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If you’ve missed a few mortgage or property tax payments, you might be worried that your home is in foreclosure. This can be an extremely difficult situation to be in. We’ll explain how to determine if your home is in foreclosure. Then, you can plan your next steps with an informed mindset. 

How Your Home Can Enter Foreclosure

If you’ve fallen behind on your mortgage payments, your home may be facing foreclosure. It’s a situation many homeowners face when an unexpected situation, like a health concern, a loss in the family, or even a divorce, occurs , and it can be a very scary time. 

Foreclosure is the process of a bank taking a home if the homeowner isn’t able to pay for their mortgage loan. A loan goes into default after the first missed payment.. The whole foreclosure process can take anywhere from six months to a year, so to avoid losing your home, you might be able to catch up on your missed payments. If you cannot catch up on the loan during foreclosure, the home will eventually be claimed and sold by the bank. 

Here’s the upside – if you miss one mortgage payment, you won’t automatically enter foreclosure. You have to miss at least two payments for foreclosure even to be an option. Even then, lenders usually don’t initiate foreclosure until you’re more than 90 days behind on your payments. 

How To Find Out if Your Home Is in Foreclosure

If you suspect your home is in foreclosure, there are some warning signs you can keep your eye out for. There are also some more proactive steps you can take to get to the bottom of it. 

  • Your lender will contact you, and you’ll receive a summons and complaint that a foreclosure lawsuit has been filed in court.
  • You receive a notification on your door from the sheriff’s office that you need to vacate the property. 
  • Visit the County Recorder’s office in your state of residence. You’ll need the homeowner’s name to look up information on the property. 
  • Visit the County Assessor’s website for your county of residence. You’ll need the property’s address to find out information about it. 
  • Contact a local foreclosure real estate agent who can direct you to the list of foreclosure properties on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)-a database.
  • Search Zillow.com to find pre-foreclosures and bank-owned properties.
  • View bank websites for an inventory list of foreclosed properties.

What To Do if Your Home Is in Foreclosure

If you discover that your home is in foreclosure, you have some options. Here are a few ways you can stop the foreclosure process and keep your home. 

  • Pay back the money that you owe on your taxes or mortgage loan. If you begin paying them back as soon as you find out your home is in foreclosure, you might not have to pay them back all at once. 
  • Talk to your mortgage lender as soon as possible. You can possibly work with them to work out a payment plan. 
  • Contact Renewed Homes and discover your options. We work with homeowners daily to find solutions to avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. 

Renewed Homes Is Here To Help

If you find out that your Michigan home is in foreclosure, don’t hesitate to contact us at Renewed Homes. We’ll work with you to find creative solutions that will allow you to pay off that debt so you can stay in your home. We aim to help you avoid all credit damage, stress and anxiety, and legal trouble that foreclosure can incur. We know no one wants to lose their beloved home, so we’re here to help! 

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