How To Avoid Foreclosure

When a homemaker buys a house, losing it would be the last thing that comes to their mind. People heading towards foreclose always have a handful of options left.

Whatever the reason could a foreclosure leaves owners in a confused state. Below are some of the ways by which you can avoid foreclosure.

Don’t ignore the bills

Don’t ignore any kind of bills or notices from your lender or the housing agency. The more you ignore, the harder it will become in the future to cope up with the problem.


You should carefully read and respond to every letter or notice from your lender. The first few letters might have extended information about how you can avoid foreclosure and the coming letters might include important notices and inform you about certain actions you need to take.

Communicate with the lender

Most of the lenders would like to avoid foreclosures as well, since it costs them money and time. Try to talk to the lender, if you are unable to pay some of your bills and they might understand your situation. Lenders do not wish to face this problem as well, and might consider a more flexible payment scheme.

Know your rights

Read carefully each and everything stated in your mortgage documents and know about your rights, and about what your lender can and cannot do if you fail to make your payments. Do some research about the foreclosure clause and the stated timeframes by contacting the housing authority of your region.

Talk to a local realtor

Call a local realtor who has a good reputation, and they might be able to give some helpful suggestions with their experience. You can come up with a plan to save your home, or least your equity.

Take help from agencies and counsellors

There are several organizations that might help you to resolve the issue. There are also a lot of housing counsellors that might help you with different suggestions to avoid foreclosure.


You can see if refinancing is an option by asking your real estate agent to recommend you to some other mortgage loan offering company that might alter your current mortgage to a more favorable breakdown.

Lifestyle Change

If your living style has changed drastically, with some unexpected illness, loss of a job or other significant life-changing event, you might be able to apply for a special forbearance. With this new payment scheme, you can pay back your lender with more flexibility a period of time.

Prioritize your spending

Paying your mortgage bills timely should be one of your first priorities. If you are spending somewhere else more than your mortgage bills, review your finances and make sure you have enough money to pay your mortgage for at least a couple of months.

Use your assets

If you have other assets  and think which one out of those assets you can let go of in order to save your house, and if it will be enough to save you from foreclosure. Often they might not be enough to pay the whole amount, but it will show your lender your passion and perseverance towards saving your house.

Debt forgiveness

Ask your lender to give you a break or waive your obligation to pay a couple of monthly payments, which might give you some time to set things straight and get back on track with your finances.

Repayment Plan

You can request your lender for a repayment plan, in which the lender would add up a small amount that you are required to pay every month with your actual mortgage in the coming future, as an extra interest.

Changing the terms

If you have an adjustable loan, the lender can fix the interest rate before a sudden increment or alteration in the rate, which could be managed by you in a better way.

Partial Claim

You can ask for help from certain banks that might loan you the missed amount of the mortgage that can be managed by you afterwards.

Stay away from foreclosure recovery scams

You might interact with certain false companies that will promise to save your house with a couple of signatures. You might end up being a renter in your own house. Sign a legal document only after proper understanding. Seek help only from a professional and reliable agency, and stay away from such fraud companies.

Never procrastinate with your bills and if you are facing trouble with your finance, prioritize and do some serious cost-cutting. Don’t hesitate to seek help from family and close friends at the time of need. Don’t let a situation overpower you, and avoid foreclosure as much as you can. You buy a house to stay in it forever, not to lose it.

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About the Author: Christie Morgan

I am a former Licensed Real Estate Agent that absolutely loves helping people find the home of their dreams. I also enjoy interior design, reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with my two cats.