What is Foreclosure in Dekalb, Illinois?

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Foreclosure is the legal process by which the lender in a mortgage arrangement takes possession of the property (normally a house) that secured the loan. This is done when the Dekalb, Illinois debtor has repeatedly failed to make their payments. When a house is foreclosed, it is normally sold at auction shortly thereafter. This is because banks normally want to get rid of the property as soon as possible, even if it means losing some money, and an auction is an easy way to do this.

In all states in the U.S., including Illinois, 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, 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 Dekalb, Illinois 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 Illinois?

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 straightforward with them. It is essential to remember that the bank does not really want your Dekalb 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. 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 Dekalb, Illinois Attorney Help?

If you are faced with the possibility of foreclosure in Dekalb, Illinois, an attorney might be able to help. At the very least, he or she can advise you of your legal options.

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Life in Dekalb

DeKalb is located in DeKalb Count, Illinois. It has a population of around 44,000 people. The city is rooted in history because it is named after Johann De Kalb, the German war hero who died during the American Revolutionary War.

The top employer is Northern Illinois University. Other top employers include Kishwaukee Health System, the school district system, and Wal-Mart. Although the legal force is not included in this list, DeKalb is home to many attorneys who practice in many areas of law. Thus, DeKalb residents should not have a problem finding a solution to their legal problem.

Some popular residents of DeKalb include Cindy Crawford, Barbara Hale, Richard Jenkins, Mel Owens, Richard Powers, and A.J. Bramlett.

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