will find an answer to your problem, HANG IN THERE. Everyone, generally, has had or will have a financial problem, now is the time to fight hard, because the alternatives are not pretty and are long lasting. Get legal advice ASAP.
Regardless of the market conditions, people can move around and do what they need to do, even when everything seems upside down. Try in your heart to trust professionals who can "easily" help you with your problems as they relate to Real Estate. I volunteer as well as other members of my profession will to truly come to bat offering you practical solutions. Faith-Action-Reward.
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Talk with an attorney first and foremost.
All legal and realtor-ish answers aside - let's talk like humanbeings here for second. What are you options? Financially, if you're asking for someone else or yourself - what exactly is the situation? Is there another way to work this out. Can the homeowners make the payments - find a way to get it done? Don't give up!!!! If there's a way to make the payments, then MAKE IT HAPPEN. Barring major trauma to the mind and body - if it's a matter of "losing a job" or divorce or somethign that doesn't involve loss of limbs or the mental capacity to simply get up out of bed and WILL things to get better - then I say, tighten up the boot straps, hunker down and find a way to make it happen.
What I'm trying to say here is - and it's a message I give all people when I sit with them -
1. Search out ALL your options - find ways to pay your mortgage - period.
2. Consult a Realtor who may be able to assist you with a GOOD legal referral - (personally, I would go with a name you trust...i.e. Coldwell Banker :) In order to gauge quality - if they're pushing you or leading you toward giving up, short sale, foreclosure right away - move on.
3. Talk to an attorney - one who is talked about alot, a name that's trusted. You can also get a referral from a financial advisor (if you have one) or your insurance agent.
Now if it's just a matter of "I don't want to live here anymore" - to me, that's just living irresponsibly. No offense intended at all. But I've come across this and I just think it's unbelievable that people go into things like buying a home as if they're renting and just turn around and walk away, leaving a home destroyed...in my opinion - that's totally unfortunate and sad, especially when children are caught in the middle.
In any event, B - good luck to you (or whom ever your asking this question for). I wish you all the best!
It's like that fitness guy on TV says..."YOU CAN DO IIIIT!"
1. Try renegotiating your loan with the lendner
2. Try a short sale and be forgiven the money you owe. If it is your primary home, you will not be assessed the tax on the forgiven amount.
3. You can do a deed in lieu which is basically turning the keys in and walking away.
4. You can file bankruptcy and try to keep the house from being foreclosed.
5. You can allow a foreclosure.
Most important thing you can do is to contact an attorney for advise. Realtors cannot give legal advise and I may have missed something or may be incorrect about something I have said.
I know your credit will be affected no matter which course you take.
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