Walking Away from the House

Cathy Moran, my blogging colleague on the Mortgage Law Network, discusses whether you should prevent foreclosure and keep the house.  Walking away from the house is one solution for a homeowner who can’t afford to repay the mortgage loan balance and the house is worth at least as much as you owe.  A deficiency judgment, if one is taken in the foreclosure, can be discharged in bankruptcy.  Here is a pay or go calculator to help you assess whether you should walk away from your mortgage.

Bankruptcy Law Network Top 100 Blawg

American Bar Association Journal editors voted the Bankruptcy Law Network Top 100 Blawg for 2008.  Our own Jill A. Michaux is one of 25 lawyers who blog on consumer bankruptcy topics for Bankruptcy Law Network, the most comprehensive online source for consumer bankruptcy information.

BLN authors also write for its sister sites:  Mortgage Law Network, Credit Law Network and Debt Law Network.

10% Home Mortgages Under Water

Here is a scary statistic for 2007 being reported by ABC News: 10% of American homeowners owe more money on their house than the house is worth. That figure has doubled from 5% in 2006.

For homes purchased in the past two years, the figure shoots up to an alarming 30%, according to Reuters. These are the highest numbers of homes under water since the Great Depression of 1929.

Eight million families are in danger of losing their homes due to mortgages that are greater than the value of the homes. See what fellow blogger, Gene Melchionne, has to say on the Mortgage Law Network about what this means for all Americans, particularly retirement funds.

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