Why you should talk to your bank if you can no longer afford your bond payment

22 November 2022 514

“For many home owners, the economic pinch is an everyday reality. Add to this rising interest rates which in turn push up monthly bond payments, and you may easily find yourself in trouble with making your monthly payment. Beware the danger as you can end up losing your home if you don’t take steps to remedy the situation.”

The moment it becomes a reality that you cannot pay your monthly bond payment, you should engage with your bank regarding your financial problems. It is in the interest of the bank to try and accommodate you and try and help that ultimately you remain in a position to pay. It costs far more to institute legal action and repossessing your property. Of course, the bank can only help in restructuring your debt by making your repayment period longer or giving you a payment holiday for example. 

Where the bank feels it is favourable to assist you and have made an arrangement with you, it remains vital that you stick to this new arrangement, as there can be dire consequences for you should you default on this agreement as well. So, also make 100% sure that you understand the new arrangement and obligations that you are agreeing to. Should your financial position improve, it may also be worthwhile to approach your bank to request that you revert back to your original arrangement.

Where your position is however so severe that no arrangement or strategy is possible, it is still better to engage with your bank, as often they can assist you with the process of selling your property. Such a bank assisted sale can be more beneficial to you than an execution sale, as the bank will help to market the property and aim to sell the property at a market related value. Should the sale proceeds yield a shortfall, you may even discuss the option of a discount on the settlement of your outstanding loan balance or the shortfall may be converted into a personal loan which you will have to repay.

At the end of the day, it does not matter how grim your financial problem might appear to be, the bank more often than not will want to try and assist you with a solution and its better to open the conversation with them earlier rather than later to avoid a situation where your default forces the bank to take legal action against you.

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