Mortgage Loans Discharged In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Mortgage loans can be discharged in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings so that homeowners no longer have to worry about paying an expensive loan when their income has dropped. But with a discharge, the owners will not be able to keep their house, as the bank will receive the collateral back as a result of the loan being eliminated. So there must be other reasons for owners to consider this tactic, since it does not actually save the house.
The main benefit of doing this is that homeowners are able to stop foreclosure from moving any further along in the legal process, meaning no more court documents, lawsuit paperwork, sheriff sale dates, or eviction hearings. Even if the borrowers move out of their house before the foreclosure process is complete, the courts will still move ahead with the necessary procedures to sell the house to satisfy the mortgage lien. Discharging the mortgage through bankruptcy ends this sequence of events.
Another important reason to consider filing Chapter 7 to eliminate the mortgage and move out of the house is the possibility of avoiding deficiency judgments after foreclosure. Although few banks sue again after the sheriff sale for any difference between what was owed and what the property sold for, it may be best just to discharge the mortgage and not worry about any further lawsuits regarding this property.
Bankruptcy is an important legal defense that homeowners have against unmanageable debt burdens and aggressive collections efforts, whether they are from credit cards, collection agencies, or mortgage companies. Collectors will never give up trying to go after a debt, and every day of the foreclosure process can be a nerve-wracking experience. Although the social stigma of bankruptcy may be severe, many debtors will liberated and generally much feel better with a fresh start and no extra debt.