You're working, and you've got a family that depends on you - both now and down the road. Where do you invest your money? Do you borrow against the equity in your house? Through a preferred provider relationship with USAA, The American Legion can provide expert financial advice to just about any question.
We’re very sorry for your loss, and it sounds as if you’re in a difficult situation. The real estate market has been particularly cruel to many Floridians. The new guidelines for the Home Affordable Refinance Program may allow you to refinance at today’s low rates if you have a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan, but this may or may not be enough to ease the burden. Beyond that, you can stick it out, discuss a short-sale with your lender (an agreement whereby your lender accepts less than what you owe to them) or foreclose. None of these options is particularly attractive, but given your circumstances one of them may be necessary. The latter two will drive down your credit score and may make it impossible to buy – or rent – another place at a decent rate. We think you should enlist the help of a third party, such as a National Foundation for Credit Counseling employee, to review your options in the context of your overall financial situation.