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Grayslake real estate attorneyIf you are planning to buy a home, you will need to consider a wide variety of issues that may affect your transaction. While you may be focused on obtaining financing and meeting all of your requirements before your home closing date, you should also take the time to determine whether there are any issues with your new home that you may need to consider. The potential for flooding is one issue that is often overlooked. By understanding your risks and the options available to you, you can take steps to prevent financial losses in the future.

Understanding Flooding Risks and Flood Insurance

Determining whether a home is at risk for flooding is not always an easy task. Some homes are located in high-risk flood zones identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but these zones are not always kept up to date. Even if a home is not located in a flood plain, flooding can still occur due to heavy rain or other weather conditions. Other issues unrelated to weather, such as clogged storm drains, water diverted by construction, or a broken or malfunctioning sump pump can also lead to flooding that may cause damage to a home.

To address the potential risks of flooding, homebuyers can consult with several different types of experts and officials. A city or municipality will have a floodplain manager who can look at whether a home is in an area with a risk of flooding and offer advice about solutions to prevent flooding damage. A floodplain manager can determine whether a home has an elevation certificate that compares the elevation of a home’s lowest floor with the base flood elevation in the area. If a home does not have an elevation certificate, a buyer can work with a land surveyor or engineer to perform a survey of the home and identify flood risks. Buyers will also want to make sure their home inspector can identify water damage from previous flooding in a home and determine whether there is a risk of flooding in the future.

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Arlington heights foreclosure attorneyThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial difficulty for many families throughout the United States. Many businesses have been forced to close or scale back their operations, resulting in widespread job losses or reductions in work hours. Many people who are struggling to pay their regular expenses have defaulted on their mortgage payments, putting them at risk of losing their homes. Fortunately, federal and state governments have placed a moratorium on foreclosures, ensuring that families will not be forced out of their homes in addition to the other difficulties they are facing. While the current foreclosure moratorium lasts through June 30, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed an extension of the moratorium through the end of the year.

Details of the CFPB’s Proposal

Based on an analysis of data by the CFPB, around three million homeowners in the United States are behind on their mortgage payments. While the foreclosure moratorium has allowed many of these homeowners to receive forbearance on mortgage payments, the CFPB estimates that this forbearance period will end for around 1.7 million homeowners in September of 2021. This could result in a massive wave of foreclosures that could cause millions of families to be displaced from their homes.

To address this issue, the CFPB has proposed an extension of the prohibition against foreclosures through December 31, 2021. This would give homeowners more time to figure out how to pay off the amounts they owe and resume ongoing payments. The CFPB is also proposing a streamlined process for allowing lenders to offer loan modifications to homeowners. This would reduce the amount of paperwork required to make these types of modifications, allowing homeowners to begin making affordable mortgage payments more quickly. The proposed rule would limit modifications to agreements that would not increase the amount of a homeowner’s monthly payments and that would not extend the term of a loan for more than 40 years after the date of modification.

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Lake County real estate attorneyIf you are preparing to move to a new home, you may be focused on meeting your requirements to obtain financing for a new home mortgage, packing up your belongings, and getting ready for your move. However, if you will also be selling your current home, you will want to make sure you can receive a good price while also avoiding any complications that could affect the sale.

Preparing Your Home For Sale

As you prepare to sell your home, taking the following steps will help you get the best return on your investment and ensure that you can complete the sale successfully:

  1. Clean and declutter the house - To make sure your house is appealing to potential buyers, you will want to do a deep clean. Make sure to mop floors, wash windows both inside and outside, wipe shelves and countertops, clear away cobwebs, fully clean all kitchen appliances, and remove trash from the garage. You will also want to remove as much of your belongings as possible and make sure the space throughout the home is clear and open so buyers can consider how they will be able to make the space their own.

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Libertyville foreclosure defense lawyersUPDATE: If you are considering reinstatement as an option for avoiding foreclosure, you will want to be sure to understand your rights, the deadlines that you will need to meet, and what other options may be available. The deadline for reinstating your loan is 90 days after you were served with a foreclosure notice. By this deadline, you will be required to make up the missed payments and pay other fees and expenses. In addition to late fees, you may need to pay other costs related to foreclosure proceedings, such as attorney's fees, recording fees, court costs, and the costs of a home inspection. You will need to request a quote from your lender for the total amount that must be paid to reinstate the loan. If you disagree with the amount provided in this quote, you can send a notice of error disputing the amount. Once you have met the requirements for reinstatement, the foreclosure case will be dismissed. It is important to note that after you have exercised your right to reinstatement, you will not be able to use this form of relief for five years after the date of the dismissal.

Another option that may be available is to pay off your loan in full. This is known as "redemption." To pay off the loan, you may be able to refinance your home through a loan from another lender, or you may receive a personal loan or gift from a person such as a family member. Typically, the deadline for redemption of your loan is seven months after the date you were served with a notice of foreclosure, although there may be some exceptions depending on your individual situation. As with reinstatement, you can request a payoff quote from your lender that will detail the full amount that will need to be paid, which will include the principal of the loan, any applicable late fees or interest, and foreclosure-related expenses.

If you have questions about reinstatement, redemption, loan modifications, or other options for foreclosure defense, contact our Waukegan foreclosure lawyers at 847-549-0000 to schedule a free consultation.

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Libertyville residential real estate lawyerA residential real estate transaction can be very complicated, and both buyers and sellers will need to meet multiple different types of requirements to ensure that ownership of the property can be transferred on the closing date. In some cases, issues related to the home’s title may be uncovered, and these will need to be dealt with before the transaction can be completed. By working with an experienced real estate attorney, buyers and sellers can determine their best options for addressing these concerns.

Resolving Property Liens

A lien gives a person or organization the right to foreclose on a property if a debt is not paid. The most common liens are mortgages, and in these cases, lenders will release their claim to the property when the loan is paid off during the sale of the home. However, other types of liens may exist that may prevent the sale from being completed. These include:

  • Mechanic’s liens - A contractor or subcontractor who performed work on the home may establish this type of lien to ensure that they can receive the amount owed for the work they performed.

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