Real Estate Explained | Deed In Lieu of foreclosure
Deed in lieu of Foreclosure is defined by Wikipedia as: “A Deed in lieu of foreclosure is a deed instrument in which a mortgagor (i.e., the borrower) conveys all interest in a real property to the mortgagee (i.e., the lender) to satisfy a loan that is in default and avoid foreclosure proceedings.
The deed in lieu of foreclosure lender include a reduction in the time and cost of a repossession, and additional advantages if the borrower subsequently files for bankruptcy.”
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Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure offers several advantages to both the borrower and the lender.
- The principal advantage to the borrower is that it immediately releases him/her from most or all of the personal indebtedness associated with the defaulted loan.
- The borrower also avoids the public notoriety of a foreclosure proceeding and may receive more generous terms than he/she would in a formal foreclosure.
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As you might guess, it is not that simple.
The bank has to be willing to take the home back and different banks have different guidelines.
- For example, according to HUD’s website, they won’t consider the program for an FHA loan for an investor or a home that is vacant (in most cases.)
- Other banks won’t take the house unless it is a last resort (if you have tried to sell it and can’t) or won’t take the home unless they are sure it will cover your entire debt.
- The bank won’t consider a deed-in-lieu if you have more than one mortgage on the property.
As with every other option during such a confusing time, it is best to talk to experts in your area. Deed-in-lieu may not be right for you– but there are plenty of other options out there!
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