How Foreclosure Affects Your Credit

How Foreclosure Affects Your Credit in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Foreclosure Lawyer

The affect that foreclosure will have on your credit rating is a key issue to consider if you have fallen behind on your mortgage payments and are at risk of losing your home through foreclosure. This is one of many negative consequences that foreclosure may have, and it is crucial that you get accurate information in order to make the right choices about potentially fighting foreclosure and saving your home.

As a Philadelphia foreclosure defense lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience, I have always been driven by the desire to help people. Foreclosure defense is one of the ways that I have dedicated my legal career to helping those in need. Get started on your case today. 

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The specific impact foreclosure may have on your credit will vary, and credit bureaus have been unsurprisingly tight-lipped about just how much of an impact mortgage delinquency and foreclosure may have. Last year, Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) released some helpful information regarding this topic.

Some of the average hits that your credit may take are as follows:

  • 30 days late on mortgage payment - 40 to 110 points
  • 90 days late - 70 to 135 points
  • Foreclosure, short sale or deed in lieu - 85 to 160 points

There are a number of variables that will affect how much any specific delinquency will affect a debtor's credit score, so it is difficult to say how much yours would be affected without conducting a complete analysis. However, you can be guaranteed that your credit will take a major hit. This is particularly true for borrowers with particularly high credit ratings, as a single blemish may have far more of an impact on a score of 800 as opposed to a score around 500.

Credit Ratings & Your Life

Our credit rating is extremely important, especially to those individuals who have worked very hard to build a high credit score. With today's unemployment and the unsteady housing market, it's impossible for everyone to control what happens to them financially all the time. For those who can't afford their mortgage payments any longer, they have some critical decisions to make. If you are in this situation, speaking to a qualified attorney who is well-versed in Pennsylvania real estate laws will be your greatest line of defense.

I understand the stress and anxiety that you are going through right now and I know how important your credit is to your survival. After we discuss the details of your case, we can decide upon a course of action that will be the most beneficial to you considering your unique set of circumstances. If stopping foreclosure is a possibility, I will let you know. There is no comparison to the peace of mind you can get from speaking to an attorney who knows the foreclosure process inside and out.

Don't let foreclosure negatively affect your credit. Contact a Philadelphia foreclosure attorney who can protect your rights and help you resolve this serious matter.

My firm handles cases in Upper Darby, King of Prussia, Downingtown, Media, Doylestown, Phoenixville, Chester, Lansdale, Norristown, Royersford, Havertown, Plymouth Meeting, Douglasville, Exeter, Newtown, Exton, Lansdowne, West Chester, Reading, Collegeville, New Hope, Springs, Coatesville, Chester Burkesville and Birdsboro and throughout Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Lancaster County, Bucks County and the surrounding areas in Southeastern Philadelphia.

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