What are the chances of getting any money back after your house is repossessed?
If you’re pondering the question ‘if your house is repossessed do you get any money back‘. Or perhaps you’re worried that you may lose it all. You may want to read on. Also be aware that your debt problems don’t necessarily end after your house has been repossessed.
But whether you’ll get any money back after your house has been repossessed depends on how much equity you have in your home at the time this happens.
For each loan or mortgage secured on your home, if you’re in arrears on any one of them, each lender has the same rights to apply to the UK courts to repossess your home. In the event your home is repossessed, the proceeds from the sale of your house will first be used to repay each of these secured loans. Depending on how much of your mortgage is unpaid, any money left over after repaying these lenders, and after paying for any legal fees, repossession costs and court fees will be paid to you.
House repossession process and how it works
How the house repossession process works is important to understand. As this will help you to see why you may not necessarily get any money back after your house has been repossessed. This can be true whether you have equity in your house or not.
Of course if you are already in negative equity, you don’t stand to get any money from your property after it has been repossessed.
More Reading: What is negative equity?
Your home is not yours if you have a mortgage secured on it
Many people who own homes in the UK who have mortgages don’t appreciate how their homes are actually owned by the mortgage company. When you signed a mortgage contract, the mortgage lender has a right over your house.
This right extends to the fact that if you fail to make your mortgage payments, they can repossess your home. Even just one missed payment will put you into arrears with your mortgage lender.
More Reading: How many months mortgage arrears before repossession?
The wording recommended by FCA documents reads “YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.” In other words, this is a warning to make you aware that you must keep paying your mortgage.
It’s not always easy to get out of your mortgage once you’ve signed the contract and drawn the money.
More Reading: How can I legally get out of my mortgage?
Missing mortgage payments creates a ticking repossession clock
For each mortgage payment that you miss, the closer you get to being repossessed. If you don’t act quickly and respond to your mortgage lender when they write to you, the repossession clock simply speeds up.
There is a process that all mortgage lenders have to follow. They must follow this procedure before they are able to repossess your home.
Part of this process involves them applying to the court for a repossession order. If you are unable to offer a solution to the court. Or if you offer a solution, but the judge dismisses your offer, judgement will be made to the lender for repossession.
It is then only a matter of time before you will be ordered to leave your home.
What happens after your house has been repossessed
After your house has been repossessed, the mortgage lender will review the numbers.
- The lender will assess how much the property has netted when it is sold.
- They will total the amount left outstanding on the mortgage. This amount will include any arrears and penalties.
- The mortgage company will add up all the legal costs for applying to the court and add-in all their legal fees.
- The balance, if any will be repaid to you.
- If the net of the above means that you owe money to the mortgage company, they are entitled to come after you for this money.
- They can if they choose make you bankrupt in the process. Which may mean that you could lose any other assets you own.
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If your house is repossessed do you get any money back
Getting back to the original question of if your house is repossessed do you get any money back, let’s take a look now at why you may not get money back. Even where you thought you had equity in your house.
Your lender will sell your repossessed house at under market value
The number one reason why you will not get any money back after your house has been repossessed is because your mortgage lender will sell your house at well under market value.
Lenders are not in the property business. All they want is to get their money back and as fast as they can. This means that they will sell your house quickly. A quick sale means a lower than market valuation. Normally, repossessed houses sell for at least 25% below market value.
For example, if your house is worth on the open market say £235,000. But let’s say your mortgage outstanding is 176,000, including any arrears. This leaves you with equity of £58,750.
Let’s now assume your mortgage lender sells your house quickly for 25% under value. This would mean it sells for 176,250.
But then there are selling fees, and let’s assume these amount to £2,500.
The net proceeds the mortgage company will receive from selling your house will be £173,750. Which is less than what you owed on the mortgage by £2,250.
This is before the other added costs, which are discussed below.
Court fees and legal costs for the repossession process
Your mortgage lender will need to spend money both on legal fees and court fees to repossess your home. These are not cheap and would likely amount to in excess of £1,000.
This means that the negative amount noted above of £2,250 will be increased by these court costs and legal fees.
The conclusion is that even where you have a reasonable amount of equity in your house, you are unlikely to get any money back. But also, as already mentioned, if your house is in negative equity, or if there’s very little equity in it, you don’t stand a chance of getting any of your money back.
But there is a solution to this problem, and it will help more than you might realise.
Seek help from a property solutions expert
Within reason, no matter how far down the repossession track you are (obviously this will not count if your house has already been repossessed), there is a solution at hand.
If you can avoid being repossessed and stop the repossession from happening, you’ll not only prevent being humiliated when you’re evicted. But also, your credit rating in the future will be less tarnished.
Your credit rating will have been affected, as this happens the minute you miss one or more mortgage payments. But if you stop the repossession from happening, you won’t have a repossession on your credit rating.
To find out more on how you can seek help on stopping your repossession, please contact us immediately. For example, in the example explained above, where the home owner had £58,750 of equity, there’s every possibility you’d get some of this equity out.
A bonus to this solution is you don’t need to involve and estate agent either. This saves on estate agent commission fees.
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