How to Get Your Home Back at 50% to 90% of Loan Value Tip #49 . 1099 IRS Workout UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY – Renter Buys 123 123 124 124 126 126 128 129 131 137 138 138 139 139 140 140 BONUS Report #2 .TOP SECRET .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 10.TOP SECRET .SCAM ALERT – Some Lease Options Tip #50 – Extinguish vs.Buying Your Home Back at the Foreclosure Auction Tip #54 – Finding a Buyer Tip #55 – Redemptive Rights Tip #56 – Stick to it Pricing 141 142 144 146 BONUS Report #5 .2009 .NOT 10 Years Getting Started Tip #58 – FRAUD ALERT Tip #59 – Exceptions to One Free Report Tip #60 – Cost for Mortgage Broker to Pull Tip #61 . Two Agreements BONUS Report #4 .TOP SECRET .
It also contains 80 tips. A single percentage point of higher interest rates on these loans will easily become tens of thousands of extra dollars you will have to pay in the future.2009 . lenders. how much interest you will pay on consumer loans. and even attorneys will not tell you. The not so obvious benefit of stopping your foreclosure is to keep your credit score as intact as possible and get you into a credit repair mode for the future. Foreclosure is the result of a homeowner not being able to pay his mortgage or in more and more cases. -7“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . divorce. and more obviously. This book contains everything to take you through all the methods that are used conventionally and many “underground” but legal methods of stopping foreclosure and possibly profiting from your foreclosure . disability income loss.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Introduction Congratulations on purchasing this book and taking the first step to resolving your foreclosure. You are to be commended for taking control of your situation and not falling into the foreclosure trap that over Two Million homeowners will experience in the next several years. will achieve the goal of getting a foreclosure stopped or postponed very quickly – sometimes within 24 hours.if it does happen. or make huge chunks of YOUR money that YOU should be making. It usually starts because of a job loss. You will be learning secret tips and tricks that investors. The material in this text and a soon-to-be sister book should help to improve your credit score. Included is Bonus Report #1 which details twelve methods of making money even if you lose your home to foreclosure and since the statute of limitations is as much as seven years in some states. not wanting to pay his mortgage. your ability to get a job. hints and scam notifications that will help you make your journey easier and reveal useful information that you can use in the future. We have found the knowledge in this text. Your credit score dictates how much your insurance rates will be. combined with immediate action on your part. charge you exorbitant fees. you can use these techniques to possibly get back some of your lost money or equity from your foreclosure. mortgage brokers. As soon as possible print this text and start reading it so you get a head start on taking appropriate action to save your home. They won’t tell you because it is not in their best interest since they won’t be able to steal your home at a ridiculous price.
we have solutions for you! Foreclosure is a great travesty and a true blight on today’s society that results in the breakup of families. -8“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . realtors. because it is the truth! If you aren’t going to make them money. because the homeowner re-financed with the intention of cashing out his equity and never making any further mortgage payments. you are at the bottom of the “food chain” and some of these individuals are the sharks looking to take chunks of money from your property. However.). boats. Am I being harsh on realtors.2009 . the homeowner. The foreclosure victim’s credit has been first damaged because of his late payments and if a foreclosure results. The strategies you will see work for homeowners who have little or no equity. and attorneys because their interests are often times to make money off your personal crisis. lenders. the higher the interest rate charged on all future items he finances.e. the victim will have his credit score impacted for years to come. everyone facing or already in foreclosure. automobiles.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 death of a wage earner. or if you are contemplating not making your mortgage payments. homes. the greater the reason for a lender to make a “windfall” profit on the same loan they would have financed otherwise at a lower rate because most large loans are collateralized by major items (i. some equity (10% . and continuing financial costs because of credit damage to the foreclosure victim.15%). we will show you how they can help in certain situations and how to “work” the investors to your advantage as options of last resort. attorneys and investors? No. or in the growing trend in the United States. It is just a business decision to them and you are just a product to make money for them. horrendous financial loss. Frankly. to get the most possible equity out of their homes if they are forced to leave. They do have their place. etc. and you should be forewarned that we will be stepping on the toes of investors. serious illness of a family member and the resultant medical bills. they have no altruistic goal of helping you. The lower a person’s credit score. The goal of this text is to help homeowners to either save their homes or. and large amounts of equity (15%+) – in essence. Whichever situation caused you to stop making your mortgage payments. you just need to be informed about how to handle them – you must take control of your situation and we will show you how. The lower the credit score. Our intent with this book is to do what is best for you. lenders. if absolutely necessary.
but we are often shocked by the material we see mailed to homeowners and the statements and promises some greedy individuals make to homeowners in their worst time of need. some times. We don’t work with foreclosure victims unless our proposed solution is a “win-win” for all parties (the homeowner. and even start knocking at your door almost immediately to get there before their competition (other investors.2009 . With an investor you have little recourse other than a civil suit unless your state has specific laws against this practice and a growing number of states are passing these regulations because of investor abuse of homeowners in foreclosure. or a “Forbearance Agreement”. -9“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .300 to fill out a lender form called a “Reinstatement Request”. us. attorneys. who about 95% of the time. one of the most offensive ploys is having an investor pose as a “Consultant” and having you pay him $900 $1.). realtors. want desperately to stay in their homes and continue their life. Ironically. or help them stay in the property if they could afford to stay. You can fill this form out yourself or if you need help. and the lender) involved.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 We will also be discussing various scams and near-scams that you will be hearing or seeing from various “professionals”. In most cases we have been able to either help the homeowners get as much equity out of their property as possible if they had to leave. These homeowners are mostly honest people. because of the resale of loans. The above documents are legally binding obligations and should be filled out by an attorney – not a person portraying themselves as a professional or expert. This is not much to ask. their pending foreclosure becomes public record and the hungry sharks will start sending you mailings. Since 1975 we and our associates have worked with literally thousands of homeowners to help solve their pending foreclosures. While we have seen numerous ones. we thought we had seen most everything. get an attorney to help for 1/2 to 1/3 of the investor’s (Consultant’s) fee! With an attorney you have malpractice insurance to go back to if he does it wrong. calling you using sophisticated telephone scripts. but once the lender files a foreclosure notice with the courts. So after 32+ years investing in real estate. etc. mortgage brokers. the lender involved has made accounting mistakes and the resolution is as simple as showing the lender the problem.
“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 To the best of our knowledge. so we will be focusing on the ways to keep you in your property that are the best for you. HOWEVER. and do so IMMEDIATELY. text. or individual that we have read. AND even if you lose your property or HAVE ALREADY LOST IT. We do know that some investors have used these techniques to get equity from a property that was due to homeowners who didn’t know they had money coming or how to get these funds. interviewed.10 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Everything you should need to start is in this Manual and has been consolidated into lists for your convenience and ease of use. the fewer options you have available. Unlike any book. You have many options available to get money out of your home. We will also show you how to determine if you can afford to own your home because you need to take this into account when making your decision about staying or leaving. is that your foreclosure is TIME SENSITIVE! The longer you wait to get started. no one has ever disclosed this information to the public and especially to the foreclosure victims. we will disclose the Best Kept Secrets of real estate investors a way you may still be able to make money on your home . You will learn how to do exactly this in this text! The most important thing that you can grasp.2009 . This is very rarely true. Please read this text in its entirety before you start assuming any path to take. and start taking action to make your plan as quickly as possible. . the text you are about to read reveals some secrets of the real estate and banking industries that have never been revealed to the public. or getting you as much equity out as quickly as possible if you have to leave. Again. except for parts that do not apply to your situation. or been involved with. The hints and tips are strategically located in the text after an important related topic. if you want to stay in your home you must get started NOW. you may have as many as ten possible ways to still make money or save on potential liabilities (see Chapter 6). Start by reading this Manual completely.even if you have already lost it to foreclosure! To our knowledge. we are focused on helping you either keep your home. The biggest misconception foreclosure victims have is that they will have to pay off their entire mortgage to stay in their home.
Let’s first review the foreclosure process and where you fit in it. a Deed of Trust State. you should read this chapter so you completely understand the fundamentals of how the system works. Specifically. Stick to it and read everything in this text. any of the 32 methods of stopping or delaying your foreclosure and the type of foreclosure process that affects you .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Chapter 1 Understanding the Foreclosure Process Even though you may already be involved. and the contract is legal under the law of your state. but which is currently in default. unless it is obvious that it doesn’t pertain to you. Ask Legal Aid Services in your community about how you can take action against the company or individuals that got you your mortgage.11 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .2009 . Let’s get over this issue right now – whether you believe your lender or mortgage broker misled you or defrauded you.judicial. it is important that no matter how much you think you know about the foreclosure process. The difference is that most Mortgage States use the “Judicial Process” and the Deed of Trust States generally use the “Power of Sale Process”. non-judicial. or you are just contemplating getting into the foreclosure process. It is wasted effort to vent your anger on either the mortgage broker or the lender at this time. The lender agent gave you a contract which you signed in at least duplicate. and it falls under what is called Contract Law. it is the courts who will have to decide that issue. This means if it is in writing in the contract. Foreclosure is the legal process of a lender taking legal action to claim a property which has a lien (mortgage or deed of trust) against it that was issued by the lender. This will help answer questions that you may not know exist now and that you may not have realized before you lost your home. we have enclosed a list of each State and its . The process is regulated by the state in which the property is located and administered by the county but varies depending on which type of legal jurisdiction the State has chosen – either you live in a Mortgage State. Focus ENTIRELY on resolution of your foreclosure or you will lose your home. In the following pages. or a state that uses a combination of both procedures. or any other foreclosure process your state uses. it is the law. There may be a time and a place to do this and we will discuss it later.
The following types of liens can be foreclosed on in most states: 1. or unpaid fines for any number of reasons. but do it whether you want to or not! This is our personal recommendation from extensive experience in dealing with HOA Boards. Be careful. Types of Liens Where Foreclosure Is Possible There are a number of types of liens where the lien holder can start a foreclosure proceeding. 2.e. Condo Association) for nonpayment of a number of “infractions”. but the IRS doesn’t like to foreclose unless it is an abandoned property or the homeowner (tax . special assessments. The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) has the awesome power to lien your property.) Homeowners Associations Liens or HOA liens are issued by a Board of Directors of your Homeowners Association (i.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 method of handling the foreclosure process. In your best interest.12 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . This may require you to “show extreme humbleness” to get it done. Certain states allow homestead exemption have exceptions to the foreclosure process for certain types of liens. whether it is homesteaded or not. But they will advertise it for sale within the Association Members or try and find a buyer first before foreclosing – especially if there is no other mortgage or lien on the property. The Board doesn’t want to actually purchase your property but they are seldom negotiable on discounting what are sometimes absurd fines because they know the liens will have to be paid in full to transfer title. including nonpayment of your association dues. deal with the Board INSTANTLY if this is what is causing your foreclosure. Other lien holders must have either lent money to the homeowner or provided services or materials that were not paid. and with only a reason to believe that you are guilty of some tax evasion or non-payment of taxes due. they can and will make your life a living nightmare because they have the power of deed convent law behind them. The HOA Board generally doesn’t want to own the property because they are always strapped for cash. BUT we also suggest strongly that you discuss the exact process with your attorney because the exact process in many states is dependent on the language in your mortgage contract (VERY IMPORTANT). These liens can be a VERY small dollar amount to more than the property is worth if they go unpaid for an extended period.2009 . Don’t mess with the Board of Directors. you should understand who are these individuals or institutions.) IRS Liens were mentioned briefly above.
concrete) to the job site.e. these liens can be removed if there is no equity in the property and if the homeowner (seller) will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the property. The homeowner would not be notified by the County Clerk of the filing and wouldn’t find out until he went to closing. Mechanics liens usually expire after a certain number of years so they don’t last forever as do most liens and mortgages (unless they are paid off). especially those involved in the concrete trade (driveways.) may have other vendors or sub-contractors deliver material (i. because most buyers and lenders won’t touch it.2009 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 litigant) acts like a real jerk. curbs. it is carried forward and attached to the individual owing the money. We have seen lawn maintenance services file liens for non-payment of service when they actually did not cut the homeowner’s grass. to having junk cars in your yard. 3. This is standard practice in commercial building but seldom understood or used in residential construction. This is detailed later because it is an important point if you are trying to sell your home and it has an IRS lien attached. etc. or we prefer a “Release of Lien” for each and every sub-contractor who worked on your job. Unfortunately. the removal of the lien does not mean it disappears. Tip (#1) – Some vendors or contractors.) Mechanics liens are generally placed against properties by contractors or material suppliers for non-payment of services rendered.) Municipal Code Violations are common for many reasons from something as insignificant as not having your grass mowed. They don’t need to foreclose because they are in first position above any other lien including city or county liens! At the IRS’s discretion. However. Code Enforcement is often the city department that enforces issues with “Open . decks. if you picked the contractor with the lowest price. but this varies by state and county. 4.13 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . or the more serious items such as building additions or any mechanical work that was done without a permit. he may not have included the payment for the materials (concrete) and this vendor will be contacting you to pay – because the contractor hasn’t paid the vendor and doesn’t intend to pay! Of course the supply vendor will lien your property for non-payment so MAKE CERTAIN that any contractor doing work for you produces “Notice of Payment in Full for Services Rendered”. This protective action should be done BEFORE you give the contractor his final payment. There is usually a time period (90 days from completion of services) in which these liens must be filed or they can not be filed at all.
loans money to the deed holder or lien (mortgage) guarantor for the purchase of the home or some other use of the money. This open permit lien must be resolved before title transfer. When lenders get a property at the courthouse auction.) Mortgages are liens against a property where a lender. Mortgages are the most common form of property liens. A one year or no-prepayment penalty must usually be .5 years later had grown to $168. but the first filed has priority or status over any others filed against the property. It may have been because the contractor thought the homeowner would do it. There can be many mortgages against a property. we tried to buy a home where the title was “clouded” by a lien for not mowing the grass.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Permits”. An open permit is where a homeowner or a contractor pulled a permit to do construction. an open permit in essence becomes a lien against the property. they can sell it with open city or county liens if these liens are properly disclosed to the buyer and he assumes responsibility for resolving them. BUT never had an Inspector come back and “Sign Off” on the work. A five year pre-payment is very long and a one year is short. the result is the same. the code enforcement department was never called back to close the file. Cities do take properties by Condemnation if the reason(s) for the liens are not cured (fixed) and the property becomes a hazard to the community. the fine of $50 per day was imposed and the amount of the lien almost 8. Consequently.2009 . The homeowner was given 10 days to mow his lawn. electrical or plumbing work. This is why lenders who do financings or re-financings are so very careful that no other liens are on the property before they issue the funding to the homeowner. either private (individual) or commercial (bank). but in the end. they usually have them demolished and charge the homeowner for the demolition fees. The amounts generally decline as the mortgage gets older. Instead of the city repairing these properties and reselling them. However. or the contractor’s work may not have passed the Final Inspection. As an idea of how much these liens can be. These pre-payment penalties are a percent of the unpaid balance or a number of regular monthly loan payments. and he did mow it. so don’t mess with them and do what is right.14 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . 5. Tip (#2) – Most mortgages have pre-payment penalties.568 including interest and penalties! We requested that the county reduce the lien so we could purchase the property and they did – to $150! So it is best to fix things quickly and ASK for the city or county’s help if you find a problem – before it becomes so serious it can’t be resolved without paying huge fines.
Most are issued for 15 or 30 years but 40 and 50 year loans are becoming more popular to reduce monthly payments. Next time you look to finance. Previously.15 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 requested at the time of financing and the borrower might have to pay extra for this reduced prepayment penalty. when you went into foreclosure the final judgment did not have the pre-payment penalty included. where there is no penalty if the seller (mortgage guarantor) sells the property.These ARM’s are the primary cause of the foreclosure rate being so very high. most mortgages required 5% to 20% down but in recent years it was not uncommon to get 100% financing for credit worthy individuals. take the time to see if this clause is in your loan and asked to have it removed. The problems start . Tip #3 – Lenders are always finding ways to get more money from loans. Usually if a borrower puts down less than 20%. with some adjusting as often as monthly. they can collect the prepayment penalty associated with the loan. The terms of the mortgage dictate an adjustment to the interest rate at set intervals. The other type is a “hard” prepayment penalty where the seller must pay a penalty if the loan is either re-financed OR the property is sold. b. plan on defaulting when they go into a loan.) Adjustable Rate (ARM’s) . It is important that you determine what or if any prepayment penalty you have so you can circumvent this potential problem when you sell or transfer your property! Types of Mortgages: a. No one. the lender requires mortgage insurance (PMI) which helps reduce the loss the lender has if the homeowner defaults.) Conventional – This is a mortgage that is not secured under a government insurance program and is always issued by lending institutions.2009 . But stuff happens and you should cover yourself by understanding the terms of your mortgage or lien. The newest trick is for the lender to insert a clause in their loan documents that stipulates that if they accelerate your loan (preforeclosure because of a default or late pays). There are “2/28 ARM’s” which means that the rate doesn’t adjust the first 2 years and then adjusts every year for the next 28 years! They are extremely popular because of the low initial cost to buy a home. Historically. There are two forms of prepayment penalties – either they can be a “soft” prepay. but a regular prepayment penalty if he tried to refinance. except scammers.
) . and closing points of 3% to 8% of the loan amount. depending on what your state allows. if you could not afford your existing mortgage it is very unlikely you will be able to afford a hard money loan. for a total of $130. We have seen lenders do 80% of FMV. Homeowners in foreclosure can easily get these loans from private lenders but must weigh the costs of closing points and fees that could be up to 10% of the loan amount and the fact that these lenders usually only give between 60% and 70% of ARV. The order of recording dictates the seniority of the mortgage. Hand money lenders are traditionally called “Predatory Lenders” for the obvious reason that they are often hoping that the homeowner will default . it is better classified as a construction equity line. Some important benefits of home equity loans are that the loans can be repaid without penalty. The first to be recorded is the “senior” loan (First Mortgage) and the next loan recorded is a “junior” loan (Second.) Second and Third Mortgages – These liens are usually issued by conventional or private lenders.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 as soon as they start to adjust their interest rates.000 and the ARV is expected to be $200. These mortgages are recorded after a primary mortgage is recorded first.) e.000 (50%) initially and $30. a hard money lender might advance the homeowner $100.000. The intent of the loan is generally to do home improvements in the borrower’s property. For example.000 (15%) as the repairs are finished. Third or Fourth Mortgage). If the loan is tied to construction at the homeowner’s property. Remember.2009 d. and minimally on the credit rating of the borrower. Some of these “adjustments” are so extreme that the industry refers to them as Exploding ARMS! c. Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCS) are usually issued by commercial lenders and are based mostly on a percentage of Fair Market Value (FMV) of the home. including friends and family members who are willing to take the additional risk of default in exchange for a higher interest rate. but the use of the proceeds of the loan are seldom restricted to any one use. and interest-only payments can be made monthly to reduce the homeowners’ mortgage burden.000 or 65% of the After Repaired Value.16 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Interest rates will range from 10% to 20%. Hard Money Loans are mortgages based solely on a percentage of the After Repaired Value (ARV) of the property. if a home needs repairs of $30.
They also have the ability to purchase conventional loans and do a work-out with the homeowner.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 so they can get the property to resell to investors at 75% to 85% of FMV.D or Housing and Urban Development is another government agency that handles foreclosures on FHA loans but they will allow a work-out program for homeowners to try to keep the homeowner in the property. The credit requirements are minimal and the seller must pay a substantial part of the closing costs as with FHA loans.) g.U. Again. loans require the seller to pay a majority of closing costs and the property must pass strict inspection standards.A. It is worth your effort to determine if your loan qualifies by contacting them directly. credit standards will be lowered. f.) F.17 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . V. 40 year loans.) FHA HUD Reverse Mortgage (HECM) is designed to send the homeowner a check each month instead of paying a mortgage payment. and most seniors will be able to get reverse mortgages.H.H. FHA is in the process of a “reform” and is looking to offer 100% loans. or Veterans Administration loans are given to veterans of the armed services as part of their benefit package for serving their country. This method of refinancing is ultimately expensive . there may be better options available to the homeowner. While they can be used to stop foreclosure by refinancing and paying off the old mortgage at closing.A. the VA is very helpful in working with homeowners to “work-out” a solution to their foreclosure.) H. living in the property.000 HECM’s were issued in 2006 and they are a growing trend. ii. It is suggested that you contact them EARLY for the most benefit. or Federal Housing Administration is a government agency which issues loans for marginally credit-worthy borrowers and gives them 95% to 97% of the required funds. and having substantial equity in the home. condo loans will be included. There are strict requirements for getting such a loan – homeowner must meet a few basic requirements of being over age 62.A. More than 76.2009 . iii. larger amounts of principal so more buyers will qualify.) Government or Government Agency Insured Loans – there are three types in this category: i. F.
like every foreclosure. The issue is not to save your credit on one loan. If you only have enough money to pay the second or third mortgage. However. As always. flood insurance payments. Tip (#4) – If you intend to refinance to stop your foreclosure. payments on junior liens (who foreclose themselves). negotiate with the junior lien holders to take partial payments because it is in their best interest to get some money rather than none at all. or the homeowner’s property is no longer their . Unfortunately. If you have only enough money to pay one mortgage. starts when the homeowner stops making mortgage payments. pay the first mortgage. it is probably better if you DON’T pay any of them. if you can pay the first mortgage (lien). make absolutely certain that you get a “Good Faith Estimate” (GFE) from the mortgage broker. tax or insurance payments. Tip (#5) – When homeowners get into financial problems and have more than one mortgage to pay they are often not sure which one to pay with what funds they have. By asking in the beginning. If you can get back on your feet financially. the issue is you may not be able to afford your home and if this is the case.18 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . the junior lien holders are less likely to foreclose because they are in a junior position and would have to purchase the first mortgage at the auction and resell your home to get anything back. you can compare his costs with other mortgage brokers and you shouldn’t be surprised at your closing. The GFE is not allowed to be different from the final closing costs by more than 10%. Judicial Foreclosure Judicial foreclosure. check with your attorney before you make any assumptions regarding any lien(s) against your home. paying the junior lien(s) will not stop the foreclosure.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 especially where there is a penalty when the loan is closed out or the property is sold. you may never see the estimate that you already signed and approved in that pile of documents you signed when you applied for the loan.2009 . which is required by law! It is all too common for a mortgage broker to have a client sign a blank GFE saying that he needs time to get the various detailed amount filled in and he will give you a copy later. Have an attorney review the terms or any conditions of the HECM if you believe it fits your needs or you could find yourself in foreclosure because of unpaid taxes or insurance.
20% of the .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 principal residence. the lender (Plaintiff) will petition the County Court (file a law suit) to issue a “Lis Pendens”. Generally. the Trustee will notify the borrower with a Default Notice and in 30 days he will move to sell the property. In Judicial Foreclosure States. but usually they will take in the neighborhood of 10% . which might be yourself in a short sale. I go into more detail about both Judicial and Deeds of Trust foreclosures in the next pages because it is very important that you understand what you have and your rights to legally protect your property. It may also be instituted because the lender receives numerous payments late (after the 15 days grace period) and invokes terms in the mortgage that start the foreclosure process. or get copies from the County Clerk. when the homeowner gets 90 days (Judicial Proceeding) or 30 days (Deed of Trust) behind on his mortgage or other required payments. In a Deed of Trust loan.19 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Offer 5% to start. Should these lenders or lien holders decide not to negotiate. The Lis Pendens should have attached a copy of the original promissory note (an IOU for money) signed by the borrower and the mortgage note (collateralizes the real estate against the IOU) signed by the borrower. In Latin lis pendens means “litigation pending” and it is your first legal contact with the lender who is putting you on notice that he is taking legal action and will not wait any longer for your overdue mortgage payments. Tip (#6) – There are a number of unique opportunities to make money on these seemingly worthless second mortgage loans or junior liens by the buyer of your property. you should find your original copies. as they contain strict legal language about what the lender can and can not do in the foreclosure proceeding. the lender also gives notice to any other parties that have liens against the property that they have started the foreclosure process and these “subordinate or junior interests” need to take their own legal actions or their liens will be “extinguished” at the foreclosure sale. tell them it is likely they will get NOTHING when your home goes to the auction and you have a perspective buyer who will not be able to pay off all the existing liens (loans) at 100 cents on the dollar. the lender will “accelerate” or call the loan and start the foreclosure procedure. The borrower MAY NOT and DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THE OWNER OF THE HOME. Within the Lis Pendens filing.2009 . You will have to go to these lien holders and negotiate a discount before the auction. If your Lis Pendens does not have either the Note or the Mortgage copies attached.
your chances of the lender helping in the future are ZERO.20 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . We understand that bad problems happen to good people and we will detail how to overcome the problems you may encounter in the future – be patient and read this entire text.2009 . Once the Lis Pendens is issued by the court.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 original amount owed. if you get your loan reinstated. depending on the terms of the lien or mortgage. You have actually lost some of your rights by agreeing to the reinstatement terms because the lender usually includes the rights to a speedier auction process if he has to restart the foreclosure process. Unfortunately. Again.which will be explained later. if the homeowner speaks to a Supervisor and explains the problem in writing. because if you get behind again. they will go back into foreclosure IMMEDIATELY and your rights to a hearing before a judge may be lost – no second chance! If you believe you want the settlement they offer. especially if you can’t afford to keep your property. most often the lender mails the check back to the homeowner and never calls or advises the homeowner until weeks later that the loan is even further in arrears. its purpose is to put you on record that if you have late payments again. look to sell your home as soon as possible instead of trying to stall for a few more months. Tip (#7) – Your lender has the right not to accept partial payments unless they choose to. sometimes the homeowner and the guarantor are . if the homeowner gets four months behind on his payments. These loans can be used as 100% credits at the auction . it must be served on the homeowner OR whoever the guarantor is of the mortgage. The key to making this work is to keep asking for another HIGHER Supervisor and don’t give up! The lender may request you to sign a Reinstatement Agreement or. a Loan Modification Agreement before they will accept any late payments. the lender has the option of accepting the partial payment(s). KEEP your new payments going in on time. if you sign either one. For example. Remember. if you are very fortunate. but you can’t afford the payments. As mentioned previously. sign it and get it back to the bank as soon as possible! You now have a temporary solution for a long-term problem. and sends in two monthly payments. Tip (#8) – If you sign a Reinstatement Agreement that requires substantially higher payments for three to six months. have your attorney review it. but often. It seems unfair and it is. the lender has the right to decline this payment.
ONLY believe what you see in writing! NEVER take their word as the truth because it is only your word against theirs and if your home is sold out from under you.but sometimes they don’t ask and just leave the summons and the renter just throws the document away. In some states it is illegal to record two party conversations without telling the other party before the conversation starts. This part of the service process leaves itself open to claims of “Improper Service” as the process server often times assumes the person answering the door is the homeowner.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 different people. you have no recourse without proof. ESTIMATED Time to Complete the Foreclosure Process.21 - “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Here is a List of Each State’s Foreclosure Process. improper service could be if the guarantor does not live there or the person served is a renter and the renter is not mentioned in the original filing. Time Months Redemption Period Deficiency Judgment Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial 1–3 3 3 4 4 2 2 12 Months Varies by Process None Varies by Process Varies by Process 75 Days None YES Varies by Process Varies by Process Varies by Process Varies by Process YES YES . If your state shows both Judicial and NonJudicial in the “Foreclosure Process” column. or his spouse and this may not be accurate. The process server should find this out by asking . and Whether a Deficiency Judgment is Possible: State Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Security Instrument(s) Foreclosure Process Est. you and/or your attorney must READ your mortgage to determine what type of proceeding you will have to go through. so just make sure to get everything in writing. For example. Any Redemption Period. Tip (#9) – Whether you speak to the lender’s representative or the attorney for the lender who is filing the Lis Pendens. Determine right now if you will be having a Judicial Foreclosure or a Deed of Trust proceeding by looking below at the following table and locate your state.2009 . Supply your attorney will all the details of your “process of service” so he can decide if it was done correctly.
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Deed of Trust Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage Mortgage Mortgage or Trust Deed Judicial Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Non-Judicial Judicial Judicial Judicial Judicial Judicial Judicial Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial 3-4 5-6 2-3 2 4–5 6-7 5 4-5 4 6 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 4-5 5-6 3-4 2 3 4 4 2 3 4-5 3 None 10 Days Varies by Process None Either 6 or 12 Months None Yes None 12 Months 12 Months None 12 Months Yes None Yes Yes None Yes None Yes Yes None 10 Days Yes None Yes 6 or 12 Months Yes None NO YES YES Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes – but Restricted Yes Yes Yes No Varies Yes No No Varies No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Varies Yes Yes Varies .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 (Note Below) Delaware Florida Georgia (Note Below) Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Mass.22 - “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .2009 .
if your state has a red box above in the column marked “Redemption Period” you must formulate your strategy early or you may lose your home by hesitating. Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington Washington D. This information includes an evaluation of .2009 . but …. you get more SPECIFIC information about your judicial or nonjudicial foreclosure process. None None Possibly to 12 Months Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Varies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Connecticut homeowners may be able to claim an exemption from foreclosure under certain circumstances. Beware .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Oregon Penn. West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Mortgage or Trust Deed Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial Judicial or Non-Judicial 5-6 3 2 Varies 3 2 2 Varies 7 2 4 2 2 3 3 Yes None Varies None Varies Yes None Yes Yes Varies up to 240 Days Yes. C. check with your attorney for full details. Georgia is called a Security Deed state but the process and time involved for the foreclosure is nearly the same as the Deed of Trust states.23 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . -EXTREMELY IMPORTANTIt is absolutely necessary that after you look at your state’s parameters above.
dismissing the filing. Contact an attorney before making any decision based on information on these websites and in this entire text. but only if your state allows self-representation. as sometimes happens with smaller mortgage amounts (especially second or third mortgages and mechanic liens). or issuing a final judgment amount and ordering sale of the property. sometimes . The lender only cares about solving the problem by the loan being re-instated. The court is in place to offer judicial settlement of contract law (the mortgage) by one of the following means . the actual reason doesn’t really matter to the court or the lender since they have “heard it all”. doing a short sale. so the lender or Trustee petitions the court to issue a Lis Pendens. or taking the property back at the foreclosure sale. Lender contacts homeowner by mail and/or telephone but is unable to resolve the late payments.) Homeowner gets behind on his mortgage payments. Seek professional help if you have any questions because a few dollars spent now can save your home later – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! DISCLAIMER .) . The primary lender usually hires a local attorney for court appearances.We and our associated companies have no relationship with any of the websites you may encounter online that give state-by-state foreclosure law information.postponing the court’s decision. The attorney for the lender does a title search to determine who has liens against the property. selling the loan.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 your mortgage or deed of trust document because the clauses in your mortgage determine specifically how your foreclosure will be handled either inside or outside the court system! We suggest that you go online and search for information entitled or related to “State Foreclosure Information” which should be constantly updated as the laws change and may even give you a referral to a local attorney who can help you. The lender(s) can represent themselves in court. The Actual Process of Judicial Foreclosure The following is an overview of the sequence of events that occurs when a mortgage guarantor (you) gets thrust into the foreclosure process in a Judicial Foreclosure State: 1. and we can not attest to the information on these sites as being valid or legal.2009 2.24 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . paid-off. who is on title.
So while the homeowner (guarantor) thinks the problem has gone away.2009 . The courts have made a contingency for this issue and it is the process called “Constructive Notice”. and the guarantor(s) of the mortgage note. it is just a day at the office for the foreclosure attorneys and the court. it is actually growing worse by leaps and bounds because THE HOMEOWNER IS OUT OF THE INFORMATION LOOP! Don’t try and beat the system but rather try and understand it. otherwise foreclosure would only be for the one spouse’s interest.) A representative of the court (process server. It is important to name both spouses if they are on title or have a spousal interest. 3. some law firms have huge rooms full of staff attorneys who just do foreclosures. Because of the large number of foreclosures. but rather from the date of service on the homeowner.Many uninformed homeowners believe that if the process server can’t find them the foreclosure will simply “go away”. Important – the 20 days start NOT from the date the court approved the request for the Lis Pendens. sheriff’s officer.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 even who is living at the property.HUGE HINT .) serves the homeowner or spouse with the Lis Pendens or Summons as approved by the court. Additionally. etc. privately licensed individual.25 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . This “serving of the homeowner” is called the “Service of Process”.) The homeowner or mortgage guarantor is given 20 calendar days (this varies by county and state) from the Date of Service to answer the summons. While this process is a gut-wrenching experience to you. This is where the Plaintiff (lender) simply files a notice of the proceeding in the local newspaper for a specified time. all persons in the public record who have liens against the property. The exact . 4. any and all persons believed to inhabit the property (John and Jane Does). Tip (#10). and have legal representation when necessary. The number of days is calculated on “Calendar Days” which include Saturdays and Sundays. duplicate copies of the Summons go to all persons inhabiting the property. but do not include national holidays.
late penalties. If the guarantor is present. Very Important – If you file a response letter make certain it is Hand Delivered to the Clerk of the Court or sent certified mail with a “return receipt requested”. 5. and attorney’s fees and expenses. the only favorable decision for the Defendant is if a specific solution is offered to resolve the foreclosure process or if there is a question of the legal validity of the law suit.) The homeowner must answer the summons by court appearance or return letter (always refer to the Case Number in your correspondence). Generally. or by having an attorney submit a letter or by his making a court appearance – again. the judge may issue a “Default Judgment” equal to exactly what the plaintiff’s attorney requested. your response MUST contain a solution for the back payments and future continuance of the mortgage payments (Reinstatement Agreement). However. indication of a sale of the property.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 number of days and whether they are calendar or business days should be explained on the Summons (Lis Pendens). The Plaintiff’s (lender’s) attorney will ask that the court set a sale date and grant a final judgment amount that is the full amount of the outstanding balance on the mortgage PLUS accelerated interest. the court does not care about the WORST of hardship cases. Unfortunately. he can speak to defend his case of why he needs an extension of time. The necessary information of . or that he has resolved the problem. The judge will ask the Defendant (mortgage guarantor) to state his case and if he is absent. The summons should tell you exactly what you have to do so read it thoroughly.26 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . but it is worth a try to tell your story of why you are behind on your payments. or a payoff of the loan. the Judge will read the response and make a decision in favor either of the Plaintiff (lender) or the Defendant (mortgage guarantor). If the grantor has responded by mail.2009 . It is critical that you respond so the court isn’t forced to issue a Default Judgment which will move you quickly closer to the sale. actual rules vary by county and state. Usually the judge for the proceeding will schedule five to ten minutes for your hearing.
or deliver your response.) 5. should be on the front of the summons. stop.Because your court appearance is a matter of public record. Possible Reasons for a Continuance of Your Foreclosure: 1. If you decide to hand deliver it.) 6. Show up and make a case for your needing an extension of at least 30 days – BUT have a reason and factual proof in hand! Tip (#12) – SCAM ALERT. or refinance your foreclosure.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 where to send. Tip (#11) . Hold off – do not make any commitment until you review all your options which we will be discussing later in this text. immediately call the Clerk of the Court and get what info you need.) 7.) 3. These people may even be soliciting for attorneys who want you to do a bankruptcy. the Plaintiff or their attorney can request a Summary Final Judgment which will accelerate the foreclosure process by 30 to 60 days.If you do not respond to the Summons or do not show up in court for your hearing. There should be a telephone number on the Summons that you received to start your search for information. You MUST present a copy of . you may be approached by individuals as you leave the courtroom for the purpose of getting you to use their services to stall.) Improper service of the summons* Improper notification of all parties to the Lis Pendens* Other deficiencies or mistakes in the Lis Pendens* Other possible deficiencies are listed in Chapter 5 under “Challenge Legality of The Foreclosure” section Catastrophic medical issues that may result in you leaving the property – AGAIN have proof in hand! You are refinancing the property or you have a lender for the amount needed to reinstate the mortgage in foreclosure (proof is essential) You have a qualified buyer for the property and need additional time to close. You may later need proof that you responded to the summons to support your claim for an extension. BE POLITE but do not assume that the solutions they are offering are in your best interest.27 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . If it is not.) 4.) 2. CALL AHEAD to save yourself time and aggravation in finding the correct room and person at the courthouse.2009 .
Any correspondence you have in writing with your lender or his attorney should also be sent to all other parties listed in the Lis Pendens. *All three of these reasons are best left to an attorney to decide and present to the court. and the lender’s attorney.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 the contract to the court. no matter how terrible the event or the situation unless a medical hardship is involved that is related to staying in your home. junior lien holders may start their own foreclosure proceeding.) 3. A hardship situation that resulted from a scam. Otherwise.FSBOAutoPilot. **It is possible to sell your property in as little as one weekend using a program we have called the FSBO Power Selling System™ and It even has a section on selling homes in foreclosure. unless you have proof of it being reported to the Police.) 2. Any personal reason. Some states do allow up to 30 days to pay for the purchase. Reasons the Court Will Probably May Not Grant a Continuance: 1.com Some states actually bar the homeowner that has been foreclosed on from making a bid for his home at the foreclosure auction.28 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . always have proof of what caused your being late with your payments. which gives you other options. We do it by fax so we have a time-stamped receipt from our fax machine. This may work but it could be construed as fraud so your situation better be resolved by the end of the extension date. including your lender not accepting partial payments. so we will disclose the super secret method of using a short sale to re-purchase your home at cents on the dollar in Bonus Report #2. The winner of the bidding at the foreclosure auction requires cash on the day of the sale.) Any reason that can not be substantiated. lender. When you are asking for an extension. For more information go to www. but we also call back the same day to see if it was .2009 . We have seen Defendants get a signed real estate contract** from a relative to stall the sale.
but the cost to your credit report is very negative and very high to your wallet! 6. We will discuss the issue of filing bankruptcy later because it is important that you know IT WILL NOT WORK to stop the foreclosure. In the case where the homeowner was able to stay for two years. If you make an appearance before the judge at your hearing.60 days later – even if you didn’t make a case for a longer extension.2009 . and just by appearing and asking for time. It will postpone it for a SHORT TIME. This varies by county and state so be prepared for anything. expenses.) At your hearing. In some states these “extra” days can be as many as 180+. the judge will set a date for the auction sale which generally is 30 to 60 days later.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 delivered and get the name of the person and time we spoke to them. it is extremely rare to get past six months in Mortgage states and usually less than 60 days in Deed of Trust states. You will be asked for a “Hardship Letter” which we will explain later in the Chapter on Short Sales. Tip (#13) .You should always ask the lender’s staff to give an extension if your story is horrific enough AND if it can be proven! The key here is to ask for a Supervisor immediately. and attorney charges. So try it if it applies! IMPORTANT NOTE – While we have seen a clever homeowner delay the foreclosure process for TWO years. he was an attorney and used the OLD bankruptcy laws to avoid the foreclosure. fees.29 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . At this stage you have just begun to fight and . penalties. evict you. The most important part of the court’s decree is the “Sale Date”. We have seen people get as much as one year because they simply spoke to the lender and showed proof of their situation. Don’t plan on this happening to you – especially if someone says they know how to do it using bankruptcy as the vehicle! Get your act together because time is working against you and you may find yourself watching the Sheriff dumping all your personal belongings on the front yard when the lender and/or new owner. it is somewhat likely that he will set a second hearing for 30 . and he will determine the final judgment amount. This “Summary Final Judgment” is the amount owed to the lender. including all interest.
or previously unknown deficiencies in the Plaintiff’s filing.such as a signed and verifiable sales contract where the buyer needs conventional financing and more time to complete his loan. his attorney’s first bid will be “$100”. However. the Clerk of the sale will collect a partial payment from the winning bidder. The property is sold by open bid auction with the FIRST bidder being the lender who holds the first mortgage (usually but not always the Plaintiff in your case) – it could be a second or third mortgage holder. We will cover the sale process later because it may be a further opportunity to get your property back or to make money that you would not have otherwise known about.) 9.) . the lender gets “credit” for the mortgage amount shown in the public record or the Final Summary Judgment.2009 8. but if the buyer is also the lender. For example. with the full amount paid by the end of the same day (or as much as 30 days later in some states).00.100. The transaction is for cash. or work on a short sale! 7. paid off. if the lender has a lien (mortgage) for $100.000. so read this chapter a few times so you completely understand the auction sale process. before the actual sale. When the sale is complete. the next thing that happens is the actual sale at the courthouse steps. This chapter is very important. it means he is bidding $100.30 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . a letter from a lender who is re-financing your mortgage. The one . Assuming you don’t get a further extension. The first mortgage lender will bid $100 over the amount of his mortgage and the bidding starts there and goes until the bidding stops or a bidder reneges on the last bid.) Lastly. Chapter 9 discusses the various aspects of the Courthouse Sale. service or disclosures. or even a lien holder who filed the foreclosure proceeding against you.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 at least you will know your sale day and have time to overcome your getting your loan re-instated. you can ask for a special hearing and request an extension for a valid reason. there must be extenuating circumstances . The sale will take place about 30 to 60 calendar days after the Final Summary Judgment and will be sold to the highest bidder.
