The Housing Crisis ~
Though I would say that my town has definitely seen better economical times, there are many places in America that have it far worse. I was reading on Yahoo about the emptiest cities in America. This article states that vacant housing rates have increased by 43.8% nationwide with about “14.3 million year-round vacant housing units in the country.” That is horrible. I hate that so many people are losing their homes or the income they earn from their rental properties due to this housing crisis.
If you are in danger of losing your home, there are precautions that you can take to avoid foreclosure. Definitely DO call your mortgage company and ask them for suggestions of things that you can do to keep you and your family in your home. Definitely DO NOT give your personal information to one of these shady mortgage counselor places that calls you out of the blue. It is sad, but when times get though, the criminals get smart, and taking advantage of this housing crisis is exactly what many people do. Don’t get locked into some deal that may cost you your house AND your life savings.
Also, make sure that you are an informed consumer. Refinancing is oftentimes one of the best options to make sure you stay in your home. You can learn more about refinancing at sites like MortgageRefinanceRates.org. Some sites even have special refinancing offers for seniors. The absolute worst things you can do is to ignore the calls from your mortgage company and to choose not to educate yourself.