What is Foreclosure in Union City, 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 Union City, 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 many states, mortgages which have not been refinanced are "non-recourse loans." This means that, in the event of default, the bank can take ownership of the house and sell it; but if the sale price happens to be less than the balance of the mortgage, the lender cannot go after the borrower for the remainder. Because of this, some people have found that their best option is to simply walk away from the home if the mortgage is more than the house is worth. You should talk with an Union City, California attorney to see if this state is one of them.

How Can I Avoid Foreclosure in California?

First and foremost, you should not ignore the possibility of foreclosure. Failing to respond to collection calls from your lender will not make the problem go away. As unpleasant as this might seem, you should stay in contact with your creditor, and be forthright with them. You should keep in mind that banks typically don't want to take your Union City home. They aren't in the real estate business, and expect to make money through interest on the loan, not by selling your house. If you are up-front with them early on, they will probably make a reasonable effort to accommodate your financial system if it will keep you from defaulting.

If no deal can be worked out, or the mortgage payments have become prohibitive, you might consider a "short sale". While the lender has to consent to it, many will take a moderate loss if it means avoiding foreclosure (which lenders usually treat as a last resort). This allows you to sell the house for whatever price it can fetch on the current market, and hand the proceeds over to the bank. If the sale nets less than the balance, some or all of the deficiency might be forgiven. There is also the option of a "short refinance," which forgives a substantial portion of your mortgage debt, and refinances the rest.

How Can A Union City, California Attorney Help?

If you are facing the possibility of foreclosure, a good Union City, California real estate attorney can help. At the very least, they will be able to inform you of your legal options.

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Life in Union City

Union City, California is located in the East Bay of the San Francisco, Bay Area. It is a short drive from Silicon Valley. Surrounding cities include Fremont, Hayward, and Newark. Union City is home to approximately 69,516 people, and caters to a very diverse population.

Top employers in Union City include Wal-Mart, Dreyer's, Masonic Homes, Caravan Trading Company, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the school district. Many residents also make the commute and work in the tech companies of Silicon Valley.

Being so close to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Union City residents enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to legal services. Many small, mid-size, and large multinational law firms have location in Silicon Valley, catering to the small start-ups, and mid to large corporations. San Francisco has large law firms, as well as small to mid-size firms that believe in personalized legal services. Either way, Union City residents have access to a competent legal force that can handle issues in all areas of law.

Popular attractions in Union City include the San Francisco Bay Area Flight 93 Memorial in Sugar Mill Landing Park. This is the first monument devoted to honoring the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, which was bound for San Francisco but was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Other popular attractions include the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve and the Masonic Homes.

All in all, Union City is a wonderful place to visit and live in!

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