000 depending on the county’s rules. This redemption period could be as long as two years and it varies greatly.) After a cooling off or “Redemption Period” period of usually ten days. they can now sell it or keep it. either the corporate entity. the above information IS NOT ACCURATE in states where the Trustee or lender has used . If there is a challenge by a party to the Lis Pendens. Assuming there is no challenge to the auction sale. so check your local state laws.2009 . This gigantic advantage to re-purchase your lost home will be discussed at length in Chapter 6 because we will show you how you may be able to make money without buying back your home! Tip (#14) – REMEMBER. This may give you an opportunity to get some of your equity or principal back (later discussion is coming because this topic of “Overage” is VERY important). any rehab costs incurred by the new owner.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 hundred is usually the minimal incremental bid in most auction sales but it could be as much as $1. As soon as the outcome of this hearing is finished the judge will instruct the Clerk to begin distribution of all proceeds from the sale and “overage” proceeds to any qualifying entity or individual (COULD BE YOU!). We will discuss your rights as a mortgage guarantor and homeowner in a later chapter. To have any hearing on the disposition of the property or any moneys that may be due you. lender. In Chapter 9 we will discuss secrets of how professionals bid for and get properties at auction. The redemption period can be as little as ZERO days or as much as TWO years. see your specific state information to determine your rights. the Clerk of the Court will issue a Certificate of Title. the challenger must petition the court for a hearing. Certain states have granted homeowners who lose their homes as much as two years to re-purchase their homes by coming back with the full amount owed.31 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . or the individual who purchased the property at the auction will now be issued a deed to the property. assuming there has been no challenge by any interested parties to the foreclosure sale. you must petition the court for a hearing during the Redemption Period. 10. and past due interest and costs to the Trustee.
There is a HUGE difference in the final eviction time for Non-judicial foreclosure process where as little as 30 days is common. You can also challenge the appraisal to stall for additional time should you need it. they can start to sell your property by sending the “Trustee” a Letter of Authorization to file a default Notice with the Court. The exception is where the Trustee or lender has used the Judicial Process to foreclose.2009 2. The higher he estimates the value of your property.) Homeowner gets behind on his mortgage payments but. Depending on the lender’s criteria of what they believe to be sufficiently late (as little as 30 days).32 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . unfortunately. The lender only cares about solving the problem by re-instatement. the court orders an appraisal.) .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 the Power of Sale clause to sell your home. or taking the property at the public sale or the foreclosure sale. The Actual Process of Non-Judicial Foreclosure REMEMBER: This foreclosure procedure is very much simplified when compared to the Judicial Foreclosure we discussed previously. pay-off. This notice is called a “Notice of . the less negotiating power you have with your lender! This is especially true for short sales and will be explained fully in Bonus Report #2. the reason doesn’t matter to the court or the lender. compared to the Judicial Foreclosure process where 3 to 5+ months is typical. The Deed of Trust clause is sometimes called a Non-judicial foreclosure process. The Trustee first sends a letter to the homeowner or mortgage guarantor that stipulates that payment(s) have been missed and immediate action is required to “cure” or fix the problem. 1. Often the appraiser will just do a “drive by” or use the information in the public record to estimate the value of your property.If in your state. NOTE. remember that you should not accommodate the appraiser by getting your home or property cleaned up.
“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Default”. the foreclosure procedure will STOP at this time.) . We will discuss this Reinstatement Option in greater detail later.2009 4. the homeowner has the ability to get his home back once again BUT ONLY if the Trustee used a Judicial Procedure to foreclose. If action is not taken. Once the auction is completed. which allows the mortgage guarantor the right to pay or “reinstate” all back payments and fees and go back to his same status before his first late payment. Usually. The lender would use the Judicial procedure if he felt that he could collect on a “deficiency judgment” that . This “last chance” is called a “Right of Redemption” and varies from state to state by as much as no days to two years. HOWEVER. if the Trustee used the “Power of Sale” clause in the Deed of Trust. Do not tell the lender that you will do the reinstatement if you have no intention or are incapable of doing it – THEY REALLY get angry if you fool with them and you may need their empathy later! 3. the Trustee will sell your home at auction either on the court house steps or he may have the authority to sell your property on his own at his leisure through a realtor®. This document is often referred to as the “Notice of Sale”. but not always. This offer expires as soon as the Trustee’s sale takes place for which a date has been set in the Notice of Sale letter to the homeowner – which will be POSTED on his home and in the public records so anyone can find out if he chooses to do so.) The Trustee will next send a second letter stating that the mortgage has been “Accelerated” and that payment in full is due immediately.33 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .) 5. The only important thing here is that this option requires money to settle and very quickly. at this time the Trustee will make an Offer of Reinstatement. If no solution is arrived at by the lender and the homeowner or mortgage guarantor. the Trustee has been authorized to sell your property on behalf of the Deed holder (lender or “Beneficiary”)! If you have the funds to reinstate the loan. YOU HAVE LOST all rights to get your home property back after the sale is complete.
If he used the Power of Sale clause to sell your home.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 would be issued by the court if he sold your property for less than was due and payable at the time of the foreclosure.2009 . The actual steps the lender can take are outlined in your original mortgage documents and should be reviewed carefully. to four months or even longer in a “Mortgage or Judicial Process” state. The homeowner is not allowed to purchase his home back at the Trustee’s Sale but someone else could bid. If you have any questions regarding the exact procedure applicable in your state and county. you MUST preface your questions with “I’m not asking for legal advice. win and lease back the home to the former owner in most states. Some exceptions may apply if fraud is involved so check with your attorney before you assume anything. It is not uncommon for the lender to take legal action that is not in your mortgage agreement but the homeowner doesn’t know any better and neither does the court – unless you bring it to the court’s attention. these must be filed by your attorney and quickly. However. pretty much at the whim of THE NEW OWNER! Again – the difference of the judicial and non-judicial foreclosures is the amount of time the entire process takes and how soon you will be evicted varies from as little as 30 days in a “Power of Sale . but could you tell me …“ This statement lets them know that you are not trying to get them to tell you anything they could lose their job over.34 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . first call the number on your summons as most clerks in the court system are helpful people.Deed of Trust” state. and that you . the lender CAN NOT get a deficiency judgment no matter how large the loss. While there are emergency measures or “stays” that can be gotten from the court. That’s it – it is OVER! You are now living in someone else’s home and you will be evicted by the Sheriff.
Knowing this. so don’t fool around with thinking you can talk your way out of the situation. go to the lender directly. there can be a difference. Once the Sheriff serves you.35 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Take time and speak to a Supervisor about your situation because their attorney has no vested benefit to help you. An eviction from an auction sale has a specific and definite time period as allowed by law. to get the full benefits of these rights you . If you have signed a lease option with someone (investor or friend who purchased your home) who is now evicting you. the circumstances could be radically different. The Sheriff is paid a flat fee and he doesn’t get paid for a second trip so expect the worst. Many counties have gone to online assistance to answer the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) and the courthouses (or libraries) have computers available for you to use if you don’t otherwise have access to a computer. Eviction – What to Expect If your home is lost at the auction. get ready early and move your furniture and personal items into a storage unit. you will be leaving. but you probably have about ten days. You can easily find this out by asking your county clerk or the Sheriff who will be doing the eviction. Short of a court ordered stay for medical purposes. Neither the lender nor his attorney will allow you to stay very long because of the liability if you get hurt on the premises! The perceived image of people throwing your belongings out into your yard is accurate. You should ask the lender’s attorney if you need extra time and explain you will take care of the property and clean it out before you move. they can bid aggressively to take your home. while in flat or declining real estate markets. If the attorney is uncooperative or not responsive. you have more rights legally than your landlord! However. because he gets paid whether you lose your home or not. If the property is sold at auction. you must take action immediately! While an eviction may sound like an eviction.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 just want the usual information.2009 . they are more lenient about helping resolve your problem. I am GENERALIZING. It is pretty much common knowledge that lenders press nonjudicial foreclosures if they believe they can make money on the sale. As a tenant. you have 24 to 48 hours – BUT assume 24 hours. or you have a lease option where you know you will be evicted.
. homelessness is not an option so take charge early and study Bonus Report #1 carefully to determine how to possibly make money even if you lose your home to foreclosure or have your lease option cancelled. or in any way threatens you with bodily harm. and if necessary.2009 . Many states will penalize landlords as much as three months rent for such “offenses” as incorrect eviction service – even if for only one day’s difference or the incorrect type of postage/mailing used.36 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Your credit report will show the filing of an Eviction Notice so it is always better to prepare early and leave on reasonably good terms with the lender.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 must hire an attorney who specializes in tenant-landlord law. Heaven help your landlord if he shuts off your water or electric. The meaner the better. Always finds out your rights from an attorney to save you huge hassles. Remember. Some lenders file an eviction within their motion for a final judgment as a standard operating procedure. Tenantlandlord law is called contract law and is very specific about process of service and all the parts of an eviction. These “contract breaches” are real money makers for attorneys and tenants! In. whichever of the two situations you find yourself involved. get ready early for the worst or you may make yourself a target for a whole lot more personal problems in the future. changes the locks. use legal aid services.
both lenders and investors know that even if a homeowner is saved from foreclosure.) Get a single contract from the investor containing both the lease and the option agreement. and 2. the homeowner must exercise and buy the property back at a substantially higher price than he originally paid. and EVICTED the homeowner and cancelled his option agreement. the investor knows that the odds are 80% in his favor that the homeowner will again default on the mortgage payments (lease payments) later and not be able to exercise the option. which is the other part of the contract (Option part). he has about an 80% chance of going back into foreclosure again and not coming out. The lease option is a binding contractual agreement that makes the homeowners a renter until such time as the homeowner has the financial ability to re-purchase his home.) Have an attorney read and explain any issues he has with the contract. Ironically. Don’t let this “relapse” happen to you by doing some financial planning about whether you can realistically afford your home.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Chapter 2 Determining Your Ability to Keep Your Home It was mentioned elsewhere. Naturally. Tip (#15) – The statistics for relapses into foreclosure lend themselves to investors offering homeowners a short-term fix by doing a “Lease Option”. the investor has to make a profit for being so gracious in saving the homeowner. but remember. A number of investors have had criminal charges brought against them because they waited until the renter missed a lease payment by as little as one day. The purpose of one contract is that its enforceability in not nearly as strong as a separate lease (easily . the keys to protecting yourself are: 1.37 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . The other issue is that if the date for the option to expire gets near. but if you believe this is your only solution to stopping your foreclosure.2009 . how will he do it now? Tip (#16) – We will be showing you other alternatives besides lease-options to end your foreclosure. If the homeowner couldn’t pay the old mortgage on his lower priced home. but somewhere around 85% of all homeowners in foreclosure want to keep their homes. This type of contract term is “Usurious” because it is unfairly or unreasonably enforced and often impossible for the tenant to make new higher payments timely for any sustained period of time.
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evicted) and an option agreement (easily cancelled). But as one document, the courts have ruled the lease payments were in fact, principal payments against the option terms of the contract. Check with your attorney and have him OK it or reject certain parts and make certain that you can make the new higher mortgage payments in the future. On the following page is a simple Income and Expense Estimator that you can use to determine if you can actually afford your home. If you are writing checks for the expenses for your home, you know what it feels like to have no money left at the end of the month. However, this exercise is to help determine your daily carrying costs so you can estimate if you can carry your home in the future. Please take the time to fill it out and get an answer about affordability. If you find you really can’t afford to keep your home, we have options to sell it and get as much equity out as possible. Keep the emotion and disappointment out of your decision because your family’s future is dependent on this decision.
Sample Monthly Income and Expense Estimator
Following is an example of the calculations of a “typical” homeowner that is in arrears with his mortgage payments. Fill in one for yourself on the following page. Expense $ Amount Mortgage Payment (P & I) $1,850 Mortgage Escrow (Taxes & Insurance) $275 Electric/Gas $125 Water $20 Garbage $40 HOA Payment $100 Repairs & Maintenance Est. $500 Food for one Month $550 Auto Payment(s) $450 Auto Expenses $200 Credit Card Payments $800 Other Monthly Payments for Loans $750 Misc. Expenses (10% of above) $566 TOTAL $6,226 Net Income from All Sources $4,000 DEFICIT $2,226
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Your Monthly Income and Expense Estimator
Expense $ Amount Mortgage Payment (P & I) $ Mortgage Escrow (Taxes & Insurance) $ Electric/Gas $ Water $ Garbage $ HOA Payment $ Repairs & Maintenance $ Food for one Month $ Auto Payment(s) $ Auto Expenses $ Credit Card Payments $ Other Monthly Payments for Loans $ Misc. Expenses (10% of above) $ Line A. TOTAL $ Line B. Net Income from All Sources $ Line A. – Line B. DEFICIT ? $ The lurking problem, in the previous example, is that the mortgage may already be three to four months behind and with the accelerated interest, penalties, forced insurance, and attorney fees it could be as much as $12,500. This lump sum needs to be repaid in whole before the loan can be reinstated and the payments resume to what they were previously. Or the lender can and will usually offer what is called a “Reinstatement Agreement” which will stipulate new, but much higher, monthly payments for a specific period (3 months to 2 years). The reinstatement terms for repayment of the late amount and all its fees added in is usually calculated by taking the entire amount and dividing it by either 3, or 6 months and adding in a “chunk” of cash. For example, a homeowner who may be behind $12,500, the “loss mitigation officer” will try to get the minimum repayment time, say three months. This means that the homeowner would have to pay his regular monthly mortgage payment of $2,000 plus another $4,125 for a total of $6,125 monthly for three months! Even if the decision is for a six month payback, the amount would be $2,000 plus $2,083.34 for a total of $4,083.34 for six months! If the homeowner had a problem with $2,000 what sort of problem will $4,000 - $6,000 monthly be for him? Needless
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to say, it usually is virtually impossible to make these payments! Because of many lenders’ inflexibility in extending the payback over a more reasonable time, they have actually caused many homeowners to lose their homes. You will be offered these extremely short terms to pay back your back payments and lender costs. Resist and get in touch with a Supervisor and again, more Supervisors and strive for at least one year or better yet, try what is suggested in the following paragraph. Not so common in the past seven to ten years is what lenders always used to offer, which was a “Loan Modification”. In this contractual agreement, the delinquent payments were tacked on the principal sum of the mortgage and the monthly payment was very slightly increased ($10 – $30). The other option was to just keep the payments the same, but add on additional payments at the end of the loan, so instead of 300 more payments, the homeowner would have 310 when interest was calculated into the equation. This settlement option was the most favorable and comfortable for the homeowner and usually resulted in the homeowner staying out of another foreclosure. HUGE Secret – loan modification is still available, but it takes work to get the lenders to agree to it. Hint – publicity or negative publicity for national lenders sometimes works well in a true hardship to get the lender to give a generous loan modification. Perhaps with the rapidly rising foreclosure rates and lenders going out of business, they will realize this old method of handling foreclosures could be a huge part of the solution to the sub-prime lending crisis. What this means to you is that you should FIRST ask for a loan modification agreement where the past-due amount is added on the back-end of your mortgage. They will say “No” but tell them that someone you know had their bank do it and ask to speak with a Supervisor. Keep asking for a higher level Supervisor until you get the real Vice-president of the bank if necessary. Isn’t it worth your time talking to the lender’s personnel to save your home? How badly do you want to keep your home or to get additional time to sell your home at the best possible price? Even if you have decided to sell your home, this method will give you time to get maximum dollars for your home AND you pay off the past-due payments at the closing of your home’s sale.
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you may be able to negotiate the IRS penalty amount. However. so the lender will try to work harder with you to resolve your problem. and it will take some effort (asking for many Supervisors) on your part to get your local IRS office to release the debt from your property by formal application. and you can start re-building your credit and your future. They will not forgive the loan but will simply keep it against you personally. Tip (#17) SUPER SECRET . There is a solution.2009 . They will usually remove it from the property if the sale price of the property does not give the seller (you) any proceeds at closing. The other component in this decision was the simultaneous rapid rise in real estate prices fueled by cheap “teaser rate loans” (initially low interest rates). This strategy was justified by rationalizing that inflation would bring higher salaries so the higher mortgage amounts could be covered. Why should an IRS lien attached to your home matter? Because you have the opportunity to get your mortgage paid off when you sell. If your lender buys your property at the foreclosure sale or by accepting a “Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure” from you. that gave the lenders confidence that they could take back properties in foreclosure and actually make money selling them back to retail buyers. Request IRS Publication 783 “How to Apply for a Certificate of Discharge of Property From Federal Tax Lien” which what is needed. The result was that homeowners had larger and larger mortgage payments as they got further along into their mortgage. but rather to finance perspective homeowners who could barely afford the initial monthly payments and later fell behind as the rates jumped as part of the escalation clauses in their mortgages.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 The lenders’ attitudes about financing marginal borrowers changed when variable rate interest loans become popular and interest rates could be accelerated on a scheduled or “adjustable basis”. it comes BEFORE your lender’s mortgage at the auction. you will have a problem if the buyer doesn’t want to pay off your IRS lien because it is simply too large. they were correct for a few years and they became confident their lending strategies were invincible.41 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .If you happen to have an IRS lien against your property. Unfortunately. short-term interest rate portfolios. adding interest and penalties until paid. The lenders next move was not to invest in low yielding. the lender has two options to “charge” you with this loss: . if you strike a deal with the lender and still want to sell your property. and the lender resells your home for a loss.
the IRS has allowed many of these phantom incomes to be written off. or 2. you have to ask possibly through a couple levels of agents and you must plead and prove your case. this chapter should have made you better aware of whether you can keep your property and have it be affordable. If you later file bankruptcy. so you may or may not have to pay it back. but some states do not allow these judgments. they still have the problem of collecting it and since you have had so many monetary problems. It can’t be said whether this is common practice or not. DO NOT LIE to the IRS agent(s) or you could be looking at really serious problems. This decision should be determined not be what you WANT. But trust me. In some states the deficiency judgment is based no on the actual sale price of your home but rather on an appraisal. these same people generally can not “lose” their debt as in the “old days”. This is very unfair to the homeowner because the lender could later sell your former home for a substantial profit and the judgment still show against you.42 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . And above all.) the lender can issue you an IRS Form 1099 (Miscellaneous Income) for the amount of the deficiency. or if it makes sense to sell and not carry a larger financial burden into your future. . The income reported to the IRS is referred to as “Phantom Income” because you never really got any of the money the lender is reporting you received. In the first case where the lender gets a deficiency judgment. The new bankruptcy laws have changed the old system dramatically and while 85% of people who apply still qualify. which is frankly very fair. In summary. they probably can’t get blood from a turnip (you). Your deed of trust or mortgage will contain the clause or provision that allows this practice.) the lender will get a “deficiency judgment” against you personally*.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 1. it is likely that this judgment may be “vacated” or thrown-out.2009 . but with proper proof of the hardship that caused your foreclosure. *Must be allowable in your mortgage agreement. We suggest you challenge any appraisal that results in your getting any deficiency judgment! The second option where lenders issue IRS Form 1099’s is most common and always comes as a surprise to the homeowner who lost his home.
then: 1. emotional and financial wellbeing. By making either of these decisions. Don’t jump ahead! Please read everything so you have a better understanding of the entire foreclosure process and your rights. . and need to sell as soon as possible to get my equity out and move on. So What is Your Decision? If you can not get a loan modification program that will increase your monthly payment only slightly.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 but rather what you NEED for your physical.) [ ] I CAN AFFORD higher payments for 6 months of at least twice my current payments.2009 .43 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . we give you 20 ways to save your home and 12 things to do if you have determined that you have to sell your home. our goal is to still work toward STOPPING or stalling your foreclosure to give you more time to regain control of your destiny. We will help with this by offering ways to reduce or eliminate your foreclosure problem in the coming chapters.) [ ] I CAN NOT AFFORD the higher payments. Specifically in Chapter 5. or 2. It is important to have a goal in mind for the complete cycle of keeping or ultimately selling your home.
“Effectively” sell means you don’t want to have a distressed sale if you don’t have to. I don’t have a mortgage so I can hold out forever!” This may be true. The “true” actual value of your property is only what you are able to sell it for and nothing more. “Smith’s place sold for $250.354. We love to think about the fact that a smaller property sold for so much down the street and. In the past seven years because of the rapidly rising real estate market. but what the homeowner fails to consider is his carrying costs of taxes. This monthly income may be too small to mean much to you.250 or about $1.000 and it was a dump. virtually everyone talks about real estate investing. But the larger cost that is seldom taken into consideration is lost interest on the equity in his home if he just puts the proceeds of the sale in the bank. this may not be the reality and the average homeowner often compares apples to oranges to get a “market value” for his home. utilities and miscellaneous repairs and maintenance. a homeowner may get away with this but in a strong “buyer’s market” he may be looking at holding the property for many months or years.16 monthly.2009 . it was being said that real estate investing was becoming more popular than baseball. In mid-2007 interest rates for CD’s are as much as 6. I’m not selling for a penny less than $300. the amount of annual income LOST by not having it invested would be $16.000 from the sale of your home.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Chapter 3 Determining the Amount of Equity In Your Home Why would it be important to determine the equity in your home if you want to stay and not sell? Because you need to be prepared for the worst circumstance if you are unable to timely stop your foreclosure or postpone it long enough to effectively sell your home at full market value.000!” In a strong “seller’s market”. Besides the potential to make large profits with minimal investments.44 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . We have so often heard. The next thing we hear is “Well.5%. Almost every homeowner at sometime has thought about how much his home is worth. Until the recent sharp declines in the market. consequently. insurance. our home must be worth much more! However. . homeownership is usually a big part of your net worth. which means that proceeds of $250.
The primary lender is also selling the second mortgage (the 20% loan) to secondary lending institutions at substantial discounts. but elsewhere lenders tend to refinance almost without hesitation. the lenders are giving the homeowner the best possible incentive to avoid having to wait to sell their home and to go straight into foreclosure. One reason for lenders’ seeming lack of common sense is that they are doing 80%/20% loans with high profit margins in the closing costs. it is equivalent to their Social Security checks that they worked for all their lives. Within a year or less the interest on the new mortgage escalates and becomes unaffordable.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 but for many senior citizens.45 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . or spending the money on other major purchases. In essence. The Majority of Foreclosures Are of Two Types: 1. their first mortgage is covered because it is at MOST 80% of the recent . paying off credit cards. or he never planned to make any payments because he is “selling” his home to his lender. and never making another mortgage payment is becoming more common in today’s tough buyer’s real estate market and it is being aided by the lenders lending 80% to 100% of fair market value to the homeowner. In some parts of the country (mid-west for example). The thought process of the primary lender is that if the homeowner goes into foreclosure. This refinance may have been intentional to get the equity out of his current home for buying another home. updating his home. cashing out.) The homeowner recently refinanced and cashed out the home’s equity and now the payments are unaffordable.2009 . This process of refinancing. The second situation is where the homeowner refinanced clearly with the intention of not making any further mortgage payments and he has effectively “sold” his property to the lender when he defaults on the new loan. lenders have completely stopped refinancing if there is any cash-out to the homeowner. This is becoming a common event in all parts of the country and we believe a rapidly increasing national problem.
realtor fees. This idea worked in a hot seller’s real estate market and was done quite often and with great success. look at our FSBO Power Selling System online at . This thinking has proven correct in many parts of the country until recently when home prices fell more than 20% in as little as one year. Not every homeowner that refinanced and defaulted had planned it. It is packed with creative ways to sell your home quickly. In some situations the homeowner had every intention of selling his home to pay off his mortgage and purchase another property. This FSBO Power Selling System can be seen at www. and many of these sub-prime lenders have been put out of business because of their predatory lending practices that went bad. without a realtor’s commission. Very often when the crisis has passed. accrued taxes.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 appraisal. The lender’s Forbearance Agreement for the modified monthly payments is even more unreasonable for the homeowner to pay. the reinstatement costs are impossible for him to get together at one time to reinstate his loan. The text you are reading is designed to give you options to postpone your foreclosure sale long enough to sell your home. the homeowner will have selling expenses of between 10% and 35% depending on the price reduction he has to take. and at full market value or higher. and ironically his new home’s mortgage payments to keep the property long enough to sell it.) The more common type of foreclosure is where the homeowner has a personal crisis and he is either temporarily or permanently unable to make the mortgage payments.2009 .46 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .FSBOAutoPilot. What would really help you sell your home quickly is our course on selling your home “By Owner” in a very short time. The lending institutions that were buying the second mortgages have also stopped because they experience virtually 100% losses when the homes go to auction. in today’s markets. closing costs. if you know you will have to sell your home.com 2. This usually means that the seller could have to bring money to the closing table to get out of his property – the easy alternative is to default on the “new” mortgage(s) and let the lender worry about it. so they have little or no risk when re-selling the property after they get it back at the auction. We have the solutions for this problem and as above. He can do very little but wait for his home to go into foreclosure and be sold at auction. However.
“Forgive You” means not filing a judgment or their giving you an IRS Form 1099. if you can’t afford to live there.2009 . For the individual who refinanced to get his money out. Tip (#18) HUGE HINT – Lenders may offer what is called a “Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure”. however. He may even be able to finance his lender’s costs into the new loan. Our objective with this text is to save your home if that is what you want. Generally with minimal equity. The lender’s representative will explain that it will save them money and save your credit rating.com) we show you how to save money even if you have to use a realtor. the homeowner may be able to refinance into a fixed rate loan with a longer term (40 or 50 years) to reduce his mortgage payment. This is somewhat true. try and do it BEFORE you get behind on payments.but it can be and is all the time! They will almost always tell you their bank doesn’t do it by policy. This is the process where you sign your ownership (title or deed) to the lender without going through the foreclosure process. but as explained in Chapter 2. BUT you need an additional agreement that must accompany the deed. make other arrangements before your lender does it for you! Extracting Your Home’s Equity Homes with minimal equity: These homes have generally been refinanced within the past two to three years and a personal crisis has happened that is causing the late payments or the refinance was a plan to sell the home to the lender.com to save the realtor commission and get it sold quickly before the lender takes it at auction.FSBOAutoPilot. If you want to stay in your home and this is an option.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 www. that is either a lie or . If you use a realtor you may have to come to closing with cash that you took out when you refinanced. Because of the refinance there may be minimal equity or if the real estate market was “hot” there could be minimal equity. his need is to sell as quickly as possible and for at least the mortgage amount due. that forgives you for any amount due if the lender takes a loss on the sale of the property. or let the bank have the property at the auction.47 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . In this situation. In our FSBO Power Selling System™ (FSBOAutoPilot. The lender will say it can’t be done .
The range of equity chosen is just that – simply as an for example in this text.2009 . Consult an attorney who specializes in foreclosure law to determine what is best for you and how the agreement should read.FSBOAutoPilot. once the foreclosure has been stopped. Homes with some equity: As a broad general rule of thumb. For a $250. It is unlikely.000 to $5.500 to as much as $50. The lender won’t do this for the homeowner.000 property. If they won’t agree to not issuing a 1099 and not giving you a deficiency judgment. the homeowner’s mortgage is reduced by 10% to 50% but only for a new cash buyer coming in to purchase the home. If you know someone who is interested in buying your home. It is imperative that you split your focus on selling your property immediately and you work on the resolution of your foreclosure. this could be $12. There is another option called a “short sale” which we will discuss at length in Bonus Report #2. but rather retrieving the most equity is the larger and more important issue.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 the representative talking to you isn’t that informed. To some people $50. but there may be ways to retain your ability to live in the home after a short sale. Spend particular time looking at bringing your mortgage current with a small “second” mortgage that . Homes with large equity: We are now speaking about more than 20+% equity and the amount can be anywhere from $15.000 or much more. Either way. the amount of equity here is somewhere in the 5% to 20% of the value of your home. The new buyer would have to qualify for the loan and possibly pay some closing costs. visit our website at www.000. there is enough money involved to make it worth someone’s time to extract it out of their home if they are leaving because of foreclosure.000. you may be better off taking your chances at the foreclosure process because you have more options in your favor.48 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . this is an opportune time to tell the lender so they have an opportunity to finance the new buyer or allow him to take over your existing loan.000 is a fortune while to others it is not nearly enough to buy a new car. With this option. the property must be sold quickly before all is lost at the auction sale. As mentioned previously.com for information on how to get your home sold quickly. but if the foreclosure can’t be stopped by using our guidelines and suggestions. To retrieve this equity the homeowner must first take back control of the foreclosure process and then sell the property. Selling quickly is not the issue here.
and be aware they may have hidden motives! . Lenders that are familiar with your history of banking with them will probably give you an equity line for 80% to 90% of a current appraisal.49 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . They have these individuals go to your home and sit and counsel you in what steps you can take and what the lender is willing to do. Unfortunately. borrow enough additional money from the second. not what you think the lender wants because they do not care about your personal crisis. Again because of the larger equity. Any interaction you have with individuals who represent themselves as being sent by the lender. but long-term and expensive option. a few major national lenders have established departments to work with homeowners who are in foreclosure. refinancing both mortgages. Since the first quarter of 2007. This should give you more than enough time to work out a solution to keeping your home.20%. or selling at the best possible price.2009 . The cost to close these hard money loans will be hefty – as much as 10% closing costs plus interest rates as high as 12% . some lenders have chosen to hire outside firms. to carry your original and second mortgage payments for six months at a minimum. If you are a prospect for paying the new high monthly interest-only payments. who have alternative motives of listing your home on the MLS (because they are realtors and want the commission) or doing a short sale with the lender and taking your property for themselves. the homeowner will qualify for a hardmoney loan. Our first suggestion because of your larger equity. YOU MUST check their credentials. This amount will cover you while you search for a long-term solution. is to get a home equity line as soon as the foreclosure issue is considered (behind one month or even less is preferred).“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 will be well covered by the additional equity in your home. In all cases do what is best for you and your family. DON’T sign ANYTHING. If your home is unaffordable. this is a viable.
there is no “due on sale” jail. “Subject to” is mentioned here because anyone can take over your mortgage payments. and due date. payment schedule. It is VERY IMPORTANT to determine which one you have and reading your documents will tell you immediately! Since the late 1980’s. or paid off. the mortgage is due and payable in full. accelerated. In fact. This “subject to” the existing mortgage is one of the first things we look at to buy a property. interest rate(s). However. transferred.2009 . The seller has the marginal risk that the buyer doesn’t . THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AN UNINFORMED OPINION. specifically the terms. It is actually only a breach of contract law with the result that the lender’s recourse is to call or “accelerate” your mortgage which makes it due and payable in full. Realtors and even a few attorneys who don’t understand the nature of this contract law will say it is illegal to take over someone else’s mortgage. lenders have made huge amounts of additional money on loans using mortgage contract language that contains what is called a “due on sale” clause.50 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . The Promissory Note contains all the “details” of your mortgage. The Mortgage Note is the second document which is the binding contractual agreement that collateralizes your home against the Promissory Note.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Chapter 4 Understanding Your Mortgage Most people believe they know how their mortgage works. The first is a Promissory Note that in essence is a “promise” that you (the guarantor) will repay the mortgage note. sold “subject to”. it is a very common practice by investors to take over a seller’s mortgage so the expense of new financing doesn’t have to be paid. Mortgages and Deeds of Trust are not the same and we discuss the differences in detail shortly. As a homeowner what you probably remember is going to your home’s closing and signing a stack of papers (average is about 2”) that you couldn’t read if you had days on your hands! But you are actually signing two important documents that take up 99% of that pile of papers. The reality is they know how to send in a check monthly but don’t really understand what happens when the mortgage is called. This contract clause simply says that if the guarantor of the mortgage sells the property or transfers its ownership. so it is not illegal to allow someone else to pay your mortgage payments.
This technique of using “in place” seller financing can work VERY well for a seller (foreclosure victim) to get out of his property by allowing a buyer to take over his existing loan.2009 . We simply send in a payment equivalent to the last payment and keep moving toward the sale of the property. no mortgage has ever been called after being taken over “subject to”. Solutions for this potential issue are mentioned elsewhere in this text. must make the mortgage payments to the seller who in turn makes them to the bank. that the guarantor is still the seller.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 pay the mortgage payment on time and their credit is tarnished. This effectively becomes a Lease Option for the buyer and seller. The seller can use the same check that the buyer gives him to send to the lender – JUST make certain the check is made payable to the lender NOT the seller. HOWEVER. but it is strongly suggested (again) that you read your loan document to see what it is and what rights you have: . Remember. Following is a table that shows the general differences. the seller must not transfer title until the mortgage has been paid and the buyer. Our personal experience. the closing agent calls the lender for the final payoff for the mortgage and we close out the loan.000+ cases that we and our associates have been involved with. When sold. Do You Have a Deed of Trust or a Mortgage? The terms mortgage and deed of trust are often used interchangeably. so this stands to hurt him more than the buyer. since we transfer the title into a land trust for each sale is that some lenders do know what is happening and the worst we have personally had happen to us is they stop sending the monthly statements and billing notices. What happens if the lender discovers that you have transferred the property without their knowledge? In over 25. but they are quite different and it is important that you understand what one you have and their specific differences. Tip (#19) . Some investors tell tales of angry sellers who call their lender and squeal on the buyer.51 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . who is only a tenant. It is important because the clauses in each of these contracts allow the lender various degrees of flexibility to foreclose but also come with constraints which the lender is allowed to do to the homeowner in foreclosure.
but at some point they will stop sending them because they believe you will no longer pay and the total balance due can no longer be easily calculated because of attorney’s fees and expenses that have yet to be billed to the lender. penalties. Had . is how much it increases when the lender adds their accelerated interest.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Important Features of Deeds of Trust and Mortgages Important Features Parties to the Contract Deed of Trust Three parties Trustor (homeowner). but Judicial filing can be used by lender Check your Contract! Very Short!!! 30 – 45 days Trustee’s Sale Inexpensive -only the cost of Trustee’s Sale Only home unless Trustee uses Judicial proceeding Must be done as separate court filing – usually not done Absolutely NONE Mortgage Two parties Lender and Mortgage Guarantor Court (Judicial) filing necessary to get a judgment to sell the home Varies Greatly 90 days to 12 months+ Auction by county’s personnel Expensive because of time and legal fees Home plus deficiency judgment Included in the Judicial filing but still the discretion of lender Variable from none to maximum of two years Type of Proceeding Estimated Time to Sell How Sold Cost to Lender Risk to Guarantor or Trustor Expect Deficiency Judgment Redemption Rights Your Monthly Mortgage Statement You will continue to receive a monthly mortgage statement during your initial foreclosure. You would assume that if you had to pay off your mortgage. this newly inflated value is the amount due. prior to the start of your non-payments. fees and expenses.600 at the closing table because she assumed she didn’t have a pre-payment penalty.for 5 years! This oversight by the homeowner cost her $11. What is unfortunate about your mortgage balance due. many mortgages additionally carry pre-payment penalties for as much as five years. We were personally involved in paying off a mortgage that had been in place for 4 years and 10 months and had a yearly pre-payment penalty of 5% . Trustee (person holding property’s deed. and Beneficiary (lender) No court filing necessary to sell home.2009 .52 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . However.
but during the first year the penalty is usually 3% to 5% of the mortgage balance. A recent statistic that was shocking was that one of every three homeowners who have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) will wind up in default and foreclosure. or a higher initial interest rate. Because the buyer is applying directly to the lender. or six months of interest payments. When you applied for your mortgage you would have had to ask for this feature and it would cost additional points at closing. Some mortgages have no pre-pay penalty after one year. Tip (#21) . Look at your mortgage document’s first two or three pages and any addendums for this and other pertinent information that could save you thousands of dollars if you have to sell your home or transfer it to someone. there are no mortgage brokerage fees involved and your buyer could save thousands of dollars and very likely get the same or a lower interest rate! Soft and Hard Prepayment Penalties Few mortgages issued in the last ten years have no pre-payment penalties unless it was part of the original mortgage commitment. AND closing points. or if you have to get out quickly.2009 . Do you have an ARM? Tip (#20) – If you have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) the first time your interest rate adjusts or “resets”. . It can be that important because the lenders often try to push penalties or guidelines on borrowers that are not in any way applicable to them. Lenders don’t really care about this as long as it isn’t months and months away and the buyer is solid. but the homeowners agree because they don’t know any better and are in a hurry to close.53 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .Have your buyer consider making application to the same lender for his new mortgage. we could have used a couple provisions of the mortgage document to eliminate the full prepayment amount. A selling point by some lenders is a no prepayment penalty after the first year. This would be as simple as having the sales contract’s closing date be a day or more after the “anniversary” date of the mortgage. If you don’t want to do this “review work” have your attorney review it. You do not have to be in foreclosure to use this strategy when selling your home. your pre-payment penalty lapses or is greatly reduced. try and wait for it to adjust to the higher interest so the pre-payment penalty is no longer an issue for the buyer – unless you don’t mind paying thousands of dollars. If this is your case.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 we known earlier.
2009 . earlier I mentioned losing $11.Typically homeowners put the title to their home in both the husband’s and wife‘s names. A common example is where the loan is taken out in the name of an individual who has good credit and he is the guarantor or he “co-signs” on the loan (i. when a homeowner marries. a father for his son). For the sake of the foreclosure process. the spouse . In certain states. apply to the old lender and see what they will charge you and I will give you $4. Usually these penalties last for up to five years as “This is the average length of homeownership in America” – what a coincidence! There can be an exception to this penalty and it must be carefully researched in your mortgage document – sometimes the lender will allow an exception if the new buyer makes application to the same lender and is approved for a mortgage on the same property. “Hard” prepayment penalties are those that charge a pre-pay penalty if the mortgage is either refinanced or the property is sold.e. it offered an exception to the penalty if the new buyer applied and qualified for a new mortgage on the same property with the same bank.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 “Soft” prepayment penalties are those that allow the early repayment of the mortgage (lien) without any penalty if the homeowner (mortgage guarantor) sells or transfers the property. the mortgage payoff will include a penalty of usually six (6) months interest or a percentage (3% to 5%) of the remaining mortgage balance. the name on the title doesn’t matter. Sometimes in a foreclosure.600! A very important message about the ownership or title to your home . the owner of the property may not have the best interests of the mortgage guarantor at heart. For example.000 for doing it.600 at closing because the seller didn’t have the mortgage for me to read before the closing. This is especially true in divorce situations where the husband or wife is estranged and the wife is on title and the husband was guarantor for the mortgage. especially in New York state.54 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . but it is not uncommon for a husband to put the title in his wife’s name only. you or the buyer are not surprised and need more money to close. The guarantor or signatory of the mortgage is responsible for the payments – even if they do not own the property. if the homeowner wants to refinance. It is important to know this so that when you go to closing. This would have saved $7. I could have said to the new buyer. When I did get to see it. However.
Many properties that we purchase are purchased “Subject To” the existing mortgage staying in place while we continue to make the monthly mortgage payments. We strongly suggest that you get an attorney that does real estate closings on a regular basis. NOT a referral to an attorney who does general law. that the homeowners or their relatives do not understand who is actually on title or responsible for the mortgage. This issue of clear title will become critical if you need to sell fast and don’t know that you only have a right to one half or less of your home. there is no “Due on Sale Jail” and when necessary just keep sending in the payments rather than have your property go into foreclosure. Types of Ownership I mention types of ownership here because it is often a problem. the lender is in his legal right to call the mortgage and start foreclosure proceedings. We have never heard of a lender accelerating a mortgage to get their money back from a loan that wasn’t in default but was being paid by someone other than the grantor. JUST CONTINUE to make the payments until the probate situation is cleared and you can transfer title to the spouse or sell the property. which is certain if you don’t make the payments! This “subject to” investing is usually done by investors purchasing properties where they want to put in as little money as possible or where the death of a family member puts the property in probate for an extended period and exposes it to foreclosure. . In summary. This is the same situation that can occur in probate cases where one spouse has died and the other was not on title and must make the mortgage payment or lose the property. Otherwise.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 becomes half owner immediately if he or she has lived in the home for even one day. especially in probates. Make certain what rights you have to sell your property so “clear title” can be transferred to a buyer. the mortgage is due and payable. Most often they are the same but the title holders do not have to be the grantors (signatories) on the mortgage or the Trustor of a Deed of Trust.55 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . We do not try to hide who is paying the mortgage because the lenders are happy to get the payments and do not check to see who is sending in every check.2009 . Technically if the grantor of the mortgage dies.
56 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . “Tenants in Common” is when two individuals each own one-half interest in the property and if one dies. however. “Join Tenants with Right of Survivorship” implies that while alive. both parties own the property and when either of the owners dies. The other half will have to be re-titled after a probate or terms of a trust are invoked. because one person is on title does not mean a spouse isn’t entitled to a partial ownership.2009 . “Tenancy by the Entirety” is the same as tenants with rights of survivorship except the parties must be married. the other becomes the absolute owner. the other still owns only one-half interest in the property. Title changes at the court house may only require a death certificate or in some cases the outcome of a probate to transfer a clear title. .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 “Absolute or Fee Simple” is where a single person owns a single piece of property.
