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Upside Down Homes in Insolvent Estates

Co-Author: Mike Smeenk, Esq. At various times during the Great Recession and its aftermath, different economists have estimated that approximately 25% of American households with mortgages are “upside down.” That is, for approximately 25% of American households with mortgage debt, the debt exceeds the property’s fair market value. While these percentages vary from place to … Continue Reading

Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (“HAFA”) When Mortgage Modification Isn’t Enough

The Home Affordability Modification Program(“HAMP”) has been largely unsuccessful in creating permanent loan modification solutions that allow distressed homeowners to remain in their properties. In response, the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (“HAFA”), which went into effect April 5, 2010, provides foreclosure avoidance options for homeowners who are not able to permanently modify their loans … Continue Reading

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