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How Can I Save My Home From Foreclosure?

January 25th, 2010

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If you are facing foreclosure and you are looking for an option to save your home there are a few options that are available to you.

First of all the only way that you will be able to negotiate with your mortgage lender is to prove that you have steady employment. There are a few reasons why someone that has employment would be facing foreclosure. Some of the most common reasons are if the person has lost their job and had to take a job with less pay, if someone works on commission that has been affected by the economy, or if the mortgage payments have gone up exponentially due to a variable interest loan or loan with an arm.

Hector Milla Editor of the “Best Mortgage Loan Modification” website — — pointed out;

“…If you are in a situation such as the above, however you can prove that if your mortgage payments can be met if they were lowered, you may be able to qualify for a refinance or loan modification. Both of these options would lower your interest rate; extend the life of your loan or both in order to make the loan payments affordable…”

If you are able you should seek to do a loan refinance. The difference between refinancing a loan and doing a loan modification is the affect that it will have on your credit. A refinance will go on your credit as nothing more than taking out another loan. A loan modification will read on your credit report that you were unable to fulfill your loan agreement and the bank granted you the modification in order to cut their losses. However you will only be able to qualify for a refinance if you have not yet missed a mortgage payment and you have a good credit score.

If you have to try to do a loan modification it will adversely affect your credit, however it will not look as bad as a foreclosure on your record. If you are able to achieve a loan modification it will only mildly blemish your credit report and you will be able to rectify the damages within a couple of years.

“…The scenarios above are only available if you want to keep your home and you are able to prove that you have gainful employment. If this is not the case you may want to consider doing a short sale to minimize the damages to your credit report. Although you will still lose your home it will not look as bad a foreclosure and it will get you out from under your home to give you a chance to stabilize your finances…” H. Milla added.

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Simple 12 Step Guide to Getting a French Mortgage

January 22nd, 2010

Step 1 You find a property in France and intend to finance the purchase with a French Mortgage using no less than a 20% down-payment from your own funds – Remeber the total fees payable to the notaire can be in the region of 7% – 10% of the purchase price. The whole process of completing a mortgage on a French property from the moment you sign the compromis de vente takes around 60 days. Consider appointing your own English-speaking notary to co-ordinate the transaction.

Step 2 You will sign the Compromis de Vente (sales agreement), ensuring that it contains the ‘Clause Suspensive’ stating that the purchase is dependant on obtaining of a French Mortgage. If the bank declines the loan then all monies including the deposit will be returned to the buyer in full. There will be a time limit for applying for the mortgage stipulated in the ‘compromis de vente’. Normally this is around 30-45 days. Normally the date set for the signing of the title deeds of the property is set around two months after signing the compromis de vente. This is the time it takes for the notaries and the authorities to take care of all the due diligence procedures associated with transferring the title deeds of a property. It is important that the financial details of the operation: the loan amount, the name of the lending bank, the interest rate, the length of the loan are all defined in the compromis de vente to avoid problems later. In many cases we suggest you fax a copy of the compromis de vente to French Mortgage Xpress so that we can ensure that the financial details of the purchase are correctly defined to protect your interests. If you do not intend to obtain a loan, you are expected to write in your own handwriting that you intend to give up your rights under the law. This is not always wise, should you subsequently decide to obtain a loan, and fail, then you will lose your deposit. French Mortgage Xpress will describe the different types of French Mortgages and loans available to you and will help you to select the best type of loan based on your circumstances and the banks lending criteria. French Mortgage Xpress will send you a quotation to give you an indication of your monthly payments and will ask you to provide some further basic financial details. At this point you may wish to appoint your own notary to oversee all aspects of the transaction. Contrary to many reports, the appointment of your own notary does not incur any extra costs. French Mortgage Xpress can recommend English-speaking notary services at no extra cost to the purchaser. Be wary of signing a compromis de vente without an escape clause in the event of your mortgage not being approved.

Step 3 You complete the lenders application form provided by French Mortgage Xpress for the loan, along with a medical questionnaire and send it to French Mortgage Xpress together with photocopies of the supporting documentation. Note:The original application form and medical questionnaire will need to be returned along with photocopies of all of the other documentation required.

Step 4 A French Mortgage Xpress advisor will confirm receipt of all the documentation and advise you of any documents still to be provided. French Mortgage Xpress will then pass the complete file on to the lending bank for a “first reaction.” French Mortgage Xpress at this point can arrange the opening of a French bank account.

Step 5 The lending bank will provide French Mortgage Xpress with their first reaction. This usually consists of a conditional loan approval subject to obtaining any missing documents from the original list. French Mortgage Xpress will immediately forward this report to you.

Step 6 You supply missing documentation (if any) to French Mortgage Xpress, which is passed on to the French bank. The file/dossier, once complete, then proceeds to the French bank’s lending committee for final approval.

