81,312 Foreclosures in September. More Than Just a Number.

Well the September foreclosure figures are out from RealtyTrac. And while we can look at the big, really big number and compare it to foreclosures a year ago that does not give a real understanding of the fear and loss experienced by over 81,000 families that month. Maybe there is some hope headed down the … Read more

Can I Trade My House In For a Smaller One Instead of Losing it in Foreclosure? – Hollis

Hollis “Dear Steve, I am severly under water financially having lost a second income. Now my house is upside-down by probably $80K, both my credit cards are topped out and I owe $40K on those and I have been advised to declare chapter 7 bankruptcy. My retirement savings have plummetted because of the volitility in … Read more

Bush Administration Rolls Out Wimpy Mortgage Assistance Plan

The Bush administration today rolled out a plan to help homeowners in trouble with their mortgages. While proclaiming big help the plan does not go anywhere near far enough to help those in the most trouble. Homeowners 90 or more days late in their mortgage payments, owe at least 90% of their home’s current value, … Read more

Jax Is Looking to Refinance And Has Some Questions

“Dear Steve, I need to refinance my home in Oct of 2009. My credit score is 669. I have a mortgage of $130,000, home equity loan of $34,000, a car loan of $4,000, & credit cards of $4,000. Some credit cards don’t have balances. Do I close these credit cards and extend my home equity … Read more

Ginger Asks “I Started My Business On Credit Cards But It’s Hard to Make Payments”

Giner wrote in through the GetOutOfDebt.org site and asked for help. “I started a new business, had a few small credit card balances before, but had to use them, plus acquiring a few more, and with the balance trasfer deals, I now have 8 cards with a total debt of $50,000+. I manage to stay … Read more