As of December 29, 2009, the website Foreclosure.com reported that over 2.2 million homes in the continental USA are in some form of foreclosure, 486,323 are in pre-foreclosure and 465,490 have already been foreclosed. Over seven hundred thousand have tax liens against them and 87, 389 have been sold in Sheriff sales. Along with the homeowners, mortgage companies and banks have suffered tremendous financial loss. However, the homeowners lost so much more; they not only lost the roof over their heads, but memories, their self-esteem and their piece of the American dream.
The frequency of foreclosure in our nation today is dangerously high. The strain from the recent economic downturn has put many families and individuals in a financial chokehold preventing them from being able to make their monthly mortgage payments. Consequently, many of these people feel they’ve punched a one-way ticket to foreclosure. With all these homes being foreclosed on, we face a very real crisis.