When you fall behind on your mortgage, your world feels like it’s falling apart. It’s important that you take action as quickly as possible; if you wait too long, you may find your options to be limited.
Using Bankruptcy To Catch Up
In both Oregon and Washington, Chapter 13 bankruptcy gives you the ability to stop a foreclosure in its tracks and catch up on your past due mortgage payments interest free over a 3-5 year period. This is especially useful for people who have fallen behind on mortgage payments due to a temporary financial setback such as illness or unemployment, and are now able to catch up over time. It’s important to speak with an experienced Oregon or Washington bankruptcy lawyer before filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, because your ability to stop the foreclosure may be limited if you’ve been in Chapter 13 in the past.
Your lender may be able to arrange a repayment plan based on your financial situation and may even provide for a temporary reduction or suspension of your payments. You may qualify for this if you have recently experienced a reduction in income or an increase in living expenses. You must furnish information to your lender to show that you would be able to meet the requirements of the new payment plan.
Mortgage Modification or Refinance
You may be able to refinance the debt and/or extend the term of your mortgage loan. This may help you catch up by reducing the monthly payments to a more affordable level. You may qualify if you have recovered from a financial problem & can afford the new payment amount.
This will allow you to avoid foreclosure by selling your property for an amount less than the amount necessary to pay off your mortgage loan. Your lender may allow you to do this if you are able to guarantee a quick sale of your property and can meet your lender’s guidelines.
Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure
As a last resort, you may be able to voluntarily “give back” your property to the lender. This won’t save your house, but it is not as damaging to your credit rating as a foreclosure. Your lender may be willing to accept a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure if you are in default and don’t qualify for any of the other options, your attempts at selling the house before foreclosure were unsuccessful, and do not have a second mortgage on the property.
If you’re interested in looking at Chapter 13 bankruptcy to catch up on your mortgage, just call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to 503-232-5303.