57 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . you will know they are probably lying because they can buy your name online from the public records for a few cents – why travel to the courthouse and . they may be uncomfortable.000+ know that their home’s foreclosure will also be kicked out of their bankruptcy filing. Tip (#22) . just ask yourself “How important is saving my home or getting out as much equity as possible?” Very recently a national real estate guru sent out an email with great fanfare about the fact that in the last 30 days more than 45. Little did the other 35. We have seen and heard thousands of horrific stories of disrupted families and broken lives as the result of foreclosure. but we are sharing our experiences. I wish this real estate guru could fully understand the horrendous hardships that these families are enduring and the emotional stress associated with their financial situations. and you must remember: We are on your side! What you read in this section may not be what you want to see.165 homeowners had filed bankruptcy to stop their homes from going into foreclosure and 9. However. proven methods. and offering options that should resolve your situation. let me help”.2009 . When you read something you think you could or would never do. His statements went on to say he had made millions of dollars from getting foreclosure property and so could anyone.The next time a person knocks on your front door and says “I was at the courthouse doing some research and I noticed you have a bank trying to take your home. we are sorry for your situation.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Chapter 5 Specific Methods of Stopping or Postponing Your Foreclosure As we mentioned previously.978 MORE homeowners got kicked out of bankruptcy due to non-performance of their bankruptcy obligations and are now headed into foreclosure anyway. This Guru was selling leads to investors so they could contact people filing bankruptcy to offer these homeowners a few pennies on the dollar for their property.
in this month alone. realtors. The reality is that as soon as the document is signed and recorded (the next day) the homeowner no longer owns the property. foreclosure rates TRIPLED over the same time last year. when dealing with your foreclosure. Bankruptcy and foreclosure victims are TARGETS of real estate investors.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 spend the time researching your case? This is not the way you want to start a relationship with a “consultant”. As mortgage brokers. The foreclosure industry is a $100. or for the EQUITY in your home! Unfortunately. attorneys.000+ (100+ Billion Dollar Industry!) which attracts a lot of individuals FOR the money – either YOUR personal out-of-pocket money. investors.000. or “stopping your foreclosure”. they hear thousands of hardship stories every day that are much worse than yours.000. Stay focused on a solution and DO NOT HOPE that other people will come to your aid at the last minute because everything will be lost if it doesn’t happen! The legal system is very efficient and follows specific guidelines that are not in your favor time-wise. the now “former homeowner” . procrastination leads to financial disaster when you deal with lenders. However. mentioned previously. A/K/A a real estate investor. realtors. mortgage brokers. In the tri-county area where we live. which could be a promise of cash or as simple as “this document is needed to help with speeding up the closing process”. and again the “system” doesn’t care about your problems.Three Common AND Sinister Scams to Be Aware of: Tip (#23). The experience and knowledge we have gained from dealing with thousands of foreclosure victims in stopping their foreclosure problems will be yours starting Right Now: SCAM ALERT.2009 . The homeowner is promised something in return for signing the document.58 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . and the legal system. and even attorneys who push bankruptcy as a viable option to “postponing” your foreclosure. lenders DO NOT care about the reason for your problem.“Deed Stripping” is the process whereby an investor gets the homeowner to sign a deed or similar document that transfers title to the investor.
Bonus Report #1 discusses how to go after these scam artists even if you lose your home and for as long as seven years later! . or right to purchase to another investor who generally will rehab the property and re-sell it to a retail buyer. Unfortunately. The investor’s intention is to re-sell (“assign”) the contract. In some cases the investor is . It does not matter if your deed is placed in “trust” or not. If you happen to find a buyer on your own. the scam artist may agree to cancel the deed BUT will probably ask for a “Document Preparation Fee” which could be $5.RememberTHERE IS ABSOULTELY NO REASON TO SIGN A DEED TO SOMEONE “HELPING” WITH YOUR FORECLOSURE! DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES UNLESS YOUR ATTORNEY HAS APPROVED YOUR SIGNING BEFOREHAND. knowing he will not purchase the home.000 or more. Tip (#24) . Any inaction on your part will result in pushing your foreclosure forward more quickly. All this happened because someone gave you a great story of why he needed control of your deed to facilitate stopping your foreclosure. Working your way through the legal and court system can be frustrating but explain the urgency of the potential of losing your home and “stick to finding help” until you get it done. the transfer of your home to another individual by signing a deed DOES NOT transfer the mortgage LIABILITY to the new owner. The property is still encumbered by the mortgage or deed of trust and the foreclosure will continue until the new owner (scam artist) gets rid of the property and evicts the former homeowner (you). and you find out you no longer own your own home. They should refer you to the State Attorney’s Office for an investigation and possible prosecution of the scam artist. You may not have even known that you signed a deed when you signed documents with the scam artist! The correct thing to do is to contact the Police immediately and tell them your problem.59 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .2009 .“Contract Wrangling” is a term used when an investor has a homeowner sign a contract for sale.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 still owns the liability that caused his foreclosure. it is no more secure and you have still lost control of your property. The original homeowner no longer has the ability to sell his home to recover any of his equity and pay off the existing debt for which he is still responsible.
If you decide to sign a contract with investor #2.60 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . You need the money desperately so you call investor #1 and tell him you want to cancel his contract because “You decided not to sell”.000 more than he should. If investor #1 is worth his salt. That’s OK on the surface but the reality is your home is broadcast to hundreds or thousands of investors who became aware that you are in a desperate situation. These excuses are what investor #2 told you to say. remember that he was unscrupulous enough to cheat investor #1 out of his contract. But you need the extra $10. in essence it is similar to a mechanic’s lien. It usually happens like this: you have signed a binding contractual agreement with investor #1. so if it comes down to it. but investor #2 may tell you that if you didn’t get a ”Good Faith” deposit or “Earnest Money”.2009 . It is very common for unscrupulous investors to offer the homeowner more money after they have already signed a contract with someone else.000 or more that you will not receive otherwise. “You’ll get the money elsewhere”. This MOC is simply a document that says you as the homeowner have signed a binding contractual agreement as of a certain date. The first investor has a contract that is binding on you. They likely will not tell you how they found out about your situation.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 up-front about his intention to not purchase your home. investor #1’s contract is invalid. but the dilemma may be the second investor is offering $10. Other investors who come later may try and circumvent the first investor’s contract by offering you substantially more money for your home. It is NOT INVALID because the contract terms call for “The Sum of $10 Dollars or Other Good and Valuable Consideration” to be exchanged which includes the valuable consideration of investor #1 purchasing your home. No price or terms need be mentioned and the MOC does not have to be signed by the homeowner. he has recorded the contract in the public records using a “Memorandum of Contract” or MOC that will “cloud” your title transfer and stop you selling your home until it is “cleared” or “extinguished” from the public records. and they seem like plausible reasons. Investor #2 has just coached you into committing fraud and BOTH of you could be subject to criminal and civil penalties. what do you expect he will do to you? Here are four important elements of any Purchase and Sale Contract that will help protect your best interests: .000 and you don’t feel it is fair that investor #1 is making $10. or some other lie.
if he only intends to “flip” your home to another investor. The assignment can be done with the original buyer having no further responsibility for closing. Both the first and second deposits should now be non-refundable for “any reason including the buyer’s inability to get financing” (this term should be in your contract).) Deposit – the investor will want to give you $100 or less. he will have no problem with the inspection period and the requirement of an additional deposit.2009 .is a contract clause that allows a buyer to sell or transfer your contract to a new buyer. If your attorney writes this clause into the “Clauses or Addendum Section” it should override any “contingencies for financing” sentences elsewhere in the contract. but he is supposed to be a cash buyer so financing shouldn’t be an issue.61 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . If his inspection period expires and he does not make the additional deposit. If the investor comes back on the last day of the inspection and wants his initial deposit back.500 or more. You need to get $2. You can expect an investor to ask for or. DO NOT forget to do this because otherwise he still has a valid contract! 3.000 initially and on the last day of the inspection period get the rest of the deposit (twice the original) or the contract is void. If the investor sincerely wants to purchase your home.) The Assignment of Contract Clause . preferably 7 days or less.) Inspection Period – the investor will want an inspection period for 30 days or longer. to put in his contract. he should get it back. We strongly suggest that you continue to market your home and take a back-up contract that clearly stipulates it is only valid if the primary contract is cancelled. Longer than 10 days is wasting your time and losing you more money and getting you dangerously close to losing your home. you must cancel the contract BY CERTIFIED or REGISTERED MAIL. 2. However. or the seller does not have to allow an assignment of the contract. he will strongly protest both the deposits and the length of the inspection period. but an industry standard is 10 days.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 1. This is why an inspection period should be kept as short as possible. but you should only give him 10 days or LESS. The investor will want the sale contingent on financing. Your attorney MUST hold the escrow deposit or you will never see it if the investor defaults. This is important because he will effectively tie up your property and has taken it off the market while he is in contract with you. that he can assign . or with the original buyer still having responsibility for closing (even though he isn’t buying the property). The way to accomplish this is to agree to $1.
We always use the words “On or Before” a specific date. cash out homeowner mortgage since the $100.2009 . but you. but this is not a re-finance.) Closing Date – is the date of the closing where you and your lender get paid. simply putting a single date does not mean your buyer has to close on time and you could have to extend the contract because it is non-specific as to what happens when you don’t close. Tip (#25) .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 the contract without recourse to him. His only risk is the deposit if he doesn’t close. the investor. person whose credit he used to buy your house.62 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . and.“Equity Rebate” is a term used when an investor has a homeowner sign a contract price that is well above market value. Remember you are paying carrying costs you didn’t expect to pay because of his not closing –they should be his expense ($100 to $150+ per day).000! Sounds neat. Everyone. For example: The full market value of your property is $200. the closing agent. but you will have lost weeks not selling your home .000 difference does not go to the homeowner. Often the new legal homeowner doesn’t even move in and the investor’ chosen buyer defaults on the new mortgage. mortgage broker. The latter is open-ended and you might wait so long for the investor to close. We actually include “closing delay” daily charges so the investor is penalized for not closing timely. . of course. You will have investors coming by to see your home because of the public nature of your foreclosure so always keep a “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO) sign in your yard to prospect for these perspective buyers. gets a cut of the lender’s money over the actual purchase price of your home. The reality is that the investor will come up with a couple of real estate commissions and a management fee to take the proceeds of the closing funds into his and his accomplices’ pockets – possibly the appraiser. The investor may explain that it is legal (which it isn’t) and that he does it all the time. The investor will want to use “On or About” a specific date. The investor will explain that he will have a friend purchase the home and maybe live in it but he is really hoping for the market to move and he will use the proceeds he takes out to carry the property’s new mortgage.so try and focus on investors who want to purchase your home themselves.000 and the investor gives you a contract to purchase your home for $300. you lose your home. The investor says he intends to close and walk away with money from the closing table. 4. However.
except your bank.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Since you sold your home at full market value and escaped foreclosure. plan ahead so you have time to weigh negatives and .) Don’t get pressured into signing anything because of deadlines.63 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . but if you do.) Don’t sign any document that you have not personally initialed and numbered each page because of possible substitution of pages. make certain that ALL of 7. Don’t sign anything that will transfer your property without paying 8.) Don’t be mislead that the person refers you to a website to strengthen his credibility. anyone can have a website set up in a few days to say whatever they want. Summary of What Not to Do (Don’t Do’s) Here is a summary of general things NOT To Do when involved with individuals who have presented themselves as wanting to “help” you: 1.) off your loan and eliminating your responsibility for the mortgage. loan application fee or processing fee. 10. 6.) Don’t sign anything without an attorney reviewing it 2.2009 .) Don’t let yourself believe that by putting a deed in trust that it isn’t immediately in effect when you sign it.) Don’t be taken advantage of if you are a member of an ethnic group. be even more cautious when dealing with a member of your own ethnic group because you are more vulnerable.) 12.e.) Don’t ever sign any type of document that is a Quit Claim Deed or Deed to Trustee 5.) Don’t make any mortgage payments to anyone but your lender 4. etc. It is extremely tempting to have your problem solved and possibly even make money on your home. 11.) Don’t assume anything and get everything in writing.) the lines of the document are filled in BEFORE you sign – Don’t take “no” for an answer on this.) Don’t allow yourself to be separated from your family or your attorney in your decision making 3. 9. who claims to be able to refinance your mortgage (i. Don’t sign any documents. It is likely that you will be personally meeting your local FBI agents in the next year as a coconspirator. 13. why should you care? In the simplest of terms – it is most likely bank fraud and a federal offense. but the ramifications can be far reaching! As always get your attorney’s approval or at least get him to tell you what disclosures the buyer needs to sign to cover you. good faith deposit.) Don’t give any money up front to anyone.
Don’t get involved with “counseling services”. make desperate calls to friends and family and ask for an amount that will be enough to carry you for at least 8 – 10 months.) 17. as always. The forms that you are sending to the lender are legal documents that you are responsible for and can do yourself or have an attorney do them – for less or no money! Don’t stop talking to your lender’s representative so you know exactly what is really happening. remember that you should read them ALL thoroughly and don’t settle on only one as your solution because it is the easiest. interview all the investors who call or come by to see you! And.) 16.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 14.64 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . This is the true test of friends and family and it is a shame that they most often seem not to be willing to help.) Friends and Family Members – Whether you are late or not with your mortgage payments but know you will be soon. keep your . Don’t answer a knock at your door or allow anyone inside your home that is “trying to help” you – your safety may be at state as well as your money. “professional mediators” or anyone who represents themselves as willing to fill out lender required responses – for a fee. The real estate investor should not oppose the attorney’s review if he has nothing to hide! 32 Ways to Immediately Stop or Postpone Your Foreclosure As you review these options. Don’t be shocked or disappointed. Work on at least 3 . contact a competent real estate attorney for professional advice on specific contract issues or general legal information.) benefits.BEFORE you sign any contract with an investor.) 15.2009 .4 so you have a backup in the worst case if your most promising option does not work out at the last minute! Methods of Keeping Your Home 1. Don’t believe it if it sounds “Too good to be true”! To save potential aggravation and possible legal issues . including the reinstatement amount discussed previously.
Offer them a specific interest rate (8% usually works because it is better than a CD rate). If they don’t accept your check they may hold it. and definite monthly payments for a set term – three years or longer if possible.65 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . We suggest homeowners offer a higher second mortgage amount than is actually borrowed so that if your home goes to auction. if you need $10. there are two options: pay your perspective lender the interest they will lose.000 to reinstate your loan. offer your perspective lender a second mortgage for $15. the second mortgage lender may well get back more than what they loaned you. we suggest that you offer them a second mortgage on your property in the event something doesn’t go exactly right for you. you have to collateralize something else or have them lend you the money on faith. Don’t be EMBARRASSED or AFRAID to ask! It is not a failure on your part that the foreclosure happened and it will pass – ask them ASAP! This is the least expensive and quickest way to resolve your foreclosure problem. but only occasionally will they return it to you. and the bank says they can’t break it without your paying a penalty. What happens next is you get a false sense of security that your problem is being resolved because you haven’t heard from the lender. but seldom will give up their cash.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 focus on solving your problem without them. not cash it. UNLESS you are assured by FAX that they will accept your PARTIAL payment.especially if it is for one or two of the past due payments. you must have thought out what you will be saying to them beforehand.If you. Usually. For example.000. Nothing has been resolved and you are steadily advancing toward losing your home! Tip (#27) . In addition. and have amazing hindsight. or relative has a Certificate of Deposit with a bank.2009 . or keep the CD intact and borrow against it if the bank . They may complain that a second mortgage has no value – which is correct if there is no equity in your home. specifically why you need this amount of money and how you are going to resolve the problem. So if there is no equity in your home. a friend. To get their attention. you will find that they have solutions for all your problems. Generally they will not accept partial payments. HUGE TIP (#26) Don’t send your lender a partial payment .
The potential beauty of your relative financing your property is that he may be able to purchase it at 60% to 80% of the current mortgage by doing a short sale with your current lender. The interest rate for a second home mortgage is about 1/2% to 3/4% higher than a typical mortgage but it doesn’t matter since you will be paying the mortgage anyway. 3. You will only have to pay the interest on the account monthly and the interest rates are set by negotiation with your broker . have Stocks or Bonds you may be 2. stock margins are at 50% of the stock’s daily closing price and even higher rates of margin (60% to 90%) for bonds depending on their bond rating and type. If you borrow money from this source. there may be capital gains taxes due – consult your CPA or tax advisor. have a plan to repay the amount loaned as soon as possible to avoid market risk. If you have to or just decide to sell your stock because of market conditions.but are very. It is likely that he will have better credit than you because of your mortgage default and late loan payments. If you use this method. If you. .) able to put them on margin with your or their brokerage firm. they will want to hold your stocks and have you endorse them so they are negotiable if you default.66 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . This is their and the Federal Reserve’s required way of doing business. You can get funds in one day with this method.) It is very possible that one of your relatives may be able to finance your property as a second home – depending on his credit. very competitive with mortgage rates.2009 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 allows it – which many banks do. or a relative. A short sale is where your lender discounts the money due on your mortgage to a new buyer so the lengthy foreclosure process and subsequent market risk can be reduced or completely avoided. The interest rate on the CD loan is VERY low (2% or less) because the collateral is cash in their bank! So this is not an excuse for someone saying “no” to your need. If your bank does the loan. or collateralize them with your local bank to raise the reinstatement amount. keep an eye on the market so you don’t have a decline in your stocks or bonds and have to sell some to meet margin calls. Currently. Make certain any pre-payment penalty is kept to a minimum because if you sell your house later you don’t want to be surprised at closing by losing a chunk of money to your relative’s lender.
the equity in your home.000. Their decision has a lot to do with your banking history with them and. Besides the inconvenience of having to sell a portfolio of properties. However. For every $100. tell them the truth about your hardship and show them you are making enough money to cover both the first mortgage and their “interest only” equity line payment. Before you go to see the lender. Every year hundreds of millions of dollars are written off by lenders who do short sales with real estate investors who then re-sell the homes at Fair Market Value and pocket the short sale discount which is the same profit the homeowner could have made on his home’s sale! Our entire Bonus Report #2 is devoted to doing short sales so you can potentially stay in your home or keep it long enough to re-sell it and take out more equity than you previously could have. 4.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 We are often asked why a lender would discount a homeowner’s mortgage. but rather on sound practical “money sense” of where and how much money you will be getting. these huge cash reserves also substantially reduce the amount of new loans the lender can make. so getting rid of mortgages at a loss can actually make them more money on new loans.2009 . many local banks or savings institutions will lend on the equity in your property even if you are slightly behind in your primary mortgage payments. obviously. you only need enough money to reinstate your mortgage.) Try and get an equity line at the bank where you have your checking and/or savings account(s). the Federal Reserve requires they keep ALMOST $1. or properties they have taken back at the auction.000 that lenders have in foreclosure. Ironically. Do not base your repayment of the loan on selling your property. Using a short sale to repurchase your home is the best kept secret by real estate investors and in the banking industry. The result is a cycle of reduced loans and reduced profits on their loan portfolio. If the lender realizes that you are having a problem and asks about it. In your hardship .000 in cash reserves. so if you are certain that you can afford the mortgage payments plus the equity line payment consider this as a viable option for the money you need.67 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . write out your “Hardship Letter” to leave with them. It’s because the cost to sell your property is high because of the cash requirements the lender has to maintain for Federal Reserve requirements whenever a property goes into foreclosure.
5. explain this is the “points on the mortgage for borrowing the money and interest included in the note”. you are back at work. will only need an appraisal and they will often pay the closing costs. etc.) If you have a friend or relative who has equity in his house.2009 . there was incorrect process of service. show proof of your ability to pay.68 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . foreclosing bank only services the loan and is not the note holder – hence they may be unable to sue. Usually the lender (we suggest your local bank). If the homeowner repays the balance within one year. Ask to go to the next higher level and keep pushing your case.e. he can get an equity line in a matter of days to reinstate your loan. If anyone would ask you why you did this. and if you have 20%+ equity in your home is that the institution may offer you a refinance with an equity line for up to 80% of the Fair Market Value (FMV) of your property! Don’t be discouraged by a branch manager or “Vice President” saying “no” to your request.) of how you will repay your old mortgage and your new second mortgage. give him a second mortgage to secure his position on his loan. lender did not supply a copy of the original mortgage so the validity of his claim is jeopardized or invalid. 6. the lender may require a small penalty (usually $500) to cover part of their closing costs. An even better solution. focus on a two part theme – first the problem that caused your current situation and the solution that you can show proof of (i. Stick with following up with whomever you speak with because of the urgency of your problem. . Pay these costs for him! You should pay your relative or friend the interest and principal due each month as soon as they are due. Again consider giving him a second mortgage that is larger than the actual amount borrowed.) Have an Attorney challenge the legality of the Lis Pendens by looking closely at any “issues of material fact” such as: 1: 2: 3: 4: whether the Lender’s Attorney failed to include any material facts about the foreclosure. and have an account record with the institution. The chances of your getting an equity line are actually very good if you present your case in writing.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 letter. As mentioned above.
the lender will divide this amount by 3. Your Attorney should know what to do.000 for six months. you may have the opportunity to challenge any appraisal that the court orders which will help stall for time and possibly reduce any final judgment that results. When any of these tactics works. the amount due will be divided over an extended period (3 months to 9 months) for example if you owe $12. if an appraisal is required for your foreclosure proceeding because of the type of foreclosure. or $1. it only delays the hearing for 30 to 60 days. Your lender may even have a specific Workout Department for dealing with solving early delinquencies but you will have to sign a document that requires you stick to a payment schedule once they agree to terms.000.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: the lender’s attorney possibly didn’t notify any or all of the other lien holders or interested parties.34 for nine months. or $3. if your “regular” mortgage payment was $2. As mentioned above in 8:. use any and all possible local issues that your attorney may have used in the past. Other requests for a workout solution can include your asking to pay “interest” only for a specific period. if not.2009 . $2.69 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Again. 6. find a different Attorney who does.000 in back payments plus interest.333. your new payment will be either $6. Have your attorney review this document because lenders’ attorneys have been known to put clauses in these forbearance agreements that substantially reduce your rights if you are late paying again. penalties and attorney’s fees. 7. which is more frequent than you might think.000 for three months. you did not sign the note and were unaware of its existence (identity fraud).34. $4.000. ask for a fixed rate adjustment if . so don’t plan on this delay being any longer and keep working on your first-line solution to the problem.) Work out a Forbearance or “Workout” Agreement with the Lender.333.000 per month. or 9 months for ADDITIONAL monthly payments (added to your old payment) of $4. you have a perspective buyer for your property and have a signed contract that requests an extended closing date – don’t lie about this to the court for your own good. challenge the appraisal ONLY if it helps your case.
Occasionally a true hardship case carries some weight with the Lender’s supervisors. During this time the homeowner makes NO payments. If you can’t envision a benefit to the lender. FNMA also will not foreclose on individuals who are in default because of a natural disaster and have interest rate relief for active military homeowners. The solution the lender wants to hear is “Where’s the money coming from?” If the Lender is truly cooperative. call your State Banking Commission or Citizen Complain Board and ask for help. Have a solution for your problem and share it with your lender’s rep. the total reinstatement amount will be added to the end of your loan and IT IS POSSIBLE for the term of your loan to be extended to lower your payments. Always make certain that you provide the “proof” that you will be able to make the terms (timely payments) of the new agreement work or the lender will stop working with you. This should not be a bluff. request a deferment of all payments for a few months. FNMA requires the borrower to complete and .70 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . try the “let me speak to your Supervisor” and keep asking until it either works or as a last resort tell them you will be contacting the State Banking Commission because of this lender’s abusive lending tactics.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 you have an adjustable rate mortgage. to give them a “no payment” period for 3 – 6 months as part of a forbearance agreement solution. but he will have to make up the past due amount later.2009 . At this stage we also suggest you contact an attorney or Legal Aid Services – again do it ASAP! Some lenders may request a substantial cash payment immediately just to allow you to start your Forbearance Agreement with its new double-sized payments! Appeal this “cash to start” option to a Supervisor the first time you hear it! On the opposite side of the coin are lenders (FNMA) who will work with a borrower who is late. Each of these options requires the homeowner to present them as a benefit to the lender as well as the homeowner. If your lender asks for the full amount immediately and you have been trying to comply but have a true hardship. you are permanently out of work and you disclose this to your lender. or request the lender to look at refinancing your loan. so try telling them your problem. he is likely to accelerate the foreclosure filings and proceedings. If for any reason. it is unlikely the lender will be interested.
you should get an attorney to seek a court order to delay the foreclosure. Here is a common scam to watch out for . The amount of the second mortgage payment is insignificant compared to losing your home. He takes an application. you are back in foreclosure and headed to court! Because part of your Forbearance Agreement stipulates that you waive judicial procedure if you are late on your payments again. despite what you may hear.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 submit a “Request for Military Indulgence” form to get the various benefits they offer active duty personnel. You may have been turned down by other lenders. his actual intent is to not get you a loan. THE CLOCK DOES NOT START OVER AGAIN!!! 8.If you sign a Forbearance Agreement with your lender. but he reassures you he can get you the loan. may or may not collect an Application Fee and may even have an appraisal done that you have to pay for. so don’t let this “rip-off loan cost” be so distasteful that you lose your home. the foreclosure process is delayed. You can expect to pay 10% loan costs or more to get the loan plus paying a high interest rate. however. but not stopped.2009 Tip (#28) .71 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . from a lender who specializes in small second mortgages or a hard money lender (Do it quickly or they won’t lend to you at all).Outright Scam .a mortgage broker says he can get you the loan from private sources and there is no problem. IMPORTANT . However. but only for the reinstatement amount. They can see from your credit report how bad your problem is but you must make a case for how you will re-pay the loan. If you miss any payments or send them in late.) Apply for a loan. Get it out of your head that 15% is a high rate because it is on a small amount of money and they have a larger risk with you. We suggest that you advertise in the local newspaper for “money wanted” and work with at LEAST two lenders so if one reneges at the last minute. all is not lost. “I have an investor who will pay you something so you get some of your . and at the closing table he says something like “I just heard from the lender and they changed their lending guidelines (criteria) and you don’t qualify any longer”. Again ask yourself the question “is my home worth saving?” We would hope it is. If you have a lender that is not following FNMA guidelines with reference to military personnel.
the lenders usually won’t even start the review process until the missing documents have arrived. this may be as little as 60% of Fair Market Value (FMV) or as much as 80% of FMV if a conventional lender does an equity line. While it is illegal. but not impossible if you have decent equity in your property and/or an income to make the new payments. it is very probable you’ll not get your money back and you probably won’t get the loan either! It should NEVER take a Lender any more than two . BUT ONLY if you cooperate with all requirements and documents that the Lender requests! Unfortunately. but it could be even more so if the mortgage broker you are dealing with can’t complete the loan. Refinancing can be costly. the closing agent. . However. AFTER THE CLOSING or attempted closing call the State’s Attorney Office and ask for help. there are hard money or equity only lenders who will lend not on credit ratings but rather on the equity in the property. the issue here is that because of your delinquent loan payments. the issue is prosecuting the individuals involved – which may include the mortgage broker. and preferably a real hardship case that you can prove. which will be difficult. 9. it is usually the mortgage broker that drops the ball in sending the material to the lender on a timely basis. Do not try to get additional money at the closing table (“Cash Out”) as the lender will only escrow funds in excess of refinancing needs for improvements and issue them as receipts are received for the completed work. The amount you are going to get may be 5% of the total equity! Remember. you agree to take a few cents on the dollar. the lender may well decline your loan application at the last minute and really cause you a hardship. and most likely.three weeks to process your loan.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 equity out of your property”. Again. If he sends in an incomplete package for processing. If a mortgage broker asks for any money to start the loan process or for an application fee. so instead of losing everything. you are at the closing table and looking at having your property go to auction very soon or even the next day.2009 .) Attempt to refinance your delinquent loan.72 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . resulting in possibly weeks of lost time. your credit has taken a “hit” and reduced the likelihood of getting a reasonable interest rate. As mentioned earlier. the investor(s). Play it straight with the lender to save your home. If you just try to cash out your equity.
it is estimated that about 5% . If they are moved to a nursing facility. One normal condition of these loans is that the homeowner must live in the property. it is usually always better to sell the property and bank the proceeds or purchase an annuity that will you pay a monthly payment for life. that refinancing conventionally is likely a better option. .73 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .8% were used to stop a foreclosure. Standard life expectancy tables are used to determine just how much money can be “advanced” and for how long an individual will receive the equity out of their home. Of the more than 76. See your perspective lenders in person and take a copy of your credit report with you so they aren’t each pulling it over and over again. Given the right circumstances this refinance will work to stop foreclosure and the homeowner will receive a check a month until they are deceased or the home is sold or title transferred (gifted to a relative or friend).annualcreditreport. Tip (#27) – Don’t go loan shopping online where many lenders compete for your business because they each pull your credit report and reduce your credit score even further. and have substantial equity in their home. the loan can be foreclosed. Because of abusive tactics by some mortgage brokers. homeowners are sometimes responsible for paying their own taxes and insurance separately and this offer a second chance for a foreclosure to take place. Depending on the specific reverse mortgage terms. You can get your credit report free online at www.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Consumer Alert! – It appears that creative mortgage brokers are beginning to offer more senior citizens what are know as Reverse Mortgages to stop their foreclosures. Be completely informed of other and possibly better options if you consider a reverse mortgage. I did not make this another method of stopping foreclosure but I could have as it will work in limited circumstances. These mortgages offer the homeowner a check a month instead of worrying about where their next check is coming from. However. I suggest strongly that if a homeowner has large equity in their home. While it may be painful to part with your past to leave your home. To qualify.000 reverse mortgages issued in 2006. live in the home to be refinanced. the government has strict standards of disclosure and qualifications for these loans.2009 . a homeowner must be over age 62.com but it does not contain your credit score.
and below in number 27). This may be embarrassing and a bitter pill to swallow.2009 . If you don’t act like you are confident that you will come out of this situation.) Start looking for a second job. don’t be apologetic about your situation. don’t do anything to improve the looks of your home (especially the exterior) until the commitment letter from your lender arrives and you have a buyer in place. encourage your spouse or any other unemployed family members to apply for a job to help out the family’s financial situation. Also ask your fellow employees that you trust and consider as friends. especially if they can have a second mortgage as collateral. keep your payments on time or you will lose . AND REMEMBER. The point of this effort is to have “get away” money if you can’t make any of the other options we discussed work for you. More information on this specific process of eliminating your foreclosure can be found later in Bonus Report #2. part-time job. you may not have a chance to get your loan. Not only do the rooms appear larger to perspective buyers but it gives them a sense that there may not be anything else wrong with the house as is their impression of a messy – cluttered property. If you are truly a valued employee. 11. It is important that when you go to ask your boss or a fellow employee. Remember to offer him a second mortgage to collateralize the loan and have him deduct money from each pay check to repay it timely.) Many employers have been known to give advances on salaries or commissions. but it is better than being homeless. This technique of removing all small items and major furniture is a first step to preparing your home for sale and is called “staging” by professionals in the industry.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 10. in your mind you MUST expect that they will loan you the money! Tell your story. Always remember to lead in with the second mortgage offer – we find that most of the time they won’t make you do a second mortgage. It is important that you be prepared to move if you can’t resolve your foreclosure and the often unrealized benefit to you is that you home will be “de-cluttered” if you have to sell. but act as if you have your life under control.74 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Tell them the truth and good things may well happen. your employer is probably willing to help instead of having to replace you and spend more money to hire and train your replacement. Explain your situation to him and don’t be discouraged if he says “no”. Again if you are attempting a short sale.
com for local buyers. We have seen desperate homeowners rent individual beds to bring in money – especially in areas where there are transient people such as boat crews that are on shore leave as their boats are getting refurbished. collectables) to raise money to reinstate your loan.200 a month. Ebay® is famous for auctioning almost anything you can think of including household items. Tip (#30) – As you raise money in any of the methods above. but they are also a huge seller of houses and autos. Take a look at our FSBO Power Selling System at www. Consider putting your items online at ebay. For single room .FSBOAutoPilot.com for more information on how to sell your home quickly and at the best possible market price. put it on Ebay’s® real estate listing and the various free listing sites on the internet. go back to your perspective lenders that are your friends and family members and ask AGAIN for less money! They are more apt to say yes for a smaller amount and if they know someone else has offered you money. boats.As a guideline. RV’s. luxury toys. single rooms rent for about ½ the rent of an entire home and you can rent single beds for 2/3 of a single room rental.$400 a month. this is the time to take action because these more expensive items take time to sell.2009 .com for a fast and fairly priced sale or list them free on Craigslist. However.75 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . but above all but just keep asking for a loan! A national survey showed that salesmen asking a perspective buyer for an order or a loan in your case succeeded on 2% of the time on the first request. that number jumped to 85% success after the eighth time the salesmen asked! 13. Tip (#31) .com. You can check ahead to see what to expect to get for your item and it is simple to get online and get started. last and security deposit upfront.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 a friend or your job! 12. especially Craigslist.$600 a month and a single bed for about $300 . If you are certain you will be selling your home. and if necessary double up people in the rooms if the situation fits so you can raise enough to reinstate the loan. a single bedroom should rent for about $500 . For example.) Liquidate any assets that are easily sold and have a higher price tag (i. autos.e. if a 3 bedroom/2 bath home rents for $1.) Rent a room or rooms in your home and collect the first. Again.
2009 .600 to $14. Expect them to pay 10% to 30% over fair market value for a property that has numerous rooms because they “rent” or receive income for each patient BED. If you need the money. start contacting every organization that houses patients. For a 3 bedroom home.000+/. keep this tactic in mind because the seasonal rental amount can be TWICE a . The homeowner does research on local non-profit organizations that are using single family housing to house their clients or patients.000 per month. What happens is that the non-profit organization purchases the property for above fair market value by using the stealth method of using a realtor as a buyer’s agent who generally doesn’t disclose the name of the buyer. Local homeowners will really hate having a care facility in their neighborhood but federal legislation also supports the state’s legislation that allows such facilities.400 per month per bed. get them to prepay for a month and give them a small discount like $50. Instead of waiting for someone coming to you. Market values tend to decline close to the facility. If you live in a seasonal rental area because of a mild climate.per month under normal circumstances. Remember. you can ask for a deposit but it is unlikely you will get one. While this is a somewhat complicated process it is being done throughout the United States on a daily basis. the legislature has passed legislation to allow single family homes to be converted to exempt out-patient care facilities. This may only make sense if you can live rent free or super cheap elsewhere with family members or friends.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 rentals. 14. an option is to look at what we call a “Format Change”. Think about state or federal agencies who house patients for rehabilitation or as a hospice. from state and/or federal funding that gives them $600 to $1. versus renting your home for $1.76 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . if you lose your home you will have to move anyway. The benefit to the non-profit organization is they can purchase a property and update it for 40% to 50% of the cost to build a new facility and it is set in a quiet residential area that is conducive to their patients’ healing. so keep this as a viable option. they would be looking at having 6 to 10 beds for a gross income of $3.) Rent your house and get at least the first and last month’s rent and a security deposit to use for the reinstatement amount. In most states. If you are not already in foreclosure or if you don’t care who buys your home.
77 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . These agencies and insurers will work with you but you must contact them before you are in default and facing foreclosure. but that isn’t a problem and you may have to pay a commission to rent it. Seasonal rentals require more substantial deposits than yearly rentals so this may help also to get money for your loan reinstatement. so don’t argue with him and don’t get yourself in trouble because it seems like an easy out of your property. such as rent or mortgage payments. In this case it is illegal to sell to an investor or another homebuyer and leave your financing in place. President Bush signed into law the “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act” (SCRA). 15. HUD or FHA guaranteed loans ONLY .) For VA. If you have to sell. These agencies are very helpful.contact the lender ASAP and work out a payment program with them. It will be well worth the effort. If need be. but you must cooperate early and work through the red tape to get the help you need. ask your seasonal renters if they have an interest in buying as it may be cost effective for them to purchase instead of renting every year.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 normal yearly rent. some servicemen and servicewomen may face difficulty in meeting certain financial obligations at home. bring your loan current by one of the other means in this text and go back to them when you are NOT IN arrears on your mortgage to discuss refinancing or help in reducing your loan payments. WARNING: It is against federal law for a homeowner with an agency insured loan to sell his property “subject to” his existing financing. The investor will probably not know this. While protecting the United States during the war on terrorism. Your home will have to be furnished. if they . This law is a complete revision of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) which provided a number of significant protections to servicemembers.2009 . EXTREMELY IMPORTANT Know Your Rights Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act On 19 December 2003. but these are minor problems for the solution they could give you.
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are activated for military duty. HUD has taken steps to ensure that service members protecting our country do not suffer the added burden of worrying about the loss of a home. Military personnel should learn about the SCRA and the protections and benefits it provides for themselves and their families. The SCRA can provide many forms of relief to military members. Below are some of the most common forms of relief.
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Mortgage Relief Termination of Leases Protection from Eviction. 6-Percent Cap on Interest Rates Stay of Proceedings Reopening Default Judgments
The SCRA actually provides many more protections than those listed above, and the Supreme Court has ruled the SCRA must be read with "an eye friendly to those who dropped their affairs to answer their country's call." Military legal assistance attorneys are available to provide guidance on the SCRA. 16.) Use your credit cards to raise extra cash if you aren’t way behind on them. If your mortgage payments are not too far behind and you have not exhausted your credit cards already, use them to get cash for the reinstatement and pay them back ASAP. This is not a pretty or inexpensive way to stop your foreclosure but it will stall things until something better and more permanent happens. Remember you should have taken into account your monthly credit card payments in your calculations in Chapter 2 to determine if you can really afford your home. Before you are late on your mortgage payments, your credit card company will probably increase your card limits. The interest rate on delinquent credit cards could be between 25% and 33% or HIGHER, so borrowing on your credit cards is a last resort that should only be done if you have a solution to repay these cards timely. Tip (#32) - You can get a quick credit score boost by asking your credit card company to INCREASE YOUR CREDIT CARDS’ LIMITS. This reduces your outstanding debt to equity ratio on your credit cards and adds points to your credit card. You should ALWAYS keep your outstanding balances at 50% or less than the card limits for best results!
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17.) Use your, or someone else’s, 401K retirement plan to make a loan to yourself for the amount you need. Repayment is usually structured by the Trustee but is usually lenient. This amount MUST be paid back over time or you will have the IRS declaring that you had taxable income and did not report it – resulting in penalties and interest of huge proportions. Borrow this money carefully and refinance your home to pay it back if you are going to stay in your home - it is that important that these funds get paid back! 18.) Check on any cash value in your life insurance policy and borrow it. Borrowing against its cash value doesn’t close out your policy, your interest rate will be typically very low, and your insurance should will remain be in force if you take the money as a loan. This is a neat option, but many people have term policies that have no cash value. Check before you assume anything and when you call your insurance carrier ask them if they give home mortgages – surprisingly many do! Since your life insurance will stay in force, should something happen, the insurance company will pay the “face amount of the policy” or death benefit LESS the outstanding loan. For example, if your death benefit is $200,000 and your loan amount is $20,000, your “net” death benefit is $180,000. 19.) Approach your boss about your hardship and see if he will advance you the funds needed and repay them from each paycheck. This is emotionally difficult but this is a desperate situation and you will be paying him back on a regular basis. This option is different than #11 mentioned above in that you are asking him to advance you money against a weekly or biweekly repayment plan from your pay checks. If you calculate how much you can pay weekly, show him how long it will take to repay him and if you have other income such as a tax refund or your spouse’s income, add what you can afford into the repayment plan. Again, make certain that you can afford to stay in your home, or you could be setting yourself up to lose your job.
HUGE TIP (#33) - This option is repeated again
because it is so important - always offer a second mortgage to a private lender to secure their position if you should default again. This is foremost in their mind about lending money and you must address it early in your conversations. If they say they don’t need a mortgage, don’t PUSH IT!
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VERY IMPORTANT - If you happen to be unemployed or “underemployed” by definition, in some states you will be able to get an exemption or an extension from your lender for a period of time equal to your unemployment compensation benefits. Ask for the details at the unemployment compensation office that you get your checks from. 20.) If you are on public assistance, approach your counselor and request emergency assistance or a grant. Either of these is usually available and if documented that that you have applied, your lender should halt the foreclosure. Often these grants or emergency funds do not have to be repaid if you stay in your home for a certain time period, usually 5 years. There are hundreds of millions of dollars in grant programs for both “first-time home buyers” and existing homeowners just waiting to be given away. Don’t pay anyone to research this for you, rather go to the county government’s office and ask for help! These county agencies are often called Community Development Corporations or “CDC’s” and are readily assessable to citizens who take the time to call and get the information. Not all their information is on their websites so ask for a counselor to give you the latest updates on what aid is available and if you qualify.
