The government has made it very easy for homeowners to get a forbearance on their mortgage during the pandemic. This has been a life line for many homeowners who have been affected financially by COVID-19. In this time of crisis, all a borrower has to do is pick up the phone and call their mortgage servicer and ask for payment relief. But how are homeowners going to pay the forbearance back? Are homeowners really being protected from delinquent marks and credit consequences?
You may think that once the awful foreclosure process is over you will not hear from your lender ever again. However, if there is a deficiency judgment form the foreclosure sale, this may not be the case. The bank can come after you if your home does not sell for the full value of the debt owed. This is called a deficiency judgment. How exactly can the bank collect this judgment? Read on to find out how.
You've gone through the ordeal and sometimes incredibly long process of settling your debt. Whew, glad that's over. Now on to rebuilding your finances, right? Not quite, when you go through a debt settlement there are tax consequences.
Surprise, Surprise! You Now Have to Report Phantom Income
Many consumers are surprised that the IRS and their state government considers debt forgiven as income.
If you have high credit card debt, you might be able to settle the debt for less than the full amount. If you plan to do-it-yourself there are dangers you should be aware of.
Credit card settlement involves negotiating with the creditor company via an offer to settle the amount you owe with a lesser amount. In the event that the creditor accepts, you must be prepared to pay the entire negotiated settlement amount up front, in one lump sum.