If you’re having trouble making your payments, contact your loan servicer to discuss your options as early as you can. The longer you wait to call, the fewer options you will have.
The possibility of losing your home to foreclosure can be terrifying. The reality that scam artists are preying on the vulnerability of desperate homeowners is equally frightening. Many so-called foreclosure rescue companies or foreclosure assistance firms claim they can help you save your home. Some are brazen enough to offer a money-back guarantee. Unfortunately, once most of these foreclosure fraudsters take your money, they leave you flat – without doing what they said they would do.
If you’re 62 or older and looking for money to finance a home improvement, pay off your current mortgage, supplement your retirement income, or pay for healthcare expenses, you may be considering a reverse mortgage. It’s a product that allows you to convert part of the equity in your home into cash without having to sell your home or take on additional monthly bills.
In a “regular” mortgage, you make monthly payments to the lender. In a “reverse” mortgage, you receive money from the lender and generally don’t have to pay it back for as long as you live in your home. Instead, the loan is repaid when you die, sell your home, or when your home is no longer your principal residence. The proceeds of a reverse mortgage generally are tax-free, and many reverse mortgages have no income restrictions.
When you apply for a home mortgage, you may think that the lender will hold and service your loan until you pay it off or you sell your house. That’s often not the case. Loans and the rights to service them are bought and sold every day.
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