Being faced with a foreclosure on your home is one of the most stressful situations in life. You are worried about losing your home and your investment, and you hate the thought of a foreclosure and the effects it will have on your credit rating and your future. In certain situations, and in certain states, there is an alternate to a foreclosure, which is called a deed in lieu of foreclosure.
In order to obtain a deed in lieu of foreclosure, both the financial lender and the homeowner must agree to sign over the title of the deed to the lender. In other words, the financial institution will now own the home in question. In return the original homeowner is relieved of paying back the debt still owed on the home.