7 Ways to Avoid Foreclosure


Amy Gerrish, Realtor
Short Sale & Foreclosure Specialist

As a homeowner, you have options, and you don’t need to just lose your home to the bank, leaving you empty-handed.

We’re going to show you 7 ways to avoid your home from going into foreclosure, or at least buy you some time to get things back in order.

But before we jump into how to stop foreclosure, you need to understand why it is a big deal and how it can impact your future.

You might be ignoring the problem at this point

A part of you might even think that if you just let the bank take the house back, then you don’t have to deal with it anymore. But foreclosure can do a lot more harm than simply losing your house.

Avoiding foreclosure doesn’t have to be a hassle if you let the right people help you.  I have  been helping people navigate this process for over 10 years. 

Going through foreclosure, on average, tanks your credit report by at least 200 points.

In addition to holding on to your FICO score, you will also avoid having a record of home mortgage default.

1. You Might Be Able To Avoid The Entire Thing By Talking To Your Lender

This might sound obvious:

If you just pick up the phone and call your lender (or answer the calls they’re undoubtedly making to you), then you might find the absolute easiest way to resolve the problem.

Think about it–

…foreclosing on a home is costly for a bank or lender.

Not only are they not going to get paid the interest on the loan they made to you, but they’re going to lose a portion of the principle when it goes to auction!

When a home goes to auction, they often sell it at a severely discounted price.

They do this because they’d rather get some money than no money.

What does this mean for you?

You actually have a little bit of leverage here. You can negotiate with them and find out what options they’re willing to give you so that you can get back on track.

2. Forgiven Payments Might Get You Back On Track

One little-known fact about lenders:

They actually forgive payments sometimes, especially if it means that they’re more likely to help you get back on track with your loan.

If you can convince the lender that you simply went through a rough spot and you actually make enough income (or can reduce enough expenses) to continue making payments, they may forgive a loan payment or two.

This could be enough to keep you out of foreclosure entirely, but it may at least buy you some time.

Either way, it’s worth asking!

3. Freezing Your Interest Rate Might Be An Option

This one only works in one scenario:

If you are on an adjustable mortgage, the lender may be able to freeze the interest rate before it changes or increases in order to keep it manageable for you.

They may additionally extend the amortization period to help compensate for the different in payments and rate change.

This is called a loan modification (although it’s one of a few different things that they can do).

4. Add The Payments To Your Loan’s Balance

Take advantage of your equity:

If you’ve had the loan for a while, then you likely have some equity built up.

The lender may be willing to add your backpayments to the loan.

This is essentially a refinance, so your loan balance and amortization schedule will be different.

This could really help if you’re able to make regular payments but those already-owed payments are keeping you in the hole.

5. Selling The Home Can Be A Saving Grace

Hear me out:

Although you may not want to sell the home, or you simply think that you can’t, there’s always an option.

Phoenix Metro homes are in high demand, if your home is in fairly good condition we can help you sell it for top dollar and help you save the equity you have left. We have special pre-foreclosure rates to save you your equity.

6. Short Selling The Home Can Be The Next Best Option

This situation is for people that want to sell, but you owe the bank more  than what you can sell it for. You may already be at a point where the lender has filed a Notice of Default and you just don’t know if you have time.

If that’s the case, you still have the opportunity to sell your home fast before it goes to auction.

When the home goes to auction, the lender is simply going to sell it anyway, so presenting an active buyer is more likely to get approved because it saves them time and money anyway.

I have been helping home owners get out from underneath their homes for 10 years. It doesn’t cost you a dime.  Ask me how! I’d be happy to share how it works. 480-294-8680 or amy@phoenixmetrogroup.com

7. Filing For Bankruptcy Can Buy You Some Time

If keeping the home is your #1 goal:

Filing for bankruptcy can actually put a pause on the foreclosure process.

This doesn’t mean that you’re going to completely get out of it, but it may buy you some time, up to 2-4 months.

Get with a lawyer that specializes in bankruptcy, explain everything about your situation and all your finances, and they will recommend the best course of action to take.

This may not be an option if you’ve filed within the last 7 years, so make sure you find out what routes you can take from someone who can give you legal advice.

Amy Gerrish, REALTOR Short Sale & Pre-Foreclosure Specialist

Bottom Line?

If foreclosure is looming over you, there are things you can do!

There is a lot of foreclosure information available to you, from the web and your lender.

Don’t wait until the last minute.

Don’t wait until they take the home away from you.

Pick up the phone and either call your lender or call or text me. 480-294-8680

You’re going to get through it one way or another.

4 Factors Fueling the Arizona Education Crisis


An overview of how complicated this issue really is. I have been a Realtor for over 10 years. I also have been studying data science and have been very interested in the numbers behind the issue. Here is what I have so far:

FACTOR 1, THE FUNDING: The k-12 education budget was on the decline until about 2012. 2013 it started going up about 1% each year. 2018 will be the biggest increase.

FACTOR 2, COST OF LIVING: Cost of living increases are playing a big roll in the education crisis. Average home cost in 2013 was $140,000 and today is $230,000. That’s a 61% increase. Not including rising food costs, fuel, taxes etc…..Teacher’s are feeling the crunch.

FACTOR 3, POPULATION INCREASE: We have more people, more families with more kids which means we need more teachers, and we can’t afford to pay them. Maricopa county sees about 6,000 to 7,000 new families a month and we cannot support all the new kids.

FACTOR 4, INCOMES: The median income of AZ is somewhere around $50 – $65k a year. Home prices will rise, however when the median incomes cap out current inventory, it will force it to flatten out.