“Facing repossession can be a very emotional time in our lives. At the end of the day, as emotional as it is, it needs to be dealt with in the early stages. It is obvious that a situation as serious as this will not simply disappear into thin air if ignored. Many home owners unfortunately do tend have this attitude as they are unaware of how to deal with the situation at hand and it’s a lot easier to just run away from the problem. It is natural to think that we are doomed either way when the bank informs us that they are about to step in and repossess our property. Times like this can put a large amount of pressure on the home owners personal life, and can even be detrimental to their health. It need not necessarily be this way though, the good news is that repossession can be avoided.
It is important to remember that there is no reason to be embarrassed of your situation if facing repossession. These things tend to happen in life and are often caused by no fault of our own. Rather than burying ourselves in our own self-pity, the best thing to do in a situation like this is to take action, and take action immediately.
It is natural for most home owners to feel like giving up and simply handing the keys over to their bank, however this can have extremely negative repercussions down the line such as obtaining a bad credit record. This typically means that the home owner’s name will be black-listed. Once a home owner gets a bad credit record they will typically be banned from the credit industry for the next 5 – 10 years. Having a bad credit record would also mean that something as basic as renting a property in future may prove to be difficult as most landlords perform credit checks before signing a tenant up. They will also be declined for basically any type of credit application that they apply for. This would include applications for credit cards, shopping accounts, cellphone contracts etc.
Fortunately the news is not all bad and there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are actions one is able to take which could help prevent the repossession and improve the situation drastically.
The following actions should be taken by all home owners facing repossession :
– Make contact with your bank as soon as possible and let them know of your dilemma, they will generally be understanding and will respect you for being open and honest. This will also tend to make the bank follow a more lenient and understanding approach when tackling the situation with you.
– Arrange for a longer bond term. If your bond is currently over a period of 20 years, you could request to change the term to 30 yrs, this will decrease your monthly repayments by a small amount. Even though it wont be a great amount, every little bit helps.
– Try to arrange a ‘holiday’ period. This is typically a 3 to 6 month period in which you do not have to make any bond repayments. This will buy you time to sort your financial situation out with the goal of being back on your feet by the time this grace period runs out.
Then, as an absolute last resort, there are fortunately people out there who specialize in helping distressed home owners out of their situation. These repossession services are usually made up of a group of property investors who specialize in purchasing houses for cash and as result provide home owners with an instant and guaranteed home sale before the bank swoops in and proceeds to repossess the home. These repossession services may not offer the full market value for the property, but instead will offer up to around 70% to 80% of the market value for a quick and hassle free sale. This can solve the home owners problem fairly quickly as these services generally understand how the banks work.
Ultimately the idea is to create a ‘win win’ situation where the home owner is helped out of an extremely stressful and problematic situation, the home owners bond is settled and their credit record is kept in tact. As a trade-off for providing this solution to the home owner, the property investor gets to buy the property at a slight discount, and everybody is happy. These services will even allow the home owner to remain in their home after the sale renting it back from the repossession company which can be very helpful if the home owner intends to remain in their home.
It seems clear that utilizing the services of a repossession company who are able to buy houses for cash far outweighs sitting around and simply ignoring the problem at hand only to have the bank step in and claim everything the home owner owns, and ultimately leaving them with nothing but a bad credit record. It is extremely important that the home owner gets hold of such a service while there is still time to avoid repossession. Contact Easy Home Sales today to find out how they can help you out of your predicament today.”
Dale Purdon, director and founder of IMAGINE Properties, Easy Home Sales any many more. Prior to setting up IMAGINE, Dale set out to build his own property portfolio in South Africa where he focused on acquiring high yielding rental properties in the lower end market and gained extensive experience in stock-sourcing as well as portfolio management.