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TRENTON- Mercer County recently hosted a successful Help for Homeowners seminar where residents from around the County listened to expert panelists discuss how homeowners who are struggling with their mortgages can take steps to improve their situation.

Topics covered at the free June 17 event at the County Administration Building included programs available for stressed homeowners, the importance of responding immediately to lis pendens notices, the dangers of loan modification and other scams, and dealing with life after foreclosure.

Panelists included Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello; Stefanie Wynne of the Affordable Housing Alliance; and Donna Giovannetti, Chief of the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs.

Sollami Covello urged homeowners to respond quickly to lis pendens notices, as they are the first step in the foreclosure process, and the earlier people reach out for help the more likely they are to save their home. Wynne stressed the importance of getting assistance from agencies certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Giovannetti discussed the warning signs of scams.

The program was presented by the Affordable Housing Alliance, the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs, the Mercer County Clerk's Office and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. For more information, contact the Affordable Housing Alliance at 732-389-2958 or www.housingall.org.