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Founded in 1997 we are experienced and knowledgeable Tampa attorneys practicing exclusively in Divorce, Family, Stepparent/Relative Adoption, Criminal Defense, and Personal Bankruptcy. We practice primarily in the cities of Tampa, Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, Carrollwood, Northdale, North Tampa, Plant City as well as Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and Pasco County. We have offices conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay. Our lawyers have extensive experience practicing in contested and uncontested divorces, including military divorces, and family law, child support, child custody and visitation, relocation of children, alimony, domestic violence, distribution of assets and debts, retirement/pensions (military and private), enforcement and modification of final judgments, paternity actions, adoptions and name changes as well as criminal defense. We offer a free consultation to discuss your options. Please call us at 813-672-1900 or email us at info@familymaritallaw.com to schedule a consultation. Our representation of our clients reflects our dedication to them. We look forwarding to hearing from you! Se habla EspaƱol.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Principal Paydown Plan through Chapter 13 Bankruptcy - STOP FORECLOSURE

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys has been working on a "principal paydown plan" through a chapter 13 bankruptcy.  See below for their executive summary of the proposal.  I am a bankruptcy attorney whose firm handles chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcys.  I know the devastation the economy and the collapse of the housing market have caused many people.  These people are people who have come on to hard times, which can happen to anyone, and not out to "use the system".   We need solutions which will stop foreclosures and allow homeowners to keep their homes.  We ALL BENEFIT from the reduction of foreclosures and the stabilization and growth of the housing market. 

  • This plan restructures certain undersecured (underwater) mortgages in Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases so the homeowner can pay down the loan principal and reduce negative equity and acquire equity faster than with the existing loan
  • This is accomplished by reducing the interest rate to 0% for five years, letting the borrower’s entire monthly loan payment go directly to the principal
  • During the five-year period, the borrower’s minimum monthly housing payment is calculated similar to a HAMP modification payment, at 31% of gross income
  • At the end of the initial five-year period, the remaining principal balance is amortized over 25 years at the Freddie Mac survey rate
  • The bankruptcy judge, with the assistance of the Chapter 13 Trustee, reviews the borrower’s budget to confirm the eligibility of the borrower and feasibility of the payments; and they oversee the implementation of the plan
  • There is no cramdown – the benefit to the borrower is achieved by actually paying down the loan
  • In exchange for this benefit, the borrower agrees to a general settlement of all claims against the lender and servicer and avoiding future title and loan litigation
  • The federal government and US taxpayers’ substantial liability on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac owned and insured loans would be reduced by this plan
  • Everyone wins with this plan – even the borrower’s community and local government benefit from improved neighborhood stability
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