Getting a mortgage is a large step for homeowners. Many make jokes about mortgages and buying their homes calling it “signing their life away”. Although it’s not quite that serious, taking out a mortgage loan is a huge step. You’ll be agreeing to make monthly payments, which include principal and interest, for many years, sometimes up to 30 years. Often by time you’ve finished paying off your loan, you’ll have paid for it two times or more with the interest included.
If the borrower fails to make the scheduled payments on time, they risk losing their home to foreclosure. No one comes out ahead in the foreclosure, not the lender or the borrower. Whether it’s a first mortgage foreclosure or a second mortgage foreclosure, it’s a big headache for everyone involved. Banks don’t like having an REO (Real Estate Owned) on their record and borrowers don’t want to lose their home.