how much time do I have to vacate my home after my first court date for foreclosure?

Asked by Melinda Rushlow, Southgate, MI Tue Oct 28, 2008

My sister had a mortgage on her home and paid $16000 interest in 2006. The mortgage co started raising her interest rate every 2-3 months by 2 pts and she ended up paying $34000 in interest in 10 months in 2007. Her husband is a bricklayer and hasn't had any work in 2 yrs. They used his inheritance to make the payments in 2007 but with them raising the interest that much they just couldn't keep up. Their house has been in foreclosure since May, she goes to court this Friday and we just need to know when she legally has to vacate her home. She really hates to leave, they built that house and she loves it. If it wasn't for the corrupt mortgage companies, people wouldn't be losing their homes. Please tell us what to do

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Frances Flynn…, , State College, PA
Tue Oct 28, 2008
Your sister should contact a consumer protection attorney immediately. You can find a referral at the National Assn. of Consumer Advocates

As an alternative, nonprofits like ACORN are having some excellent results, even in the final days of a foreclosure situation. Find a representative there who may be able to help at

The bank will file for a writ of possession following the auction ...

Sometimes people are paralyzed into inaction ... a helping hand from her sister may facilitate her outcome and/or transition 8-) I wish you both well.
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Derek Bauer, Agent, South Lyon, MI
Tue Oct 28, 2008
What a terribly sad story. I applaud the folks for using inheritance money to try and to the right thing by paying their bill, but wish they rather would have received sound advice from a professional on the front-end.

Depending on what is owed and what the home is worth, a, "short sale," or something along those lines may be a good solution.

Feel free to email me for more information, as I could provide much more information directly as relates to this particular instance. Thank you.

Derek Bauer, Real Estate One
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