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Don't Let the Bank Take Your Home Without a Fight


Foreclosure Process:

In Ohio, your mortgage lender must go through the court system in order to foreclose on your home. As a homeowner, this means you have the right to contest a foreclosure complaint filed against you. If a foreclosure complaint is filed against you, you should consult an attorney right away. Here's what to expect:

  • Day 1: You miss your first mortgage payment.
  • Day 16: Your mortgage lender adds late fees to your mortgage bill.
  • Days 45 – 60: Your mortgage lender sends you a "demand" or "breach" letter.
  • Day 90: After you have missed three payments, your mortgage lender will file a foreclosure complaint at your County Court of Common Pleas. You will then receive a copy of the complaint and a summons. You should contact an attorney right away.
  • Day 118: Your answer to the summons is due within 28 days. You also may request mediation during this time. If you fail to file an answer, your mortgage lender will move quickly to summary judgment and sheriff's sale.
  • Days 118 – 150+: If you have filed an answer to the summons, you may be granted additional time to work on a resolution with your mortgage lender. If you do not file an answer or reach a resolution, your mortgage lender will file a motion for summary judgment. If the court grants the motion, your mortgage lender will contact your local Sheriff's Office to schedule a sale.
  • Sheriff's Sale: The day of the Sheriff's Sale, your home will be placed up for auction. You are not required to leave your property at this time.
  • Redemption Period: After the sheriff's sale, the sheriff has up to 60 days to inform the court that the sale took place. The court must confirm the sale within 30 days. The time between the sheriff's sale and the confirmation is called the "Redemption Period." The Redemption Period may be as long as 90 days or as short as a couple of days. You have the right to buy back your home during the redemption period. If you choose to do so, you will need to pay any fees and costs incurred as a result of the foreclosure.
  • Execution of Writ: You will be given a notice by the sheriff that you must leave your home. The amount of time varies by county.

Don't Let the Bank Take Your Home Without a Fight

 If you're facing a foreclosure, you have the right to fight for your home. I can guide you through all of the legal filings to help you stay in your home. With my help, you may be able to restructure your loan or solve other legal issues that are causing the foreclosure.

One of the most important assets for most people is their home, but many times individuals find themselves unable to make their mortgage payments.  If you are facing a foreclosure let me Help You.  I am experienced in foreclosure mediation and can help stop the foreclosure and potentially lower your mortgage payments!

Call me at 216-241-9628 or email me at [email protected] 

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Kathleen Donnelly, Attorney is committed to answering your questions about law issues in Cleveland, OH.

I offer a free consultation and I’ll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact me today to schedule an appointment.

Kathleen Donnelly, Attorney
526 Superior Avenue East, Suite 211
Cleveland, OH 44114