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March 9, 2017
Albuquerque Family Home Rescued From the Brink of Foreclosure

When Daniel and Aida Aguirre came to New Mexico Legal Aid in July, 2015, time was running out: they had fallen behind on their mortgage payments after Daniel's hours were cut at work, and the court had already entered a Default Judgment for foreclosure of their Albuquerque home. The home was scheduled to be auctioned in less than a month. Because the Aguirres are immigrants from Mexico and speak primarily Spanish, they did not understand the court paperwork and had missed their deadlines to respond.

NM Legal Aid worked on their behalf to get the sale postponed and ask the court to order mediation. The family worked with a HUD-Certified Foreclosure Prevention Counselor to apply for a loan modification with the bank. After initially being denied, the modification was approved after a second application, bringing their mortgage payments up to date with a monthly payment they can afford.

The Aguirre family at their West side home. From left: Son Josh, Tierra del Sol Housing Counselor Lisa Nichols, NMLA Attorney Mari Kempton, Son Daniel Jr., Daniel Aguirre and Aida Aguirre

The Aguirre family at their West side home. Pictured above from left: son Josh, Tierra del Sol Housing Counselor Lisa Nichols, NMLA Attorney Mari Kempton, son Daniel Jr., Daniel Aguirre, and Aida Aguirre.

Inside the Aguirre home, the family plays with their dog's two new puppies.

Some new additions to the family check out the livingroom.