Has your lender signed the modification agreement, or just you?
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It sounds as though you are trying to get a loan modification and are approaching the tail end of the trial plan payments. It is quite common that the foreclosure continues along with this plan. If you miss a payment, they foreclose. Even if you make all your payments as agreed, the lender is likely going to ask you to re-submit your financials again to re-evaluate your situation for a permanent modification. During this time, they will likely postpone your foreclosure 30 days at a time, so that you are essentially living under the gun.
Without reviewing your modification documents, it is impossible for me to make any real prediction of how your case will pan out. I can tell you that in my experience, most people in situations like yours eventually lose the home. I would encourage you to speak with a good real estate and short sale attorney to make sure you understand your options and make the best decision. Arizona does have good anti-deficiency protection if you qualify.
It is important to consult with a skilled debt / bankruptcy lawyer in this type of situation. There is not a cookie cutter answer to your question. If you visited my office for a free consultation we would discuss all your options There are simply too many issues involved. I hope this helps you understand why seeing a lawyer in these types of situations is critical.
The AZ lawyers who have responded to you here on AVVO, including me, can all probably help you. So, call 2 or 3 of us and hire whomever you're most comfortable with. We offer a free consult.
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