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How a Loan Forbearance Can Save Your House

August 13th, 2014 9:42 AM by Jackie A. Graves


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Knowing you may lose your home because you can’t keep up with the mortgage payments is a terrifying prospect. And if your setbacks are just temporary, it can be even more daunting.

After all, your lender won’t wait for you to get back on your feet, or will they?

If you’re experiencing a hardship and can’t make your monthly mortgage payments, your lender may agree to a loan forbearance as an alternative to foreclosure.

Here’s how it works.

The Basics of Loan Forbearance

A loan forbearance is a temporary solution to help you overcome financial setbacks without losing your house or causing severe damage to your credit rating.

Depending on your lender and your financial situation, a loan forbearance will either eliminate your mortgage payment all together or lower the amount you have to pay each month for a set period of time.

Eligibility for Loan Forbearance

Not everyone qualifies for a forbearance. Generally, you must have experienced a temporary financial hardship:

  • Temporary cut in job hours or pay

  • Lay off

  • Family emergency such as a death or a major illness

    Your lender will require documentation to prove you’ve experienced this setback. This can include the following:

  • Proof of current income

  • Bank statements

  • Tax returns

  • A letter from your employer proving a lay off or reduction in hours

    You may also need to work with your lender to come up with a plan for overcoming your financial difficulties, including how long you’ll need to recover before you can start making full payments again.

    Once your lender has this information, they’ll determine a length of time for your forbearance as well as the amount of payment you’ll need to make each month, if any.

    Repayment Options

    A forbearance doesn’t forgive the debt entirely. After the period ends, you’ll have to repay the amount you missed. There are several ways to repay:

  • Reinstatement: you pay the entire amount upfront.

  • Repayment plan: a specific amount is added to your monthly mortgage payment until you repay the forbearance.

  • Loan modification: the amount due is tacked on to the end of your mortgage loan, increasing your mortgage term.

    Your lender will include your repayment terms with your forbearance plan. Make sure you’re comfortable with the future terms before agreeing to the temporary relief.

    Making a Loan Forbearance Work For You

    A loan forbearance can keep you from losing your home and is much easier on your credit history than a foreclosure—but the program only works if you act quickly. Contact your lender while you’re still current on your mortgage payments to discuss your options.

    Once you’re in a plan, be prepared to start repaying per the terms of your agreement. If you can’t turn your financial hardship around before the end of your forbearance, your lender may agree to an extension.

    However, the key—again—is to act quickly. The sooner you communicate with your lender, the better the results will be for you and your ability to keep your home.

    By: Angela Colley | To view the original article click here

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Posted by Jackie A. Graves on August 13th, 2014 9:42 AM


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