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Lake County short sale attorneysIf you are behind on your mortgage payments, you know just how stressful it can be. You may end up losing sleep because you are worried about what will happen to your home. If you owe more on the home than it is worth, you may be a risk of foreclosure. In situations like these, one option that many people find preferable to foreclosure is a short sale.

During a short sale, a home is sold for less than what the owner owns on the home. Additionally, the lender generally agrees to accept less than the amount owed by the borrower by means of a the short sale. This option comes with certain advantages, as well as some disadvantages. If you are concerned that your home may be foreclosed on, a qualified foreclosure lawyer can help you determine whether or not a short sale may be right for you.

Short Selling to Avoid Foreclosure

Research shows that approximately one in every 1,380 Illinois homes is foreclosed on. Foreclosure can be an extremely stressful and embarrassing process to endure. Although foreclosure can happen to anyone, many people feel a great deal of shame regarding foreclosure. The greatest benefit of a short sale is that it can allow you to avoid foreclosure. When a you have a foreclosure in his or her credit history, you will not be eligible for another mortgage for a minimum of seven years. However, this waiting period may be as short as two years if the home is sold through a short sale.

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Lake County foreclosure attorneysWhen a homeowner cannot afford to make his or her mortgage payments, the home may go into foreclosure. In short, this means the homeowner's mortgage lender takes possession of the home. However, this is not an instantaneous or even a quick process. The foreclosure process can take well over a year to complete in Illinois and early in the process, a homeowner has some options that can allow him or her to keep the home. 

In the state of Illinois, all foreclosures are judicial foreclosures, which means that the lenders must go through the courts to complete the foreclosure process. If your lender has filed a foreclosure action against you, or is preparing to do so, here are three ways that you can stop the proceedings and possibly remain in your home. 

Modify Your Mortgage Loan

One way to steer yourself away from foreclosure is to modify your mortgage loan so it becomes easier for you to make your monthly payments. This can be done by lowering the interest rate, lowering the amount of principal for the loan, or extending its term. Sometimes, the borrower can make a single balloon payment to cover his or her missed payments or add them to other payments through the loan's life to catch up.

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Lake County foData shows that approximately one in every 2,453 homes in the United States will be foreclosed on at some point. The problem is even more serious in Illinois, where one in every 1,336 homes will be foreclosed on according to the current foreclosure rate. Having your home foreclosed on can be an absolutely devastating ordeal to endure. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not understand what their rights are when it comes to home foreclosure. They may assume that they “deserve” to lose their home because they have missed mortgage payments. However, mistakes are prevalent in the mortgage servicing industry, and some individuals facing a foreclosure may be the victim of such an error. If you have been threatened with foreclosure, you should know that there are several foreclosure defenses that could  help you keep your home.

Your Mortgage Servicer Made a Serious Error

Although many people do not realize it until it happens to them, mortgage servicers sometimes make huge oversights and errors. If you have been affected by one of the following mistakes, you may have a potential defense against foreclosure:

You were the victim of “dual tracking.” The term  dual tracking refers to a situation in which a mortgage servicer continues to foreclose on an individual’s home while also considering his or her application for a loan modification, short sale, deed in lieu of foreclosure, or other foreclosure avoidance option. Dual tracking used to happen all the time, but federal law now limits the circumstances in which a mortgage servicer can pursue foreclosure while simultaneously negotiating an alternative to foreclosure.

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Lake County loan modification lawyersAre you behind on your mortgage? If so, are you getting to the point where you are worried about the possibility of foreclosure? When you are behind on your mortgage payments, things can spiral out of your control very quickly. It is important to realize, however, that you may have options that could allow you to keep your home and to get back in good standing with your lender. One of these options is a loan modification, and a skilled Lake County lawyer can help you apply.

Your Loan Will Not Be Modified If You Do Not Apply

A loan modification, put simply, is an amendment to the terms of your loan so that you can get caught up and back on track with your mortgage. There are different types of modifications available, such as an extension of the loan’s term to reduce monthly payments, interest rate adjustment, and the capitalization of your missed payments. While each type of loan modification is different, they have one thing in common: you cannot get a modification unless you apply for one.

Unfortunately, getting your modification application complete and in front of decision-makers at your lender is not always easy. The individuals who answer the phone when you call are not always clear about what your application package needs to include or whether they have received everything you sent them. The key to resolving the situation is getting the application requirements in writing, sending your application package to your lender—using mail, fax, and email, if necessary—and following up to ensure it is received.

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Libertyville foreclosure defense lawyersFalling behind on your mortgage payments can lead to serious trouble. If you are far enough behind that you are in default, the lender could initiate foreclosure and eventually seize your home. During the foreclosure process, however, you as the borrower have certain rights, even though you are in default on your loan. One of these rights is the right to negotiate a reinstatement of your mortgage, which will stop the foreclosure proceedings.

Initiating Foreclosure

A single missed mortgage payment is probably not going to be a serious problem. Your lender will more than likely work with you to get your missed payment caught up, even if it means paying a little extra on each of the next few payments. Likewise, two missed payments can usually be taken care of in a similar manner. Once you reach a third missed payment, however, and venture into the period of 60 to 120 days late, your lender is likely to notify you that your mortgage is in default. The lender will also send you a notice of intent to foreclose.

After you have passed the point of being 120 days late, you will probably be served with a summons and a copy of the civil complaint indicating that your lender has initiated foreclosure proceedings. In most cases, you will be served personally, but avoiding process servers or sheriff’s deputies will not stop the case from moving forward. If you cannot be served in person, your lender can file a public notice in the newspaper to serves as your formal notice. Once you have been notified, you have 30 days to respond. You also have 90 days during which you have the right to reinstate your loan.

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