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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.
It is illegal for a Maine landlord to refuse to rent to you because of your color, race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, having children, or getting public aid. Contact us if you have questions or think you have suffered illegal housing discrimination.  
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.
Are you looking for a home equity loan? Or are you trying to borrow money to buy a home? There are good deals and bad deals. If you don't want to get stuck with a bad one, be careful
The Fair Housing Newsletter is a publication of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, through the Fair Housing Initiative Program, Maine. It covers important fair housing information and developments, and highlights other fair housing resources.
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.
Short video about home foreclosure process in Maine.
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 m
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.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, the Maine Courts began offering a mediation program. This gives debtors the chance to sit down with their lender at the beginning of the court foreclosure process, to see if they can reach an agreement.

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