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Can I stop a foreclosure?

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Your home means the world to you.

It protects your family. It is the place that your children feel safe.  So what do you do when you can't make your mortgage payment and your mortgage company notifies you that your home will be sold?  

Tennessee is a non-judicial foreclosure state. This means that your mortgage company doesn't have to sue you before they put your property up for auction.  When you signed that Deed of Trust at closing, you gave your mortgage company authority to sell your home to pay off the balance owed to the lender in the event you stop making payments. 

However, there are rules that have to be followed before your property is sold.  For example:

1.   Your mortgage company must publish a notice of sale at least three different times in a newspaper in the county in which the sale is to take place.  The first time the notice is published must be at least 20 days prior to the sale. 

2.   A notice of sale must be sent to you, as the borrower, at least 20 days prior to the sale date if you live in (have possession) of the property

3.   The sale must occur between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm for cash to the highest bidder.

What can you do to stop the foreclosure?

You can call your mortgage company and ask for a loan modification.  A loan modification will usually capitalize the arrearage, meaning add the amount you're behind to the total amount you owe. A loan modification can also extend the time in which you pay back the loan and change the interest rate to make the payment more affordable. While a loan modification is being processed, the lender will postpone the foreclosure. 

What happens when you are denied a loan modification?  FILE A BANKRUPTCY!

You can file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy prior to the sale to stop the foreclosure.  When you file a bankruptcy an automatic stay goes into place that stops creditors from collecting from you.  The automatic stay also stops foreclosures.  

We can stop foreclosures on the day of the sale!

While you are in the Chapter 13, you can still apply for a loan modification.  If a loan modification is granted while you are in the Chapter 13, your Chapter 13 payment can be adjusted to reflect the new terms. 

To learn more about how a Chapter 13 can help you stop a foreclosure, give us a call!   


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