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Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams (Video)

Scammers are targeting people having trouble paying their mortgages. These so-called foreclosure rescue companies promise to stop foreclosure. But they're out to make a quick buck, and can turn a homeowners distress into disaster.

Let FHA Loans Help You

FHA loans have been helping people become homeowners since 1934. How do we do it? The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) - which is part of HUD - insures the loan, so your lender can offer you a better deal. Low down payments. Low closing costs. Easy credit qualifying.

Mortgage Foreclosures: Dos and Don'ts

A list of things you should do and shouldn't do when dealing with mortgage foreclosure issues.

Predatory Lending

A powerpoint presentation about the Predatory Lending

Protecting Your Home Brochure

Information on predatory lending practices. PDF document (may load slowly).

Protecting Your Home: South Carolina's Predatory Lending Laws

Report on current laws regarding predatory mortgage lending. PDF document (may load slowly).

Reasonable Modifications Under the Fair Housing Act

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is unlawful discrimination to refuse to permit a disabled person to make reasonable modifications to existing property if it is necessary to afford that person full enjoyment of the property.

Recognizing Mortgage Predatory Lending

A presentation on how to recognize predatory mortage lending

Federal Mortgage Programs

This document contains information about federal programs to help you purchase your own home with a low-cost mortgage. HUD's Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has mortgage insurance to help you become a homeowner. FHA doesn't actually make loans. Instead, it insures loans so that if buyers default for some reason, the lenders will get their money. This encourages lenders to give mortgages to people who might not otherwise qualify for a loan. You may be able to get an FHA loan 3% down, or even less! Talk to an FHA-approved lender about itto see if an FHA loan might be right for you.

High-Cost Home Loans: Don't Be a Target

Homeowners Beware! You may be a target for abusive lenders trying to sell you a loan you can't afford. If this happens, you may unable to make the high payments and lose your home at a foreclosure sale or spend all of your spare cash paying off a loan you didn't need or want.

HUD's Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program

Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and firefighters/emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through HUD's Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program. HUD offers a substantial incentive in the form of a discount of 50% from the list price of the home. In return you must commit to live in the property for 36 months as your sole residence.

Protecting Your Home: South Carolina's Predatory Lending Laws

Report on current laws regarding predatory mortgage lending. PDF document (may load slowly).

Tips for Consumers on Reverse Mortgages

A reverse mortgage is a complex home loan for senior homeowners who have built up substantial equity in their property. In a reverse mortgage the lender loans you money based on the value of your home, the amount of equity you have in the home, and your age at the time of the loan application. The lender pays you the money either in a lump sum, in monthly installments, or as a line-of-credit. Unlike a traditional home equity loan or second mortgage, repayment is not required until you sell your home, move out permanently, or die. The amount of money you owe increases over time because you do not make payments. If you sell your home, you can keep any proceeds from the sale of your home in excess of what you owe the lender.

What You Should Know About Refinancing

Refinancing is a process in which you pay off one or more existing debts with a new home loan. If you have perfect credit, refinancing is sometimes a good way to obtain a lower interest rate or to convert a variable rate loan to a fixed rate. However, if you are in the midst of financial difficulties, if you have too much debt, or if you have bad credit, refinancing is loaded with pitfalls. We recommend that you be very careful when refinancing debts. Many refinancing loans hurt consumer. Here are twelve things to consider before refinancing.

High-Cost Home Loans: Don't Be a Target

Homeowners Beware! You may be a target for abusive lenders trying to sell you a loan you can't afford. If this happens, you may unable to make the high payments and lose your home at a foreclosure sale or spend all of your spare cash paying off a loan you didn't need or want.

Protecting Your Home: South Carolina's Predatory Lending Laws

Report on current laws regarding predatory mortgage lending. PDF document (may load slowly).

Protect Your Investment - Don't Let Predatory Lenders Take Your Home

Senior citizens are an attractive target for unscrupulous mortgage lenders because they have a lot of equity in their homes after years of diligently paying off their mortgages, and they use that equity to finance home repairs, medical care and other needs. While these lenders may encourage seniors to use their hard-earned home equity to secure new loans - they will not tell seniors about the high fees, hidden payments or other disadvantageous loan terms that could lead to the loss of their homes.

HUD Homes (Answers to Common Questions)

This web page explains how to buy a HUD Home and provides links to properties that are available near you for purchase from HUD. When someone with a mortgage insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can't meet their payments, the lender forecloses on the home. HUD pays the lender what is owed and HUD takes ownership of the home. Then HUD sells it at market value as quickly as possible.

Protecting Your Home Brochure

Information on predatory lending practices. PDF document (may load slowly).

Protecting Your Home: South Carolina's Predatory Lending Laws

Report on current laws regarding predatory mortgage lending. PDF document (may load slowly).

What You Should Know About Refinancing

Refinancing is a process in which you pay off one or more existing debts with a new home loan. If you have perfect credit, refinancing is sometimes a good way to obtain a lower interest rate or to convert a variable rate loan to a fixed rate. However, if you are in the midst of financial difficulties, if you have too much debt, or if you have bad credit, refinancing is loaded with pitfalls. We recommend that you be very careful when refinancing debts. Many refinancing loans hurt consumer. Here are twelve things to consider before refinancing.

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