Mortgage foreclosures are taking place at an epidemic pace all throughout the United States. They’re also happening to families and individuals of all income levels. A foreclosure or the prospect of a mortgage foreclosure is not something to be taken lightly. There are ways you can avoid a foreclosure, but first homeowners need to know what a foreclosure is, why it can happen and what the entire mortgage foreclosure process consists of. Once they realize these important factors, they can often prevent a mortgage foreclosure from happening.
When you purchase a home, unless you can pay cash, you’ll take out a home mortgage from a bank or other lending institutions. When you sign the loan documents, you are promising your home to the bank as collateral. Your loan documents will specify a payment amount you need to make each month until the loan is paid in full, a payment that includes principal and interest. If you fail to make these payments as promised, the bank can legally repossess your home. This is when the mortgage foreclosure process begins, a process that can be devastating emotionally, personally and financially.