Step 7 At the same time the bank will authorise an independent valuation of the French Property that you are purchasing. It will be necessary to coordinate with the owner/real estate agent for the independent valuator to access the property. Note: Make sure French Mortgage Xpress has the contact details of all the relevant parties in the transaction in order that we can short-cut any potential problems.

Step 8 Within 10 days of receiving all the required financial information, the lending bank will be able to give a decision on your French Mortgage loan application. Often the response is “Yes”, subject to life assurance. Note: Talk to your Independent Mortgage Broker to advice you on putting this poilcy in place.

Step 9 Once all the medical formalities have been taken care of, the French Mortgage Offer will be issued and sent by post to your normal postal address. A duplicate will be sent to your notary so that they can start drawing up the final documents for the title deeds. The notary needs a copy of the loan agreement before he/she can draw up the final documents. At the same time your Notary be able to calculate all the fees including the land registry fee which is a percentage of the loan amount. The notary will be able to tell you the exact amount of these fees and you should be ready to pay them by a French bank cheque or transfer them from your domestic account on or before the day of signing. Note: Make sure your local GP completes the medical forms provided by the bank. Most medical officers representing the banks will not accept medical information more than three months old.

Step 10 Once you receive the loan offer contact French Mortgage Xpress will give you precise instructions on how to complete the acceptation letter and answer any questions you may have about the loan. Remember, under French law, there is an 11 day cooling off period before you legally accept the French bank’s loan offer.

Step 11 Once the loan acceptance letter has been returned to the French bank, the bank will transfer the funds you have borrowed to the notary, usually in the 48 hours preceding the date set by your notary for signing the final act. You will arrange for the transfer of the down payment plus notary fees to the notary’s account. The notary is responsible for informing you of the precise sums. Make sure you leave sufficient time for the funds to arrive in the notary’s account; especially if the funds are being transferred from abroad. You may wish to use the services of a specialist foreign currency provider to obtain the best exchange rate. French Mortgage Xpress can advise you on this issue.

Step 12 Congratulations! Finally you sign at the notary’s office. Be prepared for a minimum of two hours at the office. Usually a translator is provided for a small fee, payable to the notary by a French bank cheque on the day. It may also be possible to sign by proxy; you should set up this arrangement (if required) well in advance with your notary. Note:Your first mortgage repayment will come from the direct debit you have set up with your French bank. Within six weeks the bank will also draw down any bank arrangement fee as stated in the loan offer (usually between 700 and 1200 Euro). You should make sure there are sufficient funds in the French bank account to cover both the first monthly payment and the bank’s arrangement fee.

Remember your property is at risk if you do not keep up your mortgage payments!

Matt Frost, the founder and managing director of French Mortgage Xpress, established the company in 2004 after working within the financial services industry in France and realising that there was a demand for an English speaking brokerage service specialising in loans for non-residents.

French Mortgage Xpress soon became a major force for non-resident French Mortgages, with a reputation for speedy responses and a reliable service in a difficult area of French finance.

French Mortgage Xpress has now processed more than 500 mortgages for non-residents buying in France and has built up a wealth of experience to assist the first-time buyer in France. Similarly, French Mortgage Xpress has a solid reputation with the French Banks, ensuring that all the clients of French Mortgage Express are guaranteed a first-class service when their loan request is presented to the lending banks.

French Mortgage Xpress prides itself in delivering an A-Z – fast, efficient and professional service working with the customer throughout the loan approval to final completion.

For further information please visit the French Mortgage Xpress website or call now on +33(0)

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Can You Stop Foreclosure On A House After The Foreclosing Date Has Been Set?

January 22nd, 2010

Just like the word “bankruptcy”, the word “foreclosure” is quite enough to send a shudder down one’s spine.

That is the reason why you are going to look for at every possible ways and methods in which you can stop foreclosure. But then, you are not quite alone in this particular endeavor. The bank, which has loaned you the money, is also going to try its best to make sure that it does not reach the situation when it has to foreclose upon a property.

Natalia Osorio Editor of the “Loan Modification Foreclosure” website — — pointed out;

“…It does not want to go through the hassle of finding a buyer, who is solvent enough to buy the property from the bank. And they know that the property is definitely not going to be selling at the price ordained by them, unless the buyer is collecting properties as a future investment. That is the reason why, you have to look at strategies which meet your requirements as well as those of the bank, in the matter of foreclosure…”

You have to remember that there are plenty of companies out there who can help you to stop foreclosure. Even though the property and real estate industry and market does not have a fixed timetable, for the period which has to lapse, before the bank can call in for a foreclosure, there are different time periods for different states. This time period can be anywhere between three months to 6 months.

