How To Get Caught Up on Mortgage Payments

Missing mortgage payments can be stressful because they can lead to foreclosure.

Fortunately, there are ways to get caught up on mortgage payments, whether you’ve only missed one payment or multiple.

1. Add Missed Payments to Your Next Monthly Bill

If you’ve only missed one or two monthly payments, the solution may be adding those missed payments to your next mortgage payment.

Lenders may be understanding when you miss mortgage payments for only one to two months. They realize life can happen, and sometimes homeowners need a little time to get their finances in order. It is imperative that you catch the monthly payment up as soon as possible.

Don’t assume that foreclosure is in your future if you miss a mortgage payment because of an emergency or family event. You may be able to repay what you owe quickly enough that you won’t need to consider alternative options.

2. Ask for a Repayment Plan

If your missed mortgage payments are more of a theme than a one-time mistake, it may be time to look into a repayment plan.

A repayment plan is a comprehensive plan to make your loan current once again. It involves meeting with your lender and asking what they can do to minimize your financial difficulties.

For instance, say that your income was temporarily reduced because you lost your job or had to take a pay cut. You can speak with your lender and ask to reduce your monthly mortgage payments for six months, then agree to repay the money you owe by increasing your mortgage payments for the following six months.

A repayment plan will only be effective if you fully understand your financial situation and can trust that your income will be consistent for some time to come. A lender is not required to accept a repayment plan offer, so be prepared to negotiate.

3. Modify Your Loan

You can also ask for a loan modification. With a loan modification, you ask your lender to change some aspect of the loan, such as:

  • Interest rate
  • Repayment term or timeframe

Your lender does not have to agree to a loan modification offer. However, many lenders will be happy to do so, because it costs them less in the long run to work with borrowers as opposed to going through the foreclosure process.

4. Aggressively Pay Down Your Principal

If you have several months of missed mortgage payments but have plenty of money because of an unexpected financial windfall, you can use that money to catch up — specifically by paying down the principal.

The principal is the remaining balance on the loan, not accounting for interest. If you make extra loan payments toward your mortgage, the principal will gradually be reduced. Since your interest payments are calculated based on the existing principal each month, reducing the principal will also reduce how much interest you pay over the loan's lifespan.

This can be a great way to reduce your average monthly mortgage bill, especially if you pay several thousand extra dollars over a few months. Just keep in mind that some lenders may not allow you to make extra principal payments toward your mortgage loan due to a prepayment penalty clause — be sure to read your mortgage loan’s terms and conditions.

5. Consider Forbearance

Loan forbearance is when your lender agrees to either reduce or postpone your mortgage payments for a set number of months, typically up to 12 months. After that timeframe, you need to repay any money you owe to your lender.

A forbearance arrangement may be beneficial if you know your income is only temporarily reduced and you know you’ll be able to make the extra mortgage payments later on. 

6. Enter Co-Ownership With Balance

If none of the above options are right for your needs, consider a home equity investment with Balance.

Balance will pay off your mortgage and replace it with a streamlined monthly payment to cover your occupancy of the home and your share of taxes, fees, and other expenses. Plus, you’ll have ongoing access to a portion of your home equity, which you can use to pay off debt, bring past-due balances current, or make necessary home repairs or improvements. 

In this way, Balance Homes offers a unique, innovative way for average American families to retain their homes — even in the face of a financial crisis.

Contact Balance Today

There are various ways to get caught up on mortgage payments depending on whether or not you’ve built up equity in your property and how many payments you’ve missed. If you’re likely to miss more mortgage payments in the future, working with Balance could be the best solution.

With Balance, you can work to avoid foreclosure and replace your high monthly mortgage payments with a simplified monthly bill paid to us. In the long run, you can always buy us out down the road. Contact Balance today to learn more.


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Home Equity: What It Is, How It Works, and How You Can Use It | Investopedia