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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 attorneysIf you financed the purchase of your home with a mortgage loan, you probably signed what seemed to be mountains of paperwork. Buried in each document and hidden in confusing language were the terms and conditions of your loan and what would happen if you failed to make the required payments. Off the top of your head, you might not be able to recall all of the specific details, but you probably realize that if you do not keep up with your mortgage, the loan will go into default. If you stay in default for long enough, the lender will initiate foreclosure proceedings and eventually take your home.

With this in mind, it would seem that defaulting on your mortgage is something that should be avoided at all costs. In some situations, however, a strategic default could help you find a way out of a difficult situation.

Understanding Strategic Default

By definition, a strategic default occurs when a borrower intentionally allows his or her mortgage to default despite having the money to make the payments. The terms “strategic default” and “strategic foreclosure” are often used interchangeably, but they are not really the same thing. It is possible for a person who decides to use a strategic default to completely walk away from the property and allow the bank to foreclose, but not every strategic default ends in foreclosure.

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Lake County foreclosure lawyersRegardless of who you are, how much money you have, and the types of property you own, the word “foreclosure” is likely to generate feelings of fear, anxiety, and stress. If you are struggling to make the mortgage payments on your family home, the idea of foreclosure is likely to be especially frightening.

Most people understand the basic steps of foreclosure, even if they do not know all of the details. In short, they know that the lender will eventually force a homeowner who is in default to leave the property. Then, the lender will reclaim possession of the home and attempt to sell it in an effort to recoup some of the losses incurred. What many people do not realize, however, is the effect that a foreclosure will have on the borrower’s credit score.

Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a statistical rating that lenders and other institutions use to evaluate how well you manage debt. Credit scores can range from 300 to 850, and higher scores indicate stronger creditworthiness. A credit score above 740 is considered to be “Very Good,” and above 800 is considered “Excellent.” Between 670 and 739 is “Good,” while 580 to 669 is “Fair.” Anything below 579 is considered “Poor.”

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Lake County foreclosure defense attorneysIf you are facing the possibility of foreclosure, you probably have many concerns. You are likely to be worried about the details of the foreclosure process in addition to more personal considerations such as where you are going to live and how you will repair your credit in the years to come. It is not unusual for homeowners in foreclosure to believe that they will be lucky to get through the proceedings without owing anything additional on their home. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, however, your lender might actually owe you money when everything is all said and done.

Balancing the Numbers

As a homeowner, you probably know that foreclosure is the process that a lender will use to reclaim your home if you fail to make your agreed-upon payments. During foreclosure, you will be given notice to vacate the property, and the home will be sold at a sheriff’s auction. The proceeds of the sale are then used by the lender to satisfy the remaining balance of the mortgage loan. What happens next will depend on the situation.

If you currently owe more on your mortgage than what your home is worth, the proceeds of the sheriff’s sale are unlikely to be enough to cover the full remaining balance. The amount remaining after the proceeds of the sale are applied is called a deficiency. Unless you have negotiated with the lender in advance, you will almost certainly be responsible for paying off the deficiency amount.

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