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Heather Mergler, a Realtor, with Crossroads Realtors, based in Manassas is a 19 year veteran of the real esate industry. She is licensed in Virginia and has represented buyers and sellers all over the DMV.
Heather has built a solid foundation of clients through her professionalism, attention to detail, and committment to always putting her clients needs first. She is passionate about guiding her clients through the transaction and using her know-how and experience to exceed her clients expecations.
Active in the community, Heather is a pround part of the Northern Virginia Food Rescue effort on a weekly basis. The work offers her the opportunity to connect with others over a shared passion for reducing the impact of hunger. She also served as a board member for the local Boys and Girls Club, raising funds for the "Send a Kid to Camp" program and served as as Chair of the Prince William Association of Realtors (PWAR) Community Outreach Committee.
In her free time, Heather loves to go for a good run, kayaking, gardening and trying new recipes in the kitchen. Spending time with her family and friends, as well as Jerry, her bichon poodle is something she never takes for granted.
You can learn more about Heather by following her on Facebook, or you might just run into her at Monza's in Old Town Manassas... Her favorite place to grab a bite!
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Homeowners are you facing difficulty with your mortage? Have you missed a mortgage payment and are you worried you may be facing foreclosure? The best thing to do is educate yourself about the alternatives that are available to foreclosure and create a strategy for you and your family! Take back control of the situation by learning more about your alternatives and making sure you make the best choice now! http://hosted.cdpe.com/80767/Foreclosure-Solutions.aspx
The current U.S. housing market and national financial crisis has caused untold stress and heartache for many American families. Foreclosure is one of the most devastating financial challenges that a family can face and one that many times can be avoided. The options available to residents in Virginia, Maryland, and DC for foreclosure are many. Following is a brief explanation of these solutions, including their benefits and drawbacks:
A reinstatement is the simplest solution for a foreclosure, however it is often the most difficult. The homeowner simply requests the total amount owed to the mortgage company to date and pays it. This solution does not require the lender's approval and will 'reinstate' a mortgage up to the day before the final foreclosure sale.
Benefit: Does not require the mortgage company or lender's approval. Drawback: Requires that a homeowner be able to pay all back payments, fines and fees.
Forbearance or Repayment Plan
A forbearance or repayment plan involves the homeowner negotiating with the mortgage company to allow them to repay back payments over a period of time. The homeowner typically makes their current mortgage payment in addition to a portion of the back payments they owe.
Benefit: Allows the homeowner to make back payments over time. Drawback: Requires that a homeowner be in a financial position to pay not only their current mortgage, but also a portion of the back payments owed. Some mortgage companies will require a homeowner to 'qualify' for forbearance.
A mortgage modification involves the reduction of one of the following: the interest rate on the loan, the principal balance of the loan, the term of the loan, or any combination of these. These typically result in a lower payment to the homeowner and a more affordable mortgage.
Benefit: Reduces the payment a homeowner is required to make on a monthly basis and may reduce the principal balance of the loan Drawback: Requires that a homeowner 'qualify' for the new payment and will often require full documentation. Lender has to be actively pursuing modifications.
Rent the Property
A homeowner who has a mortgage payment low enough that market rent will allow it to be paid, is able to convert their property to a rental and use the rental income to pay the mortgage.
Benefit: Allows homeowner to keep property indefinitely. Drawback: The issues that can arise with a rental property are many, and rent often does not cover the full cost of property ownership and maintenance.
Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure
Also known as a 'friendly foreclosure', a deed in lieu allows the homeowner to return the property to the lender rather than go through the foreclosure process. Lender approval is required for this option, and the homeowner must also vacate the property.
Benefit: Many times in a successful deed in lieu, the lender will forego their right to a deficiency judgment. Drawback: Requires that a homeowner vacate the property, and a deed in lieu may be reported to credit bureaus as a foreclosure.
Many have considered and marketed bankruptcy as a 'foreclosure solution,' but this is only true in some states and situations. If the homeowner has non-mortgage debts that cause a shortfall of paying their mortgage payments and a personal bankruptcy will eliminate these debts, this may be a viable solution.
Benefit: Does not require lender approval. Drawback: If a homeowner cannot afford their mortgage payment, a bankruptcy will only stall—not stop—the foreclosure process. Bankruptcy can be costly, is damaging to credit scores, and can only be declared once every seven years.
If a homeowner has sufficient equity in their property and their credit is still in good standing, they may be able to refinance their mortgage.
Benefit: In some cases, this will lower payments. Drawback: In today's market, a refinance will almost always raise mortgage payments, and is an expensive process.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (military personnel only)
If a member of the military is experiencing financial distress due to deployment, and that person can show that their debt was entered into prior to deployment, they may qualify for relief under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The American Bar Association has a network of attorneys that will work with servicemembers in relation to qualifying for this relief.
Benefit: If qualified, this will lower payments on all consumer debt in addition to mortgage payments. Drawback: Must be active military to qualify.
Sell the Property
Homeowners with sufficient equity can list their property with a qualified agent that understands the foreclosure process in their area.
Benefit: Allows homeowner to avoid foreclosure and harvest some of their equity. Drawback: In many cases today, homeowners do not have sufficient equity to sell their property without negotiating a short sale (see next solution).
If a homeowner owes more on their property than it is currently worth, then they can hire a qualified real estate agent to market and sell their property through the negotiation of a short sale with their lender. This typically requires the property to be on the market and the homeowner must have a financial hardship to qualify. Hardship can be simply defined as a material change in the financial stability of the homeowner between the date of the home purchase and the date of the short sale negotiation. Acceptable hardships include but are not limited to: mortgage payment increase, job loss, divorce, excessive debt, forced or unplanned relocation, and more.
Benefit: A short sale allows the homeowner to avoid foreclosure and salvage some of their credit rating. This also keeps foreclosure off the individual's public record, and in many cases will allow the homeowner to avoid a deficiency judgment. Borrower may qualify for another mortgage in as little as 24 months (as opposed to five years for a foreclosure). Drawback: Short sales can be a trying process in which a homeowner is best served by contracting with a qualified real estate agent to guide the way.
This represents only a summary of some of the solutions available to homeowners facing foreclosure. Please call me today for a free confidential evaluation of your individual situation, property value, and possible options.
Northern Virginia Association Of Realtors, (NVAR) Top Producer Gold 2021
Prince William Association of Realtors, (PWAR) Top Producer Gold 2020
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