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How can I protect myself from foreclosure?

The threat of foreclosure, or losing your home, is among one of the top stresses for debt-stricken homeowners. Shelter is a basic and primary need, and the idea that you may lose your home can cause crippling anxiety in addition to the anxiety you already have over your debts.

Luckily, there are ways for Florida homeowners to defend against foreclosure in West Palm Beach. The threat of the bank foreclosing on your home is not a foregone conclusion, so you should not immediately despair. One of the best ways to approach a looming foreclosure is to speak with a qualified attorney who works with foreclosure defense cases.

What is foreclosure defense?

Foreclosure defense is exactly what it sounds like: a way to defend yourself from an impending home foreclosure. Millions of U.S. homeowners have faced foreclosure in recent years following the financial crisis of 2008, and the FDIC said that about 250,000 new families enter into foreclosure every three months. The figures make for a crisis of epidemic proportions. Homeowners have begun looking for ways to fight back and keep their homes despite crippling debt. Foreclosure defense is a legal strategy that homeowners carry out in order to try to prevent their homes from being taken from them.

How does foreclosure defense work?

In foreclosure defense, a homeowner may employ a variety of strategies to keep the house and prevent the bank from taking it back. Sometimes, this involves renegotiating the terms of the mortgage with the lender. Bankruptcy may also be an option. There are additional options available as well, including forbearance, which is a temporary postponement of mortgage payments.

Also, homeowners facing debt may have options for selling the home in a way that is appropriate to the situation, such as in a short sale.

Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of the variety of options available to them. That is why the assistance of a skilled attorney who works with clients who need foreclosure defense can be the key element in helping you save your home.

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