Beginning March 1, 2013, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will allow homeowners to apply for a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure even if they have been making on-time payments. Until recently, Fannie and Freddie borrowers were only allowed to engage in a deed-in-lieu if they were 90 days or more delinquent. In some cases, homeowners were even encouraged to stop making mortgage payments–even if they could afford them–in order to qualify.
A deed-in-lieu of foreclosure is when a homeowner who can no longer afford their mortgage voluntarily gives back their home to the bank in exchange for having their mortgage debt wiped clean. While a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure will have a negative impact on your credit score, it can be the fastest way to escape an unsustainable situation. Read the rest of this entry »