We’ve Been to Credit Counseling But Should We File For Bankruptcy?

Dear Steve Hi! I am a piano teacher, and due to the bad economy have very few students, even though I am used to having plenty. We just moved because we could no longer afford where we lived. We gave up our house in a deed in lieu of foreclosure. My husband took a cut … Read more

Chase Bank Won’t Remove a Deed in Lieu on My Credit Report. – Shannon

“Dear Steve, I had a deed in lieu on a property in 2006 and in the process of trying to get it removed by contacting both the bank and credit bureau….the mortgage had need sold at least 3x and now Chase bank owns it. So after 2-3 letters to both the bank and credit bureaus….denying … Read more

My Ex-Husband Wants to Give Me the House. He Can’t Afford the Payments. – Kelly

“Dear Steve, Ex and I divorced last year. I left him the house but the judge did tell us the decree did not relieve me of the mortgage responsibility. Unfortunately he was not able to refi because of his current income. Called me last week to ask if I’d like the house back because he … Read more

Can I Short Sell My Home or Hand it Back to The Bank with a Deed in Lieu and Save My Credit? – Angela

“Dear Andy, In 2006, I had a house built from the ground up for my mother to lived in. I paid the mortgage every month always on time. Never missed a payment. My mother passed on 1/11/11, the house is now vacant. I put the house up for sell in March 2011. I paid 180,000 … Read more

Lost Our Jobs. Need to Get Rid of House, Fast. – Me

“Dear Steve, Lost of jobs nowhere to turn. Husband and i both lost our jobs we have fallen behind on our bills and our mortgage. What is the safest quickest way to get out of our home without haviing to file bankruptcy? What about a short sale or lieu of deed? What does that cost? … Read more

I Have a Mortgage With Chase, Will They Work With Me to Lower Payments? – Janet

“Dear Steve, We have more debt than we can handle. We have just seen a lawyer about bankruptcy. Even with bankruptcy our mortgage may be too much for us. I have a mortgage with Chase – after banruptcy will they work with me to lower payments? I have never been late with payments. Janet” Dear … Read more

I’m Recently Divorced and Trapped in an Upside Down Mortgage – Frank

Frank “Dear Steve, Recently divorced and trapped in an upside down mortgage. Living off credit cards to get by. I am recently divorced and bought out my ex wife during the up market for my current home. My mortgage is now upside down and I am not making enough money each month to even break … Read more