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Libertyville loan modification lawyersYou did not plan to fall behind on your mortgage. In fact, when you bought your home (or refinanced), you probably assumed that you would have more than enough income to make your payments each month. Unfortunately, things do not always go according to plan, and suddenly, you might now be several months behind and facing the possibility of foreclosure.

The good news is that if your lender has not initiated foreclosure proceedings yet, you have a number of options that could keep you in your home. Once the proceedings have begun, you will probably have fewer options, but some almost certainly still exist. Depending on your situation, your best bet may be to seek a mortgage loan modification.

Know Your Options

If you are like most homeowners, speaking with your lender about modifying your mortgage loan may be extremely intimidating. While laws have been passed and programs have been introduced to help struggling homeowners, the reality is that your lender holds most of the cards when it comes to the terms of a modification. There are, however, some ways to help the process go smoothly.

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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 consent foreclosure lawyersLife can sometimes throw unexpected curve balls our way that prevent us from staying current on mortgage payments. Perhaps you or someone in your family has experienced a job loss, substantial increase in expenses, major health issue, or another surprising life event. Whatever the reason, being behind on mortgage payments can put an individual at risk of foreclosure. If you are facing a possible foreclosure, one option that may be right for you is a consent foreclosure.

What is a Deficiency Judgement?

Illinois law mandates that all foreclosures must go through the court system. The mortgage servicer may begin the foreclosure process when the borrower is four months or more behind on payments. If the homeowner cannot cure the default, the servicer will file a foreclosure lawsuit. If the lender wins the lawsuit, it has the authority to seize and sell your home. The difference between the amount you owe on your home and the home’s sale price is called a deficiency. Deficiencies can often be tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The legal order requiring you to pay this difference is called a deficiency judgment.

Can a Consent Foreclosure Can Help Me Avoid a Deficiency Judgment?

If you want to avoid a stressful negotiations with the bank and a lengthy court process, you may be able to simply return the property to the bank and avoid a deficiency judgment through a consent foreclosure. An experienced real estate attorney can negotiate a consent foreclosure on your behalf. If the lender agrees to accept the consent foreclosure and waives the deficiency, you will be able to move on with your life without the burden of a costly deficiency judgment.

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