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					How To Stop A Forclosure On My Home

If you've been kept awake at night by the thought of "how to stop a
forclosure on my home", you're not alone. It's been estimated that one in
200 homeowners are in serious risk of foreclosing on their properties.
The good news is that there are actions that you can take to prevent
foreclosure.

First of all, you should try to build up savings in case of emergencies.
Every home owner needs at least one to three months worth of mortgage
payments in savings just in case of hardship.

Secondly, make sure that you have established a home equity line of
credit. This is a form of revolving credit in which your home serves as
collateral. If something happens to come up that threatens you with
foreclosing your home, you'll need to have money quickly. It's been
estimated that at least 90% of foreclosures could be prevented or delayed
if home equity lines of credit were previously put in place.

Do everything in your power to not miss a mortgage payment. Skipping a
mortgage payment is considered to be much more serious issue than missing
any other type of monthly payment. So if you have to choose, skip a
utility bill or credit card payment. Just missing one payment is a big
blow to your credit. So take out a loan before you miss the payment, not
afterwards. You might not be able to get a loan after one payment is
missed.

Ask for help from friends and family. Yes, it is embarrassing--but not as
embarrassing as getting kicked out of your home.

Discuss any problems with your lender. The lender seems to be viewed as
the bad guy when a home owner had financial problems. But in reality, the
last thing that your lender wants is for you to have to foreclose on your
home. They will do what they can to help you make your payments.

Look your problem in the eye. The common tendency is to just pretend that
this isn't happening and avoid doing anything about it, or just plain
giving up. Face up to your problem and try to find solutions. And
remember, you DO have options. In fact, there are quite a few options
which will allow you to keep your house and stop the foreclosure
proceeding without paying all of your arrearage (payments that you have
skipped) at once. There is even the possibility to reduce what you owe on
your property by significant amounts. The sooner you act, the more
choices you will have.

If you do have money to spend, spend it on your mortgage payment. Once
you've missed a mortgage payment for a few months, the lender may require
you to make all your back payments at once. This is the start of going
downhill. Make the choice to not pay other bills and pay your mortgage
instead. When forced to choose, most people would pick losing their
credit cards over losing their homes.

Hopefully these have given you some answers to your thought of "how to
stop a forclosure on my home".

				
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