Va. to hold free mortgage clinics around state

Va. to hold free mortgage clinics around state

From NBC12 News

Gov. Tim Kaine and Virginia housing officials have announced a series of free mortgage clinics to help homeowners who are in or facing foreclosure to get back on track.

The workshops will be held at locations all around the state, including one in Richmond.

Last year alone, there were 14,400 foreclosures in Virginia.

The clinics will offer free advice and tips for homeowners, who will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with certified foreclosure counselors.

State Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Patrick Gottschalk, says when it comes to the severity of the mortgage crisis, Virginia ranks 35 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Gottschalk says Virginia's mortgage problems are worse than they were a year ago, but not as pervasive as the national avergage. He says the goal of the workshops is to get homeowners to understand how important it is for them to talk with their lenders at the first signs of financial trouble.

The mortgage clinic in Richmond is set for June 14 at the Greater Richmond Convention center downtown. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited for one-on-one counseling.

Pre-registration for the event is encouraged and can be done online.

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