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Lake Forest IL foreclosure defense attorneyAfter nearly a year, the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to affect people across the United States. Even though vaccines are currently being administered, they are being rolled out slowly, and it will most likely be several more months before enough people can be vaccinated to allow a return to the activities that people enjoyed before the pandemic. Unfortunately, this means that those who have been struggling financially may continue to face difficulty and uncertainty for the time being. However, federal and state government organizations have offered a variety of different forms of relief, and programs may be available to help homeowners who have been affected by COVID-19 avoid foreclosure.

Foreclosure Moratorium Extended

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which went into effect in March of 2020, placed a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for single-family homes with mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). While this moratorium was initially intended to last through July 24, 2020, it has been extended several times as the pandemic has continued to affect people and families. Most recently, the FHA announced that the moratorium will extend through February 28, 2021. The moratorium applies to new foreclosure proceedings and any foreclosures which are already in process.

Options for Mortgage Forbearance and Bankruptcy

In addition to the moratorium on foreclosures, the FHA is allowing homeowners to request a forbearance from mortgage lenders. A forbearance will allow a homeowner to defer or reduce mortgage payments for up to six months, and it may be extended for an additional six months if needed. The Consolidated Appropriation Act (CAA), which was passed by the U.S. Congress on December 27, 2020, prohibited lenders from denying forbearances or foreclosure relief to lenders who had previously filed for bankruptcy or who are involved in bankruptcy proceedings.

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Libertyville real estate attorneysWhen you default on a loan for a commercial real estate project, it is easy to fear the worst. However, there are often many options for investors looking for assistance with getting a forbearance or a workout agreement with the lender. In order to protect your investment, however, you will need to act quickly.

Alternatives to Bankruptcy

In many parts of the country, the commercial real estate sector has continued to experience its share of challenges, leaving many businesses and investors in a cash crunch and unable to pay their loans. Some people mistakenly believe that the only way out of a default or distressed loan is bankruptcy. However, there are often other options available. 

With the help of a knowledgeable lawyer, you might be able to negotiate an agreement with the lender that avoids a foreclosure and bankruptcy. Lenders often do not want to deal with a foreclosure any more than you do. In fact, if you will eventually be able to get your loan caught up, it will usually make the most financial sense for your lender to work out some type of arrangement with you. With careful representation, you may be able to secure a forbearance agreement with the lender that gives you more time to get current on the loan.

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