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How Does A Mortgage Default Affect Your Credit Score?

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If you’re concerned about defaulting on your mortgage payments, you might be wondering if your credit score will be affected. Generally, you might have trouble being approved for a loan if you have a default to your name, and you might notice a decrease in your credit score depending on how many defaults you have.

If you’re wondering how default on your mortgage might affect your credit score, read on below.

What is a default?

mortgage default is typically when a borrower is 90 days or more behind in making a repayment on their home loan. A default is listed on your credit file, which can, in turn, affect your credit rating and have implications if you apply for other loans in the future. 

What happens if you default on a loan?

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When you default on your mortgage, a default can be marked on your credit file. Generally, your lender must notify you that you will receive a default before they can request that a credit reporting body record the default on your credit report.

In this notice, your lender may tell you that your repayment is overdue and ask for payment to be made. After the first notice has been sent, your lender might send a second notice asking for the debt to be repaid.

At this stage, your lender may notify you that a credit agency will be contacted if the debt remains unpaid. After this time, your lender may tell a credit reporting body if you have not repaid your debt, which may negatively impact your credit score.

It’s also possible that you could face other penalties if repayments are not made. A penalty interest could be added to your overdue total debt. Penalty interest is an interest that is added to the debt if repayments aren’t made on time. The amount of penalty interest charged may depend on your lender.

Once you have defaulted, your lender may choose to start the foreclosure process on your home. J Daniels & Associates may be able to slow down the foreclosure process for you to catch up on your missed mortgage payments, liaise with your lender on your behalf, or explore other avenues of assistance for you.

How does a mortgage default affect your credit score?

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If you’re wondering whether or not a mortgage default will affect your credit score, it depends on many factors. If you choose to apply for another loan after having a default on your credit report, a lender may reject your application.

The more defaults that you have on your credit report, the less inclined a lender will be to approve a loan, as a lender may perceive you as being a higher risk to lend to, and more likely to default on a loan. When you have a default on your credit report, you may notice that your credit score will negatively change, especially if you have more than one default to your name. A default may stay on your credit report for up to five years, regardless of any repayments made.


How can J Daniels & Associates help me?

J Daniels & Associates has more than 40 years’ experience and has helped 1,000’s of people successfully.

We advocate on our clients’ behalf with banks and creditors in order to stop home repossession, as well as helping to stop those in bankruptcy situations from being harassed by creditors. You shouldn’t have to live in constant fear, and that’s where we can help.

We aim to provide support services to those who do not know where to look, or who are confused about where to turn during the bankruptcy process. Our helpful advocates can assist you when you need it the most. We are able to give you confidential help, expert debt guidance and help you to find a personalised solution.

We don’t have any hidden fees, so you won’t have to worry about any nasty surprises. In addition to helping you to improve your financial situation, we can assist you in finding a solution to your mortgage issues. If you’re in need of help and support, give us a call today for your free consultation.

*Disclaimer: This article contains general comments and recommendations only. It is not intended to be and should not be construed as legal advice. This article has been prepared without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before taking any action, you should consider the appropriateness of the comments made in the article, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs.

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