The Mortgage Debt Relief Act Is Hanging in the Balance For Long Beach Area Owners

In 2007, the Mortgage Debt Relief Act was passed in an attempt to help the millions of homeowners who, due to the housing crisis and economic crash, suddenly found themselves in danger of losing their home to foreclosure.

The act has helped many California distressed homeowners find solutions to avoid foreclosure and opened up options to them that were previously unavailable.  This Act removed the tax responsibility on forgiven mortgage debt and allowed short sale sellers and owners of foreclosed homes to recover more quickly from selling their principal residence as a distressed property.  
Although there is less coverage in the media about homeowners who owe more than their home is worth, those owners make up about 22% of the nation's homeowners.

The Mortgage Debt Relief Act, however, was only intended to be a temporary solution and is now set to expire at the end of 2012.  This law has already been extended twice.  There is a bill in Congress that would extend it again, but it is unclear if it will pass. For distressed homeowners, this means that time is limited to take advantage of this program.

Time is running out. But there is still a chance to change your financial direction and avoid foreclosure.  Call today to find out the current process for listing and selling your property as a short sale--the banks have streamlined their process greatly compared to the past, and limited inventory has made buyers more willing to wait for the short sale process.

Just one more thing: please don't think that if this law is not extended, that a short sale is not possible because that is not true.  What it means is that the tax forgiveness period will be over, which will impact both short sales and foreclosed properties.  Please remember that with a short sale, with the vast majority of properties, there is less of a loss for the bank to accept than when it is not sold and goes straight into foreclosure. Either way, the homeowner will be responsible for this difference between the bank's loss and the mortgage amount, if the MDRA is not extended.
Contact me, Julia Huntsman, CDPE, at 562-896-2609 and see more short sale information at www.juliahuntsman.com - Help for Homeowners.

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