The economy may be showing some signs of improvement, but the outlook remains bleak for many Illinois homeowners. The Land of Lincoln has one of the highest home foreclosure rates in the country. One in every 663 housing units in the state received a foreclosure notice in December. Many homeowners fell behind on payments due to a job loss, sudden illness, portfolio reversal or other temporary income loss.
Are you currently experiencing the onset of extreme financial hardship and perhaps thinking of tipping your hand and cashing it in when it comes to your home mortgage? Perhaps you should think again. Saving your home may be worth the fight because in all reality, your mortgage lender actually does not want to repossess your home.
RealtyTrac®, the leader in online real estate market data recently released its Midyear 2014 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™. There is good news and there is bad news. The good news, as of July 2014, the national foreclosure rate dropped to 16 percent, matching the lowest level since the burst of the housing bubble in 2006.
Becoming familiar with your spending habits, debt ratio, and understanding how lenders view your financial snapshot may very well be your best defense against future bankruptcy or foreclosure action. It all begins with fiscal responsibility, supported by a sound credit report, but how many Americans actually request and review their credit report on an annual basis?
Purchasing your first home can be exhilarating, a bit frightening and, at times, overwhelming. Buying a home is often rated as the most important financial decision of your adult life, and being fiscally responsible should be your number one priority.
Illinois citizens have a friend in Attorney General Lisa Madigan. As head of the Consumer Protection Division, Madigan and her staff are constantly fielding legitimate cases of fraud, deceptive and unfair business practices. Available to all Illinois citizens is information and review of unfair practices through the following bureaus:
Unfortunately when a homeowner is facing dire straights and facing foreclosure, far too often those seeking mortgage assistance fall victim to experienced scam artists. These experts are prey on the homeowner’s emotional state to drain you of your money and your home but also leaving your liable for your mortgage debt.