How Does a Hunterdon County Sheriff Sale Begin?
In Hunterdon County, NJ, the Sheriff Sale process starts when a mortgage lender obtains a final judgement in a foreclosure, followed by a Writ of Execution.
The following mortgage lenders have a history of pursuing foreclosures:
- Wells Fargo
- Bank of America
- Nationstar – or Mr. Cooper
- U.S. Bank
- Deutsche Bank
- Mellon Bank
- JP Morgan
- M&T Bank
- Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
- Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)
After your lender has obtained a Writ of Execution, the Hunterdon County Sheriff will advertise the date, time and location of the Sheriff Sale in three ways:
- Posting a notice on the foreclosed property itself
- Posting a notice at least three weeks before the sale in the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office.
- Publishing the details of the sale in at least two Hunterdon County newspapers at least once a week for at least four weeks prior to the sale.
It is important to remember that your lender will not necessarily keep you informed of the Sheriff Sale details. Staying up to date on the status of the sale is critical to assessing your options, so you can call the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office (908-788-1166) directly to discuss any aspect of the sale or check their web site.
To see how long it will take for the sale to be scheduled once the application is submitted by the lender, see our blog post: “How Long Do I Have Until the Sheriff Sale?“
What are my Options for Stopping a Hunterdon County Sheriff Sale?
While it may seem like an impossible situation, there are several ways you can delay a Hunterdon County Sheriff Sale, or stop it entirely.
- Submitting a Complete Loan Modification Application. In many cases, if a complete loan modification application is submitted at least 38 days before the Sheriff Sale, the lender must halt the sale and review the application. They should also give you the right to appeal any decision before conducting the sale. The Sheriff Sale Process cannot proceed if you are making payments in a loan modification.
- Adjourning the Sheriff Sale. You are entitled to two adjournments of up to 30 days each, or 60 days total. You can obtain the adjournments by contacting the Sheriff’s Office.
- Staying the Sheriff Sale. You can file a motion with the judge to request a stay of sale once you have used both adjournments.
- Filing for Bankruptcy. Federal law provides the right to file for Bankruptcy. In most cases, upon filing a Bankruptcy Petition you will be entitled to an Automatic Stay, which halts the Sheriff Sale or other actions by creditors. In order to fully understand your options regarding Bankruptcy, you should seek a consultation with an experienced bankruptcy attorney to determine whether bankruptcy is an option for you, and what you need to do to be prepared to stop a Sheriff Sale.
My Lender is Conducting the Sheriff Sale While Reviewing My Modification Application. What Can I Do?
If you are making payments on a loan modification, or are being reviewed for a modification, your lender cannot conduct the Sheriff Sale. If you are making payments on a loan modification, or are being reviewed for a modification, and your lender won’t adjourn the sale, a motion needs to be filed with the Court to ask the Judge to stop the sale.
At the law firm of Ira J. Metrick, we can assist if your lender is trying to conduct a Sheriff Sale while you are making payments on a loan modification, or are being reviewed for a modification. We can also do an analysis to determine if you are eligible for a loan modification, and help you apply for a modification if you qualify.
If you are being reviewed for a modification, the lender should NOT permitted to conduct a Sheriff Sale.
If you have obtained a loan modification, or are being reviewed for a modification:
- Your lender cannot file a foreclosure complaint.
- Your lender cannot apply for a final judgement of foreclosure.
- Your lender cannot pursue a sheriff sale.
These are violations of federal law. If your lender has pursued any of these actions,
we can help you.
If your home has been scheduled for a Hunterdon County Sheriff Sale, it is important to know your options. Contact Ira J. Metrick today to discuss how you can stop the Sheriff Sale and stay in your home.