Mortgage borrowers should guard against mortgage scams, which can mislead them into entering loans that are difficult to repay or ultimately jeopardize their foreclosure defense. High interest rates, other credit and closing costs and unclear documents can be financial quicksand. Documents should be carefully read and reviewed. A purchaser should not sign any agreement if there are new terms that were not disclosed to them. Explanations should be provided on any cost, term or condition that is too high or ambiguous.
When individuals in Florida and elsewhere purchase a home, they often do not think about losing the house because they cannot afford it. Whether it is a starter home or a dream home, individuals and families seek to remain in their home until they seek to move or have passed. Unfortunately, financial problems can alter these plans. When financial hardships occur, it can be challenging to navigate these matters. One does not want to think about losing their home; thus, they seek out ways to keep their home while they sort through their financial problems.
A few years ago, half of Florida home mortgages were underwater with homeowners owing more than their home's worth. However, many Florida cities still have a high number of underwater mortgages. Many homeowners with little equity may have to seek foreclosure defense when they struggle paying their mortgage.