Repossession of Homes

 By: Ray Pitt
The UK property market is still in recovery but is maintaining strength by growing since the major dip in 2008. Most people in the UK still want to own their own property thus strengthening the real estate market. As reported by BBC news the Council of Mortgage Lenders stated that nine thousand four hundred homes were repossessed in the second quarter of 2010, four hundred less than the number of homes repossessed in the first quarter. The number of repossessed homes as well as the number of mortgages in arrears continues to fall. In the last quarter of 2010, homeowners paid off mortgages in a record rate. Some say that this is a newly-found prudence of Britain's homeowners, probably learning from past experiences. Additionally, most homeowners opt to repay their mortgages rather than putting their money in a savings account as the interest rates in deposit accounts are in very low levels.

However, despite this upward trend, the real estate situation and financial crisis is still far from over. Lenders have been a bit lenient in the repossession of homes in recent years and have suspended a number of possession orders. Most banks lowered their interest rates to be able to accommodate homeowners who are at risk. Even so, there are still a lot of borrowers facing property repossession. In the first quarter of the year, a total of nine thousand one hundred homes were repossessed, which was a 15% increase from the seven thousand nine hundred homes repossessed in the last quarter of 2010.

Nonetheless, experts are speculating that we are on the brink of another financial meltdown, which would only mean that more and more people will be facing harder times. This is based on economic downturns in America and around Europe.

Repossession of homes is a problem that no one is exempted from. Until the problem of unemployment and job cuts is addressed, more and more people will still face the threat of losing their homes. If you are faced with the inevitable repossession of your home, there are a lot of websites and articles on the internet that can help you avoid or stop it. There are step-by-step guides in dealing with court hearings and bailiffs, and possible solutions such as selling your home or refinancing it. The government also offers assistance for repossession of homes such as the Mortgage Rescue scheme. Whatever your course of action will be, it would be best to be resourceful and do your research to be able to make a sound decision.

Always talk to your mortgage lender, never avoid their phone calls or letters. Most lenders are dealing with borrowers who also are experiencing difficulty, so you are not alone. Often they will aim to assist wherever possible, holding repayments off or providing more affordable repayments based on your situation, which can help avoid Repossession of Homes.
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