If You Have to Sell Your Home
1.) Advertise for, call, and talk to Investors (they will know you have a problem and be looking for you because your foreclosure filing immediately becomes part of the public records) who may be willing to do a Lease - Option with you. They would reinstate your loan and you would make a new monthly payment to them and the property would be deeded to them. You would have an Option to purchase the property back in one or more years at varying prices well ABOVE what you own it for now. These Investors are betting on taking your property either by your defaulting again or your inability to finance the higher option price in the future. It is in your best interest to have a single document that combines both the option agreement and lease agreement, instead of two agreements. Have your Attorney review all documents before you sign ANYTHING, especially a DEED! Pay attention specifically to what happens if your
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It is very likely that your buyer or “tenant” will not exercise his option and you may be able to do this lease option strategy over and over again. the existing loan is STILL in your name and any late payments will hurt your credit. he should pay off your existing loan and give you at least some of the existing equity in your property as a cash payment. A growing number of states have instituted specific regulations regarding lease options because of investor abuse against homeowners. you will be in foreclosure again and could lose your home even though you paid timely! 2.Lease Options are often held out as the easy solution to foreclosure by investors who are really looking to take your property but being patient enough to wait for you to stumble once more. Important. he should be able to afford the monthly payments that he will . for example.Do not lease option your property if the tenant’s monthly lease payment doesn’t come close or cover your mortgage payment.81 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Some states have even made lease options illegal under most circumstances. Otherwise. they generally treat your home with respect. if you are signing a Lease Option with a buyer you want a separate Lease and an Option Agreement for the reasons previously mentioned.2009 . what rights and how fast your new can landlord can terminate your lease and cancel your option! Tip (#34) .) Do a Lease Option with a Buyer YOU FIND. Tip (#36) .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 “new” mortgage payment is late. HUGE TIP (#35) If an Investor does a lease option with you. Remember you are dealing with tenants but because they have a sense of ownership with their Option to Purchase Contract. make sure to check with your attorney before signing anything. If you pay the investor your lease payment and he doesn’t pay the lender. almost as if it was their own home. If you are moving and want to sell but the market is uncooperative use the buyer’s option consideration to pay your reinstatement amount. As always. You may be setting yourself up for a law suit when the buyer tries to exercise his option and finds that that he is and never was able to make the monthly payments. To be fair to the buyer or lessee. and get at least a 4% Option Consideration.
3. usually an investor. they simply deposit the checks and credit an account. you will be back in foreclosure with no control of your property – unless you got a second mortgage from him and you foreclose on your second.2009 . If he doesn’t pay your mortgage. He will have to qualify for a new loan in the future and hopefully at that time. The reality of this clause is that it is a “threat” that we have never seen enforced. This clause allows the lender to “call” you loan if you sell your home or transfer title. because in some states there are no extensions allowed for any reason except payment of the full amount due to the lender. We are talking about tens of thousands of loans that have taken over by a new buyer. There are minimal closing costs so the buyer can get in your property for much less than if he paid loan costs to finance your home. but the lender did not invoke the clause or probably even care.82 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Using a lease option. the lender will generally postpone the foreclosure sale until the contract expires. the fastest way is to find a buyer and do a “Subject To” sale. his credit will have been repaired. BUT NOT ALWAYS. Since the late 1980’s lenders have put a “Due On Sale” clause in their lending documents. Sometimes you can get a special court hearing before a judge who may be able to postpone the sale long enough for you to close with your buyer. The benefits of selling your property using “subject to financing” is that a buyer can have poor credit and not have to qualify for a loan to buy your home. None of our associates have ever heard of a loan being called if the monthly mortgage payments were being made timely because the lender processes thousands of the mortgage checks daily and they do not match up who the check is from versus who is responsible for the mortgage. you would be . The “subject to” sale means that you are willing to allow a buyer to immediately take possession of your property without doing conventional financing. The major issue is that you are still responsible for the mortgage and if he pays your payments late. HUGE TIP (#37) If you get a contract to sell to a Buyer.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 be paying when he gets financing for your home when he exercises his option to purchase your property. your credit will be impacted. The actual financing for your sale will be your existing mortgage.) If you must sell your home.
4.com Here is a brief description of this sales process: you prepare your home for sale and retail it at a wholesale price directly to the public (retail buyers). So the lease option is quicker. You could have him send you the monthly mortgage check and you forward it to your lender while you check your monthly statement to make sure his check didn’t bounce. even get the money needed to reinstate the loan.2009 . you can help his credit repair by giving him an Affidavit stating that he has paid his lease payments timely on your property. Part of your agreement should be that he gets his credit back to normal using credit restoration and common sense about paying his bills on time. Even if he has judgments. rather than it going to auction.FSBOAutoPilot.but you have to assess that risk. and is more cost effective. “if homeowner is late on second mortgage. If you sell him your home using “subject to financing”. you could start foreclosure on your second mortgage. Do this only if you can not make the mortgage payments after the reinstatement. and agree to reimburse him when he repays your second mortgage. retains more control for you. If he is late or gets behind on payments.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 able to evict him and not have to go the foreclosure process. Usually. It is best if you make the buyer pay for a reputable credit restoration service. could be worth the risk of the buyer’s defaulting in the future . this technique is best handled if you stay in constant contact with the buyer after he is making your payments and you check on his credit restoration progress. you can have the buyer give you a second mortgage that is due “the sooner of one year OR when he refinances your home”. Investors will come.e. Using a lease option with your buyer. Your attorney could draft a “Deed Covenant” that helps protect your interest when you sign the deed over to the buyer (i. The process of getting his credit improved should take about six months unless he has a large number of judgments against him.83 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . the note holder has the right to take the property without judicial procedure”) – check with your attorney about this or a similar clause in the deed. The wholesale/retail strategy is detailed in our FSBO Power Selling System™ at www.) Market the property as a foreclosure and look for a quick sale at a reduced market value using a ** wholesale/retail” strategy. but your . This risk of losing control of the disposition of your home. he now has the ability to negotiate a reduction in their balances in return for repaying them on a monthly basis.
000 (closing costs) = a net profit of approximately $65. if the home has a mortgage of $200. Remember that the . The expenses MUST be watched and approved by the homeowner because they will be reimbursed to the investor BEFORE the profit split and they should not be allowed to get out of hand.000 and $100.The investor will offer a 50%/50% split but you can request a 70% to you and 30% to him as there is no “standard” by which these contracts are drafted. 5.$10. you should show the lender your signed Sales Contract to delay the courthouse auction sale.000 is owed to the lender. Assuming further that the rehab costs $20. While it may seem like too much to give away to a stranger who hasn’t worked or lived in the home. For example. it may be better than losing everything at the (auction).000 or a payout to the homeowner and the investor of $32. the profit split on a 50%/50% basis would look like: $200. Attorneys have been winning judgments against investors using the reinstatement technique for years . but you should get a higher price than working with an investor.) Advertise for an Investor who is willing to do an equity split after he reinstates the loan. does the rehab needed.2009 .000 (reimbursed to investor for rehab costs) – $5. As soon as you get a buyer.84 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . However.500 each.000 $100.000 (reimbursed to investor for reinstatement costs) – $20.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 marketing effort should be directed to buyers that want to live in the property. Tip (#38) . they are under the gun to get out before the property goes to the courthouse sale.000. So it is likely that the percentage return on this transaction to the investor could easily be in the hundreds of percent (100%+).000 (payoff of mortgage) . This process of reinstatement of the loan by an investor is being attacked in some states by attorneys in civil law suits (on behalf of homeowners) with the pretence that the reinstatement amount is a loan at usurious interest rates and the investor is not a licensed mortgage broker. The key to considering this option is not only how much equity there is in the property but also the amount of repairs necessary to get full market value. and sells the property at fair market value. This will take slightly longer. This is a viable option for someone who knows they must sell and has a lot of equity in their property – if it were in pristine condition.000. The investor will possibly have to reinstate the loan for $10. The rate of return to the investor is considered his entire profit on the transaction divided by the amount of the reinstatement.even if the homeowner makes money as proposed by the investor.
so your best approach is to be truthful with them at all times. This contract should postpone the auction if the closing date is reasonable and the buyer looks authentic. would this reduce or eliminate any prepayment penalty in your mortgage. tell them you don’t know but you will find out and call them back.) Try our modified auction strategy to generate a fast sale of the property. The people coming to see you are mostly investors who know you are in foreclosure because of the nature of the public records – your name has been published for everyone to see – so get over the embarrassment and get on with what is important and NOW! This sale process of advertising in the newspaper and with a yard sign that you are having a foreclosure sale which will bring droves of inquiries.FSBOAutoPilot. The most powerful contract would be a 49%/51% with the homeowner having 51% so he had control of the project.2009 . calculate how much you would save by the buyer using your lender and give the buyer a bonus (50% of the savings) to apply to your lender – IF the buyer gets the lender’s approval and closes using your lender. 8. Unfortunately. friend or family member which will stall the sale and allow you to get back into your home for 20% to 50% of the current mortgage amount. 99% will want to steal your home. There has to be a high degree of trust between the homeowner and investor because of potential for abuse of the rehabbing costs. which can be seen at www. If they ask you something you don’t have an answer for. If they do have such a provision. let your attorney do the contracting or at least have him review EVERYTHING! 6. You must have everything in WRITING. but you have a chance to catch that 1% who are true buyers. but check to see if the costs and expenses make sense. This will give you time to correct the issue or focus on a solution. 7.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 investor probably knows more about rehabbing a property than you do. Lenders have heard it all when it comes to excuses. Ask the lender if they have a provision that if the buyer uses them as a lender.com. This is one of the best kept secrets in the foreclosure business and you .) Sign a Contract for Sale with a qualified buyer and present it to the lender.) Work on a short-sale strategy with an investor.85 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .
Retail buyers will not understand the foreclosure process so you can use your attorney as a referral source for their questions.000 . Unfortunately. buy my house. Schedule all the appointments at virtually the same time each day so there is a sense of urgency when everyone gets there. help with foreclosure.86 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . and market your property by advertising it as a “pre-foreclosure sale”. Focus your newspaper ad on your property being a Pre-foreclosure sale and that you have only two weeks until you lose the house. 9. cash for houses. you will have to get everything out anyway . cash for my home. and it will be up to you to sort them out. We make at least 75 hand-written yard signs (bandit signs 18” x 24” yellow with black ink) that we put in the neighborhood and along major highways. Tip (#39) . the homeowner gets hit with the short sale reduction amount as ordinary income for IRS purposes (IRS Form 100 Miscellaneous Income). the investor disguises this money going to the homeowner by saying that the homeowner supplied services or the investor bought something in the home that has a “fuzzy” value such as antiques. You need the money desperately but there are other ways to get it legally. To side-step the law.$5. and appliances in the house.) If you have resolved yourself to losing your property. If you intend to sell all the fixtures. cabinets. both investors and retail buyers.2009 . give yourself two weekends to do it (this selling of the “assets” may be illegal in some states). This will bring loads of buyers. Investors tell homeowners that the short sale is the only way they can make any money and promise to give the homeowner $2. Investors do this all the time when a mortgage is at 80% to 100% of FMV of the property and the homeowner agrees to cooperate doing the short sale with an investor. go on-line and look at every website that says anything about “Save my home. Make the ad double sized.so get started early. Spend the money on advertising and have open houses each weekend.” It is also time to start calling EVERYONE that sent those mailing pieces you received and ask .000 which is ILLEGAL. That’s technically correct but bonus report #2 will tell you how to do this yourself and do it legally. This is bank fraud and don’t let yourself get caught being involved in this scheme. Remember. Little of this will help your pricing if your home isn’t cleaned out and ready to have someone move in.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 will be told that homeowners can’t do short sales with their lenders. stall for time with as many of the above tactics as possible.Another option is to stir the local real estate investors into a feeding frenzy to buy your property. Next. etc.
with all documents in place. It can be done with the right Attorney. ON THE MORNING OF THE AUCTION. This letter must be hand delivered to the Clerk of the Court.If you decide to use a realtor® to sell. . he will have your home thrown out of the bankruptcy filing within a few days or weeks and you will be facing the courthouse foreclosure auction again. In addition. only sign a single party contract if an agent brings a buyer and HAVE YOUR ATTORNEY REVIEW THE CONTRACT – no matter what the agent says! Look to see much more information at www. you will no longer have control of selling your home because the Trustee of the Bankruptcy Court will have to “release” your home from the bankruptcy proceeding for you to sell it. Most importantly. Schedule the appointments 10 minutes apart and cut to the chase . advertise on a flat fee listing site and offer a 5% BUYER’S Agent commission. HOWEVER.FSBOAutoPilot.) File a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy or NOT.87 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . We do not recommend this as a viable strategy to stop foreclosure. This bankruptcy strategy is an absolute last resort that will stay with your credit history long after your foreclosure is dropped off.500 which must be paid in advance. but don’t count on them closing that quickly or at the very last minute before the actual Sheriff’s sale. and a degree of luck. Even if the lender’s attorney is an amateur at filing foreclosures. The risk of waiting until just before the sale is risking losing your home entirely and not possibly getting any equity out! START EARLY AND WORK HARD AND RELENTLESSLY! IMPORTANT .“What is your best offer for this property. You can use a document called “Intent to File Bankruptcy” that works just as well to get the property removed from the auction. The lawyer for the lender should also receive a copy by fax the day before the sale and will have to get back to the court to have another sale date scheduled (judicial foreclosure).com 10. and for a cash closing in 10 days or less?” They can easily close in 48 hours if they understand the system. a cooperative lender.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 them to come for an appointment. This federal court filing only temporarily stops the foreclosure and it costs $750 to $2. in the condition you see. The HUGE benefit is the auction will be postponed for usually 30 days or longer and you have time to decide if you want to file a bankruptcy proceeding. who is doing the auction. It can stop a sale at the courthouse steps if you have run out of time.2009 .
As soon as you file the bankruptcy petition an “automatic stay” becomes effective and creditors can no longer contact the petitioner and it does stop your foreclosure from proceeding – BUT ONLY temporarily. Fully two thirds of the people reaching a re-payment agreement with the bankruptcy trustee default shortly thereafter.A bankruptcy filing is standardized throughout the United States because it takes place in Federal Court. The bankruptcy filing and disposition will remain on your credit report for a full ten years. Amateur investors will tell homeowners to file for bankruptcy to stop their foreclosure. Your home’s lender will petition the court immediately to remove your home from the bankruptcy proceeding and your home will be released.88 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . BRIEFLY. The reason is that the bankruptcy trustee looks back at least six months to see what property was transferred and he has the capability of reversing the lender’s deed transfer as a fraudulent conveyance because the lender received preferential treatment! Don’t make idle threats as some “stop foreclosure” books or individuals recommend. However.EXTREMELY IMPORTANTIf you proclaim to a lender that you are considering bankruptcy the lender will NEVER give you the Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure – PERIOD. The lender will have his attorney file a motion for dismissal of your home from the bankruptcy filing – which will be granted almost immediately.2009 . but puts all of your assets into a trustee’s hand for eventual sale unless the property is removed from the list of assets by petition from a lender. You are . you are still faced with sorting through the mess that is left in bankruptcy and will have to submit to a repayment schedule of your remaining outstanding debt. This eliminates the headaches of heckling debt collectors. The lenders are not fools and the homeowner filing is akin to him shooting himself with a shotgun to prove a point. and YOU will wind up paying for it when the lender issues his final Deficiency Judgment! .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 NOW you will also have to deal with the ugly mess of the remaining bankruptcy filing. In fact. The lender will be charged more money. Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code allows a petitioner to get protection from creditors with the intent of the person(s) filing to reorganize their finances. the bankruptcy trustee has the power to reverse the deed transfer whether you sold it to an investor or a retail buyer so filing a bankruptcy is similar to a child playing with a loaded gun.
EVEN if you withdraw your bankruptcy filing. for the next ten years. Keep that in mind because his work is simply filing forms.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 far better off to negotiate each and every debt you have and stick to the payments to avoid bankruptcy. information. make this part of your thought process when you are making your final decision about filing a bankruptcy! Disclaimer – We and our related companies are NOT debt relief agencies and we DO NOT PROVIDE advice. will shorten their holding time. .2009 . even with a withdrawal from bankruptcy. Have your Attorney negotiate the terms of the Deed so that the lender will not get a judgment against you if their sale price is below what is owed on the mortgage.) Sign a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure with your lender. bankruptcy filings or referrals to attorneys who do bankruptcy filings. because any deficiency below what is owed will be charged to you on an IRS 1099 Miscellaneous Income Form or as a deficiency judgment. You will have to leave the property and the lender will sell the property through a realtor® as an REO (Real Estate Owned property). This is what credit counseling services do for people with massive credit card debt. and reduce their total expenses involved with the property. Consult an attorney for advice on any of the above mentioned topics. So. This will give your home to your lender for the amount owed and will stop the foreclosure. This Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure will save the lender the costs to take your property to sale. or legal representation pertaining to any bankruptcy filing or pending case. document preparation. but you have to live with it.89 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . it will remain on your credit report that you did file.VERY IMPORTANT– The impact on your credit report from a bankruptcy lasts ten years and is much more severe than a foreclosure. Tip (#40) . debt or credit counseling. he only makes money if you file for the bankruptcy. If you ask a bankruptcy attorney about stopping your foreclosure. It’s important that you work out the terms of the agreement correctly. 11.
the lender will NEVER give you the Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure – PERIOD.2009 . don’t pay anyone because you will be wasting your money. Ask them to give you a “Release of Lien” for a nominal sum ($500) so you can move forward. you should look at the other ways discussed in extracting your equity. “Why are you trying to help your lender foreclose?” The truth is powerful here – tell them your hardship and that the lender has offered to take back your deed if the other liens are extinguished.90 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . If any one of the lien holders refuses to cooperate. Try it.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 IMPORTANT NOTE – if your home has a second mortgage or other liens attached for whatever reason. ASK the lender for some money to help cover your moving expenses. it is unlikely they will take a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure to halt your sale. otherwise the lender will go to auction and have them extinguished. The . If he asks to have you sign anything else – DON’T DO IT because he is transferring the lien to you personally. You should explain you feel responsible and you would like to see this lien holder get something back rather than nothing. Anther option here is to have a friend of yours call these lien holders and offer to purchase the liens so the lien holder gets something. If you truly have equity in your property. it is unlikely the lender will take your deed because he will have to extinguish these loans or pay them off to sell the property and deliver a free and clear title. even AFTER you give the lender a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure. If the lender agrees to your offer of a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure and you have equity in your home. If you don’t ASK. A solution is to contact the junior lien holders and explain the bank is taking you to foreclosure and their notes or liens will be extinguished. you have nothing to lose and asking will not change their mind about offering you the deal. The lender is much better off to go forward with the foreclosure and have them extinguished at the auction by judicial process. They will immediately ask. THIS IS SO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IT IS WORTH MENTIONING AGAIN! If you proclaim to a lender that you are considering bankruptcy. If they say “no” then you can ask for them to assume any other liens you have on the property in exchange with your cooperating to give them your home and avoid the foreclosure process. you will get nothing. This means that if you have additional lenders or lien holders on title with your foreclosing lender.
12.91 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . bankruptcy trustee has the same power to reverse the deed transfer even if you sold it to an investor or a retail buyer so filing a bankruptcy is similar to a child playing with a loaded gun. It is also happening frequently when a declining real estate market is falling so quickly that a homeowner realizes he not only has no equity in his home.walk away and let the lender take the property back.The junior lien holder(s) may be more agreeable to selling the note to another person (your friend) rather than the homeowner. They will not be very accommodating to taking a “Deed in Lieu Of Foreclosure” without trying to get a list of your bank accounts and personal assets. The huge benefit here is the lien buyer asks to have the note or lien transferred to them at full face. They CAN NOT issue a 1099 Form AND get a judgment – it is either one or the other. If you give this personal asset information to them. The action of . Huge money can be made doing this simple procedure of purchasing notes at substantial discounts and going to the auction to get much more money for them! Bonus Report #4 is devoted to exactly how to function at the foreclosure auction and take advantage of these “note credits”. HOT.2009 . but he will owe the lender money even if he sells at FMV. it is being done to save families and for the physiological well-being of the homeowners. While this is an action of last resort. the “stop foreclosure” books or individuals recommend. Now this person has a Credit to Bid (at full face. HOT. the lender is probably very mad that you took money out of your property and immediately went into foreclosure.) If you are fully financed (your mortgage is for 95% to 100% of FMV). not the purchase price) at the auction. Tip (#41) – If you refinanced within the past six to nine months and are already behind four or more months on your mortgage. you can expect to have a judgment against you and a collection agency coming after you. They are probably correct in believing that you have the extra cash somewhere and you used them to sell your property in a bad real estate market – otherwise you would have sold it yourself. Money Making Idea . CONSIDER doing what many over-financed homeowners are doing .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 reason is that the bankruptcy trustee looks back at least six months to see what property was transferred and he has the capability of reversing the lender’s deed transfer as a fraudulent conveyance because the lender received preferential treatment! Don’t make idle threats as some In fact. HOT.
even if you withdraw the bankruptcy. The second most dangerous “remedies” are the lease-option proposals where you are told you can stay in the property if you deed your house to an investor who will lease it back to you for one or two years until you are financially O. expensive and is a contract with the Federal Government (a higher authority than a lender) and must be taken seriously. and people literally knocking on their door to lend “help” but whose motivation is to make money from your situation.92 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . you will pay much more for your same home just a few months later. postcards. The most dangerous offerings you will see are the refinance solutions . but at a higher interest rate and within three years the foreclosure is virtually a thing of the past with regard to getting another mortgage. These investors are looking to make the difference of what they can buy it for and what they can sell it for at full retail price. the investor knows that statistically (85%) you will not be able to buy your home back in the future. Since your foreclosure has become part of the Public Record. approached by numerous Investors trying to “help” you resolve your problem. The attorney for the lender will file a motion to have your property released from the bankruptcy and it will be granted. tells you that you can stay in your property indefinitely by filing bankruptcy. have YOUR Attorney review all the documentation.K.for reasons mentioned elsewhere. However. A bankruptcy filing is complicated. Another reason they know you won’t stay in the property is because some investor agreements stipulate that if you are one day late with your lease payment you can be evicted. If you get lucky and come into some money and are able to purchase it back. If you are desperate enough to try this. Stalling for time in some states is virtually impossible because of the nature of their procedural laws and the recent bankruptcy law changes. You should stay with the simpler solutions and sell your house or find a source for the funds you need. and can get refinancing. So much for your plan to get your home back! . express mailers. including an attorney. you will be or have already been. So if someone.2009 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 leaving your home behind is not “credit” fatal and you could buy a new home within a year using conventional financing. IMMEDIATELY seek other advice. Homeowners typically see between 50 to 200 letters. Now you will have a bankruptcy and a foreclosure on your credit report.
the ownership transfers to the investor who now has the right to throw out the homeowner if he so chooses. the seller.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Tip (#42) repeated . when there is a dispute. Control means getting everything in writing. More homeowners have been scammed and have been unable to sell their home.2009 . can’t get the property. your attorney will send an authorization to both parties to release the funds with a notice that within ten days if the party to the disagreement doesn’t answer. you usually find this out the hard way when it’s too late and you’ve lost valuable time! THE SOLUTION is to have your attorney draft a document that clearly stipulates what happens to the escrow deposit in the event of default by the buyer and gives the attorney authorization to release the escrow to the seller without further authorization from the buyer. for any reason. Under normal circumstances. getting at least a 2 ½% deposit with any sales contract.HUGE SCAM Never sign a Deed of any type. The Investors do this to make certain that another Investor. an attorney faces a lawsuit from the other side and possible judicial sanctions. investors have a value . the escrowed funds even if the Buyer defaults on the contract! Think about it this way. If a homeowner signs any type of deed transfer document to an Investor. Unfortunately. if the . Tip (#43) – You should know that your escrow agent will not give you.93 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . However. except at the closing table with your Attorney. making your contract NON-ASSIGNABLE.if YOU control the situation. The Investor also “clouds” the property’s title so a legitimate buyer can no longer take title. DO NOT SIGN ANY DOCUMENT UNLESS YOU SIGN IT IN FRONT of YOUR ATTORNEY! Despite their greed motivation. and having your attorney review everything. the attorney is automatically authorized to release the escrowed funds. when an Attorney takes a side in the escrow payment argument by agreeing with either party. or have EVEN lost their homes because of Investors using this strategy (sign a deed immediately!) to get control of the property. who has made you a higher price offer.
but at least you have the money. you are in a “Total Standoff”. the closing agent will NOT release the escrow. however. Even if it happens that you are extremely motivated to sell. This is usually what we do. and his attorney replies that they disagree.) If you are the Seller. Wait to see if the other party goes to court and after a 10 days offer to give back ½ of the escrow if they sign off on the agreement for disbursement – this works almost all the time. Don’t bluff or play games. or if you are really desperate to sell. don’t let the closing be extended indefinitely or you will lose your home. ANOTHER SOLUTION to keeping the escrow is to hold it yourself. If everything goes well and you are able to close.2009 . In sloppy markets. get as large an escrow deposit as you can. negotiate to release the same amount to each party. or if that fails. Reviewing your options regarding the escrow – 1.94 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .) If the buyer defaults on your Purchase and Sale Contract. resolve any differences at the closing table by credits or debits to the closing statement or. but only if you don’t have to sell. no one gets paid unless the transaction closes so there is leverage on the seller’s part at the table. At this stage. Changing the closing statement (HUD-1 Form) can stop the closing if there is a lender involved and trading checks outside the closing documents can be construed as bank fraud. but have your attorney draft the document discussed above to insure you will get the escrow if there is a problem. Remember. if necessary. The buyer still has the right to fight with you later .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 buyer won’t sign. The stakes are too high. give a check for a small amount (less than $2. we do it in one of our corporations. 2.000). The issue of getting the buyer to make the check payable to you is that the buyer has to be motivated enough to trust you. the attorney will hold the funds until the statute of limitations expires and pocket the money. BUT have a “Kick-out Clause” in your sales contract so you can get rid of an unruly buyer. with no one winning EXCEPT by going to court. Financing for the buyer is the big issue in closing quickly and we suggest you have a mortgage broker review the buyer’s credit report so you can . Try not to get in this position in the first place where you have to trade funds or credits at closing – do your homework first and stay in touch with the buyer continuously. leave the deposit with your attorney.
BEWARE .Investors will come offering solutions of refinancing and outright purchase. These lenders know that you couldn’t pay the old loan payments. If you are over 90 days late. If you try to refinance.95 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . very high interest rates. will be at very high rates and with high closing fees. and are called predatory loans because the private lender is expecting you to default and then foreclose on your home.No matter how good your negotiation skills. let them make the proposal and politely say “Sounds OK to me but I don’t sign anything without my Attorney reading it first and giving me approval .NOW! GREAT TIP (#44) .2009 .Predatory Loans . IF POSSIBLE. The biggest problem with closing in 30 days is almost always the buyer not sending in documentation timely that is needed by the lender to complete the loan application package. This problem has gotten worse lately with lenders tightening their document submission requirements. refinancing. Unfortunately. AND that the escrow deposit is non-refundable for any reason including the inability of the buyer to get financing! We know it can be done because we do it all the time. the amount the lender will give you is approximately 60% to 65% of a reduced fair market value of your property. Some very arrogant Investors prey on the gullibility of foreclosure victims by telling them stories about the eviction process with the Sheriff throwing all the homeowners’ possessions on the lawn. and they aren’t surprised when you default a few months later because of your increased mortgage payments. Your first impression may be “What difference does it make?” The actual statistics for reinstatement or refinancing is a staggering 85%+ default rate within six months.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 get an unbiased opinion on whether they can close or not in 30 days. These loans have high closing points. or the perspective Buyers’ skills. that can be a reality so you must take immediate and dramatic action .you don’t mind do you?” This really levels the playing field with even the most highly trained . Your attorney should put a clause in your contract that any extension after 30 days requires a per day penalty of at least $100 to $150.
especially if the investor uses a contract that has not been approved by the Board of Realtors® or the local Bar Association. It is in your best interest to have your attorney call the lender on your behalf if you are uncomfortable doing it yourself.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 salesperson. first.” Your Attorney may take longer. you must simply disclose to each buyer that they are “backup contracts”. COMPLY IMMEDIATELY. and have your Attorney review. However. . call the lender yourself. but remember they have nothing to lose and you will be evicted by the buyer if your home is sold at auction. but don’t count on it.96 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Sometimes what a lender’s representative tells you on the telephone and what actually happen can be worlds apart. but usually you have a few days (sometimes 10 days). and lastly have your attorney call on your behalf. DON’T count on only one Investor. You need to check with your attorney about how long after the sale you have to leave the property.2009 . draft these contracts. DO NOT fall for the Investor offering to put in a clause in the contract that says something like “Your Attorney has 72 hours to review the contract. You can also find out by checking with your local courthouse. Always sign at least two back-up contracts when you deal with investors. Ask for everything in writing and if the lender requests any documentation. If you are interested in selling to this investor. have your Attorney read the document(s) and re-write it (them) in your favor. You will find dealing with investors an interesting game to play. FORECLOSURE IN A PROBATE Where there is a foreclosure on a property that is also in probate. everything stated above applies. but the exact amount of time varies by state. And it gives you time to think about what is best for you. Some Lenders will cooperate. Very often the investor will not even prepare the documents because he knows what an attorney will say. so don’t be too surprised if he walks and doesn’t call you back. BUT your probate Attorney will have to do double duty and stall the lender from taking the property to sale. or better yet. ask for a Supervisor. and if you encounter resistance from the lender’s representative. There is nothing wrong in signing two or three or more contracts on your home.
You can refinance the property by guaranteeing the mortgage. As described above the foreclosure process is the same so just keep making the mortgage payments. if the lender will agree to the reinstatement. The lender will need proof of the pending refinance and will usually postpone the foreclosure sale. if you decide to keep the property for yourself or to facilitate a smoother sale later. Multiple beneficiaries make for multiple headaches so don’t assume that just because they are related to you that they will be the same people during and after the probate.If a realtor® approaches you to list your property because he has a “buyer for your property”. So the issue becomes. If there is substantial equity in the property. just pay off the loan. so DON’T assume anything. Lenders will usually postpone the sale if you have a Contract for Sale from a buyer and occasionally they will postpone the sale if you have a signed Listing Agreement with a Realtor® for the property. ANOTHER WORD of CAUTION . If the decedent did their financial planning properly and established a Living Trust. talk to the lender as soon as you are sure what you want to do.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Language in the homeowner’s mortgage usually stipulates that upon the death of the guarantor (whoever signed to be responsible) of the mortgage. But this varies with lenders. the new Trustee will have no probate to deal with and the only issue will be selling the property. because the lender is receiving their payment and crediting the mortgage account of the deceased (guarantor). it may be in your best interest to reinstate the loan if it is seriously delinquent (3 – 6 months). who will continue to make the payments while the property is in probate and who will reimburse who for these payments? Work this out before you make the first payment and get it in writing even if there are only two beneficiaries. the lender will be unaware of the owner’s death and will not “accelerate” payment of the mortgage. If the lender knows what they are doing. don’t assume anything.97 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . However. It doesn’t matter that you are paying with a different checking account. . the mortgage is immediately due and payable in full. If the lender won’t agree. they could offer to have you refinance through them.2009 . if the mortgage payments continue to be made in a timely manner. However. It is easiest to just send in the reinstatement amount and not mention the issue of the guarantor’s death.
YOU CAN’T CLOSE. Now is the time to carefully review your carrying costs and determine if holding out for a year or two. lost a tenant. he only loses a commission. make certain that there is enough equity to cover his commission.) bleed slowly until you sell or lose the home to foreclosure. 2. Otherwise. didn’t foresee the Buyers’ Market.2009 . What is most important to remember is that if the realtor® is not able to sell your home. you will have to come to your closing with CASH to pay him! Unfortunately. under-estimated repairs. the closing agent reduces his fees or the buyer pays more.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 only offer him a single person listing agreement.98 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . The seller’s credit is already impacted because of the late mortgage payments so the question is “Why even bother to close?” This is a good question that every seller should ask himself when he has to come to the closing table with money. or any other investor mistake(s). you must now make a BUSINESS DECISION about what to do. No one can predict the future no matter what they say. you lose your home’s equity! If he should find a Buyer.) or stop the bleeding altogether and walk away. The true challenge is when it’s your money invested and fear and doubt become reinforced by looking at short term negative news while trying to make . or three makes sense if you can afford to lose your profit in the property and your cash besides. If you find yourself in this position. bring less money (or none) to the closing table and tell the buyer that unless the realtor® reduces his commission. Otherwise. coming to closing without realizing you owe money happens quite often because the seller believes his credit is more important than his money and doesn’t think through the costs to close. give the realtor® a personal note for any of their commission not paid at the closing and pay it off when you move and get settled. If the buyer is motivated and the realtor® isn’t a fool. bought a pre-construction that couldn’t be flipped. It’s easy to base future decisions on the past and justify them with this data. Your choices are to 1. 3.) hold on to your home and slow the financially bleeding by bringing in a tenant (lease option). or how much empirical data they have from historical archives. REAL ESTATE INVESTOR’S FORECLOSURE If your are in foreclosure because you tried real estate investing and you paid too much for the property. they will come to a happy meeting of the minds and the closing will take place.
If they have little cash to close.99 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . We discuss this later. so don’t punish yourself. Determine if you are going to do a Seller Concession BEFORE you have the appraisal done so the appraiser knows that the purchase price if higher that it otherwise would have been! ANOTHER HUGE TIP (#46) . Either way they can generally be financed for close to or even 100% if they have a “Non-inhabitant Guarantor” that has income or good credit. Your mortgage broker will supply you with one that authorizes him to pull the prospects’ credit and tell you if they have a chance to qualify for a loan now or in one year.NEVER sign a sales contract that stipulates the Buyer can cancel the contract if an appraisal is less than the asking price! This is another great scam because the Buyer will use his appraiser and get a lower value and threaten to cancel UNLESS you adjust your price! Don’t fall for this trick! Get an .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 long-term life altering decisions. the Seller. can mark-up the purchase price by the same 3% to 6% if the appraisal is adequate. Yes. you will have to face the slings and arrows of credit issues. If you can’t sell the property for months and you don’t want to carry it for three to six months longer. We have all perspective “renters” fill out our mortgage broker’s pre-qualification form or MiniApplication as we call it. These perspective renters may have cash and a good job. Nice people can have nasty problems that are not their fault. market it as a Lease Option or Rent to Own. HUGE TIP (#45) . The best decision may well be to walk while you still have money in the bank. or possibly breakeven while you wait for better market conditions. just move on with your life. of 3% or 6% of the purchase price. Don’t want tenants? We understand. BUT THESE ISSUES ARE NOT FATAL so don’t treat them as such. for their closing costs to be paid by you. and have to pay higher interest rates on major financial purchases for a few years. but take the time to read why this option works so well. HOWEVER. it may require you give a Seller Concession at the closing. We give specific examples of how to make money with lease options especially if your tenant doesn’t buy the property.2009 . but it is the best way to carry a property with minimal negative cash flow. but bad credit or they may have good credit and no cash.We often advertise for “Rent to Own” or “Lease to Own” and look at these prospects with the intention of their buying our property immediately.
We have an entire . but ask because there may have been changes to the HOA regulations.) 4.com Finalize your offering price using our “Determining Value” Form. The lender has the power to put the entire overdue amount on the end of your mortgage by extending the number of payments. A sample form can be found in our Quick Start Manual at www. start talking to the HOA Board members and get any New Resident Application that may be required for a buyer if you have to sell. your house will not appraise for more because you list it with a Realtor®. get it ready to move and start shipping or storing certain treasured items beforehand.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 appraisal BEFORE the buyer signs the contract. 2. Don’t forget to ask the board if they know anyone who is looking to buy in your complex. they really do love to hear from you.) If you have a condo.100 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .FSBOAutoPilot. If they are less than one year. so plead for this option. AND if the HOA has a Right of First Refusal.) 5. then there is no reason for another appraisal that can get the buyer out of the contract or have him try to renegotiate your sales price. DO NOT ACCEPT neighbors’ or Realtors’® suggested offering prices unless they match yours. go back as often as it takes and try to have them extended further so they are smaller monthly payments.) . Talk to the lender.) Determine if it is monetarily feasible for you to stay in your property if your loan is reinstated and you have much higher payments for up to six months. Have the lender send you a Reinstatement or Forbearance Agreement to see what your payments will be and for how long.2009 3. Both of these questions should be answered in your HOA Manual (which you need for a buyer). make up your “Sales Sheet” listing all the attributes of your property. Work on staging your property and if you are taking furniture with you. Should you be forced to sell. Remember. IN SUMMARY: 1.
) Get working on choosing a real estate attorney at this time.2009 .) 7. Remember.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 chapter devoted to Staging and Moving Tips in our FSBO Power Selling System at www. Set up your advertising campaign. Seek advice of these professionals for any legal or accounting questions you have.101 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .com 6. we do not give legal or accounting advice since we are not Attorneys or CPA’s. . now is the time to interview them.FSBOAutoPilot. stick to the 4% commission payable only to the Buyer’s Agent and flat rate list on the MLS®. If you are highly motivated. Should you choose to use a Realtor®.
see Bonus Report #3 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Summary of Homeowner Strategies EQUITY Small Medium Large Est.2009 . X X X Employer Hardship X X X Sign a Contract X X X Sell Modified Auction X X X Short Sale X X X Grant Money X X Talk to Investors X X X Lease Option* X X Sell “Subject To” X X X Equity Split X X Combo of Strategies X X X Chapter 13 Filing X X X Died in “Lieu of” X Last Ditch Method X *A lease option can be used to keep or sell your home. VA Loans X X Credit Cards X X 401K Plan X X X Cash Value Life Ins. X X X Small Second Mtg. % of FMV 0% .102 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .9% 10% . X X X Refi Delinquent Loan X X Outside Funding X X X Employee Advance X X X Liquidate Assets X X Rent a Room(s) X X Rent Your Home X X HUD.20% 21%+ Friends & Family X X X Stocks & Bonds X X X Second Home Refi X X X Home Equity LoanX Your Home Home Equity LoanX X X Not Your Home Challenge Legality X X X Forbearance Agmt. FHA.
and take detailed notes about the strategies you want to use. Correspondence with Lender. [ ] Read this text AGAIN.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Chapter 6 Quick Start Check List Some of these steps may not seem important. Set up a folder(s) for Investor Correspondence and a card file that may be needed later – keep these in order so you can call them back. [ ] Pick at least 3 – 5 strategies that you can immediately begin working on in each of the two sections of “Keeping Your Home” and “Moving Out of Your Home” and replace them with less desirable ones as you move along. 4. Set up folders for Legal Documents Notice of Service or Summons.2009 3. Always make notes on their correspondence whenever you speak to them so you know EXACTLY what promises they make. . Correspondence with Lender’s Attorney Correspondence with Your Attorney All overdue bills including City or County related items 2. all the parts of this check list are very important and the information you collect and record could be critical in the future for you to get money back if your home is sold.103 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . [ ] Get organized for the deluges of paperwork that will be coming or you already have: 1. taken by foreclosure. Setup an area in your home that is away from people who will be coming to visit so they don’t see your files. or to help you stay in your home. It is best to have a witness whenever you speak to them. Get an inexpensive spiral bound notebook and make notes on EVERYTHING you do and everything that is said about your foreclosure – by anyone .
[ ] Make sure you fully understand the timeline of your proceeding. Your last monthly mortgage statement will not have the total you owe because it doesn’t have the attorney’s fees and expenses on it. It will be a continuous struggle until your problem is resolved once and for all time. In the final analysis. information. Disclaimer – We and our related companies are NOT debt relief agencies and we DO NOT PROVIDE advice. bankruptcy filings or referrals to attorneys who do bankruptcy filings. and your rights. Once you know this you can work on two fronts. [ ] Take action on the methods of resolution of your foreclosure and don’t think that because it appears you have money coming in or a buyer to purchase your home that you can afford to rest. and if the lender is interested in a “short pay”. [ ] Made a determination of whether or not you can afford to keep your home and whether you want to keep it. Consult an attorney for advice on any of the previously mentioned topics. debt or credit counseling. and secondly. or legal representation pertaining to any bankruptcy filing or pending case. start working on getting ready to sell your home using the other techniques in this text and look at the information at www.com [ ] Ask your loss mitigation representative rep for a Reinstatement Amount. Don’t be afraid to ask “What would YOU do?” because occasionally they may have an answer for you that could really help. The best way is to get advice from an attorney and READ everything you get from the court.2009 . Loan Payoff. first get started on the economic solutions to reinstate or pay off your mortgage (or deed of trust).104 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .FSBOAutoPilot. [ ] Start a dialogue with your lender’s representative immediately and stay in touch on a regular basis but only as often as you get new information about what your next step will be – as long as the lender needs to know. This document will be critical in your monetary recovery or reinstatement of your loan.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 including your attorney. info on a Forbearance Agreement (Repayment Agreement). Everything must be FAXED and ASAP so you know your options. ask the County Clerk’s office to confirm the timeline on the auction process. your redemption period. . document preparation.
