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Keeping Your Home:

If the government program, "Making Home Affordable" is not an option for you, there may be other alternatives. By working with your lender you can determine if you are eligible for any of the following workout options:


If you have enough equity in your home, your new mortgage could pay off the old loan along with any late fees and attorney fees. If you decide to pursue a refinance, remember to shop around for the best terms and compare the Annual Percentage Rate (APR).​


Your lender may agree to let you pay the total amount you are behind, in a lump sum payment and by a specific date. This is often combined ​​​with forbearance when you can show that funds from a bonus, tax refund, or other source will become available at a specific time in the future. Be aware that there may be late fees and other costs associated with a reinstatement plan.​


Your lender may offer a temporary reduction or suspension of your mortgage payments while you get back on your feet. Forbearance is often combined with a reinstatement or a repayment plan to pay off the missed or reduced mortgage payments.​

Repayment Plan

This is an agreement that gives you a fixed amount of time to repay the amount you are behind by combining a portion of what is past due with your regular monthly payment. At the end of the repayment period you have gradually paid back the amount of your mortgage that was delinquent.​

Loan Modification

This is a written agreement between you and your mortgage company that permanently changes one or more of the original terms of your note to make the payments more affordable.​

Short Sale or Short Payoff

In cases where you sell your home for less than you owe, your lender may accept the lesser amount.​

Deed-in-lieu of Foreclosure

Your lender may accept the voluntary transfer of the title of your home back to them in exchange for cancellation of your mortgage debt. This approach may have tax implications for you, and it may not be possible if there are other liens against your home.​


This option permits a qualified buyer to take over your mortgage debt and the mortgage payments, even if the mortgage was originally non-assumable.​​

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