Don’t Let Credit Card Debt Cost You Your Home

March 12, 2024

One of the more surprising debt problems that I’ve had to solve for a client is stopping the sale of their home due to an unpaid credit card balance. Yes you heard that right. If ignored for long enough an unpaid credit card can lead to judgment from the courts, the registration of a lien on title and eventually the forced sale of your home. 



In today’s challenging financial environment, it’s easy to find ourselves drowning in a sea of credit card debt. What many don’t realize is that this debt can have severe consequences, potentially leading to the loss of your most valuable asset: your home.

In this post, I’ll give you some practical tips and strategies to help you protect your home and regain financial stability.

Understanding the Risks

First and foremost, it’s essential to understand the risks associated with unpaid credit card debt. Many people underestimate the seriousness until it’s too late. Credit card companies have the legal right to pursue unpaid debts through the courts, eventually leading to a lien being placed on your property. This lien can ultimately result in the forced sale of your home, leaving you without a place to live facing serious financial consequences. 


Communication is Key

One of the most crucial steps in protecting your home from credit card debt is communication. Ignoring creditors and hoping the problem will disappear only exacerbates the situation. Instead, answer the phone when your creditors calls. Be honest and transparent about your financial situation and explore potential solutions together. Many creditors are willing to work with you to establish a repayment plan that fits your budget.


Seek Professional Help

Navigating through credit card debt can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone. Consider seeking assistance from professionals who specialize in debt management and financial counseling. A licensed credit counselor can provide valuable advice and guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. They can help you understand your options, negotiate with creditors on your behalf, and develop a realistic plan to tackle your debt.


Explore Debt Relief Options

If your credit card debt has become unmanageable, don’t lose hope. There are various debt relief options available that can help you regain control of your finances and protect your home. Debt consolidation mortgage financing may be suitable depending on your situation. It’s essential to weigh the pros and cons of each option carefully and consult with a financial professional to determine the best course of action for you.


This is a solution that I’ve worked out with many of my clients and I’d be happy to discuss with you as well. 


Protecting your home from credit card debt requires proactive measures and a willingness to address the problem head-on. By communicating with creditors, seeking professional help, and exploring debt relief options, you can navigate through the storm and secure your home and financial future. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. With the right guidance and determination, you can overcome the challenges of credit card debt and emerge stronger than ever before.


Christopher Molder

Mortgage Broker

Christopher is a mortgage broker based in Toronto, Canada. And a son of a broker too. He’s a second generation mortgage broker. Following in his father’s steps he joined the family mortgage business straight out of university.