Saturday, May 17, 2008

Forebearance - A Payment Plan To Catch Up On Missed Mortgage Payments

>What is Forebearance?

If you're behind in your mortgage payments - you may be looking for an alternative to selling your home. I sit down with a lot of homeowners looking for any option other than selling. If you had a temporary hiccup in your income but now you're back on track - forebearance may be an option. Essentially, Forebearance is a payment plan that allows you to catch up on money you owe your lender. You must be able to make your normal mortgage payment in addition to the extra amount that you and your lender agree upon.

>How Does Forebearance Work?

In a typical forebearance plan - your lender will ask you to fill out an application. This application will ask for income and expense information to determine if you can actually afford a program. Not everyone gets approved. If you are approved -your lender creates a payment plan that allows you to make additional payments every month in order to catch up on what you owe. If you are behind 2 or 3 payments, you've also racked up some late fees and interest owed to the lender. If you're mortage payment is $1,200 dollars - that means 3 months of back payments would amount to nearly $4,000 with late fees and interest. That's a hefty chunk of change.

>Will My Lender Work With Me?

If you're wondering if your lender offers a forebearance program - they probably do. Look on the back of your most recent mortage statement. Yeah, all that tiny print. Each lender usually lists several different phone numbers or departments. Look for something that says loss mitigation or loan workout or home retention. Lenders always have a dedicated department that works with borrowers behind in payments.

>Think twice & do your homework!

If you really want to pursue this program - be careful and make sure you can afford the extra payments. IF YOU ARE JUST TRYING TO PUSH OFF THOSE PAYMENTS AND HOPE THINGS WILL GET BETTER, IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. All you will accomplish is owing more money and ending up in the same situation a few weeks or months down the road. If you miss one of these forebearance payments - your lender will just continue down the foreclosure path. Starting a forebearance program will temporarily halt any progress towards a foreclosure - but they don't have to start over when you miss a payment.

>Be Persistent!

You are dealing with large banks with many different departments sometimes spread across different states. People answering the phones have more work than they can handle. It isn't personal. No one is going to have as much incentive to get you a good deal as you are.

If you want more information - keep checking my blog for other Foreclosure Prevention Strategies. If you're uncomfortable doing a loan modification on your own, call me and I'll be happy to help in any way I can. For Free. Why would I do this? If I can help you prevent foreclosure now, I hope you will recommend my services to other people who might need help preventing foreclosure, selling a home or buying a home. It's a win-win situation.

Remember - the worst thing you can do is nothing. Persistence Pays.

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