While Borrowers have always had the ability to request Loss Mitigation as a way of resolving a foreclosure, both the public awareness and the legal requirements for Loss Mitigation have dramatically increased since the foreclosure crisis began in 2008.
Due to the housing crisis of the past 5 years, efforts have been made to give homeowners every conceivable chance to avoid the foreclosures of their properties, so that they are not forced out of their homes. While well-intentioned, some of these provisions have resulted in unintended consequences. One such impact has been the rise of “zombie foreclosures.”
Most Default Mortgage Servicers consistently refuse to accept a deed in lieu of foreclosure from a defaulting homeowner unless there are no subordinate liens and unless they have obtained a financial statement from the homeowner to ensure he/she does not have adequate resources to repay the loan from their other assets.