Eureka Area Real Estate Distressed Property Inventory Hits New High

 

The number of distressed properties facing foreclosure in the Eureka area continues to increase. Over the past 4 months, 164 homeowners received a Notice of Default, the first step in the pre-foreclosure process. Unfortunately, an additional 64 homeowners received a Notice of Sale, the final step before their property is sold at auction on the courthouse steps.  Finally, an additional 85 homes went to auction and where foreclosed on.  (Statistics retrieved from RealtyTrac.com)

 

Facing a foreclosure is a scary thing, but there are things you should do – and shouldn’t do – to avoid making the situation worse.

DO answer the phone and read your mail. Avoiding your lender won’t make the problem go away. In fact, it will only make the problem worse. Your lender may be able to help you, so be sure to answer the phone and read any mail they may have sent you.

DO realistically assess you situation. Are your financial problems temporary? If you are temporarily out of work and will be fine once you find a new job, call your lender. Lenders may be able to offer a forbearance or repayment plan.

DO consider your options. If you are not in position to keep your home, consider selling it before you face a foreclosure. If you have already missed a mortgage payment, call your lender. There may be purchase options, like a short payoff or assumption.

DO be aware of certain financial responsibilities. Even if your lender sells your property, you may still be responsible for the difference in the sale price and what you owe. It is important to realize that you may be responsible for certain taxes when a lender forecloses on your property. However, the IRS does provide tax relief in certain situations.

DO protect your wealth. Recognize that you may have significant equity in your property that must be preserved.

DON’T move out of your home. In order to qualify for assistance, homeowners are often required to be living in their home. Be sure to talk to your lender before you think about moving.

DON’T ignore the problem. It may be possible to keep your home, but if you wait to take action, fewer options will be available. You have certain rights and can take certain actions to help keep your home; however, you only have a limited amount of time.

DON’T convince yourself you can afford a home if you can’t. Most lenders will only lend what a borrower can afford, but some less scrupulous lenders will allow borrowers to get in over their heads. In some cases, a home that was affordable becomes unaffordable due to changes in your life circumstances. Call your mortgage company; they may be able to help you avoid foreclosure by agreeing to an assumption or a short payoff.

DON’T fall victim to a scheme. Some people want to profit by your misfortune by offering to contact and conduct all work-outs and negotiations with your lender on your behalf – for a fee.  

Reprinted from www.freddiemac.com