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How to Find the Foreclosure Laws in Your State
Learn how to look up your state's foreclosure laws.
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What Does It Mean to “Default” on a Mortgage Loan?
Learn what it means to “default” on a mortgage loan and the consequences of a default.
What Does “Loss Mitigation” Mean?
“Loss mitigation” is what the mortgage-servicing industry calls the process where borrowers and their loan servicer work together to avoid a foreclosure.
What’s a Default Judgment in a Foreclosure?
If you don’t respond to a foreclosure lawsuit, the foreclosing party will ask the court for a default judgment.
What’s a Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio?
If you’re applying for a loan modification, your debt-to-income ratio is important.
What's "Cash for Keys" in a Foreclosure?
If you lose your home to a foreclosure sale, the new owner might offer you a lump-sum of money to voluntarily move out. This kind of transaction is called “cash for keys.”
What’s a Credit Bid in a Foreclosure?
At a foreclosure sale, the foreclosing lender usually makes a bid on the property using what’s called a “credit bid.”
What Is Summary Judgment in a Foreclosure?
If you respond to a foreclosure lawsuit, but you don’t bring up any valid issues, the foreclosing party will likely ask the court for summary judgment.