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Santa Ana Foreclosure Attorney

Explore Your Options for Foreclosure Defense

If you’re a homeowner or landlord who has fallen behind on your mortgage, foreclosure is a real and significant threat. However, it’s not a guaranteed outcome – you may have options to address financial constraints, protect your credit, and potentially save your home.

At Nguyen Law Group, our Santa Ana foreclosure defense attorney Andy Nguyen has helped hundreds of individuals and families across Southern California protect their homes and cherished assets through various legal processes – including bankruptcy, debt settlement, loan modifications, short sales, and more. We know these are trying and turbulent times and offer the compassionate guidance clients need to navigate the journey ahead.

Lenders can initiate foreclosure proceedings in as little as three to four months after delinquency, which is why it’s best to take immediate action and speak with a lawyer. To discuss your foreclosure defense options, call (909) 328-6280 or contact us online.

How Foreclosure Works

Foreclosure is a legal process through which a lender reclaims a property when the homeowner fails to make mortgage payments. Generally, the process works as follows:

  1. Missed Payments: Foreclosure typically begins when a homeowner falls behind on mortgage payments. Your mortgage agreement likely specifies a grace period after a missed payment, but once that period ends, your lender may initiate foreclosure proceedings.
  2. Notice of Default (NOD): After a certain number of missed payments, your lender will issue a Notice of Default (NOD), formally notifying you that you're in default on your mortgage. The NOD is a public record, and it marks the official beginning of the foreclosure process.
  3. Pre-Foreclosure Period: During the pre-foreclosure period, which typically lasts 90 days, you can bring your mortgage current by paying off the overdue amount, negotiating a repayment plan, or pursuing other options to resolve the delinquency.
  4. Notice of Sale: If you're unable to resolve the default during the pre-foreclosure period, your lender will issue a Notice of Sale, scheduling an auction to sell your home. This notice is typically published in local newspapers and posted on your property.
  5. Foreclosure Auction: At the foreclosure auction, your home will be sold to the highest bidder, usually for an amount equal to the outstanding loan balance plus any fees and costs incurred by the lender. If no one bids on the property, ownership reverts to the lender, making it a Real Estate Owned (REO) property. After the sale, residents will receive a notice to vacate the property or may face eviction proceedings from the new owner/lender.

Options to Defend Against Foreclosure

While foreclosure can feel inevitable once the process begins, it's important to know that you have rights and options to defend against foreclosure and avoid its damaging consequences:

  • Legal Defenses: This involves hiring a lawyer to challenge the foreclosure in court. Legal defenses may allege improper documentation, violations of lending laws, or procedural errors in the foreclosure process. A successful legal defense, while less common than other foreclosure defense strategies, can be an effective way for homeowners to delay foreclosure and find time to explore other options to save their homes.
  • Loan Modification: Homeowners can negotiate with lenders to modify the terms of their loans. This could involve reducing the interest rate, extending the loan term, or forgiving a portion of the principal balance. Loan modification aims to make monthly payments more affordable, allowing homeowners to avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.
  • Short Sale: In a short sale, homeowners sell their property for less than the outstanding mortgage balance with the lender’s approval. While it results in the loss of the home, it allows homeowners to avoid foreclosure and the damaging effects it has on credit. Homeowners may also negotiate with lenders to forgive remaining debt after the sale.
  • Bankruptcy: Filing bankruptcy under Chapter 13 or Chapter 11 can be a viable way to stop foreclosure sales given that they result in an automatic stay. This temporary halt on collection activities (including the foreclosure process) provides homeowners with time to reorganize their finances and potentially catch up on missed mortgage payments through a court-approved repayment plan. Bankruptcy can also discharge other debts, making it easier for homeowners to afford their mortgage payments and keep their homes. Chapter 7 bankruptcy also temporarily stops foreclosure, but because no payments are made in Chapter 7 cases, homeowners would need to negotiate with foreclosing creditors outside of their bankruptcy case to resolve the matter, which isn’t always possible.

Discuss Your Foreclosure Prevention Options Today

Nguyen Law Group is an award-winning bankruptcy and estate planning firm that’s helped hundreds of clients address financial problems, protect assets, and pave the foundation for a brighter financial future. With offices in Orange County and the Inland Empire, we proudly serve individuals, homeowners, and families across Southern California.

To request an initial consultation with our Santa Ana foreclosure lawyer, call (909) 328-6280 or complete an online form.

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