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What is a Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure?

When a homeowner can’t afford to pay their mortgage, they risk foreclosure, wherein the lender (usually their bank) reclaims the property and forces the homeowner to relocate. In order to avoid these often public and embarrassing proceedings, the homeowner can instead ask for a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, where they transfer the title of the property to the bank willingly while given time to relocate.

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