Save the Above rest for later when you have more time. pg. Implement Your Decisions Even if the results will not 3 2 hours be forthcoming for days or weeks.2009 Est. especially your lender. Time . Step-by-Step Actions to End Your Foreclosure Day # Action Completed Read the Text AGAIN completely and with specific 1 4 hours emphasis on the following: Chapter 1 – Review the Foreclosure Process & Find Your Mortgage Documents and Review Them for the 1 30 minutes clauses that refer to your foreclosure. The IMPORTANT THING is to GET STARTED IMMEDIATELY! . If you get the above actions done in the time allocated or even close to it. 1 If “YES” – go to Chapter 5. you will be way ahead of 99. pg. 64. Be persistent and belligerent to get things done. If you decided to sell. Review Bonus Report #3 – Lease options are a good In Spare Time resort but you need good advertising to bring in tenants Above or to find a buyer to rent your home back to you. Do not get frustrated when you can’t get people to call you back timely. In Spare Time Review Bonus Report #2 – Look at this info for an Above early major strategic move and line up your help. Finish the Contact List and begin contacting each and 2 3 hours everyone on your list. or have moved to a new residence.105 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . What type of foreclosure is yours – this is very important! Chapter 2 – Can’t Afford to Keep Your Home? 1 15 minutes This question is critical and must be addressed honestly so you can move ahead quickly. 80 Start with #1 10 minutes Fill in & Use Contact List below and remember to 1 1 hour review in the text What to Say to Each Contact.com and use 15 minutes your $150 Discount Coupon to save money Review Bonus Report #1 – With emphasis on how to In Spare Time make money BEFORE you leave your home. Whether you are primarily on List 1 (Save) or List 2 (Sell) DO BOTH LISTS Review the Quick Start Check List in Chapter 6. get our Home Study Course 3 at www.FSBOPowerSelliingSystem. Review Bonus Report #4 – Powerful process but In Spare Time needs competent info on your local auction from Above someone who knows so look early for info and a buyer.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Day-by-Day.9% of other foreclosure victims. pg. Finalize Contacts and Make Strategic Decisions 3 2 hours About Your Specific Strategies in Each of the Categories. Start making decisions based on the initial feedback 2 2 hours from the contacts you have made up to now. Review Bonus Report #5 – Put off your Credit Repair In Spare Time until your problem is completely resolved and you are Above staying in your home. and Start with #1 10 minutes 1 If “NO” – go to Chapter 5. 2 1 hour 103 and Complete this list – NOTE some items will be duplicated because of their importance.
Sounds great on the surface.2009 . Try to stick to people who really want your home. Do you have any buyers now?” Stick to your guns because you are talking to a professional salesperson who probably has spent tens of thousands of dollars learning to overcome homeowners’ objections. but the reality is you are doing advertising for them and each lead coming in becomes a prospect for a mortgage where they can make tons of cash. What to Say to Realtors® Tell the realtors that you will pay a Buyer’s Agent commission of 4% or 5% depending on your desperation and final decision about moving. How do you qualify them – simply ASK them “What is your real interest?” Your interest is with the ones who want to buy it but if you become desperate the flippers are worth keeping in mind. Consider this – by giving up an extra percent you stand to get out before the competition grows and prices start to drop. You can always talk about other options later.106 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .) Pre-qualify your perspective buyers: the pitch is that they will put a sign in your front yard directing the calls to them and they will prequalify each caller and screen out unsuitable leads. Let’s look at these one at a time because each is important. a retail buyer would probably pay 120% to 140% of that price.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 What to Say to Investors By now you have been bombarded by investors looking to buy your home and realtors looking to list it. Remember if you have an investor willing to pay $XXXX for your home. I prefer to screen my callers myself (or my real estate agent will do it). So you should carefully keep a list of the investors and the prices they offer you. Pre-qualify the investors who want to buy your home and the ones who want to flip it. The issue with the flippers is that their buyer may not come to closing and this would REALLY complicate your problem. explain that you are having a lot of offers and you want to compare “apples to apples”. The persistent realtors® will not take this offer and will try to tell you their marketing “machine” will sell your home is no time.” Tell them that if a perspective buyer comes without a mortgage broker you will be glad to refer them and ask for a card. they are nice people . 1. . You are freed up from speaking to the investors and neighbors that call just taking up your time. Expect to get offers from 50% to 65% of After Repaired Value which should be Fair Market Value less the repair and carrying costs to resell your home. Move on to the next one! What to Say to Mortgage Brokers Mortgage brokers will be calling you with offers to pre-qualify perspective buyers. Explain to them “I like the idea and that’s why I am willing to sign a single person sales agreement for the buyer’s agent commission of 4% (or 5%). are you willing to make me a cash offer and close in 10 days or less?” If they ask why cash and why 10 days. Their presentations will be intense and almost always.because there is usually so much equity that they want – your money! Your response to them should be “I am considering using an investor like yourself. you are the loser. Also. if they mess up the “interview” with the prospect. and refinance your home. list your home FREE in their website. Tell them “No thanks.
To do this. he will know exactly what you will or will not qualify for. FREE is of little or no benefit to you. ask about permanent re-financing and you may get a “Yes”. You can work to save your home and sell it at the same time. All of these can be included in the loan’s closing costs. Don’t go to an office supply store and buy the cheap forms. put a contingent clause about resolving your foreclosure. You should know your credit score so despite his wanting to take a full application on you. Why are they called “predatory”? Because these lenders know that at least 85% of the time you will default on your payments again and they will foreclosure and get your equity as a profit. don’t pay any money for the application or any other up-front fees. BUT the calls come to their telephone numbers and are captured by their telephone system so they can call them back and get them for a mortgage – not necessarily for your home.107 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . In this case. A better alternative is to go to your local banker and ask him for an equity line if you have a large amount of equity because you can select an option to only pay interest monthly.) List your home FREE on their website: This is true.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 2.” Member that oftentimes a prospect is sitting out front looking at your sign and can come in immediately. Additionally your closing costs will be greatly reduced by as much as $7. The major problem here is whether he can actually re-finance your home. You are in foreclosure and unable to make previous payments. they will list your home for free. Hint. but I am not interested because I want to answer the calls and speak to the perspective buyers myself. If you resolve it. Tell him “Thanks. Then ask what he can offer you.000 loan.500 or more for a $250. you can stay in your home and cancel the sales contract. . explain that you are 3(?) months behind on your mortgage OR you have a sale coming up in two weeks – whichever the case. why would a lender want to loan you more money? Simply because there are predatory lenders out there who will loan on the equity in your home – if there is enough equity.) 3. However. If he says “No”. you now have a valid contract on which you can close and move on.2009 .If you are going to offer a second mortgage to a perspective lender let your attorney draft this mortgage or lien to protect yourself AND your lender. critical time and prospects are lost! He can re-finance your home: He should know you are in foreclosure since it is part of the public record and probably his lead source. If it goes unresolved. If you are taken in by the sales pitch. If someone else is taking the calling and calling back. if you sign a sales contract. If anything goes wrong you could lose much more than the amount of the mortgage.
divorce.) Gather your information and contacts needed for the “Sell Your Home” Contact Checklist (below) where you will find 12 workable solutions. It is critically important that you don’t call anyone before you plan what to say. It is really important that you stick to the script! If you get excited or befuddled. 3.FSBOAutoPilot. including the “walk away” as a last resort. It is probably in your best interest to save your home from foreclosure even if you will not be staying there because it will give you more time to get your home ready to sell at a higher price. and all the neighbors and picked everything up like piranhas feeding on a bleeding cow. Look at www. Here is a typical example using “Jim” as the perspective lender – Hello Jim. This was a very sad statement about the nature of mankind.108 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Write it down before you call and practice what you will be saying. Don’t use this line until much later. I mean actual scripting of your expected conversation. I’m calling because we need some help”. death. 2.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 So here we go: 1. When necessary. Go right into what caused your problem in 50 words or less and don’t drone on and on. you will lose sight of the important point(s) you need to make – stay on the script. You have your contact list and you call the first name. after at least four “No’s” – “What would it take for you to say “yes” to my request?” and don’t say anything else until he speaks because the first to speak loses! You will see how to overcome objections below. Call each one of your contacts and if they do say “No” ask for a referral to someone who “might need more income than they are getting on their CD’s or savings accounts”. It is your life. You must follow the script or you will be distracted since the prospect wants to steer away from your real issue for calling.) Gather your information and contacts needed for the “Save Your Home” Contact Checklist (below) where you found 20 workable solutions.2009 . if you know for sure you will be leaving (unaffordable.) If you definitely know you will be leaving.). Don’t let it happen to you because you come back to fight later.com for more information about selling your home and listen to the CD that was a bonus with this course regarding selling your home in as little as 72 hours or less. stress the second mortgage as collateral and don’t act surprised if they say “No” because this is expected. . This is important because we have seen evictions where the new owner threw the contents of the home into the street when the homeowner was at work. re-read the text so you have a good general knowledge of what to expect including the eviction process. forget your pride if you truly want to save your home because you are worthy of being in control despite any past mistakes. so get your act together now! Part 1. FIRST. etc. Don’t expect rejection or it will happen. Always confirm with the Sheriff’s office and the county clerk what you can actually expect. live it with vigor.
you should call him back in two days if he hasn’t called you and say – Hi Jim.109 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Give him your proposal “I checked with the bank and we need $xxxx to reinstate our loan. does that work?” Say NOTHING and wait for Jim to speak no matter how long it takes! If Jim says “No” for the fifth time. we are willing to pay 10% to 12% interest on the money and make it a one year note. I understand. I am calling back as promised. we have a lot of equity in the house that we can’t afford to lose. what would it take to get you to loan us the money temporarily?” Say NOTHING and wait for Jim to speak no matter how long it takes! If Jim says “No” for the sixth time. HOWEVER. We are really desperate.” If Jim says “No” again go right ahead and say – “Jim. Were you able to think of anyone who can help us just short term?” ABSOLUTELY say NOTHING and wait for Jim to speak no matter how long it takes! . would that help?” Say NOTHING and wait for Jim to speak no matter how long it takes! If Jim says “No” for the fourth time. sort of like points on a mortgage.” ABSOLUTELY say NOTHING and wait for Jim to speak no matter how long it takes! If Jim says “No” for the seventh time.000 more than the money we borrow. probably $XXXX” OR “We don’t have any place to go and we just need time to sell and find another place. go right ahead and say – “Jim.2009 .” Say NOTHING and wait for Jim to speak no matter how long it takes! If Jim says “No” the third time. go right ahead and say – “Jim. End with “Please help us” and stop talking! If Jim says “No” go right ahead and say – “Jim. you are getting closer to a “Yes” so go right ahead and say – Would you mind if I called you back in three days to see if you thought of anyone who can help us? Jim will say “Yes” to get rid of you because it is non-threatening. go right ahead and say – “Jim we are willing to give the second mortgage for $2. the interest rate we are offering is much better than a CD or even a 401-K and both of these can be borrowed against. would you mind referring me to someone you know who could help us and who needs to earn a high interest rate on a secured loan? I will gladly have the mortgage note prepared by an attorney so they are protected. go right ahead and say – “Jim. we would be willing to give a second mortgage to a person like yourself to secure the money until we pay it off. I know we can continue making payments on the mortgage after it’s reinstated because _____________________________________.
The beauty is that you could buy our home way below market value so your risk would be very.110 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Now that Jim has said “No” a few times.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Do this same sales pitch for each of your prospects and line up at least two who say you can have the money. I found a way that we can possibly keep our home. you can go back to him with more creative scenarios such as a lease option. I just wanted to pass another idea by you. would you mind if I asked him what to do tomorrow?” When you go back later to discuss the short sale and the auction say – “Jim. I hope I’m not bothering you but we really are desperate to save our home. explain that if they take it at foreclosure they have to carry the home.2009 . “Jim. Who should you call or talk to? – everyone you come in contact with from your hair dresser or barber to your gold buddies and the guys or gals at work. take a special hit on their accounting and they don’t want to own property. The great ones NEVER take less than 6 or 8 “No’s” because 98% of the sales come AFTER the fifth “No”. a short sale. We have learned that it is possible to buy our home directly from the bank BELOW our mortgage balance. or buying your home at auction. Great salesmen know that 98% of all sales are lost because the salesperson takes one “No” and quits.000 for doing it. The problem we are having is they want to make $40. would you mind if I explained it because I appreciate your opinion?” “We had some investors offer us a lease option where they would buy our house and lease it back to us until we could pay them back in a year. If our attorney could do the paperwork for us. Try it!! Part 2. Get over the embarrassment or you could be homeless! Modify the above sales pitch to what you are comfortable with but use the person’s name every time you speak to them because it shows respect. Also keep coming back after “No” answers. So it is easier for them to take a discount and get the house off their books. pay a realtor commission (5%). If you think there is risk. If the issue of safety comes up at ANY stage of your conversations just say – “Jim. I am certain that our attorney can overcome that risk. All this is exactly the truth! . very low AND it is entirely LEGAL!” ABSOLUTELY say NOTHING and wait for Jim to speak no matter how long it takes! If Jim asks why the lenders do this. would you possibly be interested in looking at doing the lease option with us?” Re-read the Bonus Report on “Secrets of Lease Options for Homeowners” so you can answer his questions. It’s called a short sale and the banks do it routinely for investors but never with homeowners directly. Don’t try more than one at a time and get your script together so it describes the benefits to him and the minimal risk. give him a way you will eliminate that risk.
This is important for two reasons. you didn’t really have a friend in the first place. review this Bonus Report again to see if there is further action you can take to get money back. . they don’t trust you. I suggest you try going through your contact list ONCE AGAIN and make each an offer they can’t refuse – as long as it benefits you. the interest rate isn’t high enough. is that OK?” The practical reality is that if you believe you stand to lose a friend by asking. Secondly. Show him the text (except for this part) and tell him “I’ll call your attorney and let you know what he has to say. All that needs to be done is KEEP GETTING “NO’s” UNTIL YOU GET A “YES”! The most important thing you can do when speaking to people is simply listen to what they have to say. Once you have moved and are reasonably settled. and everything that is said. You should review Bonus Report #1 about making money if you are losing your home. now is the time to get started making emergency provisions for your moving and abandoning your home. It is critical that you make notes on everyone you speak to. unanswered calls.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 If you already have a second mortgage and liens. Everyone knows someone who has the money you need. They are saying what they say for a reason which you must decipher as to their real problem. because later you will not remember what was said and when it was said. you won’t have to work too hard to get the money. If you have a redemption period and your home sold well below market value.2009 . Go through with Jim about how this works and don’t mention the short sale unless you want to try to have Jim buy the junior liens at a discount. Is it fear of losing the money. messages left. Now the work begins and the best thing I can say.111 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . and the information I can give you at this stage is that “Persistence Wins!” so stick to it and don’t give up – ever. they don’t like you. First. it may be better to do the same thing at the auction so these junior liens are wiped out. if you need to pursue legal action you have evidence. But now is the time to really get going! The resolution to your foreclosure is in your hands with the tools in this text. or something else? Ask questions and listen to their response and react accordingly to make your request a win-win for you both. No one has ever brought together so many options and in such detail. If all else fails in your money raising efforts and the other “Keep Your Home” options aren’t workable. you have a chance to get it back WITHOUT any attached liens that were extinguished at the auction. I acknowledge you for taking the effort to do the work up to this point. Take whatever action you think is appropriate and what options you have for a redemption period. This is an opportunity to go back to your Contact List and make them another offer using the redemptive value you are entitled to. If they are truly a friend.
2009 .Save Your Home Method # Person/Entity/Item Contact # Result Friends & 1 Family Friends & 1 Family Friends & 1 Family Friends & 1 Family Friends & 1 Family Stocks & 2 Bonds Stocks & 2 Bonds Stocks & 2 Bonds 2nd Home 3 2nd Home 3 Equity Line 4 Equity Line 4 Equity 5 Line/Other Equity 5 Line/Other Equity 5 Line/Other Legality 6 Attorney Legality 6 Attorney Forbearance 7 Agreement Small 8 Second Small 8 Second Small 8 Second Refi Del.112 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Contact Checklist . 9 Loan Only Refi Del. 9 Loan Only Outside 10 Funding Outside Funding 10 . 9 Loan Only Refi Del.
113 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Hardship Advance Hardship Advance Grant Money Grant Money # 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 14 14 14 15 16 16 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 Person/Entity/Item Contact # Result . Life Ins.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Method Employer Advance Employer Advance Liquidate Assets Liquidate Assets Liquidate Assets Liquidate Assets Liquidate Assets Liquidate Assets Liquidate Assets Rent-aRoom Rent-aRoom Rent Your Home Rent Your Home Rent Your Home FHA.2009 . VA. HUD Loans Credit Cards Credit Cards Credit Cards Credit Cards 401-K 401-K Life Ins.
“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Contact Checklist .2009 .Sell Your Home Method Investors Investors Investors Investors Investors Investors Lease Option Lease Option Lease Option “Subject to” “Subject to” “Subject to” “Subject to” Wholesale/ Retail Wholesale/ Retail Wholesale/ Retail Wholesale/ Retail Equity Split Equity Split Equity Split Equity Split Sales Contract Sales Contract Sales Contract Modified Auction Modified Auction Short Sale Short Sale Combo of Above Chapter 13 Chapter 13 Deed in Lieu of Last Resort # 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 10 10 11 12 Person/Entity/Item Contact # Result .114 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .
FHA. X X X Small Second Mtg. VA Loans X X Credit Cards X X 401K Plan X X X Cash Value Life Ins.20% 21%+ Friends & Family X X X Stocks & Bonds X X X Second Home Refi X X X Home Equity LoanX Your Home Home Equity LoanX X X Not Your Home Challenge Legality X X X Forbearance Agmt. X X X Employer Hardship X X X Sign a Contract X X X Sell Modified Auction X X X Short Sale X X X Grant Money X X Talk to Investors X X X Lease Option* X X Sell “Subject To” X X X Equity Split X X Combo of Strategies X X X Chapter 13 Filing X X X Died in “Lieu of” X Last Ditch Method X *A lease option can be used to keep or sell your home. X X X Refi Delinquent Loan X X Outside Funding X X X Employee Advance X X X Liquidate Assets X X Rent a Room(s) X X Rent Your Home X X HUD. % of FMV 0% .2009 . see Bonus Report #3 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Summary of Homeowner Strategies EQUITY Small Medium Large Est.9% 10% .115 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .
This information details ways that homeowners may be able to avenge themselves after being taken advantage of by unscrupulous investors. None of the following information is to be construed as legal or accounting advice and any questions you have should be discussed directly with an Attorney. and may be the only means for foreclosure victims to get back some or all of their lost equity. Disclaimer – We and our related companies are NOT debt relief agencies and we DO NOT PROVIDE advice.2009 . or legal representation pertaining to any bankruptcy filing or pending case. debt or credit counseling. or legal manner. realtors®. Consult an attorney for advice on any of the above mentioned topics. and even some attorneys. or attorneys who work with homeowners in a moral. CPA or your tax preparer in the case of IRS issues. information. realtors®. These methods may be called controversial but they work. ethical. it is an attempt to inform homeowners who were unfairly taken advantage of that they may have rights they never knew they had. The following suggestions are methods that we have actually used ourselves or have seen homeowners. Even If You Have Already Lost Your Home The following information contains many of the best kept secrets in the real estate investment community for obvious reasons.116 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . or attorneys use to get monies back for individuals who have lost their homes to foreclosure and . bankruptcy filings or referrals to attorneys who do bankruptcy filings. Rather. document preparation. investors. This Chapter is not disparaging fellow investors. mortgage brokers.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Bonus Report #1 TOP SECRET 12 Ways to Make Money From Your Foreclosure.
the title company. By way of introduction to our first Top Secret . Some states are actually construing that even if a property is not in foreclosure at the time of the sale.2009 . shrewd investors are getting signed disclosures from any sellers where they purchased their home. the legal issue is the non-disclosure of material facts and the excessive profit he made at your personal expense since your mental judgment was hampered by the emotional pressure of the foreclosure process. the sale falls under the new “Foreclosure Disclosure” regulations. . Potentially.) You may have a legitimate cause to sue the investor that purchased your home or. Additionally. and the end buyer. Unfortunately. mentioned in the Chapter 5. If you can not afford an attorney. well-meaning legislation carried to an extreme. Jail time and monetary penalties for investors will become more common and it is expected that within a few years most states will have legislation in place that regulates transactions between real estate investors and homeowners. rehabbing. and the excessive profit the investor made on the sale of your property. but the homeowner was considering going into foreclosure. Twelve Ways to Make Money Even If You Lose Your Home 1. get help from Legal Aid Services and if not there.117 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Again. this well-meaning legislation will only serve to hinder or stop legitimate investors and not deter the unethical or criminal elements. If the investor does an Equity Split. this type of legislation gives homeowners an opportunity to virtually sue any buyer of their property by saying they were contemplating foreclosure and discussed it with the buyer.investors play a valuable role in the transfer of real estate by buying.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 later got money they did not expect from sources they didn’t know were available to them. Because of this potentially excessive extrapolation of the regulations. if he assigned your contract to another buyer. a few bad apples can spoil the whole barrel and many states have taken steps to regulate how investors can interact with homeowners. sue the investor. But as with any profession. possible fraud. it may be that the investor gave you false or misleading information that helped make your final decision to sell to him. The core of your case is non-disclosure of all material facts. and often frankly changing neighborhoods for the better. selling.
Some attorneys will take contingent suits if you show how you were not properly disclosed. If the State’s Attorney takes your case. he is technically and legally lending you money until such time as the property can be sold. you have an opportunity to get money back for years to come. wherein the guilt party can loose every asset he has ever had.) When an investor halts your foreclosure by reinstating your delinquent loan and assuming the payments on your existing mortgage.2009 .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 then go to the State’s Attorney’s Office. Always tell the truth so you are not count-sued by the investor. Some investors will have carefully planned for a law suit by using corporations. you should not have to pay attorney’s fees. It is very powerful in any lawsuit if you have kept a log with whom you spoke. when you spoke to them. Don’t let this slow you down as the authorities and your attorney will know exactly how to “pierce the corporate veil” to get to these individuals. had a 100% success rate in court. LLC’s (limited liability companies). 2. and the investor has charged an excessive interest rate on the “borrowed reinstatement” money because the profit from the sale of your home is included in the return on the loan. One attorney that confided about his practice. A number of shrewd attorneys have picked up on this form of transaction and realized that the investor or “lender” must be a mortgage broker. SUPER POWERFUL INFORMATION – the statute of limitations is as much as fifteen (15) years in some states! This means that with proper documentation. This process includes using what is known as the RICO Act. how much money the investor made and how little you got. said he targeted these specific investor transactions. and layered ownerships in an attempt to disguise the real ownership of their assets. and had gotten judgments in all cases before he turned the cases over to state authorities for further prosecution. SUPER. There are even attorney groups that look for homeowners that have had investors buy their property and then sue the investors. . have make specific legal disclosures regarding loans. Later your attorney will advise you to bring a civil suit that could result in damages in excess of your original personal financial loss. and what was said and promised. as well as serving jail time for a “continuing criminal enterprise”.118 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . You may have action for a civil suit and also a criminal suit.
2009 . DO NOT go to the investor and threaten him with prosecution.119 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . jail time. For example. taking advantage of the elderly is an all too common occurrence and most states have formulated specific regulations that require “salesman” to be more than fair in dealing with the elderly. you possibly have a case for mortgage fraud.) Certain states give a foreclosure victim the opportunity to regain his property (“Right of Redemption”) for as much as two years. Unfortunately. Because there are too many agencies to list here. or the relative of one. There are legal aid services in every city or county that will handle your case at no cost to you. If you believe that any of these transactions may have happened to you. these laws carry strict monetary penalties and in severe cases. 5. most states have specific regulations about taking advantage of the elderly that you may be able use to your advantage. length of time on the job.000 MORE than the original loan! If your mortgage broker told you to falsify loan documents regarding your income. you may have a case for mortgage fraud. the state will pay for prosecution of the case. and luckily. 4. we just reviewed a case when a homeowner was charged 10 points for his closing costs which violates the Home Ownership Preservation Initiative (HOPI) legislation. The outcome of the following lawsuit (free to homeowner) was the lender had to pay the homeowner $30. contact the local state’s attorney for guidance about what to do to file a complaint. start searching online or ask neighbors and family members for a referral. It is the job of these governmental agencies to stop predatory lending practices in their communities. Even if you can’t get enough money together to get your property . This is especially true if you were given an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) and told to pay the minimum interest rate and “not worry” about the coming jump in interest rates and monthly payment because your mortgage broker would “refinance” you before it happened. or any other material fact. he may now have a case for “EXTORTION” against you! Call an attorney as we suggested and do it correctly from the start. If your case is prosecutable.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 3.) If the reason for your foreclosure is because of “predatory lending practices” which is essentially getting a mortgage that you could not afford.) If you are a senior citizen. If you believe you or a relative may have been taken advantage of. If you do.
You can determine if you are due overage by going to the auction and seeing what your home sells for. How much work is there? JUST FILL out a form and show your proof of identification. determine in detail if you have a redemption period at all. 6. and if so. All lien holders must make a claim to the court to get their liens satisfied and anything left over LEGALLY SHOULD GO TO THE HOMEOWNER. The funds will sit in the state’s treasury until someone claims them or the state will keet them after a certain number of years. We strongly suggest that you first search on the internet for topics related to “State Foreclosure Law” and from the legal information you get from these sites. Often the second. TIP (#47) ANOTHER HUGE . The various state laws can become complex and change so we have not tried to list them in this text.) The best kept Investor Secret that has taken hundreds of millions of dollars from unsuspecting homeowners is called “overage”. or by calling the County Clerk and getting a Request for Proceeds Form from him. Sometimes the homeowner moves before the eviction or sale and doesn’t leave a forwarding address so the notification process doesn’t work. While in other states.2009 .120 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . contact an attorney to explain your options. third or other lien holders don’t know about the overage and do not make a claim for it against their liens. how long you have. This amount. which can be a few dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. These other liens are “extinguished” at the sale and you should make note of which ones they are and how much they are so you have evidence for your . the amount in excess is called “overage”. the regulations allow a former homeowner to use such a “finder” but imposes a maximum commission of varying amounts up to 10%. you might be able sell your “right to repurchase” to an investor or another person who will allow you to live in the property or pay you for exercising your redemption rights. goes into the state’s treasury until the proceeds of the sale are disbursed. If a home is sold at auction for more than the amount owed to the lien holders.In many states it is a prosecutable offense for someone to solicit a homeowner and charge him a fee to get their overage after the homeowner has had their home sold at auction and are then due overage from the auction sale. If it appears you have a right of redemption after reading these laws.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 back in the redemption period. The states that have this Right of Redemption are listed in Chapter 1 in the table listing the various states and their foreclosure procedures.
Removal of these items will significantly improve your credit score. Seldom will the first mortgage holder bid above the additional $100 because they do not want to speculate in real estate so they will stop quickly. thousands or tens of thousands of dollars and since the investor is the owner of the property just before the sale. the first mortgage lender would get the property at auction and make a nearly $100. the investor has already checked to see that there will most likely be “overage” after the sale. but were unable to sell quickly enough.000 of equity above the first mortgage.000 profit when they sell it.000 for the property at auction and only have to pay off the first mortgage of $150. if your first mortgage is for $150.000 at the auction. The investor will make a claim for this overage which could be hundreds.000 bid by the persons at the auction. that money goes to the second mortgage holder – THAT COULD BE YOU! And here is the really neat part . he could bid up to $100.121 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . If there were no other bids above $150.000 plus $200 because the first mortgage lender will begin the bidding at $150. However.000. He will start the bidding at $150. However. Tip (#48) ---SCAM ALERT--.000 and you have equity in the property of ANOTHER $100. especially knowing that the auction will void the deed. then if there is a second mortgage holder of $100. he may well go to nearly the full equity ($100.Homeowners are often amazed that an investor would pay them for a deed to their home the day before an auction. and you own it (or a person that you trust owns it).! 7. The key to knowing what to do next is to bid in the minimal increments only (usually $100) until .if there is another bidder who is an investor and who really wants the property. This is because his $100.100. Now follow the rest of this reasoning – let’s assume that an investor(s) wants your home and knows there is $100.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 credit bureau to remove these liens from your credit report.100.000) to get it.K.000.) You have an opportunity at the auction to make money if there is a second mortgage in place. This is done by bidding on your property to push the price higher than what is owed on the first mortgage. The idea here is that you have a “credit” to bid on your own property for the face amount of the second mortgage.2009 . he gets the overage! DON’T SIGN A DEED OVER TO ANYONE FOR ANY REASON UNLESS YOUR ATTORNEY SAYS IT IS O. for every dollar over $150. For example.000 mortgage is a credit against the bidding process.
000 will be paid to you. This means that for the junior lien holders to get their money back. if you have “pushed” him too much. Go to other auctions so you can register early and get the “feel” of the process first hand. Once you stop making payments on your junior liens (second or third mortgages) they will immediately realize they are in trouble because the senior lien holder will be filing a foreclosure imminently.2009 . This extraordinary technique is extremely powerful in getting equity out of second mortgages that would have normally been worthless had the mortgage owner not come to the auction. The auction process does not go back to the beginning but rather drops your single bid and he pays his previous high bid for your former property. they will have to go to the foreclosure auction and bid enough money to buy out the first lien. Your property will be sold to the last bidder and the amount he will be paying should be well into your second mortgage amount. Unless you have huge equity in your property and they want to take a huge chance on . You could possibly recover a good amount of your equity using this technique.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 another bidder gets aggravated and starts jumping the bid in thousand dollar increments. If necessary. any amount over the $150. Since you still have the second mortgage. Check with your attorney about your state’s legal requirements for issuing a lien or mortgage against your property. It doesn’t matter if the investor loses the auction because once he gets past his 5% cost for the mortgage he is getting pure profit back from the sale! 8. find someone who goes to the auctions all the time and explain to him that you have a second mortgage and you want his expertise in bidding to get the as much equity out of your second mortgage as possible. This “bid jumping” signals you have an unsophisticated investor that really wants your property! He will stop bidding somewhere and at that moment you can stop bidding and “renege” on your last bid. It is used by professional investors who actually purchase existing second or third mortgages at 5% to 10% on the dollar because these second and third lien holders believe they will have their liens “extinguished” at the auction.122 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . These investors next go to the auction and use these discounted mortgages as full face credits to bid against other investors. Your risk.) There is another opportunity with junior liens to make money or save a great deal of money. The bidding will start all over without either of you since you have both been disqualified from bidding. is that he may also renege. If you think you want to try this technique. get a copy of the Bidding Procedures from your County Clerk and study them before you go to your auction.
You have the opportunity to have a friend or family member call the lender direct and offer to buy their loan for 5% of the face amount. Check with your attorney as to what is legal in your state. will cause you to have to pay it off. Again. In these states. Usually the lender will haggle but most likely will take between 10% and 15% of the amount due on the loan.) In many states. if you have been defrauded IN ANY MANNER. I know that it may sound impossible now. kitchen cabinets. so do your homework since it could be worth your time. This isn’t just for street crimes but also for white-collar crimes such as mortgage and deed fraud. go to your local Legal Aid Services. take a much higher interest. Some recovery amounts are limited to $10.000 but others may not be.) Request a 1099 Form in lieu of a Judgment against you when you are working with your lender. and lost your home through foreclosure. or online for more information on this possible source of getting some of your money back by making application to the state agency that oversees these funds.2009 . A judgment in this amount against you would be on your credit report for about seven years and somewhere in the future you might have to pay it off. Remind the junior lien holder the foreclosure sale is coming and you are taking a chance on collecting a few dollars more from what is left – IF THERE IS ANYTHING LEFT! Have the lender transfer your friend the loan and you can use the loan for bidding at the auction if you lose your property OR substantially reduce the amount of your mortgage payments if you keep your home. 11. or . 10. This includes the copper pipes. light fixtures. I would guess that we encounter “stripped” houses about 50% of the time when we inspect REO’s (Real Estate Owner) or bank owner properties. they will sell that loan for a substantial discount.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 selling your home themselves. but trying to buy anything.000. 9. you can sell everything in the house before you are evicted. in other states. Either way you can make money from this procedure. especially another home. While this may seem strange. etc. Let’s assume the actual LOSS your lender incurs on your sale is $50. you have the legal obligation to leave the house “intact”. be it the lender or an investor who buys it at auction. you have no obligation to the buyer of your property. let’s review the consequences of each. your State Attorney.123 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . However.) A number of states have Victims’ Funds for people that have been victims of crime. bathroom fixtures. – everything. appliances.
Since these homes are not their primary residences. However. your credit report is almost unaffected by the 1099 Form while the judgment is a negative mark for seven years! 12. The objectionable issue is the leasing to tenants and not using the rent money to pay the mortgages. Lenders will more often send you the 1099 Form rather than getting a judgment and trying to collect it. which means you would owe NOTHING if the IRS grants it. Also. So you may wind up paying $50. you are responsible for paying the taxes on this “Phantom Income” which you didn’t actually receive. Better you have to pay back $15. they are renting the properties. we mentioned above how to request a hardship exemption. In many cases the IRS has been reasonable about forgiving this factious income. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY – Increasingly we are seeing investors who purchased multiple properties going into foreclosure. They may be desperate for cash but the renter can be caught in the mess by having to be evicted by the new landlord (the lender) with minimum notice. However. If the IRS grants the waiver. may not be viewed as a hardship case.000+.000 – depending on your tax bracket this could be as low as $1.being a real estate investor who invested in too many properties. you may be able to save paying income taxes on this amount. and suffered multiple foreclosures.000 or as high as $15.2009 . you need to plead your case and prove it was a true “hardship” situation. even if they didn’t have a lease option.000 plus interest AND much higher interest rates for many years to come. NOTE . It is also unlikely that the investor will be giving back the tenant’s deposit or last month’s rent. AND that you made no money on the sale of your property.000. for $50.000. Try it.000 than $50. you may be very surprised! . One would hope that investors would have the integrity to inform tenants of their decision to lose the property to foreclosure.) If your lender sends you an IRS 1099 Miscellaneous Income Form for the year you lost your home. if the lenders issues a 1099 Form. However. we have been extremely successful in selling the tenant the property. because it is simple and affects their accounting better.124 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . However.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 have you give a larger down payment. the most you would owe are the taxes on the $50. you won’t owe income taxes on the money you never received. Besides the moral value of this decision.
2009 . NOW is the time to GET MAD! GET ANGRY! BUT DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR RIGHTS! Stay In Your Home. Get Your Home Back. or Get Your Equity Out Before You Leave! .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 If you haven’t done so already.125 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .
However. follow the flow of how the process works and think about whether or not you could do this “short sale process” with someone you know. The OSP can be slightly above your current mortgage or it may not be for a specific amount. this is a negotiated transaction with the lender while you still have title to your home. When the short sale is complete at a reduced mortgage price. some investors write in lease clauses that cancel your option if your lease payment is as little as ONE DAY late! Numerous states have been taking action against unscrupulous investors to end this practice but it still abounds. called the “Option Strike Price” or OSP. this friend or family member will then sell. The investor purchases your home at below fair market value from you.126 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . but it matters little as the investor knows that the chance of your exercising your option is virtually zero. option. . However.2009 . here is the bonus chapter where you can find out how it is possible to keep your home and reduce the amount owed on your mortgage by 10% to 50%. or major surprises with your new landlord. problems. To make certain you don’t exercise. and will swear that it is impossible for a homeowner to get their mortgage reduced. or lease back the property to you. Some state laws do not allow a person who has lost their home by foreclosure to repurchase it. Have your attorney review any documents BEFORE you sign them and report any issues to your Legal Aid Services or State’s Attorney.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Bonus Report #2 TOP SECRET How to Get Your Home Back at 50% to 90% of Your Loan Value As promised. Lenders will never offer this option directly to a homeowner in default. and promises you that you can buy it back in the future for a set price. or by doing a short sale with the lender. if you have any issues. if you have not lost your home to a foreclosure sale.SCAM ALERT – Some investors prospect for foreclosure victims who want to keep their homes (85% of all homeowners) by calling the following transaction a Lease Option. HUGE TIP (#49) .
000 as the payoff.000 so I asked the homeowner how she got a figure of $459. they will reduce the amount of the “payoff” of the mortgage to somewhere between $125. The new owner would pay $200. you are behind on your mortgage payments.000 mortgage and the lender agrees to do a short sale. so hence a lower monthly mortgage payment for you! Real Life Example – We looked at a home in foreclosure that the mortgage was $209. and this buyer can come to closing with cash (actually a certified check). and you are contacted by the lender’s agent to find out what you are going to do about it.2009 .000 and own your home free and clear. She explained she also had a lien on the property for $250. EXCEPT for any other liens you already had against the property. including you. I also explained that if I won the property at the auction and she left the property in “broom swept . or having a buyer pay off the mortgage on your home at a substantial discount from its face value.000 due.000.000 and the homeowner was trying to sell the property for $459. hence $459.000. I explained that I couldn’t take over her first and give her moving money because too much was owed and I was better off to bid on the property at auction so the lien would be extinguished. Let’s assume the lender agrees to $200. the lender receives economic advantages by not having a defaulted mortgage on their books. or get conventional financing if the lender agrees. As an example. The lender sells their mortgage or gives the discount to the buyer because they are led to believe that the property will sell for less than they are discounting the loan for. let’s say you have an adjustable rate mortgage that has had its interest rate escalated to a point where you can no longer afford to pay your monthly payment.000 (50% discount) and $225. FMV was about $355. the buyer can own your home for the amount the lender is willing to discount your mortgage. The discount can range from 10% to 50% of the remaining balance due on your mortgage. In addition and more importantly. This means that if you can find a buyer for your home. If you had a $250. because they have to pay a realtor® a commission and lose the carrying costs and interest on the principal they have invested in your mortgage.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 The process of “Short Selling” entails the lender selling their mortgage to a buyer at a discount. The additional beauty of this sale is the new mortgage rate your buyer is paying is probably a fixed rate and at a more reasonable interest rate than you were paying. This new owner now has the right to sell or rent the property at will to anyone he chooses.127 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .000.000 (10% discount).
. or issue you an IRS 1099 Miscellaneous Income Form that generates a “phantom income” on your income tax return. When the short sale is completed. Incorrect filings can be the simple omission of the return address of the creditor! In her case. you will need to get the lien holder to issue you a “Release of Lien” that can be recorded in the public records. This lien elimination process also insures that your credit will be less impacted. Typical offers that we make to these lien holders are 5% .000 to have it transferred to us a face value). Ironically. So.e. I never found out how long she went to jail for…….750 two weeks later. we offer $500 as a first offer and will pay as much as $2.000 . I won the property at auction for $270. the lien holder.2009 . the lien (or judgment) had no merit or was incorrectly filed.10% of the face amount of the loan (i.000 lien. The release of lien. If you have . the lender has taken a loss on the loan and they are looking to get either a judgment against you for the amount lost. second mortgages. I would give her $1.000 would normally go to the second mortgage or. The lien was from a former employer of hers who found she had embezzled $250.000 = $61. I also explained that she may be able to get additional money from the sale and I would explain that later. another way to have these liens extinguished or greatly reduced is to have your buyer purchase the mortgage note from your lender and continue the foreclosure. Contact these “junior” lien holders before the auction date and they will likely discount their liens because they face getting nothing at the foreclosure auction. As is OFTEN the case. she received the “overage” of $61. Transferring ownership to us allows us a “credit” at the foreclosure sale of 100% of the amount of the lien – NOT THE AMOUNT WE PAID! If the lien holder won’t transfer the lien. in this case. she was not coming to trial until two months later so no judgment had been issued and so the lien was invalid. Tip (#50) .000 for her trouble.000 and sold it for $353. The interesting part was the lien on the property. for a $20.128 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . the “overage” in this case $270. or judgments against your property.000 at the end of the 10 day right of redemption period.000 over a three year period. She readily admitted she had taken the cash by writing her husband and two sons pay checks when they didn’t even work for the company. or payoff.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 condition and with all the appliances in place.If you happen to have other liens.$209. must be reported to the credit reporting agencies if it was on your credit report.
