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How long after foreclosure starts will I have to leave my home?

Answer:

It depends on the state where you live. This could last many months from the date you get the first foreclosure notice to the date the actual foreclosure sale is held.

First, it is important to understand that in every state you have the right to stay in your home during the entire foreclosure process. How long you may stay in your house after the foreclosure sale, depends on the state where you live.

Each state has its own process for foreclosure and for eviction after the foreclosure sale. In some states you may be required to leave your home a few days after your foreclosure sale. In others, you may not be required to move for months after the foreclosure.

You can also get professional housing counseling assistance at no cost to you through a U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved housing counselor. You can call the CFPB at (855) 411-CFPB (2372) to be connected to a HUD-approved housing counselor today or you can search online for one near you.

If you have a mortgage with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) you may have additional rights to stay in your home after foreclosure. You can call a housing counselor for more information about your rights under a FHA loan.

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