The average foreclosure rate nationwide has now topped 30%, with many in the pessimistic camp of the trade predicting that it will continue to get worse before getting better. Behind this statistic is the fact that the majority of these foreclosures could have been averted. With the right mindset and guidance, affected homeowners actually have the upper hand in negotiating their way through their respective foreclosures.
It is nevertheless a daunting task to stop a foreclosure in the wake of the housing market instability and credit squeeze. That is why the whole exercise must start with a concerted evaluation of the entire financial situation of the threatened homeowner. It may even turn out to be more desirable to forgo the subject property. For or against foreclosure, it is critical that you come out of it in the best possible terms as it will have undeniable bearing on your financial standing thereon.
The decision to fight or let must be based on methodical and comprehensive evaluation of all options that are available at this point. Fortunately, help is found all around and extensive information on foreclosure rescue and mitigation programs is readily available: lender negotiation, relief program, alternative funding and refinancing, disaster benefits, scam artists and predatory lenders, financial advice and counseling, respite service and so forth.
As soon as it is decided on which direction to go, the homeowner must move swiftly especially if the choice is to confront and counter the foreclosure. A day of inaction in the fight to stop a foreclosure is a day lost into thin air but don?t overreact and jump the gun instead. The two basic approaches to avert foreclosure are DIY (do-it-yourself) or third-party specialists. DIY is enriching but testing while specialists is convenient but cost money.
What has become popular nowadays is a combination of both, purportedly for the “best of both worlds”. There’s a certain pattern to many of the eventual success stories about surviving foreclosure: -The affected homeowner takes charge and makes the calls. -Never fall for scams and cons. -Check out every option including those that seem out-of-reach. -Positive, tireless and focused engagement.
This is undoubtedly a mammoth task but the internet and other agencies are well-stocked with information resource. Numerous guides and handbooks on how to stop foreclosure have also mushroomed all over the shop.
A little light can now be seen at the end of the tunnel. Consumer confidence (Conference Board, June 2008), home prices (S&P/Case-Shiller, May 2008) and economic growth (GDP Commerce Department 2Q 2008) all topped expectations. Furthermore, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act 2008 has been enacted. That?s a big shot in the arm for 400,000 foreclosure-bound homeowners while also injecting liquidity into the faltering credit market.