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Avoiding Foreclosure

Homeowners who fall behind on their mortgage risk having their home taken away by the bank or lender in a process called “foreclosure." Foreclosure proceedings do not always lead to a loss of your home, at least not right away, but many prefer to simply avoid the process altogether. Those who have been through the process suffer a drop in their credit score and also must wait a set period time before buying another home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help you stay out of court, such as contacting your loan servicer; asking for a reinstatement; getting a loan modification; or even selling your home. This section includes tips on how to avoid foreclosure, including ways to reduce your mortgage and getting help with housing and credit counseling.

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