Foreclosure Intervention Counseling Available

Posted by Mitch Argon / CalNeva Realty on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at 10:08pm.

This article was written by Sue Saunders, General Counsel, NVAR

Many homeowners wait too long to get assistance when they begin having difficulty making their house payments. Please help your homeowners get help early if they are in financial difficulty. One source is housing counseling services. Yes, I said counseling. Homeowners can receive free foreclosure intervention counseling which may help them save their home. Free service is available through Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS).

At CCCS, accredited housing counselors are available. These accredited counselors DO NOT charge for housing counseling. To get this help, homeowners must contact an accredited housing counselor immediately upon recognizing a problem exists. Homeowners should not wait until their mortgage is delinquent before seeking professional assistance. Statistics indicate that one in four (1:4) homeowners in trouble have never contacted their lender. If a homeowner wants to save his house from foreclosure, the rule is “the sooner, the better.”

The housing counselors will complete a thorough review of the homeowner’s current and projected financial situation. They will explain collection policies and procedures to the homeowner. They will explain the foreclosure process including time-frames, rights and remedies to the homeowner. And the counselor will explain the possible loan workout options available to the homeowner.

Once the homeowner and counselor have determined a possible option that works best for the homeowner, the counselor can assist the homeowner in contacting the lender to discuss the current situation, in preparing a formal workout request for the lender, and in creating a temporary crisis budget to weather the current financial crisis.

REALTORS® and homeowners can find out more about consumer credit counseling services by calling them toll free at 1 800 451 4505 or on the net at .

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Mitch Argon
Broker - CalNeva Realty

1 Response to "Foreclosure Intervention Counseling Available"

billddrummer wrote: I used CCCS several years ago to attempt to get out of filing bankruptcy. I enrolled in their billpayer plan, that consolidated several medical debts and credit cards into one payment.

But even after the consolidated payment arrangement was completed, I was unable to continue with the plan and filed bankruptcy anyway.

More recently, I went to one of their counselors to restructure some other loans that I'd incurred. The payments they suggested exceeded my disposable income.

That was the last time I used the CCCS office. Since then, I've negotiated with the creditors on my own, and have payments I can afford.

Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2009 at 1:18pm.

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