Lesson: “My only regret is that … we signed a contract and then we couldn’t fulfill that contract.
“Stephanie Thomson’s troubles began when her husband Rich, a highly regarded hair designer, became disabled with neuropathy and could no longer work. The income loss made it impossible for the couple to sustain the payments on their home in a Chicago suburb.
When they bought the house, they took out a hybrid ARM mortgage. The original bill was $1,400 a month. But it went to $1,900 after three years and more than $2,000 after the second reset six months later.
“With my husband unable to work, we could have paid the mortgage without the ARM reset but nothing more,” says Stephanie, who tried for months to get help from her lender.
“They told me they would pray for me. That’s an exact quote,” she says.
The Thomsons decided to stop paying their mortgage last July — their first time missing a payment. They didn’t pay for 10 months, during which time www.YouWalkAway.com helped guide them through the foreclosure process.Tweet