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1 The National Economics Department Financial Freedom Campaign NAACP

2 Foreclosure, whats that??? A Foreclosure occurs when the loan becomes delinquent because payments have not been made or when the borrower is in default for a reason other than failure to make timely mortgage payments. The legal process by which a property may be sold and the proceeds of the sale applied to the mortgage debt. So this basically means that once a house is in foreclosure, it LITERALLY means it no longer belongs to you (the homeowner)

3 Foreclosure Process (General) First month missed payment- lender will contact you by letter or phone. Second month missed payment- lender will call to discuss why you have not made your payment. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ANSWER THEIR PHONE CALLS Third month missed payment- you will receive a letter (called a demand letter or Notice to Accelerate) from your lender stating the amount delinquent. You will have 30 days to bring your mortgage current. Fourth month missed payment- If you have not paid the full amount or worked out arrangement you will be referred to lenders attorneys. YOU WILL INCUR ALL ATTORNEYS FEES AS PART OF YOUR DELINQUENCY. Sheriffs or Public Trustees Sale- This is the ACTUAL day of foreclosure. Redemption Period-Redemption is a period after your home has already been sold at a foreclosure sale when you can still reclaim your home. You will need to pay the outstanding mortgage balance and all costs incurred during the foreclosure process.

4 Foreclosure Process (Cont.)

5 Step 1 The lender files suit with the judicial system, an the borrower will receive a note in the mail demanding payment. Step 2 The borrower only has 30 days to respond with a payment in order to avoid foreclosure. Step 3 If a payment is not made after a certain period, the property is then sold through an auction to the highest bidder, carried out by a local court or sheriff's office. Judicial Foreclosure

6 Power of Sale (Statutory Foreclosure) After an established wait period, the mortgage company (rather than the local courts or sheriffs office) carries out the public auction. After the homeowner has defaulted on mortgage payments, the lender sends out notices demanding payments. Allowed in many states if the mortgage includes a power of sale clause

7 Strict Foreclosure The lender files a lawsuit on the homeowner that has defaulted. Step I The borrower is asked to pay the mortgage within a specified timeline Step II If the owner does not pay, the property goes directly back to the mortgage holder. Step III

8 North Carolina Legal Foreclosure Proceedings - Judicial Foreclosure Available: Yes - Non-Judicial Foreclosure Available: Yes - Primary Security Instruments: Deed of Trust, Mortgage - Timeline: Typically 60 days - Right of Redemption: Yes - Deficiency Judgments Allowed: Varies o In North Carolina, lenders may foreclose on deeds of trusts or mortgages in default using either a judicial or non-judicial foreclosure process. For More Information, please visit na_Foreclosure_Law.htm

9 The LARGER picture…

10 A CLOSER look at the numbers… To date, 4.5% of white borrowers lost their homes to foreclosure, black and Latino borrowers had 7.9% and 7.7% foreclosure rates, respectively. 17% of Latino homeowners and 11% of African-American homeowners have already lost their home to foreclosure or are now at imminent risk High-income black borrowers, were 80% more likely to lose their homes to foreclosure than their white counterparts, while Latino borrowers were 90% more likely.

11 Foreclosure STRIPS wealth from Minority Communities Between 2009 – 2012, the foreclosure crisis is estimated to drain $194 billion in African American household wealth and $177 billion in Latino household wealth (Center for Responsible Lending, 2010). African Americans homeownership rate has decreased to 45% and 47% for Latinos (Center for American Progress, 2011). African Americans current homeownership rate is comparable to whites homeownership rate in the 1940s. The wealth gap between whites and African- American families increased more than four times (IASP, 2010).

