A Foreclosure is when your bank files a lawsuit against you to take your home. The process may start with a letter from the bank that you are behind in your monthly mortgage payments. If you don’t pay, the bank will serve you with a summons and you will have 20 days from the day you are served to file a response with the Court.
Typically, this is where I come in to help my clients navigate the foreclosure process.
By defending the action, I am able to see if the bank has all of the necessary documents to foreclose. Often, there are defenses to the foreclosure action that must be filed in the correct manner and at the correct time.
Having an attorney at this stage can be very helpful. When I represent my clients, the bank can no longer send them letters, call them, or enter the property. This gives my clients great peace of mind to know that I am between them and the bank.
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- Short Sale
- Cash For Keys
- Case Dismissal
Typically, the home is “under water” meaning that you owe the bank more than your home is worth. Modification allows the homeowner to keep their home and make lower monthly mortgage payments.
Another alternative to foreclosure is a short sale. This is where you sell your home for less than you owe, but it is critical to get a waiver of deficiency so your bank can’t come after you for the money.
A short sale, in the right circumstances, can really help clean up your credit. A deed-in-lieu of foreclosure is where you just give your house to the bank, but without the proper paperwork, the bank can still come after you for the money.
Also, your bank may even give you “cash for keys” or other relocation money, as part of the short sale or deed-in-lieu process. There are important considerations for each, and I encourage you to call me to discuss your options.
A deficiency judgment is when the bank takes your house and then sues you for more money. The amount of the money judgment against you is the difference between the value of the property at the foreclosure sale and the amount you owe. This difference is called the deficiency, and your bank can sue you and attempt to collect this from you.
A bank has 1 year from the foreclosure sale, short sale, or deed-in-lieu to begin the process of chasing you for a deficiency judgment. Once the bank gets that judgment, it can be good for as long as 20 years. Typically, the possibility of that deficiency judgment is a primary concern for my clients. Negotiating a waiver of deficiency from the bank is a top priority, and is part of any foreclosure, short sale, or deed-in-lieu negotiation process.
Additionally, certain banks tend to offer the waiver of deficiency more often than other banks, so having a working knowledge of the individual bank is critical to the process. This requires an in depth personal discussion with each client to determine the best course of action.