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Foreclosure: Can I Save My Home? (video)

Short video about home foreclosure process in Maine.
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Get a Refund on Your Property Taxes or Rent

Tax credits for people with low incomes who own their own homes or pay rent.
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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 m
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Can I Save My Home from Foreclosure?

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.

Home Mortgage Foreclosures

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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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 Rescue Scams: Just Say No!

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!

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