The Foreclosure Survival Guide

Foreclosure can be scary. We want you to know that our number one priority is to help you learn about the foreclosure process. With knowledge, comes options, then decision power. Please browse our various articles about foreclosure, the foreclosure process, and the effects of foreclosure. Why should you listen to us? We have help many people in a variety of ways that have faced foreclosure. Here is just one example of someone we recently helped and we are happy to provide more references:

Shelby Park Foreclosure

I was facing foreclosure and was referred to a “we buy houses” company but they never followed up.  I needed to sell my house and I needed to sell it fast!  I was in a pretty bad place.  I didn’t know who to trust.  Michael came to see me and we had a great conversation.  He offered me some options I had never thought about to help.  He was fair and honest.  Michael purchased my house fast just like he promised.  

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The Timeline

the foreclosure timeline for Louisville, KY

When a borrower cannot pay their mortgage payments in a timely fashion, the lender can initiate the foreclosure process by issuing a notice of default.  Before this starts, you are likely to receive several letters from the lender demanding payment and fees, and if you fail to make these payments, the lender may start the foreclosure process.  At this point, you are considered to be in the Pre-foreclosure status.

In Kentucky, a lender must go through a judicial foreclosure process, which means that a complaint will be filed against you in the circuit court of the county where your property is located, whereby the lender will seek a final foreclosure judgment.  The law allows you twenty (20) days after you are served with this complaint to file a response with the Court, and if you fail to file a response, the Court will typically enter a default judgment against you in favor of the lender.  Eventually, the matter will be referred to the commissioner’s office, who will ultimately conduct the public auction of your property.  While this might vary from county to county, this whole process typically takes around 150 days or so to complete.

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Special Foreclosure Protections in Kentucky

  • Military Service Members – KY law honors the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.  It protects members of the national guard ordered to active duty in certain situations.
  • High cost home loans – there are protections available to individuals who have a high cost home loan (a high amount of points or fees above a certain threshold).  This requires the foreclosing party to provide notice of default to a borrower.

Reinstatement of the mortgage

Under Kentucky law, the borrower does not automatically have the right to reinstate the mortgage before the sale, unless the loan is high cost home loan.  However, everything is a negotiation and most lenders will provide reinstatement under the right circumstances.

Foreclosure Avoidance Options

  • Loan modification – A permanent restructuring of the mortgage where one or more of the following can provide relief to a borrower
    • Reduction of the interest rate
    • Conversion to a fixed rate from a variable rate or vice versa
    • Extension of the term of the loan
    • Sometimes even a reduction in principal of the loan
  • Forebearance Agreement – Provides short term relief to a borrower.
    • The lender agrees to reduce or suspend the mortgage payments for a period of time.  During this time, the lender agrees to not proceed with the foreclosure process.
    • The borrower must resume the full payment at the of the forbearance period and pay additional amounts to get current on all principal, interest, and fees.
  • Repayment Plans – Spreads the past due amount over a specific period of time.
    • A portion of the overdue amount is applied to each future payment
    • At the end of your repayment plan, you should be current on your mortgage.

Remember, banks are not generally interested in owning homes. They might even be willing to work out something to allow you to stay in the home.

Right of Redemption After the Foreclosure Sale

If the home is sold for less than two thirds of its appraised value, the borrower is allowed 6 months to redeem the home.  You can redeem the home by making payment in full of the unpaid loan plus 10% interest.  This right of redemption is marketable and can be sold to another party.

Kentucky Deficiency Laws

When the foreclosure sale price is less than the total loan amount, the difference is called a deficiency.  Kentucky law allows the foreclosing party to receive a deficiency judgement.  This means that the borrower still owes the lender for the difference between what the property sold for at auction, and the amount of the original loan.

Notice to Leave after the Foreclosure Sale

In Kentucky, the buyer from the foreclosure sale is allowed possession of the property after 10 days notice to the former owners.  Should this not go smoothly, they can receive a writ of possession from the court.

Programs to help Kentuckians

Foreclosure effects can take a toll on your health and livelihood. There are several programs available to help Kentuckians during the foreclosure process.  The Kentucky Homeownership Protection Center is one such program.  Here is the link to their website http://protectmykyhome.org/Pages/default.aspx

The laws that govern Kentucky foreclosures are found in various sections of Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) Chapter 426 (Enforcement of Judgments). https://legislature.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx

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