12 HomeownerCommunity I ncreased physical and mental health treats N egative impact on credit rating L oss of peace of mind P otential homelessness D ecreased sense of security for family N egative financial impact on community-at –large D ecrease values of nearby housing/properties C ommunities blighted by neglect I ncreased need for local government social programs & public services Effects of Foreclosure

13 Predatory Lending Practices Chronic Unemployment Health Issues Unforeseen change in circumstance What Happened?

14 Predatory Lending…. wHaT???

15 Other Options

16 Refinance- A new loan with new term, interest rates and monthly payments- completely replaces your current mortgage Repayment Plan- An agreement between you and your mortgage company that lets you pay the past due amount on your mortgage payments over a specified time period in order to bring your mortgage up to date. Forbearance- An offer by your mortgage company to temporarily suspend or reduce your monthly mortgage payments for a specified period of time. Modification- an agreement between you and your mortgage company to change the original terms of your mortgage-such as payment amount, length of loan, etc. Short Sale- the sale of a home for less than the balance remaining on your mortgage. Deed-for-Lease- A new program that allows you to temporarily lease your home. You first transfer the ownership of your home to the mortgage company (called a Deed-in- Lieu), in exchange for release from your mortgage loan payment. You can rent the property back at an affordable rate-and remain as a tenant. Definitions

17 Definitions Cont. Deed- in-Lieu Foreclosure (DIL)- the ownership is transferred from homeowner to the mortgage company in exchange for a release from your mortgage loan and payments. Partial Claim- Your lender may be able to work with you to obtain an interest –free loan from HUD to bring your mortgage current, if you qualify. Contact HUD- Contact the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to learn more about the federal programs that may help Postpone payments- Senior citizens and disabled persons facing foreclosure may be eligible to postpone property tax payments or special assessments. Contact your local County Assessors office for more information. Pre Foreclosure Sale- You may be able to sell off your property and pay off your mortgage loan to avoid foreclosure and damage to your credit. (see short sale deification)

18 Foreclosure Prevention Tips 1) Contact Your Loan Servicer Immediately 2) If Feasible, refinance your loan 3) Call the 24 hour Free Counseling Hotline 1-888-995- HOPE or any other HUD certified counselor 4) Get in touch with city, state, and/or county government agencies 5) Make creditors aware of your situation 6) Create a Budget 7) Find Creative Ways to Save 7) Re-Read your Mortgage Agreement 9) Seek Legal Counsel 10) Make and Appointment to see your Pastor, Spiritual leader, etc. ( if applicable)

19 Foreclosure Assistance Tips

20 Foreclosure Recovery Tips E stablish a Budget: And stick to it! Be realistic on what you can afford; try to set at least a small amount aside each month for an emergency fund. An emergency fund should have enough in it to cover at least 6 months of monthly bills and living expenses. Proper planning is critical for survival and rebuilding your life after foreclosure. G et a copy of your credit report: You can visit to receive a free copy of your credit report from 3 major bureaus. It is not uncommon for credit reports to differ between bureaus or to contain errors. Look them over and be sure errors are corrected. R estore your Credit: A credit restoration (or credit repair) kit can be purchased at most office supply stores. They contain step by step instructions and sample letters to credit bureaus and creditors. This is a long process and should be started immediately. R ebuild your Credit: If you still have active credit cards, use them and pay them off each month. Otherwise, establish a credit card account; you may have to get a secured account, but that's a start. Use it and pay it off, on time, every month. After about 6 months, apply for store credit or a car loan. Keep balances very low, make timely payments. E ducate yourself on Alternate Financing: It will take some time before you will be able to get a traditional mortgage or other financing. Learn all you can by researching financing alternatives for credit challenged people. The next home you purchase could be with a land contract or lease option. Find out how each works, tax advantages and payment terms to see if it fits your current financial situation.

21 WHERE TO FIND HELP – is an online resource, created by Fannie Mae to help homeowners learn about their options to avoid foreclosure and how to get the help they need – provides step-by- step information on how to become financially literate Homeownership Preservation Foundation – is an independent nonprofit that provides HUD-approved counselors dedicated to helping homeowners HOPE NOW – is an alliance between HUD approved mortgage market participants that provides free foreclosure prevention assistance National Foundation for Credit Counseling – provides high- quality financial education and counseling services NeighborWorks America – offers resources fore foreclosure prevention professionals HUD: Guide to avoiding Foreclosure- offers information that can help when facing foreclosure National Consumer Law Center- provides steps that advocates can take to help prevent foreclosure

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