Deeding Your House to Someone Else: Foreclosure Avoidance Strategy

 

Deeding your house to someone else is one way to avoid foreclosure. However, there are some things you need to know about how this works before you make a decision to deed your house to someone else in order to stop foreclosure on your home.

How It Works

The process itself is fairly simple. Someone, usually a real estate investor, agrees to catch up your payments and take over making the payments on your home. In exchange, you sign over the deed to the person and they take over ownership of the home. The real estate investor will then try to find a buyer or renter for the home as quickly as possible in order to get some income coming in so that he can make some money on the property. Time is of the essence in these types of deals, because the real estate investor will not want to start making payments on your house while you are still living in it, and if you wait too long, the foreclosure process will be too far along to stop.

In order to qualify for a deal like this, the bank must still be willing to accept the back payments. Once the bank has begun legal proceedings, it is usually too late to work a deal like this because the bank will want the entire loan balance paid off and will not agree to reinstate the loan if the back payments are paid.

Things to Consider Before Deciding

It is important to understand that your bank will not approve of this deal. It is very likely that there is a clause in your mortgage agreement that says the bank can call the loan due if you sell the home without paying off the mortgage. However, if you are behind on your payments you have already violated the terms of your mortgage. The truth of the matter is that most banks would prefer to receive the money due them than foreclose on your home, so it is unlikely that they would call the loan due.

Before you decide to deed your home to someone else to avoid foreclosure, you need to make sure that the person you are dealing with is able to make the payments. Don't hesitate to ask to see bank statements or other proof that the real estate investor will be able to pay. You should require proof that the investor has enough capital to cover the payments for at least six months in case it takes a long time to locate a tenant or buyer for the home.

If the real estate investor does not have enough easily-accessible funds to make you feel safe, do not accept the deal. Look for an investor who has the means to fund the deal. Real estate investors who have been around awhile generally have no trouble funding a deal. Watch out for new investors with little experience who insert clauses in their contracts stating that they will make up your payments only if they find a tenant or buyer. These inexperienced investors generally mean well, but that will do you little good when your home goes into foreclosure because the investor can't find someone to buy your home.

Conclusion

Remember that you are already in a bad position, and it is possible that you may lose your home to foreclosure anyhow if you wait too long to take action. Although accepting a deal like this may leave you living with relatives for a time until you can find another place to stay, it could very well save your credit rating, leaving you in a better position to buy another home when your financial situation improves.

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Donell 7 years ago

I tried something like this but it turned into a disaster!!! I ended up deeding a property to an investor and he moved into it as his residence but he has stopped making payments and I'm back in the same situation as before what's worse is he has moved out and won't deed it back to me. It's just ruining my credit all over again!!! Don't DO SUBJECT TO Deals as some people are scammers!!! Not all but some at least the guy I am dealing with!!!


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Greg Cremia 6 years ago from Outer Banks

In NC even if you deed the house over to someone else the Deed Of Trust, which is the mortgage document in the original owners name, stays attached to the deed. So the new owner can still lose the house to foreclosure if they do not make the payments and ruin the original owners credit.


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bethparker 6 years ago from Grant, MI Author

Yes, that is true, Greg. If you sign the deed over to someone you are trusting them to pay the payments on time in order to save your credit. If they don't do it, your credit will be messed up. Of course, if you don't try it and go through foreclosure instead, your credit is still messed up. It's something to consider only when you're desperate.


mezzhere 5 years ago

i am just starting to get behind on my payments i want to have a friend take over the payment for my house she is very trust worthy and has excellent renters references but she is just trying to get her credit together and can't seem to get a loan to buy since i have no income at this time and am gonna get foreclosed on. i would like to deed her the house so she can pay what i owe and take over my payments will this work dose she just take over the payments till the house is paid off will the bank let her do this i see that if she makes her payments late or stoppes paying that it will affect my crediti just want someone else to finish paying for this house and save my credit.


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bethparker 5 years ago from Grant, MI Author

Mezzhere,

Your friend doesn't need credit to do this because you don't ask the bank's permission first. You just sign the deed over to her and she starts making the payments. Of course, you'll need to make sure the deed states that she is responsible for the payments on the loan in case any issues arise.

Here is a form you might be able to use: http://www.ilrg.com/forms/warrantydeed-debt.html

And here is some more information about subject-to real estate. There is a free signup, but I'm not sure how much information they give without having to buy something: http://www.getthedeed.com

The main things you should think about before doing this are: 1) If she doesn't pay, you credit will be screwed (but it will be anyhow if the house goes into foreclosure), and 2) If she doesn't pay, your friendship will probably be destroyed over this real estate deal.

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