During this time, it is necessary that you look for the best company, which can give you plenty of advice upon how to stop foreclosure. These companies are going to tell you strategies about how you can take out a loan, which is going to have a low interest rate, and at the same time, make sure that you keep possession of your mansion. All you have to do is look for the company, which is going to suit your own particular financial situation.

The location of the company is also going to depend upon the state in which you are. Nevertheless, once a bank gives you a notice of default, because you have fallen back upon your payments, it might take up to 2 months for them to process the matters further. But the moment you find yourself defaulting upon your payments, it is time to look for a company, loan agency and service, which can give you, seasoned advice upon the best way to go about things.

“…According to your financial situation, you are going to get professional advice from specialists. So do not wait until your bank reaches the stage of an auction date, which means that it has washed its hands off you and has decided to cut its losses. When an auction date has been set, it might be a trifle difficult for you to apply for a loan modification. So act now to avoid foreclosure…” N. Osorio added.

Further information about how to get professional assistance with a mortgage loan modification by

Hector Milla runs his corporate website at where you can see all his articles and press releases.

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Save Money and Prevent Foreclosure by Refinancing a Mortgage with Obamas Stimulus

January 20th, 2010

Home mortgage refinancing is a great way to save money and prevent your home from being lost. President Obama recently announced a stimulus plan that makes refinancing a mortgage easier, and more beneficial, for millions of homeowners. Here is why homeowners should refinance their home loan with Obamas housing stimulus plan.

Refinancing a mortgage was not always possible or beneficial unless a homeowner had a good amount of equity in their home, a large amount of cash for the closing and prepaying of points, and a decent credit rating. These days though, millions of people are struggling to make ends meet due to a bad housing market and horrible economy. That is why President Obamas plan makes refinancing a mortgage right now a great decision for many people.

This stimulus plan from President Obama allows homeowners facing all types of financial hardships to get help refinancing or with a mortgage modification. Using this program, homeowners can be facing a number of financial problems and still get help. Here are some of the most common problems people are facing and how Obamas plan helps:

-Homeowners can lower their monthly payments by refinancing into a lower interest rate or changing the length of their home loan.

-Homeowners can owe up to 25% more on their mortgage than their home is actually worth. This will help many people in neighborhoods that have seen property values drop.

-There are no closing costs or other fees for homeowners who refinance with Obamas stimulus plan.

-People with bad credit or financial problems like a loss of a job, medical bills, or bad debts can use Obamas stimulus plan and still get a beneficial mortgage refinancing.

This program from President Obama is designed to help millions of people save money, and prevent their home from being lost, regardless of their finances. Getting help refinancing a home mortgage has never been easier than it is now. No matter what your problems are that you think will hold you back, odds are Obamas plan will help you. Contact a mortgage lender or bank today and see what options exist for you.

I have been underwriting mortgages for years. Recently, I got into a new business but I still wish to share my advice, tips, and industry inside happenings of the mortgage refinancing industry.
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Save Money with Carefully Considered Remortgages

January 19th, 2010

When homeowners consider remortgages of their properties, they are considering paying off a current mortgage by taking out a fresh mortgage using the property in question as security for the deal. The new mortgage is arranged for many different reasons, but most often to provide a fresh source of finance for home improvements, starting a business, or consolidating debts. Remortgages also commonly take place in order for a homeowner to take advantage of an improved interest rate being offered by another lender.

During the process of remortgages the homeowner will not usually be required to move home or take out a second loan – the balance of the current mortgage is simply transferred from one lender to another, or to a different loan with the same lender.

However, both old and new lenders may demand additional charges, such as redemption and reservation fees. Homeowners may be subject to a penalty from the current lender, while the new one may demand an arrangement fee. Surveyor fees and the cost of conveyancing are also likely to become an issue again, because the new lender is going to want to assess the value of the property. Faced with this, it is important for anyone considering remortgages to carefully calculate whether the additional costs incurred are worthwhile or whether they negate the potential financial benefits.

Recent research has found that the number of homeowners taking out remortgages has significantly fallen over the past year. Paragon Mortgages released figures showing that in the last quarter of 2009, just 39 per cent of buy-to-let landlords had decided to switch to a different loan. This was explained as a reaction to low interest rates, which meant that landlords are increasingly opting to remain on their current lender’s standard variable rate at the end of their current fixed-rate deal.

Nevertheless, it is also the case that many landlords are also unlikely to have the capacity to consider remortgages due to the dearth of buy-to-let deals which are available in the current economic climate – especially as lenders tend to be demanding hefty deposits or equity stakes in the property.

Generally though, it is recommended that homeowners regularly review their mortgage arrangements and seek to save money and chase the most favourable terms wherever possible, tailoring them to fit their personal circumstances. By doing so, they may be able to use  remortgages to save themselves hundreds or even thousands of pounds every year.

Kim enjoys writing articles on various finacial related topics, including Mortgages and Different kinds of Insurance.

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