Should I reaffirm my Mortgage Debt After Bankruptcy

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A reaffirmation agreement is entered between the Petitioner in Bankruptcy/borrower and a secured lender prior to a discharge in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.  A reaffirmation Agreement is signed by the Debtor and Lender and filed with the Bankruptcy Court and most importantly waives discharge of the mortgage or otherwise secured debt.  The […]

Credit Reports and Charge Off

It is common for a debt to be listed as a “charge-off” on a credit report. Some consumers have mistakenly viewed a charge-off as a positive indicator on their credit report, because the phrase charge-off may be interpreted as the consumer no longer owes or is responsible for payment of the debt. In fact, the […]

FHA Back to Work Mortgage Program

Recently, the Federal Housing Administration moved to relax its guidelines and expedite the waiting period to secure a mortgage for borrowers who “experienced periods of financial difficulty due to extenuating circumstances”. The program exemplifies the FHA’s willingness to help those who have endured a financial situation beyond their control. The program is generally known as […]

Debtor Education/Financial Management Course and Bankruptcy

On or about March 10, 2014 (see below) a blog was written and posted by Brad J. Sadek, Esquire regarding the Credit Counseling Course prerequisite to filing a consumer bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. In addition to the Credit Counseling Course, a second and final course is required. The Second Course, Debtor Education, […]

Bankruptcy, the Earlier the Better

It is generally agreed that the earlier one makes the decision to file for bankruptcy, generally the better and the quicker their financial recovery process starts. Likewise, filing for bankruptcy sooner in the calendar year may prove to be more advantageous as well. According to American Research Group, Inc., the average family spends $854 in […]

New Mortgage Rules to go into Effect

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, stemming from the 2010 Dodd Frank Act, was implemented for the purposes of educating the borrowing public and to ensure that future extensions of credit are suitable for the borrower(s). On January 10, 2014 a new set of standards will go into effect targeting the mortgage industry, specifically the origination […]

Staying a Real Estate Tax Sale by way of a Bankruptcy Filing

When the owner of real property fails to make regular payments on municipal debt levied on his/her property, that property may be sold at a real estate tax sale to allow the city/municipality to recover any unpaid debt. These debts can include outstanding water and sewer bills, school district taxes, and real property taxes. The […]

Chapter 7 Repeat Filing

On October 17, 2005, a major change in the bankruptcy law went into effect. The law change specifically referred to as The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (“BAPCPA”) changed many aspects of consumer bankruptcy law(s). One of the many implemented changes was the waiting period between a consumer’s bankruptcy discharge in […]

Can I Purchase a Home after filing Bankruptcy?

Can I Purchase a Home after filing Bankruptcy? The answer to this question, is the too frequent legal answer, “It Depends.” Credit scores a/k/a FICO scores and interest rates are in an inverse relationship, meaning, the higher the credit score, the lower the interest rate. Our credit scores are the lead factor in determining the […]

Payday Loans making a comeback in Pennsylvania?

In March, 2010 I posted a blog about the high cost of payday loans, as high as a 426% interest rate. Payday loans are not the first choice of a consumer looking for a short term loan, and are generally sought in the most dire of financial positions. Pay day loans are often used by […]