Help, I’m behind in my mortgage payments in the Bay Area

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Behind on your mortgage? Read this article for a few tips on what you can to do prevent and avoid foreclosure

When you fall behind in your mortgage payments on your Bay Area home, it can feel like you’re drowning in debt.

Even if you’re able to make your monthly payment, catching up on a past due balance can be an overwhelming challenge.

There’s a few options that can help you to avoid foreclosure in the Bay Area and maybe even keep your house, even if you’re seriously behind in payments. Lots of properties in the Bay Area have been lost to foreclosure, but there are many ways to avoid it.

1. Bankruptcy:

This is usually the tool of last resort. If you’re being crushed by lots of debt, bankruptcy can be a good way to negotiate with lots of lenders at once. It’s a lot of work, and it won’t help you avoid your mortgage. Different lenders will treat your circumstances in unique ways. You’d benefit from serious professional help – the best you can afford.

2. Reaffirm:

This can be a good card to play, but it may come with some unseen penalties. Basically, reaffirming the loan is an additional commitment to pay. In some states where it’s allowed, an affirmation can create additional liabilities if your property is auctioned.

3. Making Home Affordable (MFA):

If your mortgage qualifies, you might be able to participate in MHA. Any loans backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac must be considered for MHA, and other lenders choose to participate in MFA.

With MFA, your payments and/or interest rates might be lowered – even the principal balance (if your home is worth less than you owe). If you’re unemployed, you might be able to get your payments temporarily suspended or reduced.

MFA is a government program, so be prepared to deal with lots of paperwork. It ain’t free money – you gotta work for it.

4. Negotiate with your bank:

Lots of lenders routinely offer some level of assistance. You have to work hard at it, but you might be able to get your interest rate reduced, or a temporary reduction in your payment.

Most of the time, lenders will want to steer you to refinance your loan – but by the time you’re a few payments behind, you probably don’t qualify for a reduction in interest rate.

You have to work really hard to negotiate with a bank. Usually it takes lots of calls and the patience of a saint to get through the bureaucracy. Never, ever act rude. Ask for help from everyone you speak with, but don’t sound desperate. Explain your situation, offer supporting documents, and reassure the bank that you want to live in your home for the long term.

If you’re in need of a temporary fix and want to stay in your home, most banks can be forgiving. Sometimes they’ll be willing to add a few months of payments back onto the primary balance of your loan. It’s all dollars and cents to them, so remind them that you need their help to give them a lot more money in the long run. If they have to sell your house at a foreclosure auction, they’ll take a huge loss.

That sounds obvious, but for some reason bankers seem to forget it when saying no to someone in need of help.

5. Sell your house to a reputable home buyer:

If you’re behind in your payments and need to sell fast, we can help.

We work with homeowners in the Bay Area to find solutions to foreclosure problems.

6. What reputable house buyers like Giant Housebuyers are doing:

  • Helping folks improve their lives by accessing the money they need right away. People often need the cash in their house to cover unexpected medical expenses, or to relocate to be close to a relative. We can make that happen in just a few days, and we deliver peace of mind.
  • Helping sellers get rid of a burdensome property without the hassle of having to list it with a broker and wait months and months for a sale.
  • Creating local jobs. We hire plumbers, contractors, electricians, brokers, title reps, loan officers, administrators and many other folks along the way. The average real estate transaction involves 86 people from start to finish. Our investments help create real jobs for people around the Bay Area
  • Buying US products. We spend tons of money on materials that are made right here in the USA – that creates jobs in our timber mills, factories, supply shops, distribution centers and more. The US economy depends on steady improvement, and that requires investment from folks like us.
  • Increasing the value of Bay Area neighborhoods. When we improve a house, we’re helping to increase the value of the entire community. We often repair abandoned and neglected houses, turning them into beautiful homes for families. That activity strengthens neighborhoods.
  • Increasing the tax base. When a new buyer takes over one of our properties, they’ll pay a higher tax rate based on the new and improved value. Those taxes go to pay for our schools, fire, police, libraries, streets and other valuable pieces of infrastructure.  Again, improving our neighborhoods.

Pretty cool stuff, right?

We can help out in any situation you are going through. You don’t have to go through it alone. We know it’s frustrating, we know you need help, and we know how your family must be feeling. We’ve seen it all. Let us help you find the answers to the problems you are having. Reach out to us so you can get the help you deserve.

Give us a call now at (415) 326-3588 or
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