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Homeownership & Foreclosure
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
On this page you can find forms that you might need to handle your own foreclosure case. For more detailed information, see Can I Save My Home from Foreclosure? and Home Mortgage Foreclosures.
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.