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Need a mortgage? Check out the advice in this Howcast video series about home financing.
You Will Need
- A meeting with your lender
- A Department of Housing and Urban Development counselor
- The HOPE NOW program
Talk to your lender
Arrange a meeting with your lender as soon as you realize you're having problems making your monthly mortgage payments. Discuss repayment plans that will allow you to stay in your home.
Avoid scam artists
Beware of anyone who says they can help you avoid foreclosure for an upfront fee. They are most likely scam artists.
Ponder your options
Consider what sacrifices you could make that would enable you to make your payments. Could you take in a boarder? Sell a car? Take on another job?
Ask for mortgage modification
Ask if you can modify your mortgage to make your payments more affordable. Options include adding your missed payments to the existing loan balance, lowering your interest rate, or extending the number of years you have to repay the loan.
Explore the possibility of forbearance: The lender agrees to reduce or suspend your payments for a set period of time, after which point you agree to begin paying regularly again.
Negotiate a repayment plan
Negotiate a plan that allows you to repay missed mortgage payments by adding a portion of them to your current monthly payment until you're caught up.
Talk to an HUD counselor
If you and your lender are unable to agree on a solution, contact a Housing and Urban Development counselor for help. Find one in your area by going on their web site, "hud.gov":http://hud.gov.
Call HOPE NOW for homeowners, a government-approved program that helps borrowers refinance their mortgage. Visit "hopenow.com":http://hopenow.com for information and a telephone number.