Help, I’m behind in my mortgage payments in Charleston!

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Behind on your mortgage? Read this article for a few tips on what you can to do prevent and avoid foreclosure

When you fall behind in your mortgage payments on your Charleston home, it can feel like you’re drowning in debt.

Even if you’re able to make your monthly payment, catching up on a past due balance can be an overwhelming challenge.

There’s a few options that can help you to avoid foreclosure in Charleston and maybe even keep your house, even if you’re seriously behind in payments. Lots of properties in Charleston have been lost to foreclosure, but there are many ways to avoid it.

1. Bankruptcy:

This is usually the tool of last resort. If you’re being crushed by lots of debt, bankruptcy can be a good way to negotiate with lots of lenders at once. It’s a lot of work, and it won’t help you avoid your mortgage. Different lenders will treat your circumstances in unique ways. You’d benefit from serious professional help – the best you can afford.

2. Reaffirm:

This can be a good card to play, but it may come with some unseen penalties. Basically, reaffirming the loan is an additional commitment to pay. In some states where it’s allowed, an affirmation can create additional liabilities if your property is auctioned.

3. Making Home Affordable (MFA):

If your mortgage qualifies, you might be able to participate in MHA. Any loans backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac must be considered for MHA, and other lenders choose to participate in MFA.

With MFA, your payments and/or interest rates might be lowered – even the principal balance (if your home is worth less than you owe). If you’re unemployed, you might be able to get your payments temporarily suspended or reduced.

MFA is a government program, so be prepared to deal with lots of paperwork. It ain’t free money – you gotta work for it.

4. Negotiate with your bank:

Lots of lenders routinely offer some level of assistance. You have to work hard at it, but you might be able to get your interest rate reduced, or a temporary reduction in your payment.

Most of the time, lenders will want to steer you to refinance your loan – but by the time you’re a few payments behind, you probably don’t qualify for a reduction in interest rate.

You have to work really hard to negotiate with a bank. Usually it takes lots of calls and the patience of a saint to get through the bureaucracy. Never, ever act rude. Ask for help from everyone you speak with, but don’t sound desperate. Explain your situation, offer supporting documents, and reassure the bank that you want to live in your home for the long term.

If you’re in need of a temporary fix and want to stay in your home, most banks can be forgiving. Sometimes they’ll be willing to add a few months of payments back onto the primary balance of your loan. It’s all dollars and cents to them, so remind them that you need their help to give them a lot more money in the long run. If they have to sell your house at a foreclosure auction, they’ll take a huge loss.

That sounds obvious, but for some reason bankers seem to forget it when saying no to someone in need of help.

5. Borrow money from a private investor:

If you’re behind in your payments and need to sell fast, we can help.

In certain circumstances, we may even be able to help you stay in your home.

We work with homeowners in Charleston to find solutions to foreclosure problems.

We’ll let you know how we can help.

Give us a call now at (843) 881-7171 or
fill out the form on this website to get started.

Steve Banis

About Steve Banis

When I originally began investing in Real Estate, I wasn’t a real estate agent. And I still do not list houses as an agent! No, I’m not proposing that I list your home, or have you sign some kind of agency agreement. My involvement with you and your property is for our own investment portfolio.…. not the score-sheet of a Broker. My background includes that of being an executive for several Fortune 500 companies since 1968, an owner of real estate since 1975, a businessman in Boston, MA and Charleston, SC. I am a VETERAN of THE UNITED STATES ARMY, beginning my Service career January 1964, in Columbia, SC on Tank Hill at Ft. Jackson. I have been up and down the ladder in my business as well as my personal life - therefore I am well qualified to understand the various situations and challenges of the homeowners we meet. We can help provide solutions to various real estate challenges and situations. My passion is to assist in the sale and purchase of real estate. The rest of this report tells you how our company, CASH HOMEBUYERS of SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC., will assist you by purchasing your home.

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