Making Home Affordable Program May Push Many into Bankruptcy

Submitted by Jen Jones on Fri, 02/12/2010 - 7:44pm

Making Home Affordable Program May Push Many into Bankruptcy

The Making Home Affordable program was designed to be the savior of the crashing real estate economy. People nationwide were taking solace in the President's effort to save our homes and lead us through the worst economic situation our country has faced in almost 100 years. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure due to the bubble bursting on a plague of poorly schemed sub-prime mortgages rejoiced in what seemed to be a cooperative effort on the part of the a supportive new Washington administration and the Wall Street.

Unfortunately, the program has landed far from expectations. The foreclosure rate has seen only minor blips in decline and it has become difficult to hear government officials even address the existence of the program, unless to defend it. Additional programs have been introduced to support it but larger menu items are being devoured by the House and Senate and the status of homeowners has been given a backseat. Meanwhile, the numbers of properties in foreclosure and pre-foreclosure continue to grow.

Accepted into the trial HAMP modification program for six months, Bert Carvajal of south Florida was eventually denied full participation in the President's program. He was also deemed ineligible for any assistance from his lender, JPMorgan Chase. His situation is no different than that of most Americans in trouble with their mortgage. His construction management income was sapped by a declining housing market and he simply fell behind on the payments that keep a roof over his family. He is now behind on property taxes too, so he owes his bank and the county.

Mr. Carvajal's best option may be to soon file bankruptcy. In Chapter 13, he can catch up on the missed mortgage payments, and pay back the property taxes over a period of up to 5 years.

Jag Bhangu was also recently denied a mortgage modification because he still has equity in his home. However, that doesn't mean he can afford to pay for it. And, given his position as a mortgage consultant, one would think the bank would by sympathetic to his situation of lost income. In the last couple of years, his income dropped 70 percent from where it was when he was approved for the loan.

Bhangu was granted a trial modification under Obama's plan for nine months but then declined for permanent adjustment. He continues to speak with people at CitiGroup about another modification but he is not hopeful that it will happen.

If you're getting the runaround from your mortgage lender, talk to a bankruptcy attorney today to discuss how a Chapter 13 can help you and your family hold on to your most precious asset- your home. Call today. In North Carolina, contact the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt for a free initial debt consultation. +1-919-646-2654. Or visit www.billsbills.com and fill out our debt questionnaire. With offices in Raleigh, Durham, Wilson and Fayetteville, help is just a phone call away.

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