Explainers

Thousands of New Yorkers are at risk of foreclosure or targets of scams each year. We're here to provide you with the tools and support to avoid these traps and to find free, qualified mortgage assistance relief services from a network of trusted partners.

 
 
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Foreclosures

In 2017, over 12,000 homes were in foreclosure in New York, according to the Furman Center. While this is a significant decline from the height of the housing crisis a decade ago, New York State still has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Thankfully, the Center for NYC Neighborhoods and our network of community-based organizations can work closely with each individual homeowner and their unique circumstances to work through their housing needs.

 
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REVERSE MORTGAGES

Over the past few years, reverse mortgages have become increasingly popular among aging homeowners. For many retired homeowners, it is a source of extra income that allows them to tap into their home equity. The process has also become simpler and safer for those who are interested in applying. That being said, there are many factors to keep in mind — including potential risks — when considering a reverse mortgage.

 
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Homeowner scams

With real estate increasingly valuable in New York, many scam artists are preying on the misfortunes of homeowners who are struggling to make payments on their mortgages. The best antidote is to learn how to spot scams, and to avoid them altogether.