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Home Foreclosure and COVID-19 FAQ

Posted and up-to-date as of 11/162020 Introduction If you can't make your mortgage payment because of the COVID-19 emergency, there is some good news:
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Home Foreclosure: It’s always good to have a lawyer, but when is it really critical to get some legal help?

Hiring a lawyer can be expensive and there are not enough free lawyers to help everyone who needs one. On the other hand, a lawyer can make a big difference in certain situations. Below we identify five such situations.
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Court Mediation: Your Chance to Stop a Foreclosure

The Maine Court gives you the chance to go through a mediation process before your home can be foreclosed upon. This is probably your last best chance to save your home - or to find out about your other legal options.

Foreclosure: Can I Save My Home? (video)

Short video about home foreclosure process in Maine.
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Maine Homestead Exemption for Veterans

General Maine Homestead Exemption All Maine residents who own their homes can claim a homestead tax exemption. Go here to learn more about the basic Maine Homestead Exemption and how service members based in Maine can qualify.
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Do I Qualify for the Veteran's Property Tax Exemption?

Use this worksheet to see if you qualify for the Veteran's Property Tax Exemption. 1. Are you a Maine Resident? Yes. Go to Question 2. No. You cannot take this exemption.

Foreclosure: Net Present Value Calculator

In a foreclosure situation, the bank may be required to determine the "Net Present Value" of your home.  Doing this math can help the lender know whether a loan modification would be in everyone's best interests.  The attachment below is the calculator the FDIC posted on its website until recently and the one that Maine mediators are still using
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Foreclosure - Simplified Answer and Request for Mediation Form

You can file the attached form in the Maine District Court if you get court papers saying that your home is being "foreclosed."   You must act right away; there is a 20 day deadline.

Tips for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

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.  
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Foreclosure Prevention Toolkit

If you're being threatened with a foreclosure of your home, you are not alone. Here are some tools to help: if you are having trouble keeping up with your mortgage payments, if you are already receiving threatening notices from your loan servicer, or even if you are already facing foreclosure.