The Right to Cure Letter Simplified From an Expert

Over the past 12 years, I have helped numerous homeowners navigate various issues related to real estate. Today, I’m going to introduce you to a topic that may be as important as it is misunderstood: the Right to Cure letter.

What Is a Right to Cure Letter?

What Is a Right to Cure Letter showing a man's hand going over the document on table.

The right to cure letter, in simple terms, is a legal document that a mortgage lender sends to a borrower who has fallen behind on their payments. This letter serves as a formal notification and gives the borrower a specific period – typically 30 to 120 days – to resolve the default by paying the overdue amount. It’s a way of saying, “Hey, there’s still time to fix this issue.”

In Utah, as well as in other states, this letter is required by law to be sent before any foreclosure procedures can begin. This gives homeowners like you an opportunity to set things straight and avoid the unfortunate consequences of a foreclosure.

Why Is the ‘Right to Cure’ Letter Important?

This document is critical for homeowners. Receiving a right to cure letter can be stressful, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s an opportunity to act and remedy the situation before it escalates. By taking timely action, you can potentially avoid foreclosure and maintain your credit score.

How to Handle a Right to Cure Letter

Here are some steps to take when you receive a right to cure letter:

  1. Don’t ignore it: Ignoring this letter could lead to more significant problems. It’s crucial that you act promptly.
  2. Review your options: You have various options to resolve the default. These include refinancing, a repayment plan, forbearance, a loan modification, or even selling the home.
  3. Seek expert advice: If you’re unsure about how to proceed reach out to me here (Gary) and I’ll help you.

Susan’s Experience

Susans experience with right to cure letter notice after a tree fell on her house and getting the letter in the mail

My client Susan had fallen on hard financial times, and she found herself defaulting on her mortgage payments. Soon, she received a right to cure letter, a wake-up call that she had to take quick action to save her credit and avoid foreclosure.

Overwhelmed and unsure about her next move, Susan decided to seek help. That’s when she reached out to me, Gary, a trusted real estate investor with a reputation for helping homeowners navigate such sticky situations.

I met Susan at her home, a property that showed a good deal of issues to fix like her roof that had a tree fall on it. We sat down, and over a cup of coffee, Susan poured out her concerns. She needed to sell her house but was worried about its condition. The home needed repairs she couldn’t afford, and she feared this might make it hard to sell. But most of all, she was worried about the ticking clock – the deadline in the right to cure letter.

I reassured Susan, explaining that she had a viable option: selling her house in ‘as is’ condition. No costly repairs or expensive renovations needed. She could sell her home just the way it was. And as an experienced real estate investor, I was prepared to make her a fair, cash offer for her property.

The relief was apparent on Susan’s face, but she had another worry – the quick deadline. That’s when I explained how fast these transactions could happen when you’re dealing with a cash offer from an investor like me. No waiting for loan approvals, no contingencies, just a straightforward process that could happen much faster than traditional real estate transactions.

Within days, I presented Susan with a cash offer for her home ‘as is.’ She accepted it, relieved that she could resolve her financial issue without undergoing expensive repairs or dealing with lengthy processes.

In the end, Susan managed to avoid foreclosure, safeguard her credit score, and start a new chapter of her life with a financial burden lifted off her shoulders.

The Law and Your Notice of Right to Cure Default

It’s important to understand the state-specific laws and regulations that lenders must adhere to when dealing with defaults on mortgages. In Utah, the rules concerning foreclosure and the issuance of a ‘Right to Cure’ letter are well defined.

Utah State Law on Foreclosure and the ‘Right to Cure’

In Utah, lenders are required to follow specific procedures before they can initiate foreclosure on a property. A significant part of this process is the right to cure or ‘Notice of Default.’ Here’s what Utah state law says about it:

Notice of Default: Under Utah Code Section 57-1-24, when a homeowner defaults on a mortgage payment, the lender must provide a Notice of Default. This notice provides the homeowner with details about the default, including the amount in arrears and what actions can be taken to cure the default. The Notice of Default essentially serves as the ‘Right to Cure’ letter.

Timing: Utah law stipulates a 3-month period from the time of the notice during which the homeowner has the right to cure the default. This gives homeowners a reasonable window to either pay the overdue amount, negotiate with the lender, or consider alternatives like selling the property.

Delivery: The lender must deliver this notice to the homeowner, and a copy of it must be recorded in the office of the county recorder of the county where the property is located.

Acceleration Clause: If the default isn’t rectified within the stated period, lenders can invoke what’s known as an ‘acceleration clause.’ This means the entire loan amount becomes due immediately. If the homeowner still doesn’t respond, the lender can move forward with foreclosure.

Rules Lenders Must Follow

Lenders in Utah are bound by strict regulations designed to protect homeowners. Here are some key rules:

Fair Debt Collection Practices: Lenders must comply with the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), which prohibits lenders from using deceptive or abusive practices to collect debt.

Due Process: Before foreclosure, lenders must provide the homeowner with the ‘Right to Cure’ and follow the due process as outlined in Utah state law.

Foreclosure Procedures: Utah primarily operates as a non-judicial foreclosure state. This means most foreclosures are handled outside the court system. However, the lender must follow specific procedures, including posting a notice of sale, advertising the sale, and conducting the sale in a fair and transparent manner.

How Can I Help?

As a seasoned real estate investor, I can help in several ways:

  1. Professional guidance: I can provide you with advice and recommendations based on my experience in the Utah real estate market.
  2. Selling your home: If you decide that selling your home is the best option, I can give you a fair, no-obligation cash offer for your property. This could be a viable solution if you’re under pressure from an impending foreclosure.

Remember, a right to cure letter is not a death sentence for homeownership. It’s a call to action. Take this opportunity to address the situation and make informed decisions that will best serve your financial health.

If you’re facing this issue and live in Utah, feel free to reach out to me here. Let’s discuss how I can help you navigate this situation. Rest assured, your home can be the cure to your financial woes, and I’m here to guide you through the process. Together, we can find a solution that puts you back on a secure financial footing.

Gary Parker

I was a part owner in an electrical contracting firm in the late 1990’s and started to get interested in real estate around 2001. My business partner and I bought our first rental property in 2002. From there we did several real estate transactions until we decided to close the electrical business and part ways. In 2009 I started Gary Buys Houses which is owned by my wife, Eileen, and I. I felt like I could offer one on one personal service to people that wanted to sell their house quickly or not worry about repairs and such. Today, I have built a reputation of being fair and honest with people no matter their situation, so the business continues to help people and be successful. I have been married for 34 years, and have one son, two step sons and 4 grandchildren. I like to travel and spend time in Southern Utah exploring.

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