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Watch this video to learn some basics about foreclosure in Maine. Then go to our Foreclosure Prevention Toolkit to view more videos and read more detailed self-help information.  
In Maine, if you cannot pay your tax bill for the property you live on, there is something you can do. Your city or town can decide that you don't have to pay some or all of it. This is called a "poverty tax abatement."
BEWARE! If you have fallen behind on your mortgage or you are going through foreclosure, you may hear from someone offering to save your home or fix your credit. Watch out! This may be a scam!
Recursos e información sobre protegerse de los préstamos depredadores.
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The Maine Homestead Exemption may lower your property tax bill. It makes it so the town won't count $20,000 of value of your home for property tax purposes.
On this page you can find forms that you might need to handle your own foreclosure case. For more detailed information, see Can I Save My Home from Foreclosure? and Home Mortgage Foreclosures.
Educate yourself. Many, many people are in fear of losing their homes. Maine provides some free help resources, but not everyone will be able to get a free lawyer. Here, we want to help you get started by telling you about some options and where you may be able to get further help.
Where can I get help? If you are facing threat of foreclosure of your home, try to get a lawyer. Here are some possible legal resources: You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video. Volunteer Lawyer's Project 1-800-442-4293 Pine Tree Legal Assistance 207-400-3235 Legal Services for the Elderly 1-800-750-5353 If...
What does "Fair Housing" mean? In Maine we have both state and federal “fair housing” laws. They say that a landlord cannot refuse to rent to you, and a seller cannot treat you differently, because of your: -race -color -national origin or ancestry (where you or your family came from)...