Rising delinquency rates in mortgage payments have forced many homeowners to confront a harsh and unpleasant truth: foreclosure.
The Mortgage Bankers Association's National Delinquency Survey for the second quarter of 2007 reported that the delinquency rate for mortgage loans rose about a quarter of a percent between the first and second quarter of the year. Additionally, the number of loans in the foreclosure process increased a bit, as did the number of loans entering the foreclosure process.
The economic and political factors that formed the home equity quagmire began with loose lending standards, rampant speculation, low interest rates and various ways to borrow from the housing piggy bank. Unfortunately it ends with homeowners fighting to keep a roof over their heads. Here's what you can do if you find yourself veering toward foreclosure.
Also, find out what's gone into the foreclosure mix to bring some homeowners to this point, as well as how the process works and what you can do to stop it.
Plus, see some tips on what not to do unless you really want to make a bad situation worse.
- Facing foreclosure, finding solutions
When you fall behind on your house payments, your chances of getting cooperation from the mortgage company are better if you follow these guidelines.
- Foreclosure counseling for homeowners
Homeowners who are intimidated by bankers and lenders often turn to community organizations to help them through the foreclosure process.
- Foreclosures at a glance
From the first day after a missed payment through eviction after the auction, here's what happens in the foreclosure process.
- Do's and don'ts for fending off foreclosure
Determined homeowners do have options once the foreclosure process has begun. Avoid common scams and act quickly.
- Double whammy: Foreclosure and taxes
Losing your home in a foreclosure is bad enough. But just wait until you get the tax bill.
- Foreclosure scams
In danger of losing their homes, desperate homeowners could fall prey to scam artists peddling false hope and crooked promises.
- Foreclosure, mortgage and loan quiz
Think you know about mortgages, other loans and finance in general? Our quick five-question quiz will let you test your knowledge.
- Know your mortgage work sheet
Bankrate polls have revealed that some mortgage holders don't know the terms of their loan. This work sheet helps borrowers pull the key information together on one simple form.
- Mortgage reset calculator
Do you know what your mortgage payment will be when your rate adjusts? Use this calculator to find out.