Considering Foreclosure for my Underwater Home

Question: I am considering letting my underwater house go into foreclosure after not being able to reach an agreement with my mortgage holder. How long do I have before I have to leave my house and will they be able to put a lien on another home I just purchased? I have tried contacting the bank that originally underwrote my mortgage, but they refused to help me and sold my mortgage to another bank. I tried to unsuccessfully refinance my mortgage with that bank. My current bank says it will modify my loan, but never calls me back with the information.

Response: If your objective was to get a loan modification, try to modify it first. The banks are so overwhelmed with all the borrowers who defaulted on their mortgage payments, their response time can be quite slow. Be as aggressive as you can in reaching the bank at your own initiative if that is what you are interested in or hire a professional attorney who can help you with preparing the documents. Do not let the house go into foreclosure as it will affect you negatively in many different ways, from affecting your credit to a deficiency judgment. It is much better for borrowers and the bank alike if you do a short sale. With a properly negotiated short sale, you will not be responsible for the difference in the amount of debt owed to the bank and the short sale price (although there may be consequences with the IRS).

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.

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