What is Foreclosure in San Juan Capistrano, California?

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Foreclosure is the legal process by which the lender in a mortgage arrangement takes possession of the property (typically a house) that secured the loan. This is done when the San Juan Capistrano, California debtor has repeatedly failed to make their payments. Foreclosure often requires the house to be sold at auction. Often, banks want to get rid of the property as soon as they can, in order to make as much money as possible, and move on.

In all states in the U.S., including California, foreclosure by judicial sale is allowed. Under this system, the sale is overseen by a court of law, to ensure that the bank makes a reasonable effort to get a decent price at the auction, and that any proceeds above the balance of the mortgage go back to the borrower. In some states, original mortgages are treated as "non-recourse" loans, meaning that, at most, the lender can take ownership of the house in the event of foreclosure, even if it is worth less than the amount due. The bank cannot go after the debtor for the remaining balance once it sells the house. You should consult a lawyer in San Juan Capistrano, California to find out if this is the case here. This typically does not apply if the mortgage has been refinanced.

How Can I Avoid Foreclosure in California?

Most importantly, you must not ignore the problem. Doing so will not make it go away, and will probably make it worse. You should stay in close contact with your bank, and be forthright with them. It is critical to remember that the bank does not really want your San Juan Capistrano house - they expected to make a profit through the interest on your loan, and that's what they'd prefer to do. Accordingly, they will probably make reasonable accommodations to your financial situation if it means that you will be able to make some form of payment to them.

If you can't work anything out with your lender, or have become completely unable to make any mortgage payments, a "short sale" might be a good option. This allows you to sell your house for whatever price it can get, and hand the proceeds over to the lender. If the sale price is less than the balance of the loan, the rest of the debt might be forgiven. A "short refinance" might also be an option in some cases. This allows you to have some portion of the debt forgiven, while refinancing the rest.

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How Can A San Juan Capistrano, California Attorney Help?

If you are facing foreclosure, a good San Juan Capistrano, California real estate attorney can help. While keeping your home might not always be possible, a lawyer can increase your odds of success, and help you minimize the negative impact if you do end up losing your home.

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Life in San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, California is a city located in Orange County with an approximate population of 33.826 people.  This small city is filled with a lot of history.  It was created around Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Therefore, the city has a lot of building which complement a Spanish style architecture. 

San Juan Capistrano is a beautiful suburb filled with million dollar homes, gated communities, hills, and ranches.  It seems like heaven on earth!  Popular attractions include the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission Basillica San Juan Capistrano, Trabuco Creek, El Adobe de Capistrano, The Depot, and Los Rios District. 

Being located in Orange County, residents have no problems finding competent attorneys for their legal needs.  Orange County is home to many law firms of all sizes, practicing in all areas of law. 

Overall San Juan Capistrano residents are blessed with a strong legal force, gorgeous community, and wonderful quality of life. 

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