Let's talk foreclosure.
Did you ever think you'd hear that word so often? You know it's a problem when you search Google images with the word, and get over a million hits.
I just plain don't have the answer, but here is what I have learned.
Yes, you can call your lender and best of luck with that. Here's what we heard:
Us: "We've just had a major job loss, can you help us out?"
Them: "No, we can't, you're good customers and you're current on your payments."
Us: "Yes, we know, but that may change since we've AGAIN just had a major job loss"
Them: "Well, until you've missed some payments, we just can't help you."
6 months pass, and we start to miss payments . . .
Us: "Well, we've missed some payments now. Can you help us out?"
Them: "Nope. Not until you bring the payments current and show proof of steady income"
Us: "But we told you we had a major job loss, with no new employment showing up despite Herculean efforts. You told us you had a hardship program that we could qualify for if we missed a few payments"
Them: "Yes, you could qualify for that program when you bring your mortgage current and show proof of adequate steady income"
Us: "We could pay you $800 a month until we find employment, will that hold things?"
Them: "Nope. Absolute full payment, after you bring it current".
Another 3 months pass . . . .
Them: "OK, we'll drop your mortgage down to $1500 per month if you bring it all current and show proof of steady income".
So again I say, good luck talking to your lender.
The Obama housing plan would save us, and many others. But, according to my one Senator's office, that plan is still in committee and won't become law anytime soon. They've got to save all the millionaires first.
Another option would be to find a good co-signer, apply for a mortgage, and try to buy back your house through a short sale or through the sheriff's auction. But be mindful that you may end up paying all the fees, taxes, etc. Short sales aren't the blessing they are cracked up to be.
Another option is to have some wealthier friend or relative buy your home and rent it to you. Our lender said that was fraud, but our banker said it's perfectly legit.
My best advice to you concerning foreclosure is to muster all your pride and self-confidence, keep your chin up, and just endure. Walk away, find a rental, and sleep well knowing you did your best.