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Michigan Bankruptcy Mortgage Options


You owe more on your mortgage than your house is worth, you want to leave, what are your options?

  1. You Cannot Afford The Payments

If you cannot afford the payments, you will not be able to keep your house, unless you get a modification from the mortgage company.

You have probably tried that already; so you know you are at their mercy. They lose you papers, it takes forever to get through, when you do, someone different has your file.

A. More Than One Mortgage On Your Home, And You Want To Keep It

Under current law, there is no way to force the mortgage company to change the terms on the first mortgage on your principal residence. If it is a vacation home, you can. If it is a home you are renting to someone else, you can. If you live there, you can’t.

But, If you have a second, or a second and a third, and the home is worth less than you owe on the first, in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you can strip off, or get rid of, those second and third liens.

But, you have to be able to make the payment on the first mortgage.

Many of my clients can afford a Chapter 13 payment, because it works out to less than the second mortgage payment.

You could be behind on a second mortgage of $300 per month, but you may be able to file a Chapter 13 plan and afford a $200 per month payment.

At the end of your three, or five, year plan, you are discharged of your personal liability on all unsecured debt, including those second and third mortgages, and, the lien on those mortgages is gone, discharged.

B. I Give Up! Take My Home, Please!

You are fed up with the mortgage companies, to hell with them, how do I get out of this mess?

If you cannot make the payments out of your income, STOP!.

Please don’t take 401k or IRA money that creditors cannot get and use it for house payments, while you wait for things to turn around.


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The Truth About Second Mortgages

Second mortgages were marketed as home equity loans, or home equity lines of credit, partly to conceal that they were liens on your house, just like the first mortgage. I can’t tell you how many times I would ask a client, How many mortgages on your home? To be told, just one, and we haveContinue Reading

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    GMAC “SOLD” the 2nd mortgage to a company called Specialized Loan Services ,(“SLS”) in 2009, but GMAC service , still, the 1st mortgage. When I tried to speak to “SLS” in 2009 , they said they could not talk to me – I WAS NOT ON THE LOAN !! BUT, they noticed payments were being “voluntarily” made for 4 years . I was doing what mechanically came to me , after witnessing my husband’s death as a result of suicide. They said “I DO NOT OWE THE LOAN , BUT IF I WANTED TO CONTINUE PAYMENTS THAT WOULD BE FINE ” , they even sent me 2 letters stating , “YOU DO NOT OWE THE LOAN , BUT IF YOU DON’T PAY IT – IT COULD OVER TIME AFFECT YOUR HOME” . NOW ~ THEY, “SLS”, is threatening to FORECLOSE on my home !! My 1st mortgage is CURRENT , never late , taxes are
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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Reform Passes House Judiciary Committee

Per the American Bankruptcy Institute web site: As the House Judiciary Committee approved mortgage cramdown legislation yesterday by a vote of 21-15, Democratic leaders are preparing to wrap it into the omnibus spending package slated to come to the House floor next week, CongressDaily reported today. House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) made three changesContinue Reading

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Cram Down Reform Deleted From Stimulus Bill by White House Action

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