Foreclosure is the process by which a lender attempts to recover the unpaid balance of a loan after the borrower discontinues payments. Foreclosure allows the lender to force a sale of the home in order to satisfy the remaining balance of the loan.
In Florida, if you have received a foreclosure summons complaint, you have 20 days to answer in order to avoid a default judgment being issued against you. Once your home is threatened by foreclosure, it is important to seek legal advice and explore what options may be available.
For many homeowners, a short sale can be a helpful tool when trying to avoid foreclosure. A short sale is an agreement by a mortgage lender to sell property for an amount lower than the balance owed in order to relieve the buyer of the mortgage obligation. Depending on the negotiated amount of the sale and the timeliness of past mortgage payments, a short sale may help avoid the huge hit to your credit score that foreclosure causes. Additionally, short sale participants can later purchase a home in a shorter time than those who foreclose on their property.
Though a Short Sale may be an available option to avoid Foreclosure, it is a complicated process, and sometimes the lender may not even be willing to negotiate with you. It is important to consult a real estate attorney who can offer you peace of mind that your potential foreclosure is being defended by an accountable professional.
If you or a loved one are being threatened by Foreclosure or have legal questions regarding a Short Sale or other potential legal remedies, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer. Think quick, call Blick!