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As the country slowly begins to open back up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many individuals and families will soon be in the market for a new home. In fact, the spring season is usually one of the busiest times of the year for the real estate industry, and this year is not likely to be an exception. It is not uncommon for a person to buy a home without the help of a real estate attorney. However, there is value in hiring one to help with your transaction. This is especially true if you run into…
As the nation has struggled financially due to the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the federal government placed a freeze on foreclosure and eviction proceedings by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other government agencies. Many of the country’s leading mortgage lenders and banks also announced programs designed to assist homeowners facing difficulties making their mortgage payments. The specifics of the programs offered by the various lenders can vary widely, as not all institutions can afford to go very long without payments from their borrowers. Such inconsistencies have left many homeowners still worried about what will happen in the next…
When you are facing financial distress, you might explore options like modifying your mortgage loan terms or negotiating with your lender to avoid foreclosure. Foreclosure can have a substantial impact on your current and future credit, not to mention the loss of your home. If you are struggling to make your mortgage payments, a loan modification request might be the best way for you to get your debt under control. Requesting a loan modification does not always result in an approval. Your request can be denied for a variety of reasons. In many of these cases, it is possible to resubmit…
If you are ready to sell your home, you may have several questions and concerns including whether or not you should employ the assistance of a real estate agent. Selling a home is a major undertaking that is full of potential complications, but it is possible to sell your home without the help of an agent. There are both advantages and disadvantages associated with selling a home “for sale by owner” or FSBO. While you avoid paying a listing agent’s commission, you also incur major responsibilities. According to one study, only about ten percent of people selling their homes…
If you are behind on your mortgage payments, you know just how stressful it can be. You may end up losing sleep because you are worried about what will happen to your home. If you owe more on the home than it is worth, you may be a risk of foreclosure. In situations like these, one option that many people find preferable to foreclosure is a short sale. During a short sale, a home is sold for less than what the owner owns on the home. Additionally, the lender generally agrees to accept less than the amount owed by…
You did not plan to fall behind on your mortgage. In fact, when you bought your home (or refinanced), you probably assumed that you would have more than enough income to make your payments each month. Unfortunately, things do not always go according to plan, and suddenly, you might now be several months behind and facing the possibility of foreclosure. The good news is that if your lender has not initiated foreclosure proceedings yet, you have a number of options that could keep you in your home. Once the proceedings have begun, you will probably have fewer options, but…
When a homeowner cannot afford to make his or her mortgage payments, the home may go into foreclosure. In short, this means the homeowner’s mortgage lender takes possession of the home. However, this is not an instantaneous or even a quick process. The foreclosure process can take well over a year to complete in Illinois and early in the process, a homeowner has some options that can allow him or her to keep the home.  In the state of Illinois, all foreclosures are judicial foreclosures, which means that the lenders must go through the courts to complete the foreclosure…
Evaluating the legality and validity of your home loan documents is a critical first step in the foreclosure process. During the housing boom, many mortgage lenders cut corners and failed to properly comply with securities laws in their pursuit of maximizing profits during the boom. If you have received a notice of foreclosure, your loan documents should be reviewed and evaluated for legitimacy by legal counsel as soon as possible. Lenders And Banks Originated Invalid Documents At the height of the boom, many lenders were doing so much business, so quickly, that what resulted were work process failures that…
By now, virtually every person in the United States has been affected in at least some way by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Here in Illinois, businesses that are considered non-essential have been closed for several weeks, and millions of people are staying home in compliance with the “shelter-in-place” order issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker last week. There is no question that this public health crisis is already having a significant financial effect on the businesses and business owners who were forced to close. However, there is a specific group of people who have seemingly gone…