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State Foreclosure Laws and Timelines

Foreclosure is a legal process through which lenders reclaim properties from borrowers who can no longer afford to meet their monthly mortgage obligations. Home foreclosure laws and procedures vary from state-to-state. So depending on where you live — or where you're looking to buy — the foreclosure timeline can and often does change.

Below is a state foreclosure laws timeline that is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the process throughout the United States. Click on any state name to drill down and learn more details about the foreclosure procedures in that state.

State Foreclosure Listings Judicial Non-Judicial Foreclosure Timeline Redemption Period Deficient Judgement State Law Reference
Alabama Alabama Foreclosures checked checked 1 - 3 Months Up to 12 Months Yes (Judicial) Reference
Alaska Alaska Foreclosures checked checked 3 - 4 Months None Yes (Judicial) Reference
Arizona Arizona Foreclosures checked checked 3 - 4 Months Up to 6 Months Yes (Judicial) Reference
Arkansas Arkansas Foreclosures checked checked 4 - 5 Months Up to 12 Months Yes Reference
California California Foreclosures checked checked 3 - 5 Months Not Likely Yes (Judicial) Reference
Colorado Colorado Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 5 Months None Yes Reference
Connecticut Connecticut Foreclosures checked 5 - 6 Months Court Determined Yes Reference
Delaware Delaware Foreclosures checked 3 - 7 Months None Yes Reference
District of Columbia District of Columbia Foreclosures checked 2 - 4 Months None Yes Reference
Florida Florida Foreclosures checked 4 - 6 Months Yes Yes Reference
Georgia Georgia Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 3 Months None Yes Reference
Hawaii Hawaii Foreclosures checked checked 3 - 4 Months None Yes Reference
Idaho Idaho Foreclosures checked checked 5 - 6 Months None Yes Reference
Illinois Illinois Foreclosures checked 7 - 10 Months Yes 3 - 7 Months Yes Reference
Indiana Indiana Foreclosures checked 5 - 7 Months None Yes Reference
Iowa Iowa Foreclosures checked checked 5 - 6 Months 12 Months Yes Reference
Kansas Kansas Foreclosures checked 3 - 5 Months Up to 12 Months Yes Reference
Kentucky Kentucky Foreclosures checked 5 - 6 Months Up to 12 Months Yes Reference
Louisiana Louisiana Foreclosures checked 2 - 6 Months None Yes Reference
Maine Maine Foreclosures checked 6 - 10 Months 90 Days Yes Reference
Maryland Maryland Foreclosures checked 2 - 3 Months Court Determined Yes Reference
Massachusetts Massachusetts Foreclosures checked 3 - 4 Months None Yes Reference
Michigan Michigan Foreclosures checked 2 - 3 Months Up to 12 Months Yes Reference
Minnesota Minnesota Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 3 Months 6 Months Yes (Judicial) Reference
Mississippi Mississippi Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 3 Months None Yes Reference
Missouri Missouri Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 3 Months Up to 12 Months Yes Reference
Montana Montana Foreclosures checked checked 4 - 6 Months 12 Months Yes (Judicial) Reference
Nebraska Nebraska Foreclosures checked 5 - 6 Months None Yes Reference
Nevada Nevada Foreclosures checked checked 3 - 5 Months None Yes Reference
New Hampshire New Hampshire Foreclosures checked 2 - 3 Months None Yes Reference
New Jersey New Jersey Foreclosures checked 3 - 10 Months 6 Months Yes Reference
New Mexico New Mexico Foreclosures checked 4 - 6 Months 9 Months Yes Reference
New York New York Foreclosures checked 4 - 8 Months None Yes Reference
North Carolina North Carolina Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 4 Months 10 Days Yes (Judicial) Reference
North Dakota North Dakota Foreclosures checked 3 - 5 Months 60 Days No Reference
Ohio Ohio Foreclosures checked 5 - 7 Months Until Confirmation Yes Reference
Oklahoma Oklahoma Foreclosures checked checked 4 - 7 Months Until Confirmation Yes Reference
Oregon Oregon Foreclosures checked checked 4 - 6 Months None No Reference
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Foreclosures checked 3 - 9 Months None Yes Reference
Rhode Island Rhode Island Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 3 Months Up to 3 Years Yes Reference
South Carolina South Carolina Foreclosures checked 4 - 7 Months None Yes Reference
South Dakota South Dakota Foreclosures checked checked 6 - 9 Months Up to 12 Months Yes Reference
Tennessee Tennessee Foreclosures checked 2 - 3 Months Up to 2 Years Yes Reference
Texas Texas Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 3 Months None Yes Reference
Utah Utah Foreclosures 4 - 5 Months 180 Days Yes Reference
Vermont Vermont Foreclosures checked 7- 10 Months Up to 6 Months Yes Reference
Virginia Virginia Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 3 Months None Yes Reference
Washington Washington Foreclosures checked checked 4 - 5 Months None Yes (Judicial) Reference
West Virginia West Virginia Foreclosures checked 2 - 3 Months None Yes Reference
Wisconsin Wisconsin Foreclosures checked checked 6 - 10 Months None Yes Reference
Wyoming Wyoming Foreclosures checked checked 2 - 3 Months 3 Months Yes Reference
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State Law Reference
* D.C. Code Ann. § 42-815
** LA. Code Civ. Proc. Ann. Arts. 3721 to 3753, 2631 to 2772
*** W. Va. Code § 38-1-3 to 38-1-1