When people build or purchase a home, they are usually fulfilling a lifelong dream of home ownership. Unless you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll be taking out a mortgage loan to buy their home. As part of the loan agreements, you’ll be putting your home up for collateral. You are also agreeing to make so many payments per month for a designated number of years, usually anywhere from 10 years to 30 years. Until the loan is paid in full, the bank’s name is listed along with yours on the mortgage as owners of the home.
Although everyone that takes out a loan to buy a home has every intention of paying off their loan and owning their home free and clear, sometimes unforeseen circumstances make it difficult. Many times homeowners find themselves in more debt than they can afford to pay, whether through careless planning or unexpected circumstances. Some of these unexpected circumstances may be death of a family member, divorce, loss of job, health problems, etc. Whatever the reasons, when people fail to make their mortgage payments as promised, they often find themselves in a mortgage foreclosure.