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FHA Help Available For Those At Risk of Foreclosure

November 29, 2011

The FHA encourages borrowers worried about going into default or foreclosure on their FHA mortgages to seek help as soon as possible. The earlier a borrower acts, the better chance he or she has of saving the home and preventing damage to credit and other issues.

One of the most important thing a borrower can do is to get Foreclosure Avoidance Counseling as early as possible The FHA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development offer help in this area; the FHA official site says, “HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are available to provide you with the information and assistance you need to avoid foreclosure. As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan (HASP), you may be eligible for a special Making Home Affordable loan modification or refinance, to reduce your monthly payments and help you keep your home.”

These programs are not always easy for a frustrated homeowner to understand, especially when trying to avoid losing a home. That’s why the FHA and HUD offer search tools for you to find HUD-approved housing counseling near you. At http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/fc/index.cfm you’ll find an index of housing counseling agencies searchable by state.

The official site says, “If you need help understanding the Making Home Affordable programs, you can use this search tool to find a counseling agency in your area that will provide you with free foreclosure prevention services. If you are eligible for the loan modification or refinance program, the counselor will work with you to compile an intake package for your servicer.”

It’s very important to note there is no fee associated with foreclosure avoidance counseling. There is no need whatsoever to pay a third party or private company to get advice on how to save your home and avoid foreclosure on your FHA insured mortgage. “Foreclosure prevention counseling services are provided free of charge by nonprofit housing counseling agencies working in partnership with the Federal Government. These agencies are funded, in part, by HUD and NeighborWorks

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