When Will My Underwater House Break Even?

Bankruptcy clients often wonder if they should keep their home when the mortgage balance is more than they can sell the real estate for.  Their heart says keep the home, their head says don’t — once they have the facts.

Here is a simple calculator from my friend, Cathy Moran at the Consumer Ledger, to estimate when an underwater house will be worth what is now owed.  Shocking!

Filing bankruptcy is an option that allows you to get out from under the mortgage debt but only if you give up the house.  As Jay Fleischman tells us on Bankruptcy Law Network, you don’t get a free house when you file for bankruptcy. Jed Berliner (a KU graduate) reminds us bankruptcy is not the end of the story — it is not so simple to give back the house to the mortgage company.

About Jill Michaux

Jill Michaux is a Kansas bankruptcy attorney. She can be found on Google+. She and her partner, Mark Neis, are Topeka's only board certified consumer bankruptcy law specialists.