The laws in some states permit an owner of real estate in foreclosure what is known as a right of redemption. The right of redemption establishes a period of time in which the owner of foreclosed real estate can pay the mortgage lender the amount determined to be due and owing on the property, including the balance on the loan and all fees associated with the foreclosure case. The redemption period varies from state to state but generally lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 days following the foreclosure sale. There is a process through which the right of redemption is waived.
Draft a waiver of right of redemption. In the alternative, the home mortgage lender likely has a standard waiver form--either to fill out or to use as a template to draft a waiver.
Include in the waiver a concise statement that the property owner in foreclosure fully understands the right of redemption. Specifically state that she understands that she has a set amount of time to pay off the balance on the existing mortgage loan and all other fees, costs and charges and maintain ownership of the real estate.
Insert a clause that makes clear the homeowner in foreclosure understands that the waiver of the right to redemption is irrevocable.
Execute the waiver of right to redemption in front of a notary public. The homeowner signs the document.
File the waiver of right of redemption with the clerk of the court in which the foreclosure case is pending.
- "The Foreclosure Workbook"; Carla Douglin; 2007
- "Property Law: Rules, Policies, and Practices"; Joseph William Singer; 2006
- Realty Trac: Foreclosure Laws and Procedures by State
Mike Broemmel began writing in 1982. He is an author/lecturer with two novels on the market internationally, "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth." Broemmel served on the staff of the White House Office of Media Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Benedictine College and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. He also attended Brunel University, London.