|Manage your mortgage
There are many little nuances that come
with owning a home, many things that
are probably not even thought about
until the problem arrives. The same
can be said with your
mortgage. Not everything is black
Your Mortgage,” an article
published by mortgage-x.com, explains
why you have to be prepared for just
about everything when you own a home.
“Acquiring your first home, or
a larger one to meet growing family
needs, usually focuses all of your attention
on accumulating the down payment and
qualifying for the financing on the
property you have selected. There is
a sense of relief when the loan is finally
closed and you have settled in the house.
It will not take long, however, before
you will have to face the financial
responsibilities that home ownership
Be prepared. Owning
a home is expensive. That sounds
like an obvious statement, but many
first time buyers neglect to think about
the “other” expenses. These
other expenses include plumbing, yard
maintenance, water heater, kitchen appliances,
These expenses usually affect first
time buyers more because they are used
to landlords or parents paying for them.
And first time buyers usually have low
cash flow to begin with.
What does this have to do with managing
your mortgage? Fixing a water heater
or buying a new stove can cost thousands
of dollars, which can affect your monthly
The worst thing you can do as a homeowner
is go into default on your mortgage
“While over-obligating yourself
or unexpected repair bills may jeopardize
your ability to keep up your house payments,
the primary causes of foreclosure and
bankruptcy are unanticipated personal
crisis. More homeowners lose their homes
because of illness, loss of employment
or marital problems than all other reasons
If one of these tragedies occurs, you
could be in severe risk of defaulting
on your mortgage. If there is no one
to help you in your time of need, churches
and assistance programs may be able
But these programs could only help for
one-time assistance. You should always
have a savings account for such emergencies.
If your mortgage becomes delinquent,
you usually have some time to pay it.
If you go 15 days without payment you
will probably receive a notice. If you
go longer than a month with no payment,
you will be charged a late fee, and
unless you make agreements with the
lender, your home may be in jeopardy.
“When three or more mortgage
loan payments are due and unpaid,
the loan may be given to the lender's
attorney and foreclosure proceedings
initiated. The entire balance of the
loan may be due and payable immediately.
In addition to the loan payments due,
you are liable for legal fees incurred
by the lender. At this point, you are
in serious danger of losing your home.”
“A loan workout plan is an agreement
between you and your lender that sets
out the steps to be taken to cure the
delinquency and prevent loss of your
home. It may be written or oral and
will have specific deadlines which you
must meet in order to avoid foreclosure.
Therefore, it must be based on very
realistic estimates of your ability
to meet the plan schedule.”
There are ways to save your home if
you are delinquent on payments. But
this will undoubtedly lead to bad credit
and higher payments.
Manage your mortgage efficiently and
be prepared for financial burdens.