Maybe you know you can’t make your mortgage payment this month? Or you may have already missed one or more payments. Either way, there are steps you can take to avoid losing your home to foreclosure.
If you’ve already received foreclosure court papers, see the steps you should take after a foreclosure is filed against you.
Contact your lender or loan servicer.
It benefits your lender to help you stay in your home and keep making payments. They can offer you several options to help you get back on track, including:
- Forbearance, or a temporary reduction of your mortgage payment
- Repayment plans, or a temporary increase in your payments so that you can catch up on missed payments
- Refinancing, or a new loan at a lower interest rate to reduce your mortgage payment
Stay in your home.
If you move out of your home, you could lose some of your rights. Someone could also vandalize your home while you’re gone, and you could end up paying for the damage.
Open your mail.
Government and nonprofit organizations may mail you information to help you keep your home.
Contact a HUD-approved housing counselor.
Foreclosure prevention counseling is available for free through HUD’s Housing Counseling Program. To find your local HUD-approved housing counselor, go to Local Government and Community Resources.
Look out for scams.
There are scammers who try to take advantage of people who are trying to save their homes. Some common tactics they use are:
- Asking for cash so that they can “negotiate” a loan modification for you.
- Advising you to avoid contacting an attorney or your lender.
- Suggesting that you deed your house to them and then rent it back from them.
- Posing as the federal government offering you “special bailout funds.”
To keep yourself safe from scammers:
- Get promises in writing.
- Read the fine print and understand what you sign.
- Don’t sign anything with blank lines or spaces.
- Never sign over the deed to your home (unless you are selling it).
- Never give out personal information.
- Never pay someone who is not your lender or loan servicer.