The looming credit crunch is affecting markets world wide. The crunch is fueled largely by the alarming number of home foreclosures. The crisis initially began in the sub-prime lending sector, but is starting to show signs of moving into prime mortgages. If you find yourself one of the unfortunate homeowners that has or is about to miss a mortgage payment, use these steps to hopefully avoid the pain of foreclosure and losing your home.
1. Keep in constant communication with your mortgage servicer. If you are about to miss a payment, call them immediately. Never ignore any phone calls or letters they send you.
2. Remember to pay your mortgage payment before any unsecured credit payments. Credit card companies will let you know the moment you miss a payment, and will convince you your life will be over if you don’t pay them. The reason they get so upset is that they can’t take anything from you if you don’t pay. The banks know they can take your house if you don’t pay. Late and missed credit card payments will damage your credit, but nothing like a foreclosure.
3. Never give up hope. There are several steps that can be taken...