My Home Equity Lender is Still Trying to Collect After My Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – Joe

Question: Dear Steve, We filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy September of 2009. The plan was confirmed on January 2010 and ultimately discharged January 2015. Included in the bankruptcy was a home equity line of credit that was deemed unsecured. The creditor has been reporting late 90 days plus every month right through to the current … Read more

The Pre-Recession Housing Problem That’s About to Slam Homeowners

The home equity line of credit (HELOC) had been around for many years before it became a hugely popular financial product in the early 2000s. When the financial crisis happened in 2008, drastically lower home valuations put a stop to the HELOC boom, and today we see far fewer being issued by lending institutions. However, … Read more

Should We Consolidate Our Mortgage and HELOC With American Bank Mortgage Company? – Lisa

“Dear Steve, I have a first mortgage with Chase bank it is -$84,000. I also have a heloc with Chase bank it is $114,000. The heloc is interest only. The interest rate on my first mortgage is 4.5% fixed for 12 years. The heloc interest rate is 2.4%. I pay a total of $924 per … Read more

The Ultimate Debt Consolidation Loan Guide: Getting Approved, Acting Smart, and Being Wise

You hear a lot of rubbish online about getting a debt consolidation loan and a lot of just flat out incorrect information. It’s time to put an end to that and help you get the facts so you can make a good educated decision. If You Don’t Want to Read All of This Post: One … Read more

Should We Get a Debt Consolidation Loan or Borrow From IRA to Payoff Credit Cards? – Christine

“Dear Steve, CC debt 20,000. Mortgage 39,000. Equity about 300,000. credit score under 500. marrried one income $51,000. 4 kids in college. Turned down from first bank for refinance with credit payoff. Currently spending about $700.00/month on CC payments. should we continue to try to get a loan or should we take the money out … Read more

I Need to Walk Away From My Old House in a Crime Ridden Area. What About My HELOC? – Lynn

“Dear Steve, First let me tell you Your site is so helpful and informative. A great service.Thank You I hope you can give me an answer, there are so many different opinions about this, but I trust yours. Live in NYS,went bankrubpt 2010,chap 7 discharge,no reafirm on mortgage. Heloc only 48000, no first. Have made … Read more

Can I Get a Mortgage Release for My Second Mortgage if I Settle It? – Patricia

“Dear Steve, I owe on 1st mortgage more than the assessed value of the home. I had a 2nd mortgage like the HELOs you talk about-revolving credit loans. I defaulted on the 2nd but the company did not foreclose probably because of the value of property. I now received a settlement offer from a collection … Read more

How Do I Refinance My Mortgage When It’s Underwater and I’m Loaded With Credit Card Debt? – Dan

“Dear Damon, I have about 53K in credit card debt (18K is @29.99). I plan to reach out to someone for help (still trying to figure out who to call first) for hopefully getting help negotiating a better deal on all the debt. I have house; assessed value is now probably 300k and my 1st … Read more

Why It Makes Sense to Consider Debt Settlement for Second Mortgages and HELOCs

The debt settlement strategy has generally been limited to negotiating unsecured debt accounts like credit card debt, store charge cards, personal loans, and medical bills. With secured debts, there is always collateral at stake, in the form of property like a home or vehicle. Given the right of secured creditors to foreclose or repossess property, … Read more