Posts Tagged ‘deficiency judgment’

Should I Foreclose or Short Sale

August 2nd, 2013 by Jarad

Should I Foreclose or Short Sale My Home?

Should I foreclose or short saleQuestion:  Should I foreclose or short sale. Here is the situation. I bought a condo in Tampa, Florida in September 2005. This was my first real estate purchase and my primary residence until I transferred to Maryland for my job in July 2008. I have a first mortgage for $150k and a HELOC for $25k. The property has been short sale approved and there is a buyer that is going to purchase it for the price of $60k. We are ready to close but I need to pay all the delinquent HOA fees, late fees and attorney fees that have mounted up. I can not afford to pay the $3000 in late HOA fees to close on the short sale. Now, I am facing foreclosure. I have asked the HOA to waive the late fees and attorney fees so I can do a short sale but they are refusing.

Is it worth it to borrow the money from friends and family or should I foreclose or short sale?
Thank you,

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What Happens After Foreclosure

March 24th, 2013 by Jarad


Answer:  -This is a great question but first lets look at the foreclosure process because I think it will help you understand why this happened.

Here’s What Happens After Foreclosure

After the foreclosure process, or lets say auction, a couple of things happen depending on what state you live in and what kind of liens were on the property. […read more]

Home Equity Line of Credit Questions

April 4th, 2012 by Jarad

Question:  I am married live in New York we own 2 houses. I live in one house and my wife lives in the other house (long story). We bought house #1 for $600,000 5 years ago. We have $350,000 left on mortgage one and $175,000 on a home equity line of credit. The house today is worth around $350,000, we have two different mortgage companies on this house. American Home Mortgage owns the primary mortgage $350,000 and Chase Bank owns the home equity line of credit $175,000. I have a couple of questions;
1. What happens to the HELOC and first mortgage if we go into foreclosure?
2. Do I have to pay back my HELOC if my house is foreclosed on?
3. Can either bank come after my other residence or garnish my wages or sue me?
4. We are currently up to date with both mortgages, but we are paying the mortgage with our creidt card. what would I do to get out of this situation? Foreclose, talk to both banks, short sale, etc.

Answer:  – These are some great questions… And most in this situation would even consider a strategic default because you are so upside down. Let me share with you a few ideas.

1. If your home goes through the foreclosure process, the winning bidder will end up with the home. In many cases when there are no bids, the mortgage company in first position that initiates the foreclosure will take back the property and try to sell it on their own. The 2nd mortgage, in this case your HELOC, will be wiped out if they don’t protect their position by bidding on the property.

2. If the 2nd lien holder or heloc gets wiped out, they still have options which a lot of homeowners don’t understand. Their options are to do nothing, write the whole thing off by sending you a 1099, or they can sue you for the difference, which is called a deficiency judgment and require you to pay back the amount that was lost. A deficiency judgment was something that very rarely happened to homeowners, but more and more I am seeing it’s a more common procedure with banks and I’m guessing it’s because of the volume of foreclosures that are happening right now.

3. If the 2nd decides to file a judgment against you, you will either have to pay the loan in full, work out a payment plan, a settlement or file bankruptcy. And yes, if you do nothing they can garnish your wages so they will get paid. They can’t force you to sell your other properties or assets, but the judgment requires you to pay them back which means you’ve got to come up with the money somehow. So no, they can’t come after your other asset directly, unless they were also pledged as collateral for the loan, however in many cases you will be forced to sell assets to pay off the judgment. This is why most homeowners simply file bk.

4. There are ways to avoid the judgment. One would be to do a short sale that would satisfy the loan. The short sale process has been taking a very long time lately, but is a better option than doing nothing. Benefits would be that you walk away without a foreclosure on your record and the mortgage(s) being satisfied so worst case you get a 1099 for the difference. But even this can be negated with the current laws in place. The only problem with a short sale is that you have to move out. Sometimes this might be a good thing if you are over-extended as it is.

Another option is a loan modification, although these can be very frustrating and very rarely do they ever go through. You can call you lender, let them know your hardship and ability to pay to see if they will lower your payments. This is usually a temporary solution. In your specific case where you have negative equity, a note settlement would be a great option.

A note settlement is when you settle or eliminate the 2nd mortgage completely. By eliminating your 2nd mortgage or heloc, you’ll at least get rid of the negative equity and have a better chance of selling it or keeping it. This option allows you to stay in your home and it doesn’t affect your credit because you are paying the bank off in full. No judgments, no 1099, no more 2nd mortgage because you paid it off. It will cost you anywhere from 10% to 15% of the original note amount in order to pay if off so in this case $20K – $30K. Even if you don’t have the money saved up to pay this amount, there are note investor networks that will pay it off and basically become the 2nd lien holder and you would make payments to them. I guarantee the payment on a 30K note would be a lot less than the payments on a $175K note.

Here is more information on homeowner options as well. Good Luck, I hope this has helped.

Rental home foreclosed in California

March 21st, 2012 by Jarad

Question:  I have/had a rental home in California. The bank (Chase) held the 1st and 2nd on the home. They foreclosed on the home and have since sold/auctioned it off. However, they (via a debt collector) are continuing to contact me in an effort to get me to pay off the 2nd/equity line ($32,000). I do not have that kind money and am struggling to hang on to my primary residence. What can they do to me and what are my options?

Answer:  – Your best option is to work with them and try to reach some sort of agreement, pay plan, settlement or payoff. If you can’t work something out, most people will file bk. In many cases, if you let the bank know you are serious about filing bk, they will work something out with you. We’ve been very successful in settling 2nd mortgages before they go to auction but you can still do the same after the auction to avoid the deficiency judgment.

Release of lien vs. loan satisfaction

March 20th, 2012 by Jarad

Question:  Last October my ex-wife and I finally sold our South Florida home in a short sale. Sun-Trust held our equity line and agreed to release the lien to accommodate the sale. The balance at the time was $83,000. They agreed with a payment of $10,000 to release the lien but would not release the deficiency. A year has since past and now I received notice that they are suing me for the balance of $73,000. Am I destined to file for bankruptcy?? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Greg E.

Answer:  – When a bank says they’ll “release the lien”, they still retain the rights to file a judgment against the homeowner which is what happened in this case. Usually you can offer the banks a few thousand more to completely “satisfy” the loan which means they cannot come after you for the deficient amount. (Note to those who might be going through a short sale… make sure you or whomever is doing your short sale demands a satisfaction so the bank cannot came after you) Now your options are to work out a payment plan, settle with them, or file bankruptcy. Most choose the latter.

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