Record-breaking foreclosure rates have been a popular topic in the media since the housing market crashed. Unfortunately, we do not hear much about what happens to these families after they have lost their homes. Homeowners who have been foreclosed on by their lenders face many hardships, even after the dust has settled from their case. Below are some of the issues that foreclosure victims face and some smart solutions to their problems.
Finding a New Place to Live Finding a new place to live is the most dire and immediate challenge foreclosure victims face. Many who have recently been foreclosed on do not have the cash for a deposit for rental property. Also, many landlords will not accept a renter with lower credit scores, which many foreclosure victims have. The best thing to do is to make plans as soon as you think you might be foreclosed on. This will allow you time to save up some cash to rent, if need be.
Suffering Through the Credit Fallout Once other creditors find out that you have been foreclosed on, they tend to think it is likely that you will default on your debt with them, as well. As a result, you are likely to be forced to pay an inflated interest rate. Some foreclosure victims see interest rates rise as much as 30 percent. The best thing you can do is work toward rehabilitating your credit score as fast as you can, to be eligible for lower interest rates.
Purchasing a New Home If you were foreclosed on due to circumstances that were beyond your control, such as unemployment, you are more likely to be eligible for a mortgage in the near future. Many foreclosure victims are able to obtain a mortgage again within three years of a foreclosure. Federally insured mortgages are the best option for foreclosure victims, i.e. FHA loans. However, you must understand that in order to obtain a mortgage in three years, you will need to prove that you have been practicing good bill-paying habits since the foreclosure.
Explaining Your Foreclosure to a Potential Employer In financial-related fields, it is not uncommon for employers to run credit checks on potential employees to see how financially responsible the person is. If you have recently been foreclosed on and are applying for a position where you will be handling money, you should have an explanation ready for your potential employer.
Post-Foreclosure Tax Bill If you have been foreclosed on and your home has been sold in an auction, you may be billed for taxes your lender was not able to recover from the sale of the property. However, there are some reasons you may not be obligated to pay the tax bill. If you are financially insolvent, the IRS may allow the debt to be forgiven.