What is Foreclosure in Brandon, Florida?

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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 Brandon, Florida debtor has repeatedly failed to make their payments. Foreclosure typically results in the property being sold in an auction. Banks typically want to get rid of the property as soon as possible, even if it means taking a financial hit, and an auction is the easiest way to do this.

In all states in the U.S., including Florida, there is an option to go through foreclosure via judicial sale, in which a court oversees the sale, and makes sure that the proceeds first go to the lender, and then to any other entities that might have a lien or other interest in the property (in order of priority), and, finally, to the borrower, if anything is left. In many states, original mortgages (as opposed to refinanced loans) are "non-recourse" loans, meaning that the most the lender can collect is whatever the foreclosed property sells for. The bank cannot go after the borrower for the balance, if the sale nets less than the amount due. You should consult a lawyer in Brandon, Florida to learn the details of the law here. You should also know that this rarely applies to loans which have been refinanced.

How Can I Avoid Foreclosure in Florida?

First of all, you shouldn't ignore the problem. You should stay in contact with your bank, and be forthright with them. Ignoring the issue will not make it go away. You should remember that banks in Brandon don't want your house. While the foreclosure process can be devastating for the homeowner, it's no walk in the park for the bank, either. They expected to make a profit through interest on the loan paid over time, and foreclosure is a last resort, allowing them to cut their losses and move on. If you are forthright with them, lenders will typically try to accommodate your changed financial situation, to avoid a default on your part, and the necessity of foreclosing on their part.

If you can't work things out with your lender, there are other options. You could try a "short sale," which is when you sell your house for whatever amount you can get for it, and use the proceeds to pay your mortgage. If the house sells for less than you owe, the bank still gets those proceeds, but the remainder of the loan will be forgiven. You might also consider a "short refinance" which allows a portion of the debt to be forgiven, while refinancing the rest, hopefully under better terms.

How Can A Brandon, Florida Attorney Help?

If you think foreclosure is imminent, a good Brandon, Florida attorney might be your best hope for staving it off. Even if keeping the house proves impossible, a good lawyer can minimize the financial effects.

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Life in Brandon

Brandon may not be incorporated as an official city but it is one of the most popular places in Florida. This Hillsborough County census designated place is home to 91,000 residents and has seen rapid growth of nearly 17% each year. Brandon's namesake is John Brandon who moved to the area with his wife and six children and purchased a total of 160 acres. Needless to say, Brandon isn't the same area as it once was and now offers many attractive amenities like golf course resorts and outstanding shopping.

Brandon has seen rapid growth over the past five decades. In the 1970s 430 businesses, 3 malls, and 40,000 new residents fled to Brandon because of it's convenient location and desirable weather. On average, it only snows once every 10 years. By the 1980s there were more than 2,500 businesses and 100,000 residents. Today, Brandon is most notably home to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) training facility where potential superstars hone their skills. With many celebrities come many lawyers. However, Brandon lawyers are familiar with advising clients on a wide variety of legal related issues and are licensed to practice everywhere in the state.    

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