Old Antique ClockWith the large number of foreclosures that are occurring all over the United States, people should know the many options they have to avoid one. Here are additional options (Part II.) for foreclosure:
  • Rent the Property: If your mortgage payment is low enough that market rent will cover it, this option will allow you to keep your property indefinitely.
  • Deed In Lieu Of Foreclosure: Sometimes known as a “friendly foreclosure”, because it allows the homeowner to return the property to the lender. It does require lender approval, and the homeowner must vacate the property.
  • Bankruptcy: If the homeowner has non-mortgage debts whose payments are causing them to fall short of paying their mortgage, a personal bankruptcy will eliminate these debts. Bankruptcy can be very costly.
  • Refinance: If homeowner has sufficient equity in the home and their credit is still good, a refinance is a possibility. In some cases it may lower payments, but it is an expensive process.
  • Service members Civil Relief Act (Military Personnel Only): If a an active member of the military is experiencing financial distress, they could qualify for lower payments on all their consumer debt as well as mortgage payments.