Strategic default is a process whereby the borrower purposely misses payments in order to get the the bank’s or mortgage servicer’s attention. This is done in hopes that the lender will wake up and alter the terms of the mortgage, usually by lowering the interest rate and the corresponding monthly payment. Thousands of homes lost in America every week started with a so-called strategic default.
If there is nowhere else to cut in your budget and you’ll lose your home without a modification (1) get the advice of an experienced professional you can meet with face to face; (2) spend the time to fully analyze your budget today and in the future; (3) understand the exact change you need; and (4) save every missed payment. Read our Foreclosure Process article