Thursday, June 17, 2010

Deficiency Collections - Washington Post

Early in February, the Minnesota Home Ownership Center highlighted (in this post) the Foreclosure Counselors in the state had begun to see an uptick in the number of homeowners who were seeking help AFTER a foreclosure because their bank was seeking to collect on the deficiency.

Now... the practice apparently is going mainstream... and the Washington Post highlighted the issue in an article posted on June 16th.  (Lenders go after money lost in foreclosure).

Here's one of the highlights of the article:

Over the past year, lenders have become much more aggressive in trying to recoup money lost in foreclosures and other distressed sales, creating more grief for people who thought their real estate headaches were far behind.

The MN Home Ownership Center has a helpful fact sheet on its website about deficiency judgments (with MANY thanks to the Housing Preservation Project for their work!). You can download the fact sheet here.

Deficiency Judgments are just ONE of the MANY considerations struggling homeowners need to think about when facing a possible foreclosure. If you, or someone you know is struggling with mortgage payments... don't wait until it's too late. To find your local non-profit, FREE Foreclosure Counselor, click here. For additional information about preventing foreclosure in Minnesota, click here.

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