A foreclosure occurs when a bank repossesses a house, usually when the person who bought the house has not made mortgage loan payments over several months. The home owner must vacate the home and the bank sells it in a foreclosure. A foreclosure looks bad on a credit report and will make it more difficult for the person who lost the home to buy another one. Foreclosure is the legal action taken to extinguish a home owner’s right and interest in a property, so that the property can be sold in a foreclosure sale to satisfy a debt.

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