Tip (#51) – Even if you know that you have a good amount of equity in your property. Homeowners often say they are going to clean and paint their home before the inspector arrives! DO NOT DO THIS! Leave your property in the condition it is in so the inspector gets a true picture of the problems with the property and the lender can make a fair assessment of what discount to give. mold in the walls because of a roof leak. etc. The person asking for the short sale should always do all the negotiations and ask for a larger discount than the lender offers. the IRS has historically been reasonable about your ability to pay and could negotiate a reduction or the elimination of your taxes on this debt. you will get nothing. bids from contractors to fix the damage to your home. There are no guarantees about what they will do. The lender may come back with a reduction of $25. ask the lenders loss mitigation representative for a larger discount.000 but this is NEVER their best offer and the lender’s representative is given a bonus for getting the least reduction possible! Remember. The bottom line is the better the condition of your home. the worst the condition. the larger the discount. You must give substantiating reasons to justify your request – such as other sales in the neighborhood. If it hasn’t occurred to you as yet. Going to see your local Legal Aid Service might help if you can’t afford an attorney and always ask for an appeal if you are not satisfied with the result of your IRS meeting(s). the condition of your property. They are not being kind by giving you this discount. but that’s my opinion.2009 . and having to maintain Federal Reserve cash . If you don’t ask. the homeowner is NOT the person doing the negotiation with the lender. Talk is cheap. I personally feel this is bank fraud. but only making a practical business decision about the aggravation of selling your property. the smaller the discount and vice versa.129 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . and it is suggested that if you get to this stage with the IRS you ask for a Supervisory Level person to handle your case from the start. but the big loss they take is in the cash reserve required to cover the foreclosure or Real Estate Owned (REO) property in their portfolio. the reason for the specific mortgage discount is based on the market conditions in your area and MOST IMPORTANTLY.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 truly endured a personal hardship. but it can bring you mountains of money! The lender knows that it will cost him at least 12% to market the property.
000 to $2. So the urban legend that banks are looking to steal your property is just that in MOST cases – a myth! Lenders absolutely LOVE to get properties with equity so the home can be sold for a profit. the lender is required to keep from $1.000.000. it is a common place occurrence to make large profits in the rapidly rising markets of the early 2000’s. they will generally relent to closing in about two weeks. if the loan default is for $200. the profits from some parts of the country generally did not offset the larger number of losses elsewhere. Sometimes.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 requirements for properties that are taken back at the auction. Closing quickly means within two weeks but occasionally a lender will offer a great deal and they request to close in three days! The lender knows this is impractical and if you find a buyer.000 in a CASH reserve account that can not be used to loan out on other mortgages.000. If they had taken it at the auction. However. but in the southeast and far west. your lender turns over your account to an . a lender is willing to actually finance a new buyer if their credit is strong enough.130 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . For example. Some aggressive lenders even bid at the foreclosure auction to buy properties for retail sale because of the hot seller’s markets. The lenders will try to get a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure from the homeowner so they can take over the property and sell it at full retail value. The lender wants to get your home off his foreclosure list As Soon As Possible so his financial reserve requirements are not increased by the Federal Reserve. The process of a short sale starts by either the lender offering the homeowner a reduced mortgage payoff if the homeowner can find an investor or finding a retail buyer to purchase his home and close quickly for cash. because they may get to keep the profit as part of their doing business. The lender is very attuned to getting the property out of their portfolio before the end of each month and especially before the end of each fiscal quarter! As soon as your mortgage is determined to be late enough to start the foreclosure process. they would have had to outbid investors and would only have gotten their final judgment amount if they lost the auction! For years lenders with mortgages in the midwest lost money on foreclosures because of a terrible real estate market.2009 . This “new owner financing” was very common in the early 1990’s and is still used by lenders today to facilitate a quicker closing. These cash reserves can be as little as five (5) times to as much as ten (10) times the amount in default.
the lender will discount your loan. This clerk does not make the decision on whether. The package includes a “check list” that must be done correctly and returned with everything the lender is asking for. knows exactly what you are inquiring about and if you ask them.) The Lost Mitigation representative. but you can have the individual who is interested in purchasing your home call for you by giving the investor a “Letter of Authorization to Release Information” to speak to your lender about your mortgage account. THEY DO NOT CARE about your personal problems so don’t waste your time or theirs with your problems.131 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . This decision is made by his Supervisor! Just be business like and give them even more than they ask for and more timely than they expect. The clerk who is responsible for your account is probably handling as many as 200+ other files. should do this.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 internal department called “Loss Mitigation”. What You Can Expect to Supply to the Lender: A signed letter by all parties on the loan describing your . 2. or how much. Two of the most important parts of this package are the Financial Statement and the Hardship Letter.2009 . who is handling your file. You. they will send a document package (“Request for Short Payoff Information”) for you to fill out.) The homeowner asks the lender’s agent in the Loss Mitigation Department if the bank is willing to do a “short pay” by saying something like “An investor approached me and said he was interested in buying my home and closing quickly but my mortgage is in excess of what he is willing to pay – will you consider a short pay?”. if your short sale is accepted. The short sale process involves the following process: 1. Have everything faxed so there is no time delay waiting for mail that may not come. Both of these documents are just as they sound and I suggest that you be entirely truthful when filling them out. They have no time to make small talk and will always want to get to the bottom line immediately. as the homeowner. and it should be done quickly! This filing of forms tactic is not stopping the foreclosure process but. the foreclosure process will be postponed until you close and sell your home to the “investor”.
) c. your ability to pay your current mortgage (because some people just stop . If you are unemployed. which will show how much income you have. They could use your financial information to assess the value of getting a judgment against you. and acknowledges the enforceability of the lenders documents. It is strongly suggested that your buyer submit a “real” contract and not some homemade contract he purchased at a seminar.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 financial situation and requesting a “short payoff” with your contract information in the daytime and evening. a. A Purchase and Sale Agreement with your buyer (don’t get crazy with “weasel” or escape clauses as the lender will probably reject the contract) that shows the purchase price.) An “Authorization and Acknowledgement Form” that certifies that the information you are sending is true and accurate. You are authorizing them to pull your credit at least one or two times. and verify the information on your Financial Statement. and the usual and general information of a real estate contract.) d. any stipulations in the contract. Pay stubs for one or two months. A Personal Financial Statement that the lender will supply which will be used to reveal your assets so they can determine if they can collect a judgment. closing date.) e. and your current employment. A Negotiation Agreement that effectively binds you to a new set of standards in negotiating with the lender.2009 b.132 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . get a title search done.) . this may be a special consideration for postponing your sale. A Third Party Authorization Form that allows the perspective buyer or someone else to get information from the lender (some lenders require these to be notarized).
attorney’s fees and title insurance (your attorney should do this unless your investor/purchaser has software to do it.2009 g. A “Hardship Letter” documenting why you aren’t making payments (the usual question here is “where has all the money gone that you saved by not making your mortgage payments?” It is very powerful to handwrite your letter. This service can range from $350 to $3. but do not get trapped into having pay a percentage of the discount to the short sale processor.) . This net proceeds to the lender should include a 5% commission to a realtor®. This is also an ideal place to get a referral .) Two years tax returns (they look at your interest income to determine where you had your money in savings accounts and how much you had in these accounts).) i. you can go to local investment clubs (find them online at www.000. DO NOT supply “bits and pieces” of information to the lender – send in your completed package so the processor isn’t going into your file all the time.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 paying but can afford to pay). and where your assets are. as it could be used against you later. all closing costs that the lender must pay. If you feel you or your buyer is incapable of doing this entire process.) k. taxes. f.) h.com) and ask for referrals to individuals who do short sale processing full time. Alternatively. A “Net Sheet” or HUD-1 Statement that shows the exact amount of money that the lender will receive at the closing.) j. you should go online and search for “Short Sales’ to find a company that does these for a FLAT FEE.133 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .$700 range). DO NOT supply anything that is not requested by the lender. We suggest that your attorney do the paperwork as he may be able to get his fee paid as part of the closing costs ($300 .REIClub.
m.2009 .134 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . they will order another one and YOU MUST GET THE individual doing the analysis into your home to see the interior so that any damage can be used to further reduce the lender’s offering. The packages are designed for homeowners to be able to fill out on their own. Be PERSISTENT about calling and leaving distinct messages or questions so you are constantly moving toward a conclusion.) After you have returned the package. rather take it apart piece by piece and get it done. This sounds simple but often the representative has his phone on voice mail so he can get work done. This is extremely important and you MUST walk around with him and show him the specific “problems” you home has – mold is a very high priority. The most important part of a short sale is the perspective buyer and yourself speaking with your representative on a continuing basis.) Every lender has a different Short Sale package so it is impractical to give examples of each in this text. If your short sale offer is rejected because the BPO or appraisal is too high. request another BPO or get one yourself to reinforce your position of a larger discount! DO NOT accept anything unless it is in writing. Explain that the buyer wants it faxed so he sees what is actually happening. l. the lender may not offer very much of a discount – usually 10% since that is the estimated cost to sell your home in the open market. and sometimes both. .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 to an attorney who works with investors on a fulltime basis. DO NOT be intimidated when you see the package. If your home is in pristine condition. electrical and mechanical issues rank a close second. The lender probably has already ordered one or the other as soon as you went into foreclosure because they are judging the risk exposure in your foreclosure. the lender’s representative will confer with a Supervisor who reviews the package and orders a BPO (Broker’s Price Opinion) and/or an appraisal. Have your fax number prominently displayed in all your correspondence.) 3. Anyway.
cashier’s check. but will simply not move forward to get a final judgment. The lender will not stop the foreclosure process just yet. The agents and appraisers doing the price estimates get paid for whatever price they submit and have no benefit for spending more time and getting a better resale price for your home. which will always be granted.) The lender’s representative will come back with a price that the lender has offered as a first round. Usually the lender expects to make at least one and most often.2009 6. 4. the lender will set a closing date. Because of the huge increase in foreclosures in the past year and with many more expected to come. the buyer will come with cash (a funded mortgage. He may even ask the court for an extension. or certified funds) and the closing will have the homeowner (you) transfer the property to the new buyer by signing a warranty deed. We always challenge the BPO’s and appraisals and show comparable lower sales in the neighborhood to support our claim – you may also have to do this to get a better price from the lender. Lenders may have a hand in the prices coming in too high to give them a better negotiating position. two other offers. many lenders have gone out of business. 5. At the closing.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Always follow-up by telephone on faxes you sent to make sure the representative gets them. There is no absolute guideline for this but you must be prepared to counter offer and have a specific reason for your request for a larger discount.) After your “investor/buyer” renegotiates the loan amount due and accepts the lender’s final offer (usually there are at least two offers and rejections before an approved price is agreed upon). The mortgage will be forgiven (released from the property) with the bank getting the investor’s money.) 7. The result is that you will receive NO money from the . The remaining ones are much more serious about completing short sales with buyers and giving larger discounts at the same time. The biggest issue we find with the Broker’s Price Opinion (BPO) is the value of your property is too high. Often an appraisal can be too high for a reasonable short sale offer to the lender.135 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .) .
but you can restart your life very quickly. However. Whatever you decide.e. when you go to finance your new home or sell another home). you should have an attorney on your side to help with decisions that must be made timely and correctly.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 closing. and it could have to be paid at the most inconvenient time later (i. you have a deficiency judgment or Form 1099 Miscellaneous Income facing you. they have that option to get a judgment which will stay on your credit report for years. but it does offer you the opportunity to stay in your own home. The “refinance” strategy is allowable from many lenders when the renter shows a timely payment schedule – and the actual loan is in the name of the new homeowner (your landlord). and you have no place to live unless you made other plans. this simple “buying property” transaction is actually bank fraud and is extremely serious. None of this is a guaranteed proposition. Always seek legal advice for your situation if you try this strategy or any of the other ideas that have been presented or will be presented later in this text. The lenders usually realize a judgment is not collectable (“trying to get blood from a turnip”) so they issue the 1099 to save themselves aggravation and for a better position on their corporate finances. your credit report will not have a foreclosure against you for the next seven years.2009 . still have a debt obligation (judgment or IRS Form 1099) coming. Add to this the fact that the person who bought your home may be willing to lease option it back to you and after a year of paying timely. On the positive side. the IRS may forgive your phantom income liability from your Form 1099. you have a better chance to “refinance” your home. Additionally.136 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . and you will be able to finance a new home in as little as a year or two! The interest rate and down payment for a new home may be relatively high. This is ALWAYS a term or condition of the short sale and you will be required to leave ASAP or you will be evicted by the new owner. So the net result of your perspective short sale is that you have sold your home for less than is owed. . Many investors offer the homeowner some money for signing and call this a “purchase of property” and often provide a receipt for the money. if you are belligerent and uncooperative. However.
let’s say the investor purchases the home. the Federal Reserve. the lender’s foreclosure volume doesn’t allow certain exceptions to their rules because they are governed by a higher authority.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Bonus Report #3 TOP SECRET Secrets Homeowners Should Know About Lease Options A lease option is the contractual combination of a standard lease agreement and an option to purchase a specific property. A lease option can also be two distinctly separate contracts that are a lease and an option to purchase the property you are leasing. he can repurchase the home at a slightly higher value in the near future.000 and gives the homeowner an option to repurchase it for $220. The lease-optioned property can be your home and the landlord can be someone who has purchased your home and stopped your foreclosure. Consequently. There is an important distinction between the two types of contractual obligations just mentioned and will cover which one you.000 in one year. Sounds like a reasonable repayment for his buying your home and taking the personal risk of your making future payments on the mortgage for which he is responsible. In fact. Often times we see homeowners that for various reasons have been unable to make three or four mortgage payments but have recovered and can continue forward – if the lender would allow them to do so. the investor knows that over 85% of the time. Lease Purchase Contact. want as your lease-option agreement and why. the homeowner is forced into foreclosure and is at the mercy of sometimes unscrupulous individuals who appear to “help” the homeowner resolve his problem. the lessee (you) will default again and either go into .2009 . or Contract for Deed with the promise that once the homeowner has gotten back on his feet. as a homeowner.137 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Investors will come offering a Lease Option Contract. Unfortunately. for $200. For example. pre-foreclosure. This will happen if YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND OPTIONS.
In the above case we used $220. and where he is in his life.000)! Two Ways to Keep Your Home Using Lease Options 1. If he decides to exercise his option. this amount could be much higher and if the investor knows how to write his contract. According to the agreement(s) the homeowner and landlord (current owner) would schedule a closing date and the homeowner would have gotten a loan from another lender to pay the investor his option price. especially the lease payments. Your chance of him getting your home at the option price are a function of the real estate market a year or two later.000 Third Year Strike Price = $240. The important thing to remember is that if you close one year and one day after the dated option agreement. he could escalate the option price higher each 12 months. his ability to borrow what he needs to finance your home’s purchase. if all goes as planned. he will purchase your home. That is true when the homeowner is trying to come out of foreclosure and carries a bad credit history with him. In general the exercise rate for lease options is about 50%. and he can get financing. but it could be any amount of time.) LEASE OPTION OUT – This is where you lease option your home to a buyer who has enough money to reinstate your loan by paying you an Option Consideration and he pays a lease payment for your mortgage payment.000 Three years is the end point because this is usually the maximum amount of time an option is issued for. If .000 Second Year Strike Price = $230. your strike price goes to the second year’s price ($230. Remember that 85% of the time the homeowner doesn’t exercise.138 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .000 as the new purchase price or 10% above the amount the investor purchased the property for originally. He would next send written notice to the investor (landlord) that he wishes to “exercise” his option agreement and cancel his lease.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 foreclosure or default on his lease and he will own the house with you being put out into the streets! So. However.2009 . in a year the homeowner has gotten his credit back together by working on making all his payment obligations on time. Typically this might look like: First Year Strike Price = $220.
The important aspect of this agreement is that the full rent credit is only done for a one year lease and not on renewals. Tip #52 – As you advertise your home as “rent to own” it is extremely powerful to have your signage or print advertising say: “Rent to Own. If he doesn’t exercise. and to make this clear to your tenant. If the tenant moves on before buying your home. The power of this ad is that the renter will believe that he has to pay rent anyway. Very Important . P. Some landlords have lease optioned the same property as many as nine times. you will have kept the rent (lease) money and have gotten your mortgage paid while the tenant was there.the option consideration is NOT a lease deposit. He will get the credit back at closing so it is a win-win for him and you when he buys your home. Call xxx-xxx-xxxx”.S. Remember that you should have collected an option consideration that is yours to keep. the Option Consideration he gave you will become a credit at closing – and you have already received this money. give him a 50% rent credit for the second year and none if he goes into three years.139 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . The next important issue is the agreed to purchase price. Make certain that the “strike price” of the option is such that you can reduce it by the first year’s rent and still come out ahead or breakeven at the closing. If your home has declined in market value enough that he doesn’t want to purchase it. If his credit is not good enough to finance your home at the end of his lease. the option consideration is lost and you get to keep it! Your risk in this transaction is that you have about a 50% chance of losing your home but you have stopped your foreclosure and can get a handle on straightening out your financial situation. take a second small deposit for the lease! .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 he exercises. so why not get a credit against the purchase of your home. The lease payment should be an identical amount to what his mortgage payment will be when he finances your home so he gets accustomed to that amount. have him leave or evict him if necessary and find another rent to own or lease option candidate.2009 . 100% Credit to Purchase Price.
family member. you want a two-part contract from the lessee (your tenant). Preferably. so he can be evicted without you having to foreclose. You never even have to vacate the property. he does a short pay or short sale to get a better price.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 In this situation where you will not be living in your home. It’s “good” for you as the homeowner because the courts have ruled in the favor of the homeowner when the question arises of whether the lease payments made were for a lease or an equity pay down of the purchase price. If he doesn’t have the cash.) LEASE OPTION YOURSELF . there is no question that the landlord can evict you using the lease and your option consideration will be completely lost. He then closes with your former lender and lease options the property immediately back to you. Tip (#53) – The key to getting a “good” Lease Option contract is to have the Landlord (new owner) give you one agreement that is both a lease and an option. If he is reasonable you may only need a minimal option consideration ($100) instead of the large one (4%) we suggested you request as your option consideration. If there are two documents.140 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . An ideal situation would be where you are in agreement on the option price. . have your attorney review any contract you intend to sign.2009 . he can finance it as a second home. and you make your mortgage payments timely to get your credit repaired. or friend who is willing to purchase your home to stop the foreclosure.In this case you find an investor. a lease and an option agreement. As always. 2.
state. they may refer you to the entity that conducts the sales or even the Sheriff as he may be the actual auctioneer. or city governmental agencies. For example.2009 . it will follow very similar guidelines. If they don’t conduct the actual sale themselves at the courthouse. This is a billion dollar+ annual business that anyone can become prolific at with practice. . especially where you have to pay cash if you win your house back. county. You have the option of finding a benefactor to do your bidding for you and selling the home back to you. It is easy for you to find out about the actual process by first calling your county clerk and asking how to get the information on the foreclosure auction process. This is an arrow in your quiver of methods. or even monthly). Your specific auction in your county may be slightly different than what will be described here but in essence. biweekly. While it may sound formidable to go to an auction and bid for a home. Every year hundreds of thousands of properties are transferred by “open out cry” auctions conducted by federal. Don’t let this deter you from reading this chapter and keeping the process in the back of your head.141 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . it was mentioned that you could use a second mortgage as a source of “bidding credit” at an auction.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Bonus Report #4 TOP SECRET Buying a Home (Possibly Yours) at a Foreclosure Auction It may sound implausible in your financial situation that you could somehow buy back your home at an auction. Literally every city of any size has a group of individuals that are full-time real estate investors that simply purchase properties at auction and resell them to other investors or homeowners like you. in some states the money due for the purchase can be paid in as much as 30 days later while in other states the funds are due the same day. and EXACTLY where and when it is held. Either way. If you remember. it is much simpler than most people think. get the information about how often the auction is conducted (weekly.
these perspective buyers could be your answer. Your home will not be identified by street address and usually not by the parties in the foreclosure proceeding.) 4.2009 2. The clerk will post all properties that are expected to sell that day in a place in public view that you can check when you arrive at the auction.) . You can get this number online or at your County Clerk’s office. It is usually identified by the “folio number” or tax identification number of your property. You do not have to have any credit checks or have any deposit on hand to come to the auctions. document . especially your own. Register early because sometimes an auctioneer only allows registrations in advance of that day’s auction. Go to the auctions at least two times before the sale you want to observe and Register as a bidder. read them thoroughly and ask any questions that you have BEFORE you go to the auction. the winner will be required to pay auction fees. If anyone complains about your flyers. In addition to the winning bid.) 5. The following are “generalized” rules regarding auction procedure: 1.142 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Once you have these rules. transfer taxes. come back wearing a T-shirt that has the same details that are on your flyer (costs about $20 at a T-shirt shop). Circulating at the auction with a flyer discussing your home will get interest but it must be competitive with local investor offerings.) Contact the people handling the actual auction and get the written “Rules”. Make friends of the employees as they are there for support but don’t ask questions that you can find out the answers to yourself or you will not make friends. Go to the auction at least twice before you actually decide to try and bid on any property.) 3.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Tip (#54) – HUGE SECRET of Professional Investors – If you go to the foreclosure auctions you will mostly find people who actually buy homes! If you want to market your home directly to someone who can actually pay cash and close in just days.
Assuming you bring back the monies due timely. It will not go to the next highest bidder. The first home I ever purchased at auction had an additional $9. liens due. If there are no claims against the sale or no redemption by the homeowner. deed of trust.2009 7.360 due that I didn’t know about before the auction! 6. Ask the clerks what amount will be added to the sale price. The auction will be postponed and rescheduled if you don’t make it back in time. the sale at auction is FINAL and you have lost your home if you aren’t the high bidder. Preface your question with “If this property sold for $250.”. The pros at the auction are especially good at taking advantage of investors who make this mistake. Most auctions allow the buyer to make a 10% or less Non-refundable deposit and the rest of the amount due can be brought in by day’s end. the Clerk will give you a receipt and the property will enter into a “redemption period” which varies dramatically from state to state. Remember the liens that creditors have recorded or placed against you and your home will be extinguished at the auction depending on how much “overage” there is above the first mortgage. .) .DO NOT EXCEED THIS AMOUNT FOR ANY REASON. back taxes. the court will issue a deed.) 8. and other liens related to government agencies. REPEAT .) Determine an EXACT MAXIMUM price that you will be able to pay (with cash) the day of the auction. This is how an amateur gets stuck at an auction when the fury of the bidding ends with someone paying way too much for something.143 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . DO NOT EXCEED THIS AMOUNT FOR ANY REASON. The court has this redemption period (if applicable) for the homeowner to make a claim against the sale or pay off the final judgment in full. how much…. DON’T GET BACK LATE OR YOU STAND TO LOSE YOUR 10% DEPOSIT.000. otherwise they will say they can’t tell you without a price. It can be as short as “0” days to as much as 2 years! If it is zero days.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 taxes.
the Clerk will call three times this bid (“going once for $217.390.390. the property would have had to been rehabbed nicely and the market in real estate would have had to increase over the 6 months to two year period – which isn’t uncommon! How much is the redemptive right worth? Remember you have TWO potential buyers – an investor and the homeowner in the property. going twice for $217. interest and the purchase price of the property. Start the bidding! As always check with your attorney so you do it legally. .23. The auctioneer will open the bidding and the first bid will be from the first mortgage holder or his representative (usually an attorney) for $100 in excess of the final summary judgment. There is usually not a description called out because of lengthy legal descriptions involved and to avoid mistakes. To warrant a sale. If no one raises the bid. if ever revealed is that these homeowners can sell their redemptive rights to an investor if the situation warrants.390. The Clerk will then say “are there any other bids?” and if there are none.23.23 – gone to XYZ Corporation for $217. the returning homeowner has to reimburse the “new” homeowner for any rehab.390. but not generally described and any liens against the property are not disclosed.23”. taxes.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 or whatever title instrument your state requires. His open cry will be “$100”. YOU MUST DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK – but it is your home so all you need is the ID number. Tip (#55) – Foreclosed homeowners who live in a state where there is an extended redemption period have the right to get their homes back.2009 . The Clerk will announce the first note holder’s total bid of $100 plus the summary final judgment he owns. An industry secret that is seldom. If the redemption period is lengthy – 6 or 12 months or even two years.390. say “bid is $217. the Clerk will “gavel down” the last bid and the home will have a new owner.23”) as the final bid.144 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . For these very long redemption periods. subject to the redemption period. and going one final time for $217. the deed issued to the new homeowner can be “reversed or rescinded”. The actual bidding at the auction takes the following form: The property is “introduced” to the audience.
and their familiarity with the other big hitters at the auction. and the investor stops.680.290. who is actually doing the bidding for them. The “hitter’ can renege on his bids just so many times and he gets barred from bidding – usually JUST for that day. if a second mortgage holder was owed $20.2009 .000 and the lender is owed $100. agrees to take $2. they may make as much as $100. They can be identified by the notes they carry on each property. his chance of getting it back at the auction could be zero.000. If the “hitter” continues to bid and further suck the investor into the process.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 For example: The mortgage amount originally was $200. Now the “hitter” can bid $9.000 from a staff member of the “hitter” for $2.23 would mean that you are offering $434. the “hitter” reneges on his last bid and the investor again gets stuck with the property.000 higher at the auction without it costing him anything! . the “hitter” will use start another corporation and re-start the next day! Ironically.100) and the pros start with “Plus One Hundred” ($100. the actual bid if you said “$217.46! Go to the auction a few times to see who the big players are and how they bid.23. NOT $217. If the bid suspension is for a longer time.200) for what seems like forever until it is sold.145 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Along comes a frustrated investor who wants the property for $150. So if a property has a fair market value of $200. the investor bidding against the “hitter” probably doesn’t know that the “hitter” went to the second and all other liens and bought them at 5 to 10 cents on the dollar and had these notes transferred into his name at full face value. The first bid would be $100 by the lender. The “hitter” continues to bid “Plus One Hundred” until the investor stops in frustration and the “hitter” doesn’t say another word! The investor has overpaid for the property and the “hitter” knew it.23 which is the mistake first-timers make.000 the lender bids $100 ($100. Remember. So this second note-holder.000 but the final summary judgment is $217.000 so he starts bidding in increments of a thousand or five thousand dollars. It is a common practice to have a secretary do the actual bidding and the “hitter” will signal her by nods or hand signals as to whether to go higher with their bids. The single most outstanding feature is their bidding increments – they almost always bid the minimum increment of $100.390.390. For example.000 a week so they have a plan that works – they WILL NOT SHARE as there is too much at stake.000 by the homeowner.
23 $217. stick to the maximum amount you determined before you came to the auction. He has probably never seen the property. So let’s say the “hitter” decides to take his $18.2009 .290.290.000 cost as a pure profit. the “hitter will bid “plus $100” or $220. and goes quickly on to the next home for sale. You could do this if YOU held a second mortgage – bid the auction up to get equity back from your second mortgage.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 With a $9.490.146 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Next the investor bids $3.23 and the second was by the “hitter” for $217.23 and the “hitter” returns with “plus $100” for a total of $225. bid in minimum increments (“plus $100”) and do not get frustrated as other people in the audience give you dirty looks about speeding things up – it’s not their money! . the “hitter” will occasionally purchase a property that has a title “defect” or serious physical problem and he may have to sell it at below his cost.600 before he actually has to come out-of-pocket with cash for the property. Most importantly.23.690.23. Next the investor goes for it with a bid of $5. and the additional secrets of where to get the money so as not to not run out of money is even a bigger secret that might reveal in a future book.390.000 for a total of $220.690. will never do a rehab.000 for a total of $235.400 profit! But it doesn’t stop here because the “hitter” can still bid another $1. By way of disclaimer. The “hitter” now has an actual profit on his $20.400.000 cost = $16.000 for a total of $225.590. assume the first bid was by the lender for $217.000 second mortgage of $235.490.$2. It happens all the time to homeowners who know how to get their equity out at the auction! Is it that simple? Yes it is. The investor gets frustrated and bids $10.000 credit to bid. the “hitter” can stop bidding anywhere into his second mortgage amount and he will get the amount over his $2.690.400 .23 (first mortgage) = $18.23.400 payoff on the second mortgage and he pockets a profit of $16.590.23.23. Tip (#56) – As a homeowner bidding on a single property. but that’s why he has a staff to determine what properties to bid on! It is not above the “hitters” to run the bidding if they see a novice trying to get a specific property.23. For example: in the above first mortgage where the final judgment was $217.
Using the following techniques you will be able to refinance a new home within a year or two and if you are really diligent at following these instructions. . I highly recommend their course. www. If you want to do most or all of the credit repair yourself. I will be giving you the online contact address of the corporate firm that I recommend if the individual doesn’t want to try to repair his own credit. or an attorney. There are plenty of good people trying to help individuals but you must be careful when dealing with anyone involved in credit repair that is not nationally recognized. The credit repair industry is full of individuals that are trying to take advantage of the public that complaints from consumers about the credit repair process is high on fraud lists.2009 . a law firm. I am not giving their address now because it is important that you read this chapter first so you better understand what is causing your problem and how easy it is to do a lot of your credit restoration yourself before you bring in the big guns. Following are the addresses of these firms.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Bonus Report #5 TOP SECRET Do-It-Yourself Credit Repair for Homeowners It may feel like it. Included is all the information you’ll need including the necessary forms.147 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . They are very good about giving you a continuing stream of articles about the industry. I have another referral that is excellent and very cost effective.com is the company who sells an excellent course that carefully takes you through the step-by-step methods of restoring your credit. you should be able to get your credit up a couple of hundred points or more within the same period to get a substantially better mortgage rate.CreditSecretsBible. They have been reliable and fast in the situations where I have used them for home buyers that needed quick credit repair to be able to get a mortgage. but it is not the end of the world if you lose your home through foreclosure.
I consider them the “big guns” of the industry and usually suggest using them after you have finished using the Credit Secrets Bible above.2009 .5% (higher FICO score) the difference over the life of your mortgage will be over $75. A growing number of financial firms will not hire anyone who has had a bankruptcy and these firms have their background checks done from the public records! . started by an uninformed individual.5% (lower FICO score) versus 6. if your home mortgage rate is 8. More than 58% of the people in the United States have credit scores of 700 or higher. The reason is simple. however. that some people have credit scores of 900+. anyone not wanting top do any of the work themselves should use Lexington Law.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 www. etc. Your FICO score changes whenever you have a change to your credit report but these changes are seen only when your credit report is pulled. in your lifetime if you do not get back on track and get your credit score straightened out. Tip (#57) – You may have heard that a bankruptcy stays on your credit report for 10 years. think carefully about jumping into bankruptcy just to get out of a financial problem. How much of a difference does it really make? Unfortunately. when in fact the highest FICO® (Fair Isaac Corporation) credit score is 850. major appliances.com is the other company I mentioned above that is a law firm who gets paid a startup fee and a monthly fee thereafter until your credit issues are resolved. credit cards.148 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . it will cost you possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars! For example.000+ – just for having a 25 to 50 point lower credit score! When doing restoration of your credit. The cost of a low credit score is higher financing costs on every purchase you make that is financed – auto. any tax liens and judgments will also stay on your public record for 20 years. you must focus on the history of why your credit score is what it is and not the score itself! The score will come when the history is repaired or removed. This is true. Your credit score is important because it costs you dearly for every 25 points it is lower than the national average of approximately 725. home.LexingtonLaw. the total cost for the completed work is actually less using both services. but more importantly it stays on the public records for 20 years! Besides bankruptcies. Most importantly. Insurance carriers access your rates based on your credit report and many employers screen perspective employees’ credit histories. Usually anyone with a 760 or higher FICO is charged the lowest prevailing interest rate available from that specific lender. There is an urban legend.
the restoration of your credit takes time and .000 (No limitation). but remember this free report does not have a credit score – for your FICO score you will have to pay. and we suggest you get the free instant download they offer. first the personal commitment that no matter how discouraging it looks or how long it takes. you bankruptcy will still remain in the public for twenty years depending on which state you live in. Your credit report is free only ONCE every year.com for even more information about your FICO score.AnnualCreditReport.myFICO. charge-offs (seven years). If this happens to you.000 or more (No limitation). However. The FTC set limits on how long negative information and some other items can stay on credit reports. and judgments or a law suit can only stay on seven years unless the statute of limitations is longer (3 to 15 years depending on your State). However. You can get a free copy at www. the remaining time is four years after the final discharge (payoff) which could make the total time on your credit report as little as seven years (36 months plus four years) or as much as nine years (60 months or five years plus four years). I suggest you look at www. you will stay with the process. Secondly. These include student loan defaults (seven years after final lender action). Getting Started If you are going to fix your credit it requires two things to start. In this case. you need a copy of your credit report to begin the process.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Another exception to the length of time on a credit report is where an individual has filed a Chapter 13 and has proceed to make the required payments for the court specified time period of 36 to 60 months (depends on amount and personal income). information reported in reference to a job application for a salary of more than $75. make certain that you contact the credit bureaus as soon as you get your discharge and ask to have this negative information removed. Go get it now so you can start.com which is provided because of US Government intervention into the credit reporting industry. The site offers you the ability to get your report by mail or online instantly. Your credit score is affected quickly by adverse information such as late payments. You can see why it might be easy for a credit bureau to “forget” to remove negative items timely.149 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .2009 . Information on an application for life insurance or a credit application of $150.
) 5. You also have the power to better “shop” your loan the higher your credit score.) 3. You should definitely pull your credit about 4 months before you plan to make a large purchase – home or auto. all of these are listed on the same page that you will be printing. but well worth the reward. Tip (#58) FRAUD ALERT – Make certain you type in the exact correct spelling of this site because of impostor sites that collect your personal info and sell it for credit fraud! Copy and paste the link above if you don’t want to take a chance! 1.2009 7. While there are six places to go.) 2. Your Credit Report Summary will contain the some or all of the following categories: Applicant Information Score Information (if a paid report) Employment Information Trade Information (All Types of Accounts) Collection Information Public Records Information (Up to 20 Years Back) Additional Employment Information Additional Address Information Inquires Credit Information List (Contact Information) Sources of Information Alerts and Validation . copy the website address (” URL “) and save it so you can use it later if necessary to see if what someone tells you is true.AnnualCreditReport.150 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .) After you arrive at the www.) .“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 is challenging.) 6.) 4.com Put in your State and keep going through the steps they request. Fill in the form that comes up and Click the box that says “the report will only show the last four digits of your social security number! Check mark all three (3) services for your credit report so your will get a “combined report” Answer the security questions that come up on the next page Print Your Credit Report quickly so you aren’t timed off of the site At the end of your credit report is a listing for your rights within your State. in the Index.
151 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . analyze the results for each claim and if you aren’t satisfied. your free credit report doesn’t show your credit score – which is very important as a “measuring tool”.) 12. such as persons you speak to.html Find your own state and print the page for future reference.) 10.) A/K/A’s Reported And Other Info that you should glance at AFTER you print your report Print TWO (2) copies of your report because you will be using one copy as a work copy. and proceed from here. this is a cheap investment.) 9. Make a complete list of all items that you know to be incorrect AND all negative information that you want challenged – even if you know it to be accurate. one of the links on the site will take you to a sales page where you can for $12.) 11. pull your spouse’s report also in the steps above.experian.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 8. While the credit bureaus can not remove verified negative information.) 13. they MUST remove it! Download Dispute Letter forms from the credit bureau(s) and send the completed forms to the bureaus by certified letter. If you are serious about getting your credit fixed.2009 . We use the actual full credit reports from Experian® to show perspective lenders our credit so they don’t have to pull it and lower our score further. The value of this service is that the credit bureaus are shown side-by-side with the information from the other two credit reporting sites – Equifax® and Transunion®. Their plans may change without notice so look at the options on their homepage: . if they can’t verify the information. On the resubmissions make your case for it being urgent or it will just be another claim. go at them again! When you resubmit your claims in groups of 3 to 6 at a time wait 45 . You should have a response in 30+ days by law. Accurate records will help you keep everything straight and could become evidence in a future law suit! Ironically. When the responses come back. so to be expected. and what happens with each submission. If you are married.60 days for resubmitted items to get returned.com/consumer/help/report/fcra_fl. Above all be persistent and document everything you do. At the very end of your report is a list of every state’s specific credit laws affecting your credit report. Here is an example of the URL for Florida: http://www.95 a month join Experian® credit report service and get unlimited reports.
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http://www.experian.com/consumer_online_products/tribureau.html Your Credit Report will come up and get it printed first so if you are disconnected from the site, you don’t go through a hassle later to get it. I also suggest that you “surf” their site for other valuable information that could and should benefit you later. One important thing to notice is the warning about Credit Repair Services and how, by federal law, they are not allowed to collect their fee UNTIL your credit has been restored or they have met their obligation to you. Tip (#59) – There are exceptions to the one per year free credit reports. These exceptions include: if you are a welfare recipient; were turned down for credit, insurance or employment in the past 60 days (must have written proof); a victim of credit card fraud; or you claim to have been charged a higher interest rate on a loan because of your credit report, or you are or are about to be unemployed. Tip (#60) - If you have your Credit Report pulled by someone such as a mortgage broker, his actual cost to pull the report is between $3.00 and $12.50 depending on his monthly volume. If he charges you much more it may be an indication of high loan costs to come. Ask him before he pulls it because it should be free if he thinks he will be doing your mortgage. Many mortgage companies will not allow you to have a copy of your credit report mostly for fear that you will go somewhere else with it to get your mortgage. Whoever pulls your credit report will know that you have been mortgage shopping and with whom because it will be on the report – don’t get caught lying to him about this! I next suggest that you go to: www.AnnualCreditReport.com/cra/helpfaq and click on their menu item “Frequently Asked Questions” and review any of these that you have questions about. You will find the credit reporting agencies telephone numbers, addresses and websites. They have an online error reporting system that is helpful for smaller dispute items. This is not the same credit report that lenders and collection agencies pull. Your free report isn’t nearly as complete and doesn’t contain mush of the information you will need to complete your credit restoration. Tip (#61) - If you have had an identity theft problem, it is critical that you report it to the police in your city because you will want to have a “fraud alert” put on your account which lasts for 90 days. However, if you
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have a police report, the fraud alert can be changed to an “extended alert” that will last for seven years. You can find more information at www.consumer.gov/idtheft and at http://www.ftc.gov/credit With your Credit Report in front of you start going from the top and carefully review EACH and EVERY piece of information on your report. EVERY error you find is potentially an opportunity to make a change that will increase your credit score! It is important that you challenge every item that has had a negative impact on your credit report, because the reporting companies will often not respond to the credit bureaus’ inquiries and the item will be deleted and not reinstated if creditors do not response. Every credit report is different so we are now going to go into a general overview of what your credit report is all about. Your credit is made up of five distinct parts, in their order of importance: payment history (35%), outstanding debt (30%), length of credit history (15%), types of credit lines in use (10%), and the number of recent credit inquires (10%). All of these areas need work if you are going to raise and maintain good credit.
How the Credit Scoring System Works
The best way to better credit is to pay your bills on time! Sounds simple but it is not uncommon to send in a bill and it be logged into the lender’s system a day late. With some credit cards this triggers a late penalty, accelerated interest rate (up to 33% ARP), and is reported to the credit bureaus as a late pay – instantly dropping your credit score (as much as 40 points) the next time it is pulled. If you really intend to get out of your “credit trap” you must commit to a self-help budget and a commitment to paying your bills timely – NO EXCUSES! Congress enacted legislation in 1970 called the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) whose purpose was to bring about fair standards of credit reporting and allow individuals to challenge their credit reports for completeness and accuracy. This legislation contains strict guidelines and penalties that credit bureaus must offer the public – such as a “reasonable period of time” for replying and correcting errors. Lenders review your credit by looking most closely at the past two to three years and will “mentally re-score” your report by not putting as
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much weight on three to five+ year old items. This is the lenient approach, but if you go into the lender with current late payments and judgments, the lender will review you credit even more closely. The lender views “challenged” credit as an opportunity to make more money from you – especially if you have collateral for the loan (i.e. an auto or home).
