An article by Laura T. Coffey on MSNBC about tips for preventing foreclosure.

If youre struggling to stay afloat, heres some help — and resources

There’s almost nothing more stressful – and more soul-crushing – than the specter of losing your home because you can no longer keep up with your mortgage payments. Thousands of homeowners across the United States are living with this fear, and many of them are convinced that it’s too late to avoid the worst.

That, however, might not be the case.

No matter how bleak your financial situation may seem, you still may be able to avoid having your loan servicer foreclose on your property. And foreclosure is something you absolutely want to avoid. With a foreclosure on your credit report, your credit rating will be severely damaged – so much so that it may be difficult for you to find landlords who will let you rent from them.
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If you’re struggling to stay afloat – possibly because a real estate agent encouraged you to buy more house than you could afford, or because you got funneled into a toxic mortgage loan that has ballooned exponentially on you – consider the following tips, and also check out the helpful resources listed at the end of this column.

1. Face the problem head-on.
2. Contact your lender and explain your situation.
3. Understand your mortgage rights.
4. Consider selling your home.

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