Question: I live in California; if my home goes to forclosure and I have a an equity line of credit, will the line of credit, $150,000 also be wiped out? The line of credit is secured by the property.
Answer: Yes, if the line of credit is secured by the property in foreclosure. Most homeowners have a home equity line of credit that takes a 2nd lien position on their home. If the home is foreclosed on by the 1st lien holder and no one bids at the auction, the 2nd is wiped out, and the bank has the option of issuing a 1099 to the homeowner or filing a deficiency judgment against them. In most deed states, including California, it’s very uncommon for the lender to file a deficiency judgment. If you know what you are doing, there are things you can do to prevent a deficiency judgment altogether so it’s never an issue.