What the End of the Foreclosure Moratorium May Mean For Homeowners in Bakersfield


Are you worried about a possible upcoming foreclosure? Many people have lost their jobs during Covid-19, and while many lenders have offered forbearance for a long time now, eventually that forbearance is going to come to an end. If you don’t know what you would do when forbearance ends and you’re not sure if you will have a steady income by then, it might be a good idea to explore some of your options now. 

If you decide to sell your house to a professional house buyer to avoid foreclosure, then make sure that you have an option lined up, instead of waiting last minute and possibly making a horrible mistake and trusting an inexperienced investor that could leave you hanging at your most vulnerable moment. Unfortunately, we have seen it happen before. Some investors don’t really know what they are doing and make promises to sellers, but can’t come through, which means they cannot stop the foreclosure and everyone loses big. 

Don’t allow yourself to be put in a desperate situation like that. Call Buyers of Bakersfield today, especially if you are not in dire straights right now. It is better to be prepared ahead of time, as opposed to waiting until the last minute. We buy houses in Bakersfield, in any situation and from all kinds of people, so reach out if you think you might need to sell even in the next few years. 

Fortunately for many homeowners, the new presidential administration has recently extended the moratorium for foreclosures until the end of June 2021. This gives a bit more time for many people who need to regroup and try to figure out how to make up their payments. That being said, start preparing now, before June comes and you are in trouble. 

Dealing With Foreclosure in Bakersfield 

This is not the time to stick your head in the sand! Homeowners will begin to receive notifications from their lenders. Usually, there is a time period allowed for the homeowner to make the mortgage payments current. The Joint Economic Committee of Congress determined the average foreclosure has a cost of nearly $80,000 in total, including the lender’s loss and around $7,200 to the homeowner. Depending on the circumstances, you may need an attorney. Fees for legal assistance in foreclosure proceedings vary, many attorneys offer a flat fee arrangement, ranging from $1,500 up to $4,000. There may also be additional charges for itemized expenses such as court costs, postage or even travel. The end of the foreclosure moratorium may mean further indebtedness for already strained homeowners in Bakersfield.

Financial Loss

At the end of the foreclosure moratorium, the payments on the mortgage that are past due will have been added into the loan, however, there will be no further acceptable delay on the monthly payments that follow. Our home is usually the largest investment we make and over time our equity is built. Without the intervention of life-changing circumstances, such as returning to work or new employment, the end of the foreclosure moratorium may mean loss of the equity in the property for homeowners in Bakersfield. You may also still owe any difference in the amount the property sold for against your remaining debt on the mortgage to your lender, known as a deficiency, after the foreclosure. A foreclosure will remain on your credit report for a period of 7 years. Higher interest rates will add to your costs of living on any credit you do qualify for, due to the foreclosure. In some cases, your chances at a job may be jeopardized by your credit history as well.

Moving Expenses

The end of the foreclosure moratorium may mean eviction for homeowners in Bakersfield. As the process moves forward, leading to the final step in the foreclosure process, the new owner takes possession. An eviction process will be carried out, eventually leading to the homeowners receiving notice of when the possession will take place, and the property must be vacated. This time period can vary, from three to 30 days. Then you will be faced with the expenses of moving as a renter. you will need funds for deposits and utilities and everything involved in starting over in a new residence. Do not delay, if there is no resolution to your financial situation in sight, you may want to consider selling your house now. Likewise, you may pay more for rent or may even experience issues in being accepted as a tenant. Experiencing the loss of your home in foreclosure and the eventual eviction that follows is emotionally draining in addition to the negative financial aspect.  If you don’t plan your life, others will do it for you, so the time to act is now! 

The end of the foreclosure moratorium may mean enduring painful financial loss, watching your credit be destroyed, paying for an unsought relocation, and additional debt for homeowners in Bakersfield. Through either a traditional listing with a real estate agent or selling on your own, there is no guaranteed closing date or even if the home will sell. When you consider both the immediate and long term costs, it may be worth selling now at a lower rate than the traditional market, to guarantee your closing date and protect your future. On January 1, 2021, your monthly mortgage payments will be due again and banks will start foreclosing – sell now to Buyers of Bakersfield and avoid the loss of your home and all of the hidden costs of foreclosures. We’re happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. To learn more about us, what we can offer, and what the foreclosure moratorium may mean for you, send us a message or give us a call today at (661) 384-7021. 

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