How to Avoid a Mortgage Default

Posted by Justin Havre. on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at 8:55pm.

If you're having a problem paying your mortgage payments every month, or you can see that there may be an issue meeting your obligation in the upcoming future, you'll need to act quickly. If you default on your mortgage loan, it could ultimately lead to a foreclosure of your home. Here are some helpful suggestions to help you avoid a mortgage default.

1. Act quickly

Try not to panic and instead act quickly to find solutions to the problem. It's a lot easier to avoid the issue than it is to stand up and fight back against the problem. Hiding under a rock when you can't make your payments is the worst thing that you can possibly do. The time to act is now and even though you may feel quite anxious about the situation, continue to act anyway.

2. Lower your expenses and increase your income

Sit down and take a good hard look at how you can lower your expenses and at the same time increase your income. In some cases you may only have to lower your expenses in order to be able to make your monthly payments. Quite often, however, you'll need to work on raising your income and lowering your expenses at the same time in order to handle the situation.

3. Get in touch with your lending institution

The last thing that the bank wants to do is to foreclose on your home. This is a costly and long process for any lender and in the end the lenders ultimately end up losing money. As soon as you run into a problem, contact your lender. They'd rather work with you to help come up with a solution than chase after you to find out what the problem is. In some cases, a repayment plan can be worked out if you are behind on your mortgage or won't be able to pay it for a month or two.

Lenders can also provide a mortgage that is interest-only, which can reduce your payments. This is a good short-term solution that may help you avoid a foreclosure.

4. Contact a professional

When things get too overwhelming and you simply can't see a solution, get in touch with a financial advisor. Sometimes a professional can put things into perspective and help you find solutions that weren't at first obvious. It really can be very difficult to see an answer to a problem when you're sitting right in the middle of it.

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