My wife and I live in Massachusetts and our house is in foreclosure. The sale is coming up soon. I’d like to know if there is a way for us to get the house back if the foreclosure goes through. I heard from a friend that in some states the homeowner gets the right to repurchase or “redeem” the house after the foreclosure.
In some Massachusetts foreclosure cases, the homeowner gets the right to redeem the home after the foreclosure sale takes place. But if your foreclosure is like most in Massachusetts, you won’t be able to get the home back afterward.
You do, however, have up until the foreclosure sale occurs to pay off the full amount of the unpaid loan, which will stop the foreclosure. This is also called “redeeming” the home.
In Massachusetts, you don’t have a right to redeem after a nonjudicial foreclosure. (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 244, § 18; ch. 183, § 21). On the other hand, you do get what is called an "equitable right of redemption" before the sale happens. This means that you can redeem the home prior to the sale by paying off the full amount of the loan.
If the foreclosure is nonjudicial (remember, most are) and you don’t redeem the home or take some other action to stop the foreclosure before the sale, you won’t get another opportunity to save the house.
If your foreclosure is judicial or by possession, which is a rarely used foreclosure process in Massachusetts, then you would get the right to redeem the property after the sale. (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 244, § 18).
In order to redeem, you’d have to pay the total amount owed on the mortgage, including interest, attorneys' fees, and costs. (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 244, § 19).
If you can’t afford to redeem the home before the sale (or after the foreclosure, if you get the right to redeem), other potential loss mitigation options include:
You should look into alternatives to foreclosure as soon as possible.
To find the statutes that discuss the right to redeem in Massachusetts, go to Part II, Chapter 183, and Part III, Chapter 244 of the Massachusetts General Laws.