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Waukegan IL short sale attorneyMany people and families throughout the United States are struggling with debt, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in the loss of jobs, reductions in the income that people are able to earn, and other financial difficulties. Homeowners who are struggling to pay ongoing expenses may be concerned about what will happen if they default on their mortgage, including whether they may face foreclosure. While some homeowners may be able to avoid foreclosure through a loan modification, others may find that they will be unable to avoid losing their home. In these cases, a short sale can sometimes be beneficial.

What Is a Short Sale?

A homeowner may owe more on their mortgage than their home is actually worth. If the homeowner is experiencing financial hardship, they may be able to sell their home at a fair price and avoid owing additional money to their mortgage lender. In many cases, a lender will need to approve a short sale, although it may be possible to complete a transaction without lender approval.

Short sales can provide multiple benefits to those who are unable to make mortgage payments, including:

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Lake County foreclosure defense attorneysBuying a home can be a dream come true for many people. Even if you worked hard and saved a substantial amount for a down payment, you will likely still need to take out a loan, which is known as a mortgage. If you fail to make your monthly mortgage payments, you could be at risk of losing your house. Foreclosure is the legal process by which the lender or bank can repossess your house. This means you will have to vacate the premises within a certain amount of time.

If your house is worth less than the amount you owe on your loan, a deficiency judgment may be entered. Not only do you lose your home, but you may owe your lender additional money to make up the difference in value, and your credit score will go down. The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted many homeowners financially. Fortunately, there are ways you can avoid going through foreclosure.

Practical Steps to Keep Your House

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our nation’s economy. Many businesses have closed their doors, leaving workers unemployed and without their usual incomes. This has led many homeowners to fall behind on their bills, including their mortgage payments, which are often their biggest expense. While most lenders have instituted a moratorium on foreclosure proceedings during the current health crisis, the moratorium will eventually be lifted. It is a good idea to start preparing now for that reality.

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Lake County loan modification lawyerAcross the country, moratoriums have been placed on eviction and foreclosure proceedings as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. At the end of August, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it was extending the foreclosure moratorium for federally-backed single-family home mortgages until the end of the year at the earliest. The moratorium was set to expire on August 31, but the FHFA recognized that many homeowners still face serious struggles when it comes to making their mortgage payments. While non-federally-backed mortgages are not directly affected by the moratorium, most private lenders have followed suit and are holding off on foreclosure proceedings for the time being.

If you have fallen behind on your mortgage due to difficulties caused by the COVID-19 lockdown, you are probably not going to face foreclosure in the immediate future. You will, however, need to get caught up, as foreclosure will be a possibility at some point down the road. In order to bring your mortgage current, you will most likely need to request a loan modification. Most lenders are willing to work with borrowers who ask for a loan modification, but the application process can be challenging and confusing. In fact, it is not at all uncommon for a borrower’s first request to be denied. The good news is that a loan modification denial is not the end of the story.

A Denial Is Not All Bad

Being told no always hurts a little, but having your application for a loan modification denied can be scary. After all, if the lender will not agree to modify your loan, how will you ever get your mortgage back on track? The most important thing to do after a denial is to keep the bigger picture in mind.

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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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