Trying To Prevent Foreclosure

Leading nonprofit organizations and government agencies are joining forces to help prevent foreclosure.

Those with in jeopardy of losing their home attended a workshop Thursday in New Bern to learn how to take on the mortgage companies and creditors armed with information.

Marleen Lovica attended the workshop and says she's been behind on her mortgage payment since October. She says the information may have been her last line of defense. Lovica says, "It's been a struggle for me because I have too many outgoing bills. I've been trying for a promotion since 1988 and haven't got promoted yet."

Speakers with United States Housing and Urban Development, along with other housing counselors, were on hand to provide information. One of the top pieces of advice...contact your mortgage company if problems begin to creep up.


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  • by Kent Location: Craven County on Jun 26, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    I think you should have done a little more investigating into the background of the person you interviewed. She is a Government employee, she HASN'T lost her job and isn't going to. She makes alot more than minimum wage and even more than some people who are considered to have "Good Jobs" in the area. A promotion for her is NOT the answer, the more she makes, the more she would spend.. By government standards, she is NOT the lowest paid position. I agree, if she was ill or lost her job I could understand her plight, but..not the case here.
  • by Tina Location: Craven County on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    This woman was given a temporary promotion is 2004 and did not do the work required to get the promotion. Deciding you don't want to pay your mortgage as this person has done is way different than not being able to pay your mortgage due or sickness and/or job layoff. As stated before, poor example for this piece.
  • by Jane Location: Craven County on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    I am very disheartened by the example chosen for this piece. First, this woman has a fairly decent Federal job. She has gotten herself in over her head and appears to blame it on the fact that she can’t get promoted. The fact is that she should not have overextend herself based on her current salary. Also, judging by the contents of her home, it appears that she may need to cut back on the spending a little bit. She seems to have a lot of nice things. Not paying your mortgage for 9 months is not the fault of your employer when you have a steady and dependable paycheck and you have much nicer contents of the home than some people who work hard (instead of hardly working) to pay their expenses. I am disgusted that the government is bailing out not only individuals who did not read the fine print but also companies that have been scamming the public for years and have finally gotten caught with their pants down.
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