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 843-883-3319 or
fill out the form on this website to get started.

Duncan

About Duncan

Duncan Townsend is a native South Carolinian with a degree from Clemson University. His real estate career extends over thirty years and spans many facets of the field including pre-construction sales, land development, property management, home construction, residential renovations, many property investments, and general real estate brokerage. His sales and marketing experience began with US Capital Corporation in Banner Elk, NC in 1980 working on new condominium projects and later moved to Hilton Head Island, SC to continue work on multi-family projects with Raintree Corporation and single family homes with The Hilton Head Plantation Company. In 1991 Duncan established Osprey Construction Company on Johns Island, SC to serve clients in the design and build custom high-end custom homes on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. His entrepreneurial ventures through Osprey Construction included speculative home and land development, condominium conversions, property renovations, and property management. Duncan has owned and successfully managed short term and long term residential rentals, and commercial office properties. Duncan is a member of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, a Construction Specifications Institute Construction Documents Technologist, was an ASTM Standards Committee member and he actively served on the board of directors for the both the Construction Specifications Institute, Mt. Rainier Chapter in Tacoma WA, and for the Seattle Building Enclosure Council. He is also an active member of the Exchange Club of Charleston. An enthusiastic learner, Duncan continues to expand his extensive knowledge of real estate and construction through studies on buyer and seller representation, law updates, property foreclosures, short sales, lease/purchase methods, installment sales, tax strategies for real estate, marketing to find deals, self directed IRAs , private money funding, negotiation strategies, and more.

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