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Three Key Components to Surviving Michigan Foreclosure

Three Key Components to Surviving Michigan Foreclosure

Some sellers think that if they just give the keys to the lender, they can walk away and start fresh. Just a reminder that you did sign a binding contract for your mortgage and it is big bucks. Your lender can wait until you are in better times and may make efforts to collect that debt. It’s a tough fact to face but you can protect your financial future. So how do you survive a Michigan foreclosure? Here are some key components:

Don’t make rash decisions based on fear and panic. This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make and can be the most damaging. Take a piece of paper and write down the issues and weigh everything out. Is it inevitable that you will need to move? Then you must accept and move towards that goal.

Don’t do nothing! The ol’ “Head in the Sand” plan is not the right move . On the contrary. Keep your eyes and ears very keen and sharp and learn all you can about foreclosure options. One will fit your situation. If you make some money, you might be able to do a loan modification but the odds are unfortunately low (less than 6% was the last statistic that I saw). If you have lost most of your money, you need to get a plan together to move on and find out about alleviating the debt. That will lead you to a short sale which is also the most popular solution when a loan modification doesn’t succeed.

Pursue a solution. Above all else, don’t be shy to ask questions from experts in the field. We offer our services to hundreds of sellers, at no charge, because we know there is a lot of misinformation out there. Grab a pad of paper and call. We will help you decide what solution is best for you and your family to lead to a better future and make the pain go away.

Jeannie

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Myths About Michigan Foreclosure Can Affect Your Financial Future

Myths About Michigan Foreclosure Can Affect Your Financial Future

The pain is so great when you realize that you are going to lose the house. You’ve talked to your lender until you are in need of some Valium; you’ve lost a ton of sleep. Now your health and marriage is affected. It’s time to get off the merry-go-round and solve this problem. Before we solve it, let’s look at some facts:

MYTH #1: “I’ll work out a Loan Modification with my lender” There are some cases of loan modifications working but they are few and far between (less than 10% using the government’s own statistics). If they worked, you wouldn’t see so many bank owned properties littering our cities. Remember, you owe several months behind in your payment. That’s a lot of money and the lender is not going to forget that.

MYTH #2: “I’ll make partial payments until I can catch up.” Save your money! Lenders will more than likely send it back anyway. They want full payments or you are going into default and facing foreclosure anyway. Many times they return full payments if you are behind.

MYTH #3: “I’ll just hand over the keys to the lender and walk away from the debt. What can they do to me? I don’t have the money.” Unfortunately you can’t just walk away from your debt in Michigan. You signed a binding contract with your lender to borrow a huge amount of money. That doesn’t just go away. Somehow you have to get the bank to agree not to pursue you for the money. They can come after that money for 7 years into your future! They can garnish your future wages, tack liens on to future properties…not pretty. We’ve got answers though. Read on.

There are few options for struggling homeowners facing foreclosure but there is one hope that works for many. You can short sale the house. That means selling the house for what a buyer will buy it for in today’s market and negotiating with your lender to forgive the rest of the debt. Forget what you’ve heard about short sales (and the national 10-20% success rate). We have an 85% success rate in short sales negotiating.

Contact us to discuss your situation and see what will work for you! We are here to help!

Jeannie

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The #1 Largest Mistake Struggling Homeowners Make – Part 2

The #1 Largest Mistake Struggling Homeowners Make – Part 2

If you are a homeowner facing a Michigan foreclosure and trying to stay current on your mortgage but can’t, this is a critical time for you to make decisions and the right ones. After counseling thousands of distressed families, we have seen one major mistake made over and over again. This mistake literally can ruin your financial future faster than anything else you can do.

This mistake comes from a combination of lack of knowledge about foreclosures and lenders and how they work and also this big emotion: FEAR. The #1 mistake you can make is Read more…

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The #1 Largest Mistake Struggling Homeowners Make – Part 1

The #1 Largest Mistake Struggling Homeowners Make – Part One

If you are a homeowner facing a Michigan foreclosure and trying to stay current on your mortgage but can’t, this is a critical time for you to make decisions and the right ones. After counseling thousands of distressed families, we have seen one major mistake made over and over again. This mistake literally can ruin your financial future faster than anything else you can do.

This mistake comes from a combination of lack of knowledge about foreclosures and lenders and how they work and also this big emotion: FEAR. The #1 mistake you can make Read more…

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