Has the Bankruptcy Reform Helped?
Author: Jim Knight
The numbers of bankruptcy cases that are filed are at an all time high. This is
the situation all across the nation and many homeowners are continuously
having to face the loss of their homes. Consequently, the federal government
has come up with certain programs and plans and managed to change a few
regulations in order to alleviate the sufferings of homeowners stuck in such
Under the newly designed bankruptcy reform guidelines, homeowners can file
for bankruptcy to get out of debt and in certain cases, allowed to retain some
parts of their property. Cases filed under the original Chapter 7 bankruptcy law
allow homeowners to get rid of all their debts, but it does not allow them to
keep their homes unless all the payments are made in total and in accordance
with the original conditions of the preset mortgage agreement.
An additional workable alternative for the homeowners is opting and filing for
Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In this situation, the payment plans, as specified by
the bankruptcy court, allow homeowners to repay all their debts over a period
of several years. However, in order to keep their property, all the payments
must be made in full and on time. If the sum that needs to be paid every
month is exceeding the amount that the debtor is to afford, the property still
remains vulnerable to foreclosure.
One more for homeowners who are facing or can face foreclosure is a plan
designed by the Federal Housing Administration department, known as Hope
for Homeowners. This program has been specially created for the assistance
of people and homeowners who are making an to bankruptcy.
If all the qualifying aspects are met and complied with, the applicants are
given a 30-year fixed mortgage rate, characteristically at lower interest rates
which are spread over longer periods of time. This normally tends to lower the
monthly mortgage payment rate. The Hope for Homeowners program is a
defined volunteer program for both the borrowers and lenders, and all the
parties that are must fully agree to the terms and conditions of the Hope for
Homeowners program in order to be considered as qualified.
The Hope for Homeowners program, included in the Bankruptcy Reform, has
been since September 30, 2010 to all those homeowners who commenced
their mortgages prior to January 1, 2008, have been living in the property,
consider it as their primary place of residence and have paid all their monthly
payments . The factors for qualification specifies that the mortgage payment
must 31 percent of the household monthly income and the applicants must
not have defaulted on any debts in the past.
There is no single winning solution for every homeowner’s bankruptcy woes.
Every requires a solution; however, with the reforms promulgated by the
federal government, the options to an average homeowner have considerably
increased. Most importantly, in many cases, the homeowner is able to retain
his or her property, something that would have been without the
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