Posted on 9 February 2012 by
What can I do to get out of negative equity home? We can no longer afford repayments due to a change of business circumstances and tried to get better interest rate, but were told Northern Rock no longer offered mortgages now thaqt we belonged to NRAM. We currently have not missed any payments but can not sustain much longer.
You must contact NRAM and tell them of your change of circumstances. They will want to establish the extent of your difficulties and then ensure everything that can be done to keep you in your home is done. This may include a new payment plan, changing when and how you pay, converting your mortgage to an interest only basis for a short time or lengthening the period over which you have to pay the mortgage.
At the same time you should speak to one of the free debt counselling services, such as those run by Citizens Advice or the Consumer Credit Counselling Service. Citizens Advice will be able to help with both your housing and payment concerns.
With regards to the negative equity, I regret that there is no quick fix. If part of your debt is made up an unsecured loan then NRAM may let you carry this on after the property has been sold and the mortgage repaid. If the value of your property is insufficient to clear the mortgage then NRAM have even more of an incentive to help you remain in the property. Call them now on 0845 604 4850. Lines are open:
Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 1.00pm
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