The Foreclosure Process: The Initial Steps

foreclosure defense for homeownersThe first step in a foreclosure proceeding is the bank sending the homeowner a letter accelerating the mortgage. The acceleration letter advises the homeowner the financial institution (lender) will call in the entire balance of the mortgage, which represents the total amount due, unless the homeowner becomes up to date on his or her mortgage payments by a specified date. Most banks send an acceleration letter after the homeowner falls approximately three months behind on their mortgage payments. However, there is no specific rule which requires a bank to send an acceleration letter when the homeowner is three months behind.

Falling Behind On Your Mortgage Payments

The homeowner technically defaults on the payment of the loan on their home when they become one month late on their mortgage payments. However, as indicated earlier in this article, acceleration letters are almost never sent out prior to the homeowner being three months behind on their mortgage.

Ninety Day Pre-Foreclosure Filing Notice

New York State has a statute which requires the financial institution holding the mortgage to send out a notice a minimum of ninety days before they initiate a foreclosure legal action by filing a Summons and Complaint in the County Clerk’s office of the County in which the home is located. There are very specific rules and notice requirements concerning the ninety day pre-foreclosure filing notice. This notice also must list at least five not for profit organizations which can provide information or counseling to homeowners with regard to the problems they are having in making their mortgage payments.New York foreclosure defense attorney Island

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