42 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score or Get Payback
It has been estimated that as high as 80% of all credit reports contain errors. Most of these mistakes can be corrected by your doing the work directly. Here are some examples of simple solutions to improving your credit score quickly (30 to 90 days): 1.) the most common errors, and most easily fixed, can be found in unverifiable information, inaccurate or misleading information, specifically in the areas of late payments that were paid timely, paid debts that are shown as open, and accounts that aren’t yours (spouse’s or someone else’s altogether), old bad debts over seven years old. 2.) The best fix, while not short term, is to ALWAYS pay your bills on time and don’t go into the grace periods if at all possible. This is a gradual but strong restoration of your credit score. One late pay can instantly reduce your score by as much as 40 points! 3.) FAST FIX – check the limits on your credit cards and pay down any balances that are above 50% of the credit limit and you will score higher immediately. EVEN BETTER, ask your credit card company to increase your limit because you are going on a trip and may spend some extra money. The result is the same if your open balances drop below 50% of your new limit. If your card companies won’t cooperate, spread the amount(s) due over a few cards to reduce each one to below 40% of the card’s limit. Maxing out your credit cards will drop your credit score by 70 points or more! 4.) It takes some courage to ask, but if a friend or relative will allow you to be an “authorized user” on one or two of their credit cards, the reporting bureaus will give you credit for the good report of the other person. It is a double-edged sword if the other person gets into credit problems because your credit can be adversely affected. DO NOT allow yourself to
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it could be on your credit report for a maximum of 20 years. This process is only done by lenders who are part of the rescoring system and they charge about $50 per credit account that will be rescored. 7. send back a letter explaining that the FTC requires they investigate all claims and forward a copy to the FTC. 9.) If you are trying to get a mortgage and you need help immediately. 10. but unless you tell them to remove it after that time. if the derogatory information is in the public record. 12. Changes can be seen as quickly as 72 hours.) If you declared a bankruptcy and you have items on your credit report that were “included in the bankruptcy” they should be removed from being listed individually as open accounts or as written off (double indemnity). with the possible result of saving tens of thousands of dollars of mortgage interest payments. The difference between a .) Mortgages that have been paid off are often shown as open accounts with zero balances. have the account show as closed so it doesn’t affect your ratios. transfer part of the balance to new cards – the best ratio is less than 40% on each of your cards – if you need that much credit. it may not be removed timely. You can appeal for it to be removed if after 7 to 10 years. 6.) If you can’t afford to pay down the card(s). the quickest way is to ask for “rapid rescoring”.) See if you can determine the cycle that your credit cards report and when your credit bureaus update because sometimes when you make a payment the bureau doesn’t show it as paid until the next month and on. The rescoring can only be done when you pay off a balance or dispute negative information. 11.155 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .2009 .) If your credit bureau says they are not going to investigate a claim for any reason (such as “frivolous”). 8. the credit bureaus(s) assume your card limit is maxed out – ask the credit card company for a limit to be shown on your credit report. and on.) The credit bureaus are only allowed to keep derogatory information for seven years. and you will show outstanding payments due.) If you have a credit card that doesn’t have a limit showing on your credit report. However. However.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 become a joint card holder because you will be assuming the primary card holders’ liabilities on that card! 5.
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poor credit score (500 – 560) and a high score (700+) can be as much as $625 PER MONTH on a $250,000 loan! Minimize the number of times you have your credit report pulled by lenders inquiring about your credit. Show them a copy that you have instead and ask what your rate will be if you go with them. The two worst offenders of this are when people go car shopping and shopping for home loans online where a company submits your loan request to multiple lenders and each one pulls your credit. The risk of many lenders pulling your credit results in “excessive inquiries” within a six month period. At three to four points a pull, you can lose 40 to 50 points in seconds. Unknown to most people outside the credit industry is what is called a “Risk Score”. This score is calculated from the number of lender inquiries in a given period, as well as good and bad credit history, and any write-offs. This score determines the amount of interest you will pay on a mortgage even if you have a good credit score. In recent years the bureaus have set up filters to adjust for auto loan pulls within a 30 day period and mortgage pulls that are reduced to a few from many, however, the system is not fool-proof so be careful how often you allow your credit to be pulled. Disputing inaccurate addresses, date of birth or employment will not effect your credit score unless you become retired (50 points) and ask to have that added to your bureau’s information, or you become self-employed but are not an officer of the company. If you have an open account with a creditor, you will have a more difficult problem disputing any claims. However, if it is paid off completely, the credit bureaus generally will not do much, if any, research into the creditor’s claim and will usually remove the negative item. If a collection agency has purchased your account from your original creditor, they probably paid less than ten cents on the dollar. Offer they will accept 20% of the amount due – without interest or penalties, as a settlement offer. Interest and penalties are added by the collection agency and are not real. For amounts over two years old, offer them 15% of the total. Expect a “No” answer but stick to your guns and they will most likely call you back and take your offer or make a counter offer. Never, ever, accept any offer unless you see it
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in writing – Don’t send money because they tell you they will do something. GET IT IN WRITING FIRST and remember time is your best friend in this situation as the negative information is already on your report. If you agree to a settlement make certain that they include in writing that they will have the original listing removed, otherwise it won’t help your credit. The original creditor may have to do this but the collection agency can request it and it CAN BE DONE, despite what they say. If you can’t get them to do this, default to getting them to agree to report the account as “Paid” and with no other negative connotations. If you had a settlement with a creditor (paid in full) and your credit bureau calls it a charge-off, you credit score will be negatively impacted. A settlement is an agreement between the creditor (“Will you settle for less?”) and the client wherein the debit is paid off, even if there is a discount involved. A charge-off is where the creditor closes the account because they believe they are unable to collect any monies due. If your credit bureau says these are the same – THEY ARE NOT, ask for a supervisor immediately and get it straightened out. Die-hard individuals have been known to get the names and addresses of executives in the credit bureaus and send them copies of their correspondence to get attention. For your contacts with the staff, never, ever send a letter to “Whom it may concern” – get a real human involved so there is proof for future use and personal responsibility. Historically a 620 credit score was considered good enough to get a reduced rate on mortgage financing. In 2007 this score has been moved higher to 670 and even 680 with some lenders. So your goal to get your credit score to should now be 680+. Your credit score will increase as you challenge (dispute) negative items, however, if these items are later verified by the creditor, they will come back onto your credit report. So you may see your credit score rising and falling from one day to the next – don’t be surprised and re-dispute the items that came back. If you notice that a landlord, the phone company or your utility company are not reporting your timely payment history,
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call and get them to report this valuable part of your credit history to help offset negative reports elsewhere. 22.) NEVER tell a collection agency where you bank or work because they could use this information to collect a judgment against you and never pay with a personal check for the same reason. 23.) Medical billings of all types can be negotiated, and individuals have had as much as a 60% success rate with hospital bills. There are professional negotiation services that only charge a percent of the amount saved. Check online for these services under “negotiate medical bills”. These professional could substantially reduce or eliminate your medical bill even if they get to collections. Tip #62 – In many states, it is legal for a person to pay a minimal amount on a monthly basis to stop collection or a judgment for any sized medical bill. The hospital can not charge interest or penalties once you have started making payments of as little as $20 per month. The medical facility knows this and tries to frustrate the hapless victim into believing the bill must be paid in full and quickly! Don’t fall for this underhanded tactic, start making minimal payments, get your medical bill reviewed, and then try to get them to negotiate a settlement of the “revised” billing! 24.) Canceling a credit card you don’t use can hurt your credit score because your credit-utilization ratio could rise quickly with the result of your credit score dropping as much as 35 points. This is especially true when you cancel a card with a zero balance that you have had for a long time – you get the double whammy of losing a “historic” account and your utilization ratio is increased. If you have a particularly bad experience with a credit card company, the best revenge is to keep the card with a zero balance and don’t use it! 25.) Too many credit cards can hinder your credit score. It is advisable that you only have as many credit cards as you absolutely need. You can determine this by keeping your monthly balances on all your cards below 40% and paying them timely. I know it is tempting when you go to a new department store and they offer an additional 10% to 25% discount off your purchase for opening one of their store
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) 27. It is OK to get the card. report chronic late pays and charge offs. Ask BEFORE you get the card if it will become an unsecured card if you pay timely and how long that will take.). find another card issuer. III. If you feel you were “caught up” in the proceeding (co-signor. Sr. you may be able to have a bankruptcy removed from your credit report. Even fully secured credit cards will help your credit score – if your payment history is timely! Getting a secured card(s) with as high a limit as you can afford and making your payments timely will greatly help with your credit restoration. The best way of contacting the credit bureaus is by certified letter because you have to do it in writing anyway and you will have proof if you have to sue in the future. You should ask them if they report good credit behavior BEFORE you open an account.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 26. Likewise. Attempt to resolve any credit card or other debt with the original creditor BEFORE they go to collection because of the complicated issue of dealing with collection agencies. If the lender posts it to a wrong account and later corrects it. many creditors do not report your credit history to the credit bureaus. make certain the lender can read your application. If he can’t he will make a credit bureau inquiry with an incorrect spelling or social security number and these inquiries can affect you score.) 32. If it won’t become an unsecured card. your credit bureau account may continue to reflect a late payment. not in charge of decision making.) consult an attorney.) 29. Use your same name on all your credit cards and loan applications – preferably your legal name with your middle initial and suffix (II. like retail stores and gas cards have little impact on your credit except negatively if you encounter a problem. etc. or an attorney led credit repair company who can give you an answer to whether or not you qualify for relief. Whenever you fill out an application for credit.) 30. etc.) cards. . Depending on your involvement in a bankruptcy.) 33. You should ask them to report your good payment history (if you have one). To save money.) 28..) 31. convenience cards.2009 . Jr. They will however. or your position in the company (if corporate).159 - “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .. Make certain that your account is credited any payment you make. just pay it off timely or keep the balance below 40% while you are paying it off.
160 - “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . If you have a collection on your credit report. New problems will occur despite your best efforts so being on top of the situation will reduce your recovery time. This is why the monthly service I mentioned above is a ideal investment unless your “repair service” supplies it. Challenge all collections and ask for: proof the collection agency owns the debt. If you can pay off some old lingering bills. Check how long ago the negative information was entered on your credit report because it may be outside the statute of limitations in your state and will have to be removed from your credit report! Review your credit report on a regular basis specifically if you are in the process of trying to improve your score – or even if someone else is working on it for you. You want to make sure they are not “writing off” the balance or the IRS will be contacted and you will have the amount written off reported as ordinary income to you.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 34.) 37. In some states a garnishment is possible but it is unlikely that they will take the time. This works very well with old collections to get them removed. it can not be put on your credit report. ask your creditor to reduce the amount owed if you pay it off all at one time.) 35. pay your bills timely – do not go into the additional time allowed (grace period) because of . As I mentioned above. effort and spend the money to get a judgment unless it is a significant amount. account statements from the original creditor.) Don’t be afraid of these collection agencies as you have many more rights than they have – under Federal law! Collection agencies will threaten to get a judgment against you and garnish your wages. The best way to deal with collection agencies is to request “debt validation” in a registered letter to them. complete payment history.) 39. Often times they can not get this from the original creditor and will stop the collection as they must by law. the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) stipulates that if the debt cannot be validated.2009 . They will do this about 60% of the time and the reduction can be 15% to 50% depending on the size of the balance with the larger balances getting the smaller reductions.) 36. and even a copy of the original signed loan or credit card agreement.) 38. This is a threatening action that can get the agency in as much trouble as threatening physical abuse.
What is very exciting is you have a very reasonable chance for recovery – if the above entities violated the law.) Pay your bills electronically by draft. collection agencies and the credit bureaus for their “lapses” or “abuses” of the laws. borrow it and repay it as soon as possible. keep BOTH names on title. While this action should only be taken by an attorney.2009 . remember that by federal law. Negotiate a limit on how long the remaining spouse can stay in the property and stick to this (put it in writing).) If you decide to hire a credit repair person or company. you must be able to handle a checking account! 41. BUT balance your checking account frequently. If you can’t do this.) Because of strict regulation by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) you may well be able to sue your creditors. If this isn’t possible. the statute of limitations gives you plenty of time and if you kept GOOD notes. Look for an attorney who specializes in credit law or credit restoration to help.If you are involved in a divorce you should know that this is one of the biggest problems for credit issues. 40. or search online for “suing collection agencies” to get a How to Book to try it yourself. so many people do this through Small Claims Court that there are “How to Books” on the subject. Tip #63 . 42. determine the length of time to when it must be sold.161 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . they should not charge you the full amount due until the work has been completed. keep BOTH names on title to protect both spouses’ interests. If you are going to become responsible. If one spouse is the guarantor have all the mortgage statements or coupons sent to the spouses’ address who is guarantor of the loan. and notify your finance company(s) to send statements to both addresses. you have time. . Remember.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 potential mailing problems and if you don’t have the money. We suggest you balance your account every time you write a check so you don’t have an overdraft. Either sell the car(s) that are in both names or have the person keeping a car immediately refinance that car. Here is what to do as a pre-emptive action because both parties are responsible for joint credit cards and as co-signers on loan documents so: Either sell your home and have the remaining spouse refinance the mortgage in his/her single name.
Here are the most common “codes”: Account Type – I = Installment (monthly payments for a fixed amount. Why is it important to take the above “harsh” actions in a divorce? Because despite what a divorce decree says.162 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . No Rating 1 = Paid as Agreed 2 = 30+ Days Late 3 = 60+ Days Late 4 = 90+ Days Late 5 = 120+ Days Late 7 = Making Regular Payments under Work-out Plan 8 = Repossession 9 = Charged Off as Bad Debt General Terms – A = Authorized User B = On Behalf of Another Person C = Co-signer I = Individual . Mediation will save you a great deal of money and has been used by everyone including billionaires to keep attorneys from getting much of the couple’s assets.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Pay off the joint cards and together close out the accounts. If one can not qualify for a new card have that spouse find a new co-signer and transfer open balances that weren’t paid off.2009 . Even worse. mortgage. the decree does not relieve one spouse from the financial obligations of joint debt. Seek advice of a divorce attorney IMMEDIATELY if you are contemplating a divorce or you are already in a divorce. Think about it! General Information Your credit report may contain generic code that you need to interpret. the divorce decree does not protect either spouse’s credit from credit abuse by the other spouse. auto) O = Open (Entire amount due monthly. Amex) R = Revolving (Variable payment amount. credit card) Payment History – 0 = Approved. Request the card issuer give you a new card (or two new cards).
the total cost for the completed work is actually less using both services.URAble2.com) that sells an excellent course that carefully takes you through the step-by-step methods of restoring your credit. anyone not wanting to do any of the work themselves should use this firm which you can also find at www.2009 . The second is one I mentioned above that is a law firm who gets paid a minimal startup fee and a monthly fee thereafter until your credit issues are resolved.com WARNING . I highly recommend their course and its cost is nominal. you follow the advice I gave above about the two credit restoration companies: The first is a “Do It Yourself” company (more info at www.URAble2.There is a “look alike” company that mimics both of these credit restoration companies so please us the correct link above and don’t be mislead by a copy cat website. Included is all the information you’ll need including the necessary forms. The reason is simple.163 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . They are very good about giving you a continuing stream of articles about the industry. . I consider them the “big guns” of the industry and usually suggest using them after you have finished using the “Do It Yourself” company above. I suggest that if you are serious about getting your life back together.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 J= M= S= T= U= Joint Maker or Signatory Shared Terminated Undesignated The information in this chapter is designed to give the reader enough information to better understand his rights regarding credit repair or restoration. however. This would take more time and space than is available here. It is not designed to be a complete self-serve credit restoration course.
Is it illegal. or perhaps even save your family. The usual things that trigger these events are divorce. especially credit card companies. This scam wasn’t as hard as it sounds because many sub-prime credit card issuers would literally send credit cards in the mail to people who had completed their bankruptcies. Unfortunately nearly 100% of these unfortunate souls will soon find that their home has been quickly discharged from their bankruptcy filing and they are left to suffer the severe consequences of bankruptcy. The reasoning was that these individuals couldn’t file for bankruptcy for another seven years and they would want to regain their credit. severe injury. New bankruptcy laws went onto effect October 17. because the former bankruptcy laws favored individuals who were able to literally get out of debt “free”. bad investments. As a homeowner.2009 . but prosecution is time consuming and . The legislators’ intent was to help families survive in times of crisis and give anyone a “return to sanity’ regarding their personal finances. Naturally there was abuse and it was not uncommon to see individuals re-filing for bankruptcy every seven years.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 The Bankruptcy Myth There has always been confusion about how bankruptcy works and if it can benefit a homeowner facing foreclosure. This legislation were strongly supported by lending institutions. these individuals gradually increased their credit limits and eventually (just before seven years) “hit” the credit card companies again for large losses. or any number of other things that account for more than two millions families going into foreclosure in the next two years. The previous bankruptcy laws were enacted years ago to help individuals who got into financial problems and were able to escape and start over by filing bankruptcy. and the product was later sold for cash and kept by the former card holder. The myth is that bankruptcy stops or ends a foreclosure. This new legislation is often said to be the worst ever single blow to consumers from the banking industry.164 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Particularly common were multiple level marketing programs (MLM’s) where product would be purchased on credit cards and no payments ever made to repay them. I mention foreclosure because it is likely that more than 35% of foreclosure victims will try bankruptcy as an alternative to paying their mortgage debt. However. job loss. death of a wage earned. some dramatic event or series of events have caused you to be at a point in time where you have to make critical financial decisions to save what money you have left. 2005.
000 in unsecured debt and less than $750. tax liens and taxes due. Chapter 7 is known as a “liquidation proceeding” because the debtor turns over all his non-exempt property to the trustee who sells these items at market value to settle creditor claims. Negotiating with your creditors directly is very workable but you can expect tremendous resistance to giving discounts from your debts. and had reduced payments and frozen interest over a extended period of years. the creditor will receive a discharge of all his dischargeable debts. The benefits of this filing are the individual gets to keep his personal belongings. you have to pay for the bankruptcy filing up front. It can and is done all the time. you will be solicited by attorneys recommending bankruptcy. and others which you need to discuss with an attorney for your specific filing. * There is a little known exception to the student loan rule that allows discharge for the student loan . To qualify for Chapter 13. DUI liabilities. if you need absolute dept relief and you can’t negotiate a settlement with your creditors. Chapter 11. In this short summary of the topic. The non-dischargeable debts are student loans*.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 costly for lenders so they reverted to the next best solution – penalize everyone for the sins of a few! As you begin looking for ways to stop your foreclosure. real estate. . I can not give you all the intricacies of the process. the petitioner (debtor) must have a regular income and owe less than $250. and Chapter 13.165 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . prior bankruptcies. the problem is that you will get a much worse hit to your credit report from a bankruptcy filing than a foreclosure. When the proceeding is completed. however. A Chapter 11 bankruptcy is essentially for corporations and will not be discussed here. judgments from willful or malicious misconduct. but it requires real persistence. and your “relief” is very short lived. There are three types of bankruptcies – Chapter 7. Having said that. Bankruptcy is only a TEMPORARILY solution for stopping foreclosure.if repayment causes an undue hardship! Chapter 13 provides the individual filing the opportunity to repay his creditors over an extended time period (36 to 60 months) and immediately stops all collection efforts by lenders and collection agencies. criminal fines and penalties.2009 . contact a bankruptcy attorney for an explanation of the process.000 in secured debt. spousal and child care support.
Remember. the petitioner (debtor) is discharged from the rest of the debt .even if the creditors are not fully paid. but the typical repayment plan is for 36 months. or won’t take your case. filing Chapter 13 may be an option. One last word on bankruptcy – If you decide it is the only way out.166 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . the trustee will reverse the transaction (null and void the deed) and bring your home into the bankruptcy’s pool of property to be sold. the maximum time allowed by law for repayment is 60 months. If they can’t present a workable plan to pay off your debt. the public records information is maintained for up to 20 years. check with the local office of Consumer Credit Counseling Services.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 The petitioner must keep his secured debt payments (auto and mortgage) current through the entire period. The beauty of the Chapter 13 bankruptcy is that if the trustee determines you can only pay $500 a month. you should know that the bankruptcy court’s Trustee can “unwind” any transactions for the previous nine months that he deems “fraudulent” or which he believes had “preferential” treatment. Before you try filing Chapter 13. you will avoid the black mark of filing a bankruptcy. So if you sell your sister your home for $1. This is because the credit reporting information for Chapter 13 filings is for seven years only which is four years or less after he pays off what he owes.2009 . Your best action is to see an attorney to determine your rights and the impact of bankruptcy on your future. . If the petitioner stays with the payment schedule and eventually pays off the outstanding debt it is easier for him to repair his credit. If they can develop a workable plan. At the end of this repayment period.
Read on for important information and links to local organizations that can help you get through difficult times without losing your home. or death of a family member Divorce or separation If your family is facing any of these issues and you can't pay your bills. Contact your lender as soon as you have a problem . or other natural or man-made event damaged your home or reduced your income. • People facing money problems: If you are facing unemployment or have money problems. injury. Washington.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 US Department of Housing and Urban Development .2009 . Relief may be available. Here's information to help you keep your home. Read how the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 (formerly the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940) affects military homeowners. o In most cases for other loans. flood. • Disaster area victims: If you live or work in an area declared a disaster by the President and the hurricane..Financial problems are most often associated with major life changes like: • • • • • Job loss Cuts in work hours or overtime Retirement Illness. Department of Housing and Urban Development 451 7th Street S.S. look closely at what you owe and what you earn.Many people avoid calling lenders about money troubles because we: • Feel embarrassed discussing money problems with others . tornado.167 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Taking action right away can help you protect your family from the loss of your home. Steps To Take When You May Not Be Unable To Pay Your Mortgage: 1. you may qualify for a reduction in your interest rate resulting in lower payments.Foreclosure Information U. Government organizations and the mortgage industry worked together to provide this information to help you keep your home. • Facing Money Problems: . you may be able to keep your home if you know the right steps to take. DC 20410 Telephone: (202) 708-1112 TTY: (202) 708-1455 You Can Avoid Foreclosure and Keep Your Home Losing a home can be financially and personally devastating. Eliminate unnecessary spending and reach out for help if you still can't make ends meet. your lender will provide disaster relief: o For 90 days on an FHA-insured loan. Go to the Disaster Help from the button on the left of this page.W. Military personnel and spouses: If you or your spouse is on active military duty. wildfire.
they will have to start legal action leading to foreclosure. Information for families with FHA loans . If your lender doesn't hear from you. This package contains information.2009 . retirement. the fewer options are available Don't assume that your problems will quickly correct themselves: • • • Don't lose valuable time being overly optimistic Contact your mortgage lender to discuss your circumstances as soon as you realize that you're unable to make your payments Look forward to your lender being willing to explore many possible solutions. unemployment. Don't ignore mail from your lender If you don't get in touch with your lender. Typically. lenders usually need: o o o Your loan account number A brief explanation of your circumstances Recent income documents: Pay stubs Benefit statements from Social Security. CALL YOUR LENDER TODAY! The sooner you call. your lender will mail you a "loan workout" package. your lender will try to contact you by mail and phone soon after you stop making payments. without guaranteeing any one particular solution Finding your lender Check the following sources to contact your lender: o Your monthly mortgage billing statement o Your payment coupon book Information to have ready when you call To help you. Your lender will review the complete package before talking about a solution with you. if self-employed A list of household expenses Expect to have more than one phone conversation with your lender. disability. mortgage insurers and investors HUD and private mortgage insurance companies and investors like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae require lenders to work aggressively to help borrowers facing money problems Lenders have workout options (choices) to help you and: • • These options work best when your loan is only one or two payments behind The farther behind you are on your payments. forms and instructions. the sooner help is available. This will greatly increase the cost to bring your loan current. or public assistance Tax returns or a year-to-date profit and loss statement. they will automatically rush to a collection agency or foreclosure (seize property for failure to pay a mortgage debt) But lenders want to help borrowers keep their homes because: • • Foreclosure is expensive for lenders.168 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . It is very important that you respond to mail and phone calls offering help. If you want to be considered for assistance you must complete the forms fully and truthfully and return them to your lender quickly.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 • Believe that if lenders know we are in trouble.
Pacific Time). Beware of credit counseling agencies that offer counseling for a large upfront fee or donation. The same number can give you an automated referral to the three housing counseling agencies located closest to you. tightened budget if you lose a job. based on your circumstances Call the lender with you or on your behalf to discuss a workout plan Protect you from future credit problems before you get too far behind on mortgage payments Give you information on services and programs in your area that provide financial. please call toll free (800) 569-4287 on weekdays between 9:00 a. or personal property that may have value like a boat or a second car. Eastern Standard Time (6:00 a. Failing to pay any of your debts can seriously affect your credit rating.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 The FHA provides many alternatives and ways for borrowers to get help.169 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Talk to a housing counselor .m. and other actions you can take to avoid foreclosure. Your personal financial plan will clearly show how much money you have available to make the mortgage payment. Try these suggestions to keep your home: • • • • Whenever possible. Prioritize your bills and pay those most necessary for your family: food. Most FHA counselors are free or cost very little.2009 . you may want to contact a nonprofit consumer credit counseling agency that specializes in helping restructure credit payments. consider cashing out other financial resources like stocks. FHA works closely with customers who have FHA-insured loans. savings accounts. medical or other assistance A good counselor will help you create a monthly budget plan to ensure you meet all your monthly expenses. use any income available after paying for food and utilities to pay your monthly mortgage payments. and negotiate with your lender Learn which of the various workout arrangements lenders consider makes the most sense for you and your family.m. determine what options are available to you. Besides speaking with your lender.m. Take any responsible action that will save cash. legal. entertainment. This analysis will help you and your lender determine whether a reduced or delayed payment schedule could help you. Credit counselors can often reduce your monthly bills by negotiating lower payments or long-term payment plans with your creditors. 3.If you don't feel comfortable talking with your lender. to 2:00 p. Many of these local housing counseling agencies are connected with national and regional housing counseling intermediaries (mediators). cable. utilities and shelter. but if you stop making your mortgage payments you could lose your house. Prioritize your debts (rank them by importance) . Do you feel your lender is not responding to your questions? Do you need help contacting your lender? The FHA is ready to help! Contact us at (800) CALL-FHA. including your mortgage payment. Trustworthy credit counseling agencies provide their services free of charge or for a small monthly fee tied to a repayment plan. To find out more about HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and their services. . 2. If your employment income has stopped or been reduced. you should immediately contact a housing counseling agency and make an appointment with a counselor. special forbearances (allowances).You will need a new. and 5:00 p. The website for HUD-approved National and Regional Housing Counseling Intermediaries describes the full range of assistance offered and provides maps showing their member's locations. A counselor can help you: • • • • • Review your financial situation. or even telephone services). first consider getting rid of or cutting back on other expenses (such as dining out.m. If you still do not have enough income. These may include mortgage modifications (changes).
First and foremost. contact www.org/ When you call a credit counseling agency. If your problem is temporary . HUD will pay your lender the amount necessary to bring your mortgage current. You must sign a promissory note.2009 . Some options may not apply to your loan if it is not insured by FHA. rent or buy a home. You qualify for an FHA partial claim if: o Your loan is between 4 and 12 months delinquen o You are able to begin making full mortgage payments again When your lender files a partial claim. Make sure you ask if the agency has a charge before you sign any documents! Preserve your good credit Do not underestimate (misjudge) how important it is to keep your good credit. Maintaining good credit is even important for job hunters.170 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . You may be allowed to wait several years before repaying this loan. investment.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 For consumer debt advice. Consumer credit agencies and your lender can help you explore solutions to keep your credit rating from getting blemished. Partial Claim: If your mortgage is insured. do so. your lender might help you get a one-time interest-free loan from your mortgage guarantor to bring your account current. Repayment plan: You may be able to get an agreement to resume making your regular monthly payments. o Changing the interest rate. Check with your lender to see which option may be available. If it appears that your situation is long-term or will permanently affect your ability to bring your account current . But if you find you are unable to make your mortgage payments. and do other things often requires a credit check. insurance settlement. Forbearance may accompany this option.debtadvice. including making an adjustable rate into a fixed rate.call your lender to discuss these possibilities: • • • Reinstatement: Your lender is always willing to discuss accepting the total amount owed in a lump sum by a specific date. Forbearance: Your lender may allow you to reduce or suspend payments for a short period of time and then agree to another option to bring your loan current. o Extending the number of years you have to repay. the employer probably will check your credit report to determine whether: • • • You have been sued You have filed for bankruptcy You have trouble paying your bills 4. you might qualify for a loan workout option. . When you apply for a job. Explore loan workout solutions with your lender . A forbearance option is often combined with a reinstatement when you know you will have enough money to bring the account current at a specific time. The promissory note is interest-free and is due when you pay off the first mortgage or when you sell the property. The money might come from a hiring bonus.call your lender to discuss options: • • Mortgage modification: If you can make payments on your loan. they will ask you to provide current information about your income and expenses. Your future ability to purchase items. and a lien will be placed on your property until the promissory note is paid in full. your lender may be able to change the terms of your original loan to make the payments more affordable. if you can keep your mortgage current. Your loan could be permanently changed in one or more of the following ways: o Adding the missed payments to the existing loan balance. or tax refund. but don't have enough money to bring your account current or you can't afford your current payment. plus a portion of the past due payments each month until you are caught up.
You'll need to find how much your house is actually worth.Most mortgage lenders are trustworthy and provide a valuable service by allowing families to own a home without saving enough money to buy it outright. But dishonest or "predatory" lenders do exist and engage in lending practices that increase the chances that a borrower will lose a home to foreclosure.call your lender to discuss these possibilities: - • • • • Sale: If you can no longer afford your home. your lender will usually give you a specific amount of time to find a purchaser and pay off the total amount owed. and you'll have to find a real estate agent you are comfortable with. your lender may accept less than the amount owed. Homeowners receive many refinance offers in the mail saying they are "pre-approved" for credit based on the equity in their homes. even if you get some temporary cash. You may qualify if: o The loan is at least 2 months delinquent o You (or your real estate professional) can sell the house within 3 to 5 months o A new appraisal (obtained by your lender) shows that the value of your home meets HUD program guidelines Assumption: A qualified buyer may be allowed to take over your mortgage. If your lender is not cooperative. but it has limitations: o You usually have to try to sell the home for its fair market value for at least 90 days before the lender will consider this option o This option may not be available if you have other liens. contact FHA's National Servicing Center at toll free (888) 297-8685 or via email hsglossmit@hud. Beware of scams . you'll have to answer many questions. Beware especially of those who make high risk second mortgages. and IRS or state tax liens Resources for finding a real estate agent and selling your home If you need to sell your home.gov. But stop and think about this: if you can't make your current payments. This will not save your house. but it is less damaging to your credit rating. second mortgages.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 If keeping your home is not an option . points and fees Repeatedly refinancing a loan without providing any real value to the borrower Borrowers facing unemployment and/or foreclosure are often targets of predatory lenders because they are desperate to find any "solution".2009 . Beware of predatory lending schemes . The following resources may help: • • • • • National Association of Realtors National Association of Real Estate Brokers International Real Estate Digest National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals The Home Store If you have an FHA-insured loan and your lender is not responsive Your lender has to follow FHA servicing guidelines and regulations for FHA-insured loans. Deed-in-lieu of foreclosure: As a last resort. This option might sound like the easiest way out. HUD does not oversee VA or conventional loans. Other abusive practices include: • • • Making a mortgage loan to an individual who does not have the income to repay it Charging excessive interest. You will be expected to use the services of a real estate professional who can aggressively market the property. even if your original loan documents state that it is non-assumable.171 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . you "give back" your property and the debt is forgiven. Pre-foreclosure sale or short payoff: If you can't sell the property for the full amount of the loan. Financial help may also be available to pay other lien holders and/or help towards some moving costs. increasing your debt will make it harder to keep your home. Borrowing against your house may seem attractive when you are struggling to pay your mortgage and other bills. suc h as other creditor judgments.
For more information about predatory lending go to: • • Freddie MAC's Predatory Lending Freddie MAC's "Don't Borrow Trouble" Common Questions What happens when I miss my mortgage payments? .2009 . Without this information. Contact a HUD-approved foreclosure housing counseling agency. Homeowners who call will also receive a booklet containing information found on the website. If you are having problems making your payments.usually leaving you with the debt and no house. you must move out of your house. These services are usually free of charge. You may not qualify for assistance if you abandon your property. . When this happens. If so. If you still believe you will have trouble making your mortgage payments. Now. especially for a desperate homeowner Where to report suspected predatory lending Homeowners can either visit the Stop Mortgage Fraud website or call toll free (800) 348-3931 to get information on what steps to take to file a complaint. If your property is worth less than the total amount you owe on your mortgage loan. The housing counseling agency may also offer credit counseling. So you should avoid foreclosure if at all possible.Look on the original mortgage documents or call your mortgage lender. My employer has already announced layoffs in the coming month. If you have any doubt about paying for such services. consider other resources you have to pay your mortgage. contact your lender right away. Do I need to keep living in my house to qualify for assistance? . such as you-r monthly income and expenses.You have started learning about available options here. call a HUD-approved foreclosure housing counseling agency toll free at (800) 569-4287 or TDD (800) 877-8339 before you pay anyone or sign anything.Look at your monthly mortgage coupons or billing statements for the lender's name and contact information. It is your right and duty to ask questions Information is your best defense against becoming a victim of predatory lending. How can I find this information? . consider contacting a nonprofit. Take advantage of any help your employer offers. call or write to your lender's loss mitigation department immediately. meaning you would not only lose your home. Review your spending habits and see where you can reduce spending. a deficiency judgment could be pursued.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 • • • • Equity skimming: In this type of scam a "buyer" approaches you offering to repay the mortgage or sell the property if you sign over the deed and move out . If you have a lot of other debt. Stay in your home for now. Both foreclosures and deficiency judgments could seriously affect your ability to qualify for credit in the future. Call toll free 1-800-569-4287 or TDD (800) 877-8339 for the housing counseling agency nearest you. but call your lender to discuss your specific circumstances and get advice on options that may be available. you also would owe HUD money.Usually yes. Signing over your deed does not necessarily relieve you of the responsibility of paying the loan.172 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . consumer credit counseling agency.Foreclosure may occur. Who is my lender? How do I make contact?. Be prepared to provide financial information. This means your lender can legally repossess (take over) your home. What can I do now? . They have information on services and programs offered by government agencies and private and community organizations that might be able to help you. What should I do? - • • • Do not ignore letters from your lender. figure out if a layoff will make it hard for your family to make your mortgage payments. Explain your situation. Do not sign anything you do not understand. they may not be able to help. Phony counseling agencies: charging for counseling that is often free of charge. These agencies are valuable resources. I don't remember what type of mortgage I have.
533 (800) 926-9783 (800) 219-7773 (800) 338-6441 (888) 444-6446 (800) 315-7334 (800) 552-3000 (800) 449-8767 (800) 367-9305 (800) 367-6448 Phone #2 (716) 635-2264 (800) 527-3040 (800) 669-4576 (888) 648-3124 (800) 654-4566 (800) 962-4450 . if a lender has no contact with you and has to start foreclosure. 7. you will lose your home and your good credit rating! What precautions can I take? .2009 . 5. the State Real Estate Commission. Will I be responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses if I am approved for a workout option? . Beware of any sales contract that assumes the loan where you are not formally released from liability (responsibility) for your mortgage debt.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 What are the key points to remember? 1. 8.You may have to pay expenses such as recording fees for a loan modification. Make sure you get all "promises" in writing. Because every situation is different. Inc. Delaying can't help. If you do nothing. you may have to pay very high legal fees.173 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . To avoid this.These precautions can help you avoid being "taken" by a scam artist: • • • • Don't sign any papers you don't fully understand. you can help protect your home by contacting them immediately! Lender Bank of America Chase Home Finance Chase Home Finance CitiMortgage Countrywide HSBC Mortgage Corporation Irwin Mortgage Corporation James B. check to see if there are any complaints against the prospective buyer. 2. Phone #1 (800) 846-2222 (800) 848-9136 (800) 526-0072 ext.Don't lose your home and damage your credit history Call or write your mortgage lender immediately and be honest about your financial situation Stay in your home to make sure you qualify for assistance Arrange an appointment with a HUD-approved housing counselor to explore your options toll free at (800) 569-4287 or TDD (800) 877-8339 Cooperate with the counselor or lender trying to help you Explore every alternative to keep your home Beware of scams Never sign anything you don't understand. And remember that signing over the deed to someone else does not necessarily relieve you of your loan obligation Act now. If your lender is listed here. If you're selling the house yourself to avoid foreclosure. 3. call your lender as soon as you realize you might have trouble. 4. Check with a lawyer or your mortgage company before entering into any deal involving your home. or the local District Attorney's Consumer Fraud Unit for this type of information. . Nutter & Company Midland Mortgage Mortgage Service National City Mortgage Principal Residential Mortgage. But. Mortgage lenders The mortgage lenders listed below have voluntarily joined the federal government to assist homeowners who are concerned about the future or have suffered due to recent changes in the economy. You can contact your state's Attorney General. contact your lender for more information. 6.
you may also be eligible for special forbearance and other loss mitigation options. A lender would be required to show in court that your ability to repay the debt was not affected by your military service. guardsmen and other military personnel can find answers to questions about mortgage payment relief and protection from foreclosure provided by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 (formerly The Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940).. Is the interest rate limitation automatic? . Air Force. What if I can't afford to pay my mortgage even at the lower rate?. Marine Corps. Most lenders also have other programs to assist borrowers who can't make their mortgage payments. If you have an FHA-insured loan and are having difficulty making mortgage payments. What information do I need to provide to my lender? . To ask for this temporary interest rate reduction.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Wells Fargo Mortgage Wendover Financial Services Corporation Washington Mutual Home Loans. The request may be submitted as soon as the orders are issued. Coast Guard Commissioned officers of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration engaged in active service Reservists ordered to report for military service People ordered to report for induction (training) under the Military Selective Service Act Guardsmen called to active service for more than 30 consecutive days.No.Mortgage lenders may not foreclose while you are on active duty or within 90 days after military service without court approval.2009 . Am I protected against foreclosure? . Freddie Mac. they have the right to ask a court to grant relief from the interest rate reduction. If you or your spouse finds yourself in this position at any time before or after active duty service.If a mortgage lender believes that military service has not affected your ability to repay your mortgage. Department of Veterans Affairs. Am I entitled to debt payment relief? . but will not have to repay it until after you complete active duty service. (800) 766-0987 (888) 934-1081 (866) 926-8937 (800) 436-1022 (800) 254-3677 This information is provide for you by the joint efforts of HUD/FHA.Your mortgage lender may let you stop paying the principal amount due on your loan during active duty service. Navy. dependents of servicemembers are also entitled to protections. In limited situations. This includes: • • • • • Members of the Army. Lenders are not required to do this but they generally try to work with servicemembers to keep them in their homes. and other industry participants. you should provide the following information: .When you or your representative contacts your mortgage lender.174 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 .The Act applies to active duty military personnel who had a mortgage obligation before enlistment or before being ordered to active duty. Department of Labor. Who is eligible? . This is does not happen very often. You will still owe this amount. members of the Mortgage Industry-at-large. This provision applies to both conventional and government-insured mortgages. Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Common Questions Reservists. Fannie Mae. you must submit a written request to your mortgage lender and include a copy of your military orders. Inc. lenders must reduce the interest rate to no more than 6% per year during the period of active military service and recalculate your payments to reflect the lower rate. At your request. Am I eligible even if I can afford to pay my mortgage at a higher interest rate? .The Act limits interest that may be charged on mortgages taken out by a servicemember (including debts incurred jointly with a spouse) before he or she entered into active military service. contact your lender immediately and ask about loss mitigation options. but no later than 180 days after the date of your release from active duty military service.
The request may be submitted as soon as the orders are issued but no later than 180 days after the date of your release from active duty military service. Marine Corps.2009 . Who is eligible? The provisions of the Act apply to active duty military personnel who had a mortgage obligation prior to enlistment or prior to being ordered to active duty. Air Force. such as postponement (delaying) of monthly principal payments on the loan and restrictions on foreclosure. Interest in excess of 6% per year that would otherwise have been charged is forgiven. This provision applies to both conventional and government-insured mortgages. and guardsmen called to active service for more than 30 consecutive days. A military legal assistance office locator for each branch of the armed forces is available at www. This includes members of the Army.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 • • • • Notice that you have been called to active duty A copy of the orders from the military notifying you of your activation Your FHA case number Evidence that the debt precedes your activation date HUD has reminded FHA lenders of their obligation to follow the SCRA. at your request.php Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Common questions and answers for reservists. Navy. provide adjusted coupons or billings. Dependents of servicemembers can also contact or visit local military legal assistance offices where they live. commissioned officers of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration engaged in active service. Am I entitled to debt payment relief? The Act limits the interest that may be charged on mortgages incurred (or acquired) by a servicemember (including debts incurred jointly with a spouse) before he or she entered into active military service. Other benefits. may begin immediately upon assignment to active military service and end on the third month following the term of active duty assignment. How can I learn more about relief available to active duty military personnel? . people ordered to report for induction (training) under the Military Selective Service Act. reduce the interest rate to no more than 6% per year during the period of active military service and recalculate your payments to reflect the lower rate. and ensure adjusted payments are not considered insufficient payments.175 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . reservists ordered to report for military service. To ask for this temporary interest rate reduction. the reduction in the interest rate and monthly payment amount only applies during the period of active duty.Interest rate reductions are only for the period of active military service. However.legalassistance. an FHA lender must inform the borrower or representative of the adjusted payment amount due. and payments will be recalculated accordingly.Servicemembers who have questions about the SCRA or the protections they may be entitled to. Will my payments change later? Will I need to pay back the interest rate "subsidy" at a later date? The change in interest rate is not a subsidy. Once the period of active military service ends. the interest rate will revert back to the original interest rate. How long does the benefit last? Does the period begin and end with my tour of duty? . In limited situations. dependents of servicemembers are also entitled to protections. can contact their unit judge advocate or installation legal assistance officer. Mortgage lenders must. Coast Guard. Am I eligible even if I can afford to pay my mortgage at a higher interest rate? .mil/content/locator.af. guardsmen and other military personnel about mortgage payment relief and protection from foreclosure provided by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (formerly known as The Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940). Is the interest rate limitation automatic? No.law. When notified that a borrower is on active military duty. you must submit a written request to your mortgage lender and include a copy of your military orders.
