Help Behind on Mortgage

Updated on September 07, 2009
T.G. asks from Rock Hill, SC
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Hi, does anyone know who or what i can do to get help on my mortgage? I have been out of work a few months and now im behind on my mortgage i dont want to even think about loosing my home? I know about the modification and that does not qualify for everyone. Is there any other options that i can look into for help. Im trying to do everything possible within reason to get money to pay towards it. Im n a struggle. Help me please with any suggestions.

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Hello everyone first of all i want to thank all of u for your support. Well 1 thing that happen is a family member is suppose to make 2 payments for me. This will help. Now all i need is work. Now i have applied for jobs i actually went on a interview last tues. I was told that i wont no anything for a couple of weeks. So i sent a thank u letter to them. I am also working on a at home childcare i went and got registered but i have not gotten any set in stone clients. I had 1 but she couldnt pay up front and she gets paid ev. 2 wks so that wasnt a good idea to start. So all i ask of u is to keep me and my family n your prayers and if u have any other ideas 4 me Job wise let me know. I will and i am praying 4 u also. I also thank GOD for your support. Thanks Again T..

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answers from Memphis on

I'm afraid I don't have any advice for you. I just wanted to let you know that my husband and i are going thru the same thing you are going thru...we are not behind yet but next month we will start getting there.

My husbands unemployment is only 250 a week and I had to get a job after 4 and I am only making about 350 a week..

I hope something works out for you....Ijust wanted to let you know I feel for you because I am going thru the same thing as you.

good luck...keep the faith.

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answers from Charlotte on

Hi, T.:

I empathize with your situation and concern. We almost lost our home 2 times when my husband had chronic facial pain (TN). Bless you!

In response, YES there is someone who cares and helps!

My hairstylist just told me about a program, NOT OPERATED by the government, that negotiates with the mortagage company on your behalf to reduce your interest rate. Her's went form 9% to 2.5%.

Go to to see if you qualify.
bless you!
R. Tomasi

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answers from Charlotte on

Try contacting the crisis assistance ministry.

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Contace Sandi Shear with Shor Sales Professionals. Her phone number is ###-###-####. She might be able to help you. You can also e-mail her at and check out the website at Hope this helps.

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answers from Knoxville on

First call your mortgage holder and let them know of your situation. They may have avenues available to you. Second if you attend a church they may have a benvolent fund(monies set aside to help people in need). In MO there are a number of catholic/faith based facilities that offer help to families in need. I am sure there is something like this in your area as well. Third, have you applied for any state assistance? This is also someplace that can help with different resources. I would do these things today. Putting it off only makes matters worse. As a last resort, could you put your house up for sale? Do you have a family member close that you could live with until you get your financial issues back in order. I know it is difficult but if you can sell instead of foreclosure it will be better. Foreclosures stay with you for several years. Good Luck and God Bless.

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answers from Memphis on

Check out, and start listening to him; make a budget and stick to it. Get the "The Tightwad Gazette book(s) and read through those -- an amazing amount of frugal information that might make the difference between you keeping and losing your home. The most important monthly expenditure is food (not eating out -- "rice and beans" kind of food); next pay your electric bill (but don't keep the a/c so cold); keep gas & insurance on the car so you can work and go places; pay your mortgage; everything else is secondary to that, especially credit cards (drop your cable bill and cell-phone coverage to the bare minimum, or drop it entirely -- that sort of thing). Is there any job you can do part-time that will get money coming in? In-home day-care (for children at your home or seniors at theirs), cleaning houses, delivering pizzas, after-school tutor, driving a bus for the elderly and disabled? Have a garage sale, sell stuff on eBay & Craigslist or through your local cheapcycle network. You may already be doing this stuff to the best of your ability, but I'm trying to brainstorm with you. Could you rent a room to someone you know (someone reliable -- not some kook) to help meet the mortgage temporarily, while your income comes up?

If you can't pay the above bills with the money you have coming in, and you can't get any more money coming in, you will have to sell your house or risk foreclosure. If you sit down with your budget and realize you can't keep the house, and you put it on the market and you can't sell it for what you owe on it, you may have to short-sale it. If you do that, try to get a short-sale "without recourse" (meaning they can't sue you for the difference). If you can't keep the house it's best to sell it for what you owe on it (or more); if you can't do that, it's best to short-sale it without recourse; if the mortgage company won't let you go without recourse, the next-best thing is to short-sale it and owe the difference (better to owe $10,000 than $100,000!); and if you can't sell it at all, they will force you into foreclosure. If they foreclose on you (I think you have to be 6 months behind before they start the process, and it usually takes several months to complete it -- so things may turn around financially for you in that time), they'll sell the house for whatever they can get, and then sue you for the difference, but that part may take even a few years to work its way around to you.

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answers from Lexington on

Hi T.. I am currently a licensed mortgage loan officer in Kentucky, although I am not currently employed. I have heard of a few programs to help. Here is one link to the government's program called HOPE:

Also, from what I understand, the first thing you need to do asap is contact your lender & tell them your situation, hopefully before your loan goes into foreclosure. Many banks and lending institutions want to work with you to keep you in your home because the rate of foreclosures has risen so much & it is very expensive for a bank to foreclose on a property. It is in their best interst to modify, even if temporarily, your loan to help keep you in the house. Explore the website and even your own lender's website. There is usually help out there. My heart goes out to you. I know it's tough in today's economy. I wish you all the luck. I may be able to dig up some more information. If I do, I'll post it on here.

Hope all goes well for you!


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answers from Fayetteville on

I'm not a homeowner yet, but my sister is a mortgage broker and she was just telling me that if you keep the lines of communication open between you and your mortgage company, things always work out better. They should be more than happy to help you by giving you some resources and answers...after all, they want you to pay your mortgage too!



answers from Raleigh on

There has been some good advice posted -- contact the lender, seek assistance, cut back where you can, etc. Very importantly DO NOT PAY for somebody to do these things, which you can do yourself. There are predators out there that charge to negotiate with lenders and other creditors, etc. You have a voice and it's Free. Use it! Good luck!



answers from Chattanooga on

I had a similar problem and I continued to try directly with the mortgage company to get a modification on my mortgage. I was successful in both our homes. Don't give up and be persistent everything they need to do it. Do not go to a company that will do it for you they are a scam.

In both I did the most detailed letters of hardship be honest and you will be successful.


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