This situation is even worse when the value of your home is less than the outstanding amount of the mortgage on it. This is known as negative equity, and it compounds your problems with arrears.
If left unresolved, mortgage arrears could ultimately lead to your property being threatened with repossession. Negative equity gives you less scope for dealing with your debt because selling your property will not generate enough to pay off your mortgage or arrears, leaving you burdened with the shortfall.
Negative equity has become quite common in the UK since the financial crisis ten years ago, when house prices collapsed, forcing down the value of many peoples’ homes and leaving them owing many thousands of pounds more than their property was now worth.
| How we can help
At Negative Equity UK, we’ve seen hundreds of clients who can’t pay their mortgage and have fallen into arrears for a range of reasons. Some have lost their job or had their working hours cut. Others bought their house before having children, only to find their costs becoming unmanageable once they start a family. In some cases, illness has forced them to leave work or make changes to their home.
Whatever the source of your mortgage problems, the consequences of falling into arrears can be serious. In the worst case scenario, you could potentially lose your home and damage your credit rating badly enough you may struggle to get a loan in the future.
With arrears mounting and your property already in negative equity, you need to take steps to deal with your debts. Holding out for your circumstances to change is not going to help, and waiting could make the problem worse.
Rather than take a one size fits all approach, we off bespoke solutions based on our clients’ specific problems and financial circumstances.
Many people need to sell their house to deal with their debt. In this case, we can arrange a shortfall sale and negotiate with your lender to write off as much of the remaining debt as possible, leaving you with a much smaller amount left to pay.
If you’re in arrears on your mortgage, or you’re trapped in a property in negative equity, and you need to move on take a look at our reviews and fill out a contact form here on our website, and we will arrange a callback and start the process of dealing with your property debt.