Avoiding Mortgage Payment Shock
May 3, 2007
FTC Offers New Publication for Homeowners
A new publication from the FTC has information that could help consumers save their homes and recognize and avoid foreclosure scams. The publication, “Mortgage Payments Sending You Reeling? Here’s What To Do,” explains different kinds of mortgages, what to do if you’re behind in your payments, how to avoid default and foreclosure, and how to avoid predatory scams.
Consumers who have a mortgage with a fixed rate for a few years followed by an adjustable rate may face payment shock when their rate soars. Others may be anticipating an adjustment upward and wondering what their payments will be. Still others may have unrelated financial problems that could threaten their ability to pay their mortgage.
The FTC’s advice: Know the terms of your mortgage, and contact your loan servicer to find out your options as early as you can.
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them.
For more information, please visit the online publication on the FTC’s website here. Needham MA lawyer Attorney Alan Segal serves the Greater Boston region and all of Massachusetts in real estate law, business law, and estate planning including Acton Agawam Amherst Andover Arlington Attleboro Barnstable Belmont Beverly Billercia Boston Braintree Bridgewater Brockton Brookline Burlington Cambridge Canton Chelmsford Chelsea Chicopee Danvers Dartmouth Dedham Dracut Easton Everett Fall River Falmouth Fitchburg Framingham Gloucester Haverhill Holyoke Lawrence Leominster Lexington Lowell Lynn Malden Marlborough Medford Melrose Metheun Milford Milton Natick Needham New Bedford Newton North Andover North Attleboro North Reading Norwood Peabody Pittsfield Plymouth Quincy Randolph Revere Salem Saugus Shrewsbury Somerville Springfield Stoughton Taunton Tewksbury Waltham Watertown Wellesley Westfield West Springfield Weymouth Woburn Worcester.