You’ve probably heard that the UK and the US are both considering bailing out homeowners who are being threatened with foreclosure. While the entire process has not been approved by the governments, these loans will not be available to everyone when they do come out. There are some things that will keep people from qualifying for foreclosure bail out loans, like a second mortgage.
Even if you qualify, the funds put aside (at least in the United States) are minimal compared to the number of homeowners facing foreclosure. If you do find that you qualify for foreclosure bail out loans, you will want to be one of the first in line before the money runs out.
How Foreclosure Bail Out Loans Work
The governments are actually going to just hand out money to homeowners, so that’s not a reasonable hope. Instead, the United States hopes to get lenders to agree to refinance homes for about 85% of the home owner’s property value. In markets where property values have decreased more than 50%, it won’t help to recoup the homeowners costs, but it will help to lower the monthly payments to the lender who will have to write off the other 15% as a loss. The monies that the foreclosure bail out loans provide will be used to help refinance existing loans.
What Might Help Your Qualify
As stated earlier, foreclosure bail out loans will not be available to everyone. You will have to meet specific criteria to be eligible. One of the things that can severely hamper an attempt for a bail out loan is a second mortgage. Another problem is the entire mechanism works on the same concepts as a conventional refinance.
So, the homeowner with a job loss or medical bills may not qualify because they won’t have sufficient income to refinance, even at a discount. Refinancing doesn’t meant that a homeowner is current with any unpaid late payments or fees, and those also would have to be factored into the new loan to make it current. It won’t help anyone who has already been foreclosed upon. So, if you find yourself falling a little behind and think you might qualify and can refinance and take advantage of the government’s foreclosure bail out loans, then you should find out if you are eligible.
You don’t want to wait too long for the programs to be approved by governmental agencies, which always seem to take longer to process things. Otherwise, it may pay to look at other avenues like private money lenders and other forms of credit to help in your situation before things get too dire.