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Foreclosure Prevention Programs Offered in New Jersey

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By : Leticia Carvalho    99 or more times read
The foreclosure crisis has given New Jersey residents enough reason to worry about losing their properties. Because of the situation, residents are under the notion that keeping their homes is not within their control.

To address this problem, the state government has launched three foreclosure prevention programs where residents can choose from.

One of the three programs is the mediation for homeowners troubled by foreclosure. With the help of a middle person, borrowers and lenders can more easily reach an agreement and settle conflicts early on, giving homeowners bigger chance of keeping their property.

Approximately 16,600 residents are expected to subscribe to the mediation program.

As for the two other programs, they have already been signed and the guidelines are currently being made. The programs are expected to start in spring.

One of the two programs is the Mortgage Stabilization Program. When implemented, the program shall let homeowners apply for loans of as much as $25,000 so that their mortgage payments are decreased to levels that they can afford. The program only applies to residents who are below income limits.

Another program is the Housing Assistance and Recovery Program. Under this, owners of repossessed properties have the option to stay in their home as renters until they are eventually able to buy their properties back, provided that they pay rent regularly.

To support the three programs, the state has allotted a separate budget for them. The mortgage stabilization program has been allocated with $25 million. The housing assistance and recovery program, on the other hand, has $15 million to expect.

The housing crisis has shown no signs of waning anytime soon and figures are expected to rise. For 2009, 60,000 homes are expected to fall to foreclosure, whereas last year, there was a lower estimate of 48,000 properties. The three programs are hoped to cut the expected number of foreclosure cases to half.
Leticia Carvalho has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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