Though we strongly encourage you to never miss a payment (because of the negative repercussions that it could have on your credit), we’re aware that sometimes things happen that are out of our control.
Missing a payment on your mortgage loan may seem like the end of the world. In most cases, you know ahead of time that you are going to miss a payment. In a more drastic scenario you may be faced with a situation where you have to use your mortgage money for some other dire expense at the last minute. Either way things happen, and lenders know that. If you’ve reached the point where you can’t pay your mortgage it’s probably safe to assume that your savings are running low and your other bills may be suffering as well. Don’t let things get out of hand. Instead, take control of the situation before it becomes financially overwhelming.
Begin by speaking to your lender. It’s imperative that you let them know your financial situation before you actually miss your payment. This is why it’s important to choose the right lender before actually taking out a mortgage loan.
You need to know that if a time of struggle comes, your lender will have your back. Find comfort in knowing that you are not the first nor will you be the last person to miss a mortgage payment. Your lender should be able to design a payment plan to best suit your needs. A payment plan will keep you mortgage paid, keep your lender happy, and keep your credit in good standing.
It’s not okay to simply ignore the issue. Ignorance is not always bliss. Banks are experts at knowing where their money is and when it should be coming in, and it doesn’t take them long to figure out when some of it is missing. Some banks will allow a grace period of a few days for you to provide payment without incurring a late fee. Other lenders may even let you skip a payment and make up for it the following month.
Ultimately, non-payment of your loan can and most likely will lead to foreclosure. However, there are steps and programs out there in existence to help you stay current with your payments. Your home loan is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. Because of this, your mortgage payment is going to be amongst the highest of your monthly expenses.
The best advice we can give to prospective and even current borrowers is to plan ahead by making sure that you have your own financial safety net. This is one of the things that lenders will check for before granting you a home loan. Don’t deplete that savings account just because you got approved for your loan. You never know when it might come in handy.
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