Foreclosure auction and eviction

Question: If my home does not sell at a foreclosure auction, will I be able to stay in my home?

Response: Generally, if there are no bidders at a foreclosure auction, the bank that owns the loan usually bids a nominal amount to take possession of the property. This way, the bank can at least have some security that if it resells the property at a later time, it will recover some, if not all, of the money that was originally borrowed but not paid back. It is further important to note that unless no one is living at the property at the time of sale, the bank will have to institute an eviction proceeding to get the old owner or tenants out of the house. Essentially, the eviction process takes time. Eventually, unless you bring an Order to Show Cause to the Court to prove otherwise, the bank will prevail at its eviction proceeding and at that point, you will no longer be able to stay at your old home. Since it is in the bank’s best interest that you leave as soon as possible, oftentimes, the banks will offer different financial incentives to help speed up that process and avoid an eviction proceeding (some banks will pay for your move and offer extra money to start over, but that is not a rule of thumb).

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics. The information contained in the legal blog of Attorney Svetlana Kaplun is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a legal advice on any subject matter. Please read our full disclaimer or contact the Law Office of Svetlana Kaplun, P.C. by telephone at 718-444-1115 for more information. Copyright © 2012 Law Office of Svetlana Kaplun, P.C.

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