Mortgage Foreclosure Attorneys & Lawyers
Have you fallen behind on your mortgage and you are unsure if the information your lender is providing you is accurate? Erica Crohn Minchella is a foreclosure attorney with more than 12 years of experience defending homeowners in the foreclosure process. There are steps that a foreclosure defense attorney can take to protect your rights and your credit while also helping you keep your dignity during the foreclosure process.
What is a foreclosure?
When you buy a home, that transaction involves two primary elements: 1. the promise to pay back the money, and 2. the creation of a lien against the property to ensure payment. A foreclosure occurs when the lender has not been paid and as a result, seeks to reclaim the property.
Is there anything you can do pre-foreclosure to stop the foreclosure process from happening? First, pre-foreclosure has two meanings. To the lay person, it means what can she or he do after a default is entered but before the sheriff’s sale occurs. However, for an experienced foreclosure attorney, it means what steps can be taken before the foreclosure lawsuit is filed.
In the real estate world – “pre-foreclosure” means that the homeowner still has rights to the property. To a foreclosure attorney “pre-foreclosure” means a foreclosure case has not yet been filed.
Steps you can take Pre-Foreclosure
Either way, experienced foreclosure attorneys – such as those at Minchella & Associates – can help you understand your rights, options and the best solutions for your individual circumstances, including, but not limited to doing a short sale, filing for bankruptcy protection, obtaining a loan modification or forbearance.
Regardless, the foreclosure process can take at least 9 months during which time a solution can often be found.
Steps of the Foreclosure Process
Generally speaking, the foreclosure process is as follows:
Non-payment of mortgage
Notice of default
Legal filing/filing suit
Getting served with lawsuit
Defending the lawsuit
Order of Possession for the lender
Eviction if necessary
Client had a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) with a lender that had purchased her loan from a prior lender. Instead of giving her enough time to get a new loan, the lender let her know that her loan was coming due and that they would not renew. Not being able to find another loan in the 60 days that they gave her, she wound up in default and in foreclosure. It is virtually impossible to get a mortgage when you are in foreclosure. Erica helped her find a bridge loan that took her out of foreclosure. After 6 months, she was able to refinance into a conventional mortgage with terms that will assure no further defaults.
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