Sunday, July 5, 2015

How Can I Catch Up on My Delinquent Mortgage?

Question: I am several months behind on my mortgage. Can a bank foreclose on me if I make one complete mortgage payment a month and try to catch up little by little? Also, what if I can pay the principle and interest but not the taxes and insurance that are lumped into my loan payment?

Response: Generally, after you missed a full payment, the bank can send you Notice of Intent to Accelerate the loan or 90-Day Demand letter with the date by which the payment is due. The bank cannot commence its foreclosure action for at least 90 days following such letter. Most banks will not send it right away, so foreclosure will not typically begin for longer than 90 days. If you enter into an official repayment plan with your bank, then they will not commence foreclosure but if it’s just your plan to gradually pay the servicer bank, the servicer may still refer you to foreclosure. I would definitely recommend contacting your bank because there are numerous options that could be explored that could help you avoid foreclosure (loan modification, repayment plan, forbearance plan, etc.). As for the 2nd question, your taxes and insurance are part of your monthly mortgage payment so by not paying your escrow, your payment is less than full and may be placed in a suspense account; then, once there is enough money in suspense, then it is applied towards the missed payment but late fees and penalties will continue to accrue on the loan. If there is just an escrow shortage (as opposed to intentionally not paying escrow), then the servicer can divide the payment over a number of months, usually 12 to become current.
In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

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