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Foreclosure in Nebraska
When you purchased your home, you signed a security agreement. This security agreement gives the mortgage company the right to foreclose on your home if you default on the payment of your mortgage loan. The security agreement you signed was a mortgage or a deed of trust. Most home loans in Nebraska use a deed of trust. The information below explains the deed of trust foreclosure process in Nebraska.
Deed of Trust Foreclosure in Nebraska
Here are the legal steps to foreclose under a Deed of Trust. If your house is in foreclosure and you do not think these steps were followed you should contact a lawyer.
- A Notice of Default is filed with the Register of Deeds in the County where your home is located.
- A copy of the Notice of Default, stamped with the date it was filed with the Register of Deeds, is sent to you by registered or certified mail within ten days after it is filed.
- You have the right to reinstate the mortgage loan.
- To reinstate the mortgage loan, you must pay the amount you are behind in your loan payments (plus expenses the lender has paid to start foreclosure) within one month after the Notice of Default was filed with the Register of Deeds.
- A Notice of Sale is sent to you by registered or certified mail at least 20 days before your house is scheduled to be sold.
- The Notice of Sale is published in a newspaper at least once a week for five weeks.
- On the day of the foreclosure sale, the Trustee named in the Deed of Trust sells your home and gives the new owner a deed to your home.
Are you behind in your mortgage payments? Or, are you concerned about making your payments in the future? If so, it is important for you to act now. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to find a solution. If you cannot make your monthly payments, you need to negotiate with your lender to lower them. Mortgage payments can be lowered in two ways. First, your mortgage lender can change or “modify” your mortgage payments. Or, you may qualify for a new mortgage loan to “refinance” or pay off your current loan. If your mortgage problem is a past interruption in your income, you may just need to negotiate to repay the payments you missed.
- Beware of anyone that wants you to pay a fee for help with your mortgage. Beware of anyone who says they can “save” your home if you sign over your house to them.
- Contact your mortgage lender to see if you can work out a plan to make your mortgage loan affordable.
- Ask for help from a foreclosure counselor. There is no charge for the foreclosure counseling.The foreclosure counselor will work with you to see if your mortgage payments can be lowered.
- Check out the website for Making Home Affordable at: www.makinghomeaffordable.gov
This is the federal program to help homeowners. One part of the program helps homeowners who are having trouble making their mortgage payments and need to change, or “modify” their mortgage loan. Another part of the program helps homeowners who want to take out a new mortgage loan, or “refinance” to take advantage of better mortgage terms.
- Gather the information you will need when you speak to your mortgage lender or a housing counselor. This information includes:
– information about your monthly gross income, including recent pay stubs
– financial account statements
– monthly mortgage statement
– outstanding balances on all of your debts
– minimum monthly payments on all of your debts
– if you have had an increase in expenses or a decrease in your income (job loss, divorce, illness), write a letter describing the changes that have occurred to make your mortgage unaffordable