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Short Sales

Strip Your Lien Upon Completion of Chapter 13 Plan Payments

Avoid Liens, Chapter 13, Chapter 7, Foreclosure, Judicial Liens, Junior Mortgage, Short Sales

Observing an “emerging consensus in this Circuit” that lien stripping can be accomplished through Chapter 13 Plan Completion, the court in Litton Loan Servicing, et al v. Robert Blendheim, et. al, In re Blendheim, Nos. 13-35354, 13-35412, U.S. Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit, 2015. You can watch oral arguments here. So, what do […]

Book Review: The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Bankruptcy Law Overview, Foreclosure, Modifications, Short Sales

It was recently announced that the book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, written by Micheal Lewis will soon be made into a movie starring Brad Pitt. The book is essentially a Wall Street perspective about the housing and credit bubble of the 2,000s. It depicts the long bull market where a nation loses […]

A Look Back At 2014: California Homeowners Edition

Chapter 13, Foreclosure, Modifications, Short Sales

As the year comes to a close, I get a little nostalgic and look back at articles I’ve written through the year.  This year, California homeowners faced the expiration of the Mortgage Debt Relief Act, which may still linger in Congressional uncertainty. Home values have stalled, leaving many with persistent negative equity, while many struggle […]

Zillow Says You Still Owe More Than Your Home Is Worth

Avoid Liens, Chapter 13, Foreclosure, Junior Mortgage, Modifications, Short Sales

Negative equity, a term that means that the amount owed on all mortgages is more than the market value; also known as “underwater.” Home equity is the difference the current resale value of the home and the total mortgage debt owed. According to Zillow, 9.7 million Americans still have a problem with negative equity and […]

California Homeowner’s Guide To Stop Foreclosure

Chapter 13, Foreclosure, Modifications, Short Sales

Buying a house is the single most expensive purchase we make during our lives.  It’s stressful and time consuming to go through the escrow process to get those keys.  Then, there is the time and cost of maintaining that home while keeping up with those mortgage payments, which may or may not include taxes and […]

Mortgage Servicing Statements in Bankruptcy Fraught With Errors

Avoid Liens, Chapter 13, Discharge Violations, Foreclosure, Judicial Liens, Junior Mortgage, Modifications, Short Sales

What happens when you take a homeowner who defaults on their mortgage into bankruptcy to stop the foreclosure sale?  You get a situation that is disease ridden with errors.  Katie Porter (@MsKatiePorter) recently wrote about this over at Credit Slips (@CreditSlips) in her article, What do bankruptcy mortgage servicing and Ebola have in common? where […]

When Life Gives You Lemons: OC Edition

Chapter 11, Chapter 7, Family Law and Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Modifications, Short Sales

From religion to politics; housing, transportation and food, the epic failures of the economic recession have delivered some real big lemons to the OC [Orange County]. No sector of the economy was left untouched and so many lives have been impacted in this recent wave of sour fruit. In July, the OC Metro Magazine’s (@OCMetro) […]

Short Sale Limbo Creates Risk Of Tax Bill

Short Sales

The Mortgage Debt Relief Act expired Jan. 1 and remains in limbo due to Congressional inaction to renew it. This may well be the main reason for the sharp decline in short sales this year for homeowners looking to sell their home for less than what they owe. Californian’s can rest on their purchase money, […]

House of Debt: SoCal Version

Automatic Stay, Bankruptcy & Civil Litigation, Chapter 13, Chapter 7, Foreclosure, Modifications, Short Sales

On Sunday mornings, I enjoy my coffee with the newspaper and June 8th was the usual.  I like to keep current on the housing market and all things debt, so it’s no surprise that the article entitled, Feuer targets big banks for L.A. by Michael Hiltzik (@hiltzikm) caught my attention. I am delighted to learn […]

Monday Morning Mandatory Mortgage Meltdown Message

Chapter 13, Foreclosure, Modifications, Short Sales

This blog post is brought to you by the letter “M.” I read a post earlier this month that got me thinking about how homeowners are going to manage their changing budgets when their mortgages adjust.  This article, by Bill McBride (@calculatedrisk) explained that nearly 2 million mortgages that were modified are due to face […]