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A significant number of Phoenix Arizona homeowners find themselves in the impossible position of not being able to make their monthly house payments - often due to job loss, divorce, illness and recent huge subprime loan interest rate adjustments. Watch this video produced by Fannie Mae to help you Know Your Options to avoid foreclosure. Then contact me to discuss how I can help you implement your best option.
Are you unable to make your house payment or think you will be having problems in the future? See what government programs are available to help you keep your home. You can to refinance when the current value of your home is 20% below your current loan amount. You may also be eligible for a loan modification. See what you are eligible for now at
Don't feel hopeless and alone and think your only option is to walk away from your home and let it become one of many foreclosed Phoenix homes. Lenders accept 16 hardships as justification for finding an alternative to foreclosure including loan modification of your current loan or accepting less than is owed in a Short Sale at close of escrow.
The best course of action is to review your budget, decide where cuts can be made and what assistance you require from your lender to be able to pay your mortgage and all other debts before you or your counselor call your lender to negotiate modified home loan terms.
The Arizona Attorney General has released this Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Workbook to familiar you with the foreclosure process, terms, timelines, options available to you, avoiding scam artists preying on you and what to expect.
It is in everyone's best interest to avoid foreclosure. If you feel uncomfortable calling your lender, don't ignore the problem. There are trained professionals you can read about who will negotiate mitigated or modified home loan terms on your behalf or call me to direct you to trustworthy professionals I know who will give you honest, responsible advice.
For a list of approved housing counselors go to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) web site so you won't find yourself with a foreclosure prevention company that may charge high upfront fees.
Be prepared to an answer your lender's question about how you propose to eventually pay off the loan. You're better off coming in with an initial proposal. At least you've opened the door to negotiation.
If you think that your financial strain won't last long, ask the lender for forbearance, or postponement of payments, for a couple of months until you get back on your feet.
But if the payments are too high or will be too high, ask the lender to extend the loan for another five years to reduce the monthly payment or adjust the interest rate if a reset is coming up.
If you are unable or foresee you won't be able to make your loan payments and no workout is possible, it may be appropriate to try to avoid foreclosure with a short sale or pre-foreclosure sale. The lender typically wants the sale to cover what you owe on the mortgage, but a lender may be willing to accept a lesser amount to satisfy the mortgage and pay closing costs as long as your hardship is deemed worthy of their payoff concession. Read the Arizona Association of REALTORS® in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Real Estate Arizona Short Sale Seller Advisory and then seek the advice of a qualified tax attorney at little to no cost before you act.
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My Phoenix Home Seller Guide has other seller tips and additional resources available to assist you with your home sale.