If you or your spouse finds yourself in this position at any time before or after active duty service. If you have an FHA insured loan and are having difficulty making mortgage payments. such as postponement (delaying) of monthly principal payments on the loan and restrictions on foreclosure may begin immediately upon assignment to active military service and end on the third month following the term of active duty assignment.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 If a mortgage lender believes that military service has not affected your ability to repay your mortgage. Other benefits.law. What if I can't afford to pay my mortgage even at the lower rate? Your mortgage lender may let you stop paying the principal amount due on your loan during active duty service. Will my payments change later? Will I need to pay back the interest rate "subsidy" at a later date? The change in interest rate is not a subsidy. Am I protected against foreclosure? Mortgage lenders may not foreclose (seize property for failure to pay a mortgage debt) while you are on active duty or within 90 days after military service without court approval. Dependents of servicemembers can also contact or visit local military legal assistance offices where they reside. the reduction in the interest rate and monthly payment amount only applies during the period of active duty. Additionally. and ensure that the adjusted payments are not returned as insufficient payments. and payments recalculated accordingly. However. you may also be eligible for special forbearance and other loss mitigation options. the interest rate will revert back to the original interest rate.af. How long does the benefit last? Does the period begin and end with my tour of duty? Interest rate reductions are only for the period of active military service. How can I learn more about relief available to active duty military personnel? Servicemembers who have questions about the SCRA or the protections that they may be entitled to may contact their unit judge advocate or installation legal assistance officer. If notified that a borrower is on active military duty. Interest in excess of 6% per year that would otherwise have been charged is forgiven. you should provide the following information: • • • • Notice that you have been called to active duty A copy of the orders from the military notifying you of your activation Your FHA case number Evidence that the debt precedes your activation date HUD has reminded FHA lenders of their obligation to follow the Act.php .176 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . the lender must advise the borrower or representative of the adjusted amount due.mil/content/locator. the lender would be required to show that your ability to repay the debt was not affected by your military service. What information do I need to provide to my lender? When you or your representative contacts your mortgage lender. provide adjusted coupons or billings. most lenders have other programs to assist borrowers who can't make their mortgage payments. You will still owe this amount but will not have to repay it until after you complete active duty service. contact your lender immediately and ask about loss mitigation options.2009 . Lenders are not required to do this but they generally try to work with servicemembers to keep them in their homes. In court. A military legal assistance office locator for each branch of the armed forces is available at legalassistance. This is not very common. they have the right to ask a court to grant relief from the interest rate reduction. Once the period of active military service ends.
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If the mortgage contains a due-on-sale clause. points. Automated Underwriting: An automated process performed by a technology application that streamlines the processing of loan applications and provides a recommendation to the lender to approve the loan or refer it for manual underwriting. it is no longer used in new homes. Assumption Fee: A fee a lender charges a buyer who will assume the seller’s existing mortgage.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 The Real Estate Marketplace Glossary: How to Talk the Talk The Federal Trade Commission. stocks.gov A Annual Percentage Rate (APR): The cost of a loan or other financing as an annual rate The APR includes the interest rate. broker fees and certain other credit charges a borrower is required to pay. after which the arbitrator makes a decision. The analysis is called an “appraisal. Assignment of Mortgage: A document evidencing the transfer of ownership of a mortgage from one person to another. Asbestos: A toxic material that was once used in housing insulation and fireproofing. Because some forms of asbestos have been linked to certain lung diseases.179 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . has prepared this glossary to help you better understand the terms commonly used in the real estate and mortgage marketplace. the agency that promotes competition and protects consumers. .” Annuity: Payments for a fixed period or until a stated age. the seller remains liable unless released by the lender from the obligation. Assessed Value: Typically the value placed on property for the purpose of taxation. and then receives annuity payments Appreciation: An Increase of the market value of a home due to changing market conditions and/or home improvements. some older homes may still have asbestos in these materials. Assessor: A public official who establishes the value of a property for taxation purposes. Federal Trade Commission ftc. including examples of sales of similar properties in order to develop an estimate of the value of the property. mutual funds. There is a hearing where both parties have an opportunity to be heard. personal property. An assumption of a mortgage is a transaction in which the buyer of real property takes over the seller’s existing mortgage.2009 . Appraiser: A professional who conducts an analysis of the property. Asset: Anything of monetary value that is owned by a person or company. However. etc. the loan may not be assumed without the lender’s consent. Assumable Mortgage: A mortgage loan that can be taken over (assumed) by the buyer when a home is sold. Assumption: A homebuyer’s agreement to take on the primary responsibility for paying an existing mortgage from a home seller. Application Fee: The fee that a mortgage lender or broker charges to apply for a mortgage to cover processing costs This Arbitration: A process where disputes are settled by referring them to a fair and neutral third party (arbitrator). Assets include real property. The disputing parties agree in advance to agree with the decision of the arbitrator.
liabilities. often at the maturity date of a balloon mortgage. Before-tax Income: Income before taxes are deducted. health and welfare of the public. Certificate of Deposit: A document issued by a bank or other financial institution that is evidence of a deposit. a limitation on the amount the interest rate or mortgage payments may increase or decrease. Bankruptcy: Legally declared unable to pay your debts. .” “Periodic Payment Cap. and the amount of your income each month that is left over after you’ve paid for your housing costs. closing costs. without fraud. with the issuer’s promise to return the deposit plus earnings at a specified interest rate within a specified time period. Also known as a “swing loan. Buydown: An arrangement whereby the property developer or another third party provides an interest subsidy to reduce the borrower’s monthly payments typically in the early years of the loan. Bridge Loan: A short-term loan secured by the borrower’s current home (which is usually for sale) that allows the proceeds to be used for building or closing on a new house before the current home is sold.” Building Code: Local regulations that set forth the standards and requirements for the construction.” and “Periodic Rate Cap. Also known as “gross income. your assets and savings. The codes are designed to provide for the safety. Cash-out Refinance: A refinance transaction in which the borrower receives additional funds over and above the amount needed to repay the existing mortgage. This depends on your income and income stability (job history and security).2009 .” Broker: An individual or firm that acts as an agent between providers and users of products or services.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 B Balance Sheet: A financial statement that shows assets.180 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Bankruptcy can severely impact your credit and your ability to borrow money.” Biweekly Payment Mortgage: A mortgage with payments due every two weeks (instead of monthly). points. Balloon Payment: A final lump sum payment that is due. and any subordinate liens. The mortgage may contain an option to “reset” the interest rate to the current market rate and to extend the due date if certain conditions are met.” “Lifetime Rate Cap. Bona fide: In good faith.” Capacity: Your ability to make your mortgage payments on time. with the unpaid balance due in a lump sum payment at the end of a specific period of time (usually 5 or 7 years). Balloon Mortgage: A mortgage with monthly payments often based on a 30-year amortization schedule. C Cap: For an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). debts and other obligations. See also “Mortgage Broker. See also “Lifetime Payment Cap. maintenance and occupancy of buildings. Buydown Account: An account in which funds are held so that they can be applied as part of the monthly mortgage payment as each payment comes due during the period that an interest rate buydown plan is in effect. and net worth as of a specific date. such as a mortgage broker or real estate broker.
Change Orders: A change in the original construction plans ordered by the property owner or general contractor.S.181 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . parking areas. Closing: The process of completing a financial transaction. land.” Closing Agent: The person or entity that coordinates the various closing activities. and. as well as common corridors of buildings. starting with the earliest existing document and ending with the most recent. attorney’s fee. to use the common areas but does not own the common elements such as the exterior walls. Closing Costs: The upfront fees charged in connection with a mortgage loan transaction. who share in the common expenses of their operation and maintenance. Often. Chain of Title: The history of all of the documents that have transferred title to a parcel of real property. the process of signing mortgage documents. Condominium: A unit in a multiunit building. the collateral would be the house and real property. Common Areas: Those portions of a building. and prepaid items. escrow companies or attorneys. etc. In some jurisdictions. along with other owners. Comparables: An abbreviation for “comparable properties. generally including. For mortgage loans. usually based on a percentage of the price of the items sold (such as the fee a real estate agent earns on the sale of a house). closing is referred to as “escrow. Commission: The fee charged for services performed. There are usually . and the lender. means of ingress and egress. and other recreational facilities. the closing agent. such as escrow deposits for taxes and insurance. these are owned by the condominium association. Closing Date: The date on which the sale of a property is to be finalized and a loan transaction completed. For example. floors and ceilings or the structural systems outside of the unit.) Typically. Collateral: An asset that is pledged as security for a loan. Common areas include swimming pools. but not limited to a loan origination fee. even when that person owns the property jointly with the first borrower and shares liability for the note.” which are used as a comparison in determining the current value of a property that is being appraised. and repayment terms. Clear Title: Ownership that is free of liens. The owner of a condominium unit owns the unit itself and has the right. See also “Settlement. if applicable. if applicable) to effect the closing of a mortgage loan. including the preparation and recordation of closing documents and the disbursement of funds.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Certificate of Eligibility: A document issued by the U. disbursing funds.” Co-borrower: Any borrower other than the first borrower whose name appears on the application and mortgage note. In the case of a mortgage. Closing Statement: See “HUD-1 Settlement Statement. or other legal encumbrances. defects. the interest rate. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) certifying a veteran’s eligibility for a VA-guaranteed mortgage loan. the seller. survey. Concession: Something given up or agreed to in negotiating the sale of a house. or improvements and amenities owned by a planned unit development (PUD) or condominium project’s homeowners’ association (or a cooperative project’s cooperative corporation) that are used by all of the unit owners. Money paid by a buyer (and/or seller or other third party. (May be referred to as an escrow agent or settlement agent in some jurisdictions. a real estate sales professional coordinates the setting of this date with the buyer. Commitment Letter: A binding offer from your lender that includes the amount of the mortgage. the sellers may agree to help pay for closing costs. The borrower risks losing the asset if the loan is not repaid according to the terms of the loan agreement. tennis courts.2009 . title examination and insurance.” a process by which a buyer and seller deliver legal documents to a third party who completes the transaction in accordance with their instructions. the closing is conducted by title companies. transferring ownership of the property.
the U. the seller may make a counter-offer with a slightly higher sale price. who then receive a proprietary lease as their title. D Debt: Money owed from one person or institution to another person or institution. Creditor: A person who extends credit to whom you owe money. or the Rural Housing Service (RHS). Convertible ARM: An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) that allows the borrower to convert the loan to a fixed-rate mortgage under specified conditions. Creditworthy: Your ability to qualify for credit and repay debts. Contrast with “Government Mortgage. advances. Contingency: A condition that must be met before a contract is legally binding. taxes and insurance on the common areas and reserves for improvements. Cost of Funds Index (COFI): An index that is used to determine interest rate changes for certain adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loans. Credit Life Insurance: A type of insurance that pays off a specific amount of debt or a specified credit account if the borrower dies while the policy is in force. Conventional Mortgage: A mortgage loan that is not insured or guaranteed by the federal government or one of its agencies.” Conversion Option: A provision of some adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loans that allows the borrower to change the ARM to a fixed-rate mortgage at specified times after loan origination. or buy goods by paying over time. It is based on the weighted monthly average cost of deposits. Cooperative (Co-op) Project: A project in which a corporation holds title to a residential property and sells shares to individual buyers.2009 . Counter-offer: An offer made in response to a previous offer. For example. the lender disburses payments to the builder at periodic intervals during construction. among other factors. home purchasers often include a home inspection contingency. after the buyer presents their first offer. property upkeep. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Credit is extended based on a lender’s opinion of the person’s financial situation and reliability. . the sales contract is not binding unless and until the purchaser has the home inspected. Credit Score: A numerical value that ranks a borrower’s credit risk at a given point in time based on a statistical evaluation of information in the individual’s credit history that has been proven to be predictive of loan performance.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 condominium association fees for building maintenance. Credit Report: Information provided by a credit bureau that allows a lender or other business to examine your use of credit. Credit: The ability of a person to borrow money. These companies sell that information to lenders and other businesses in the form of a credit report. It provides information on money that you’ve borrowed from credit institutions and your payment history. and other borrowings of members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. Credit History: Information in the files of a credit bureau primarily comprised of a list of individual consumer debts and a record of whether or not these debts were paid back on time or “as agreed.” Your credit history is called a credit report when provided by a credit bureau to a lender or other business.182 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). For example.S. Construction Loan: A loan for financing the cost of construction or improvements to a property. Credit Bureau: A company that gathers information on consumers who use credit.
sex.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Debt-to-Income Ratio: The percentage of gross monthly income that goes toward paying for your monthly housing expense. mortgage or easement. Due-on-Sale Clause: A provision in a mortgage that allows the lender to demand repayment in full of the outstanding balance if the property securing the mortgage is sold. the lessee is usually required to properly maintain the car. Discount Point: A fee paid by the borrower at closing to reduce the interest rate. or monthly payments. Default: Failure to fulfill a legal obligation. Easement: A right to the use of. The deposit usually will not be refunded to you after the seller accepts your offer.2009 . E Earnest Money Deposit: The deposit to show that you’re committed to buying the home. unless one of the sales contract contingencies is not fulfilled. the deposit by a borrower with the lender of funds to pay taxes and insurance premiums when they become due. Delinquency: Failure to make a payment when it is due. For example. and payments on revolving or open-ended accounts. Down Payment: A portion of the price of a home. such as a lien. usually between 3-20%. the trustee transfers title back to the borrower.183 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . national origin. or the deposit of funds or documents with an attorney or escrow agent to be disbursed upon the closing of a sale of real estate. Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA): A federal law that requires lenders to make credit equally available without regard to the applicant’s race. Deed: The legal document transferring ownership or title to a property Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure: The transfer of title from a borrower to the lender to satisfy the mortgage debt and avoid foreclosure. closing costs.000. Escrow: An item of value. Also called a “voluntary conveyance. or documents deposited with a third party to be delivered upon the fulfillment of a condition. Encumbrance: Any claim on a property. or marital status. or access to. A point equals one percent of the loan amount. The condition of a loan when a scheduled payment has not been received by the due date. religion. If you owe $100. alimony. . or the fact that the applicant has in good faith exercised any right under the Consumer Credit Protection Act. Equity: The value in your home above the total amount of the liens against your home. but also may be a failure to perform some action or service that is non-monetary. money. but generally used to refer to a loan for which payment is 30 or more days past due. Employer-Assisted Housing: A program in which companies assist their employees in purchasing homes by providing assistance with the down payment. such as credit cards. the fact that all or part of the applicant’s income is derived from a public assistance program. It also requires various notices to consumers.000 of equity. color. Encroachment: The intrusion onto another’s property without right or permission. If the borrower defaults on the loan the trustee will sell the property and pay the lender the mortgage debt. car payments and other installment debts. Some loans are offered with zero down-payment. not borrowed and paid up-front in cash. when leasing a car.000 on your house but it is worth $130. age. When the loan is paid in full. you have $30. land owned by another. child support. Depreciation: A decline in the value of a house due to changing market conditions or lack of upkeep on a home. A default includes failure to pay on a financial obligation. For example.” Deed of Trust: A legal document in which the borrower transfers the title to a third party (trustee) to hold as security for the lender.
If a second real estate broker (known as a selling broker) finds the buyer for the property. Fannie Mae does not lend money directly to consumers. It is a public company that operates under a federal charter and is the nation’s largest source of financing for home mortgages. Fair Market Value: The price at which property would be transferred between a willing buyer and willing seller.000 and is higher in Alaska. the FCRA limits the sale of credit reports by credit bureaus by requiring the purchaser to have a legitimate business need for the data.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Escrow Account: An account that a mortgage servicer establishes on behalf of a borrower to pay taxes. but instead works to ensure that mortgage funds are available and affordable.2009 . Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Loan Limit: The current 2006 Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac loan limit for a single-family home is $417. . F Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA): A consumer protection law that imposes obligations on (1) credit bureaus (and similar agencies) that maintain consumer credit histories. Fannie Mae: A New York stock exchange company. and specifies procedure for challenging errors in that data. This kind of listing agreement can be used to provide the owner a limited range of real estate brokerage services rather than the traditional full range. Among other provisions. then some commission will be paid to the selling broker. As with other kinds of listing agreements. insurance premiums. and (3) parties who furnish consumer information to credit bureaus. by purchasing mortgage loans from institutions that lend directly to consumers. each of whom has a reasonable knowledge of all pertinent facts and is not under any compulsion to buy or sell. allows consumers to learn the information on them in credit bureau files (including one annual free credit report). Exclusive Right-to-Sell Listing: The traditional kind of listing agreement under which the property owner appoints a real estate broker (known as the listing broker) as exclusive agent to sell the property on the owner’s stated terms. Hawaii. if a second real estate broker (known as a selling broker) finds the buyer for the property. Eviction: The legal act of removing someone from real property. but may be paid a reduced or no commission when the property is sold if. the property owner rather than the listing broker finds the buyer. Exclusive Agency Listing: A listing agreement under which a real estate broker (known as the listing broker) acts as an exclusive agent to sell the property for the property owner. This is the kind of listing agreement that is commonly used by a listing broker to provide the traditional full range of real estate brokerage services. the owner or another broker. or other charges when they are due. and determine whether any shortages. Fannie Mae-Seller/Servicer: A lender that Fannie Mae has approved to sell loans to it and to service loans on Fannie Mae’s behalf. (2) lenders and other businesses that buy reports from credit bureaus. regardless of whether the buyer is found by the broker. Escrow Analysis: The accounting that a mortgage servicer performs to determine the appropriate balances for the escrow account. compute the borrower’s monthly escrow payments.184 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Guam. Sometimes referred to as an “impound” or “reserve” account. and agrees to pay the listing broker a commission when the property is sold. for example. surpluses or deficiencies exist in the account. Executor: A person named in a will and approved by a probate court to administer the deposition of an estate in accordance with the instructions of the will. then some commission will be paid to the selling broker.
S. Fixed-Period Adjustable-Rate Mortgage: An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) that offers a fixed rate for an initial period.850 for a two-unit home. or at another specified period. Good-Faith Estimate: A form required by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) that discloses an estimate of the amount or range of charges. or privileges due to a breach of a legal obligation.2009 . Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that insures mortgages and loans made by private lenders. for specific settlement services the borrower is likely to incur in connection with the mortgage transaction. Also referred to as the “conventional loan limit. Virgin Islands. First-Time Home Buyer: A person with no ownership interest in a principal residence during the three-year period preceding the purchase of the security property.” Federal Housing Administration (FHA): An agency within the U. and then adjusts every six months. FHA-Insured Loan: A loan that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) of the U. Flood Insurance: Insurance that compensates for physical property damage resulting from flooding. the U.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 and the U. child support.S. Popularly known as “Ginnie Mae. Fully Amortized Mortgage: A mortgage in which the monthly payments are designed to retire the obligation at the end of the mortgage term. . self-employed income. The Fannie Mae loan limit is $533.S. Government Mortgage: A mortgage loan that is insured or guaranteed by a federal government entity such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).950 for a four-unit home. Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae): A government-owned corporation within the U. First Mortgage: A mortgage that is the primary lien against a property. Gift Letter: A letter that a family member writes verifying that s/he has given you a certain amount of money as a gift and that you don’t have to repay it.” Fixed-Rate Mortgage: A mortgage with an interest rate that does not change during the entire term of the loan. income from alimony. Also known as a “hybrid loan.” Gross Monthly Income: The income you earn in a month before taxes and other deductions. You can use this money towards a portion of your down payment with some mortgages. public assistance payments. property. and $801.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that guarantees securities backed by mortgages that are insured or guaranteed by other government agencies.S. Forfeiture: The loss of money. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). rights. It is required for properties located in federally designated flood hazard zones. for the remainder of the term. It also may include rental income. annually. or the Rural Housing Service (RHS).300 for a three-unit home. $645.185 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . G General Contractor: A person who oversees a home improvement or construction project and handles various aspects such as scheduling workers and ordering supplies. Foreclosure: A legal action that ends all ownership rights in a home when the homebuyer fails to make the mortgage payments or is otherwise in default under the terms of the mortgage. typically three to ten years. Flood Certification Fee: A fee charged by independent mapping firms to identify properties located in areas designated as flood zones. and retirement benefits.
such as your furniture. Homeowners’ Association: An organization of homeowners residing within a particular area whose principal purpose is to ensure the provision and maintenance of community facilities and services for the common benefit of the residents. or damage to your personal property. Sometimes called a “reverse mortgage. or other covered hazards or natural disasters. Treasury bills. foundation and pest infestation. Growing-Equity Mortgage (GEM): A fixed-rate mortgage in which the monthly payments increase according to an agreed-upon schedule. such as a rental unit. The inspection should include an evaluation of the plumbing. and then adjusts every six months. Home Inspection: A professional inspection of a home to determine the condition of the property. with the extra funds applied to reduce the loan balance and loan term. or at another specified period. Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM): A special type of mortgage developed and insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that enables older home owners to convert the equity they have in their homes into cash. typically three to ten years. wind. roof. It provides the sales price and down payment. the borrower does not actually own the property.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Ground Rent: Payment for the use of land when title to a property is held as a leasehold estate (that is. such as an injury to a visitor to your home. Housing Expense Ratio: The percentage of your gross monthly income that goes toward paying for your housing expenses.186 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . that enables a home owner to obtain multiple advances of the loan proceeds at his or her own discretion. Individual Retirement Account (IRA): . annually. I Income Property: Real estate developed or purchased to produce income. up to an amount that represents a specified percentage of the borrower’s equity in the property.” Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC): A type of revolving loan. HUD-1 Settlement Statement: A final listing of the closing costs of the mortgage transaction. for the remainder of the term. such as the average interest rate or yield on U.S. as well as the total settlement costs required from the buyer and seller. A margin is added to the index to determine the interest rate that will be charged on the ARM. heating and cooling systems. using a variety of payment options to address their specific financial needs. Hybrid Loan: An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) that offers a fixed rate for an initial period. vandalism. The index is generally a published number or percentage.2009 . Index: A number used to compute the interest rate for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). but has a long-term lease on it). a liability. Homeowner’s Insurance: A policy that protects you and the lender from fire or flood. which damages the structure of the house. This interest rate is subject to any caps on the maximum or minimum interest rate that may be charged on the mortgage. stated in the note. H Hazard Insurance: Insurance coverage that compensates for physical damage to a property from fire. clothes or appliances Homeowner’s Warranty (HOW): Insurance offered by a seller that covers certain home repairs and fixtures for a specified period of time. wiring.
Installment: The regular periodic payment that a borrower agrees to make to a lender. Contributions to the Keogh plan are tax-deductible. Interest Accrual Rate: The percentage rate at which interest accumulates or increases on a mortgage loan. Interest is usually expressed as a percentage of the amount borrowed. part of each rental payment is put aside for the purpose of accumulating funds to pay the down payment and closing costs. as specified in the mortgage note.” J Judgment Lien: A lien on the property of a debtor resulting from the decree of a court. Liability Insurance: Insurance coverage that protects property owners against claims of negligence. L Late Charge: A penalty imposed by the lender when a borrower fails to make a scheduled payment on time. the maximum interest rate. Initial Interest Rate: The original interest rate for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). Lease-Purchase Option: An option sometimes used by sellers to rent a property to a consumer. as specified in the mortgage note. Typically. Interest Rate Ceiling: For an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). Inflation: An increase in prices. Investment Property: A property purchased to generate rental income. tax benefits. Interest Rate Floor: For an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).187 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Liabilities: A person’s debts and other financial obligations. often when you fill out a credit application and/or request more credit. a limitation on the amount the interest rate can change per adjustment or over the lifetime of the loan. Jumbo Loan: A loan that exceeds the mortgage amount eligible for purchase by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Sometimes known as the “start rate. as stated in the note. K Interest: The cost you pay to borrow Keogh Funds: A tax-deferred retire-money. who has the option to buy the home within a specified period of time. It is the payment you make to ment-savings plan for small business a lender for the money it has loaned to owners or self-employed individuals who have earned income from their trade or business. . Also called “non-conforming loan.” Junior Mortgage: A loan that is subordinate to the primary loan or first-lien mortgage loan. Contrast with “second home. however. most credit scores are not affected by multiple inquiries from auto or mortgage lenders within a short period of time.2009 . personal injury or property damage to another party. Installment Debt: A loan that is repaid in accordance with a schedule of payments for a specified term (such as an automobile loan). Interest Rate Cap: For an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). such as a second or third mortgage. the minimum interest rate.” Inquiry: A request for a copy of your credit report by a lender or other business. you. Too many inquiries on a credit report can hurt your credit score.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 A tax-deferred plan that can help you build a retirement nest egg. or profitable resale rather than to serve as the borrower’s primary residence.
that helps you buy a home with a low down payment.S. The amount of your mortgage often is the purchase price of the home minus your down payment. This fee is usually in the form of points.000 mortgage has an LTV of 80 percent. In some states the term mortgage is also used to describe the document you sign (to grant the lender a lien on your home). With a mortgage. Loan Origination Fees: Fees paid to your mortgage lender or broker for processing the mortgage application. Modification: Any change to the terms of a mortgage loan. Mortgage: A loan using your home as collateral. Liquid Asset: A cash asset or an asset that is easily converted into cash. Manufactured homes may be single-or multi-section and are transported from the factory to a site and installed.188 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . It also may be used to indicate the amount of money you borrow. One point equals one percent of the mortgage amount. M Manufactured Housing: Homes that are built entirely in a factory in accordance with a federal building code administered by the U. and are financed with a retail installment sales agreement.2009 . Money Market Account: A type of investment in which funds are invested in short-term securities. which may include taking a loan application. the lender has the right to take the title to your property if you don’t make the mortgage payments. and closing the loan. a limit on the amount that the interest rate or monthly payment can increase or decrease over the life of the loan. Loan Origination: The process by which a loan is made. expressed as a percentage of the property’s value. Maturity Date: The date on which a mortgage loan is scheduled to be paid in full. Homes that are permanently affixed to a foundation often may be classified as real property under applicable state law. Margin: A percentage added to the index for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) to establish the interest rate on each adjustment date. or loan term. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Low-Down-Payment Feature: A feature of some mortgages. Lifetime Cap: For an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). loan balance. with interest. . Loan-To-Value (LTV) Ratio: The relationship between the loan amount and the value of the property (the lower of appraised value or sales price). and may be financed with a mortgage. including changes to the interest rate. usually fixed-rate mortgages.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 LIBOR-Index: An index used to determine interest rate changes for certain adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) plans. processing and underwriting the application. For example. as stated in the note.000 home with an $80. a $100. based on the average interest rate at which international banks lend to or borrow funds from the London Interbank Market. Lien: A claim or charge on property for payment of a debt. Lock-In Rate: A written agreement guaranteeing a specific mortgage interest rate for a certain amount of time. to purchase your house. Market Value: The current value of your home based on what a purchaser would pay. An appraisal is sometimes used to determine market value. Homes that are not permanently affixed to a foundation generally are classified as personal property. Merged Credit Report: A credit report issued by a credit reporting company that combines information from two or three major credit bureaus.
The origination fee typically is stated in the form of points. Mortgage Rate: The interest rate you pay to borrow the money to buy your house. O Offer: A formal bid from the home buyer to the home seller to purchase a home. Net Worth: The value of a company or individual’s assets. Mortgagor: The owner of real estate who pledges property as security for the repayment of a debt. You don’t need a real estate agent to attend an open house. Note: A written promise to pay a specified amount under the agreed upon conditions. The MLS for an area is usually operated by the local. Mortgage Lender: The lender providing funds for a mortgage. MI typically is required if the borrower’s down payment is less than 20 percent of the purchase price. a form of credit life insurance. Mortgage Insurance (MI): Insurance that protects lenders against losses caused by a borrower’s default on a mortgage loan. Non-Liquid Asset: An asset that cannot easily be converted into cash. A mortgage broker typically takes loan applications and may process loans. Multifamily Mortgage: A mortgage loan on a building with five or more dwelling units. this occurs when the payment does not cover the interest due.189 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Original Principal Balance: The total amount of principal owed on a mortgage before any payments are made. Origination Fee: A fee paid to a lender or broker to cover the administrative costs of processing a loan application. Multiple Listing Service (MLS): A clearinghouse through which member real estate brokerage firms regularly and systematically exchange information on listings of real estate properties and share commissions with members who locate purchasers. Multifamily Properties: Typically. buildings with five or more dwelling units. private real estate association as a joint venture among its members designed to foster real estate brokerage services. Mortgagee: The institution or individual to whom a mortgage is given. Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP): The amount paid by a borrower for mortgage insurance.2009 . Open House: When the seller’s real estate agent opens the seller’s house to the public. the borrower. . Note Rate: The interest rate stated on a mortgage note. N Negative Amortization: An increase in the balance of a loan caused by adding unpaid interest to the loan balance. or other loan agreement. Owner Financing: A transaction in which the property seller provides all or part of the financing for the buyer’s purchase of the property. the property and the loan application process through closing. Lenders also manage the credit and financial information review. either to a government agency such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or to a private mortgage insurance (PMI) company. Mutual Funds: A fund that pools the money of its investors to buy a variety of securities. Mortgage Life Insurance: A type of insurance that will pay off a mortgage if the borrower dies while the loan is outstanding. Net Monthly Income: Your take-home pay after taxes. It is the amount of money that you actually receive in your paycheck. including cash. One point is one percent of the mortgage amount. A mortgage broker also may close the loan. less total liabilities.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Mortgage Broker: An individual or firm that brings borrowers and lenders together for the purpose of loan origination.
It also shows a home seller that you’re a serious buyer. PITI Reserves: A cash amount that a borrower has available after making a down payment and paying closing costs for the purchase of a home.190 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . taxes. Point: One percent of the amount of the mortgage loan. The principal balance (sometimes called the outstanding or unpaid principal balance) is the amount owed on the loan minus the amount you’ve repaid. if a loan is made for $50. The process of determining how much money a prospective home buyer may be eligible to borrow before he or she applies for a loan. Planned Unit Development (PUD): A real estate project in which individuals hold title to a residential lot and home while the common facilities are owned and maintained by a homeowners’ association for the benefit and use of the individual PUD unit owners. but does not commit the lender to a particular mortgage amount.2009 . and insurance (PITI) reserves must equal the amount that the borrower would have to pay for PITI for a predefined number of months. P Partial Payment: A payment that is less than the scheduled monthly payment on a mortgage loan. in the early years of a mortgage loan. taxes. Principal: The amount of money borrowed or the amount of the loan that has not yet been repaid to the lender.000. and insurance (PITI). one point equals $500. This does not include the interest you will pay to borrow that money. Pre-Approval Letter: A letter from a mortgage lender indicating that you qualify for a mortgage of a specific amount. This process typically includes a review of the applicant’s credit history and may involve the review and verification of income and assets to close. See Mortgage Insurance . Power of Attorney: A legal document that authorizes another person to act on one’s behalf. PITI: An acronym for the four primary components of a monthly mortgage payment: principle. charging high points and fees each time and “packing” credit insurance onto a loan. The principal. Pre-Qualification: A preliminary assessment by a lender of the amount it will lend to a potential home buyer. Pre-Qualification Letter: A letter from a mortgage lender that states that you’re pre-qualified to buy a home. Payment Change Date: The date on which a new monthly payment amount takes effect. Prepayment Penalty: A fee that a borrower may be required to pay to the lender. Pre-Approval: A process by which a lender provides a prospective borrower with an indication of how much money he or she will be eligible to borrow when applying for a mortgage loan. interest. interest. for example. for repaying the loan in full or prepaying a substantial amount to reduce the unpaid principle balance. on an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loan. Predatory Lending: Abusive lending practices that include making mortgage loans to people who do not have the income to repay them or repeatedly refinancing loans. A power of attorney can grant complete authority or can be limited to certain acts and/or certain periods of time. Private Mortgage Insurance: Insurance for conventional mortgage loans that protects the lender from loss in the event of default by the borrower.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Owner-Occupied Property: A property that serves as the borrower’s primary residence. For example. Personal Property: Any property that is not real property. Payment Cap: For an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or other variable rate loan. a limit on the amount that payments can increase or decrease during any one adjustment period. Prepayment: Any amount paid to reduce the principal balance of a loan before the scheduled due date.
earnest money deposit. RESPA also prohibits kickbacks and unearned fees in the mortgage loan business. underwritten and serviced according to the lender’s standards and. length of time the offer is valid. if applicable. the standards of the investor. Real estate professionals may be able to refer you to local lenders or mortgage brokers.2009 . and minerals. typically a comparison of the borrower’s total monthly income to monthly debt payments and other recurring monthly obligations. Q Qualifying Guidelines: Criteria used to determine eligibility for a loan R Qualifying Ratios: Calculations that are used in determining the loan amount that a borrower qualifies for. governmental agency. financing. Purchase Money Mortgage: A mortgage loan that enables a borrower to acquire a property.” Recording: The filing of a lien or other legal documents in the appropriate public record. Property Appreciation: See “Appreciation. Real Property: Land and anything permanently affixed thereto — including buildings. making repairs. Unless you’ve specifically contracted with a buyer’s agent. as well as information during the life of the loan regarding servicing and escrow accounts. In connection with the sale of a residential property. Sometimes known as a “Registrar of Deeds” or “County Clerk. closing date. sale price. closing by a certain date. such as obtaining a mortgage of a certain type and rate. Radon: A toxic gas found in the soil beneath a house that can contribute to cancer and other illnesses. This offer may include sales contingencies. occupancy date. Quality Control: A system of safeguards to ensure that loans are originated. the real estate professional represents the interest of the seller. but are generally not involved in the lending process. down payment. trees. Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA): A federal law that requires lenders to provide home mortgage borrowers with information about transaction-related costs prior to settlement. Rate Cap: The limit on the amount an interest rate on an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) can increase or decrease during an adjustment period. Real Estate Professional: An individual who provides services in buying and selling homes. etc.191 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . or mortgage insurer. and any special contingencies.” Purchase and Sale Agreement: A document that details the price and conditions for a transaction. Recorder: The public official who keeps records of transactions that affect real property in the area. fences.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Promissory Note: A written promise to repay a specified amount over a specified period of time. See also “Lock-in Rate. the agreement typically would include: information about the property to be sold. . The real estate professional is paid a percentage of the home sale price by the seller.” Ratified Sales Contract: A contract that shows both you and the seller of the house have agreed to your offer. getting an acceptable inspection. Rate Lock: An agreement in which an interest rate is “locked in” or guaranteed for a specified period of time prior to closing.
Department of Agriculture (USDA). S Securities: A financial form that shows the holder owns a share or shares of a company (stock) or has loaned money to a company or government organization (bond).S. and (3) the amount of credit that may be extended to the consumer during the term of the plan is generally made available to the extent that any outstanding balance is repaid. Right of First Refusal: A provision in an agreement that requires the owner of a property to give another party the first opportunity to purchase or lease the property before he or she offers it for sale or lease to others. . Secondary Mortgage Market: The market in which mortgage loan and mortgage-backed securities are bought and sold. which operates a range of programs to help rural communities and individuals by providing loan and grants for housing and community facilities. escrow administration. Rescission: The cancellation or annulment of a transaction or contract by operation of law or by mutual consent. See also “Owner Financing. Repayment Plan: An arrangement by which a borrower agrees to make additional payments to pay down past due amounts while still making regularly scheduled payments. Remaining Term: The original number of payments due on the loan minus the number of payments that have been made. Revolving Debt: Credit that is extended by a creditor under a plan in which (1) the creditor contemplates repeated transactions. Rehabilitation Mortgage: A mortgage loan made to cover the costs of repairing. Rural Housing Service (RHS): An agency within the U. etc. or for up to three years in certain instances.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Refinance: Getting a new mortgage with all or some portion of the proceeds used to pay off the prior mortgage. improving. The agency also works with private lenders to guarantee loans for the purchase or construction of single-family housing.2009 . and delinquency management.192 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . (2) the creditor may impose a finance charge from time to time on an outstanding unpaid balance. Replacement Cost: The cost to replace damaged personal property without a deduction for depreciation. Seller Take-Back: An agreement in which the seller of a property provides financing to the buyer for the home purchase. Borrowers have a right to cancel certain mortgage refinance and home equity transactions within three business days after closing. paying the borrower’s taxes and insurance and generally managing borrower escrow accounts. Securities: Financial forms that shows the holder owns a share or shares of a company (stocks) or has loaned money to a company or government organization (bonds). Secured Loan: A loan that is backed by property such as a house. Security: The property that will be given or pledged as collateral for a loan. Second Mortgage: A mortgage that has a lien position subordinate to the first mortgage. jewelry. Sale-Leaseback: A transaction in which the buyer leases the property back to the seller for a specified period of time. including the collection of mortgage payments. and sometimes acquiring an existing property. car. including collecting mortgage payments. Servicing: The tasks a lender performs to protect the mortgage investment.” Servicer: A firm that performs servicing functions.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: A federal law that restricts the enforcement of civilian debts against certain military personnel who may not be able to pay because of active military service. In many parts of the country.to four-unit properties including detached homes. condominiums. Treasury of Treasury bills and securities. Single-Family Properties: One. and the ownership of. Treasury Index: An index that is used to determine interest rate changes for certain adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) plans. Sweat Equity: A borrower’s contribution to the down payment for the purchase of a property in the form of labor or services rather than cash. A title or deed is sometimes used as proof of ownership of land. Trade Equity: Real estate or assets given to the seller as part of the down payment for the property. Also called closing or escrow in different jurisdictions. and cooperatives. property. Subordinate Financing: Any mortgage or other lien with lower priority than the first mortgage. and manufactured homes attached to a permanent foundation and classified as real property under applicable state law. Survey: A precise measurement of a property by a licensed surveyor. T Taxes and Insurance: Funds collected as part of the borrower’s monthly payment and held in escrow for the payment of the borrower’s. Soft Second Loan: A second mortgage whose payment is forgiven or is deferred until resale of the property.“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Settlement: The process of completing a loan transaction at which time the mortgage documents are signed and then recorded.” Title: The right to. or funds paid by the borrower for. Transfer Tax: State or local tax payable when title to property passes from one owner to another. See also “Mortgage Broker. a home must be inspected for termites before it can be sold. fund. underwrite. Third-Party Origination: A process by which a lender uses another party to completely or partially originate. The statement includes a summary of the total cost of credit. Termite Inspection: An inspection to determine whether a property has termite infestation or termite damage. townhouses. close. It is based on the results of auctions by the U. and the property is transferred to the buyer (if applicable). Title Insurance: Insurance that protects lenders and homeowners against legal problems with the title. process. such as the annual percentage rate (APR) and other specifics of the credit. or package a mortgage loan. showing legal boundaries of a property and the dimensions and location of improvements.2009 . See also “Closing” Settlement Statement: A document that lists all closing costs on a consumer mortgage transaction. It also provides other protections to certain military personnel. funds are disbursed. . Title Search: A check of the public records to ensure that the seller is the legal owner of the property and to identify any liens or claims against the property.193 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . Truth-In-Lending Act (TILA): A federal law that requires disclosure of a truth-in-lending statement for consumer credit.S. state and local property taxes and insurance premiums.
“32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 -2009 Two. among other things. assets.S. Federal Trade Commission ftc. including health care. within the 24 hours before closing.2009 .Family Property: A residential property that provides living space (dwelling units) for two to four families. for example. financial assistance. W Walk-Through: A common clause in a sales contract that allows the buyer to examine the property being purchased at a specified time immediately before the closing. a loan secured by such a property is considered to be a single-family mortgage. and a description of the property you plan to buy. educational assistance.S. liabilities. Unsecured Loan: A loan that is not backed by collateral.gov . Warranties: Written guarantees of the quality of a product and the promise to repair or replace defective parts free of charge. The form requests your income. It involves evaluating the property and the borrower’s credit and ability to pay the mortgage. Department of Veterans Affairs): A federal government agency that provides benefits to veterans and their dependents. V Veterans Affairs (U. U Underwriting: The process used to determine loan approval. although ownership of the structure is evidenced by a single deed. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).194 “32 Ways To Quickly Stop Foreclosure” © Homeowners United 2008 . VA Guaranteed Loan: A mortgage loan that is guaranteed by the U. Uniform Residential Loan Application: A standard mortgage application you will have to complete. and guaranteed home loans.to Four.
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