Foreclosure Timeline

Avoid Foreclosure

Foreclosure is a situation in which a homeowner is unable to make mortgage payments as required, which allows the lender to seize the property, evict the homeowner and sell the home, as stipulated in the mortgage contract.

 

Step One: Communicate With Your Lender

As soon as you realize that you are going to have trouble making your mortgage payments, contact your lender and tell them about your financial difficulties.  This gives them the opportunity to work with you to create a plan.  Do not stop paying your bills, and do not wait until you cannot make payments before you act.  Though you may feel scared or embarrassed, immediately begin working with your lender to avoid foreclosure on your home.

Step Two: Work With the MHA Program

You can get help through the Making Home Affordable (MHA) program, which provides free counselors for advice and assistance with keeping you in your home or getting out safely. Visit the MHA website to read about the options and what you’ll need to prepare.

MHA has a hotline you can call anytime: 1-888-995-HOPE (1-888-995-4673) and TTY users should call 1-877-304-9709.  You can also find a counselor in your area.

Your state's housing agency might have a foreclosure avoidance program as well.

If you have an FHA loan, call the FHA National Servicing Center at 1-877-622-8525.

Beware of mortgage relief scams.  One sign of a scam is when they ask for a fee in advance.  Learn how to spot housing scams and report housing scams.

 

 

https://www.usa.gov/foreclosure#item-36067