Big jump in foreclosures: Who’s immune?

Probably not too many people.  Though California, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida are still the poster children for the housing carnage, Idaho, Illinois, and Oregon are up-and-comers.  Foreclosures for February 2009 are up 30% from February 2008 levels.  Seven hundred thousand properties owned by banks haven’t been put on the market yet. What may make the […]

Steps to take if you’re facing foreclosure, Part 3

Here’s the last installment of Liz Pulliam Weston’s tips for dealing with the possibility of foreclosure: Offer a deed in lieu of foreclosure. This is an option if the shortfall between your house’s value and what’s owed on it isn’t too much.  The lender can say, “Yeah, I’ll take the deed back, and you won’t […]

Steps to take if you’re facing foreclosure, Part 1

Liz Pulliam Weston wrote recently on steps to take if you’re facing foreclosure.  There are smart ways to go about it, and not-so-smart ways.  Here are her first three suggestions with some of my comments: Make a budget.  If there are places that can be cut in your budget that will make the difference between […]

Recognizing the signs of a family facing foreclosure

Free Money Finance recently had an acquaintance of his go into foreclosure, and the signs of trouble were clear in retrospect. People don’t advertise that they’re facing foreclosure, at least not outwardly.  Even if money is getting really tight, people can compartmentalize the worry when they’re interacting with others.  One family I know had a […]