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February 04, 2011
Chapter 7 is one of the six bankruptcy chapters encompassed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This chapter is available to individuals, business partnerships, corporations, and other business entities who qualify for protection through the court.
Obtaining debt relief through Chapter 7 is not as simple as it used to be. Reason being, new bankruptcy laws that took effect in 2005 require debtors to repay a portion of their debts by making restitution to the court using Chapter 13 payments.
December 28, 2010
Forbearance in bankruptcy can be a complex matter that requires help from a qualified attorney. Forbearance is a special financing arrangement that delays loan payments and prohibits banks from commencing with foreclosure or repossession of property used to secure the loan.
Forbearance in bankruptcy can go awry because technically borrowers are defaulting on the forbearance plan once they record their bankruptcy petition. However, when the petition is submitted the courts enter an automatic stay that stops collection activities from all creditors, including mortgage lenders.
November 15, 2010
Did you know most bankruptcy plans fail within the first year? The reason being is new bankruptcy laws require the majority of bankruptcy petitioners to enter into a payment plan under Chapter 13. Debtors are often required to contribute as much as 60-percent of disposable income to pay off reorganized debts.
Another reason most bankruptcy plans fail is because petitioners do not understand what happens if they do not adhere to their Chapter 13 payment plan. New bankruptcy laws took effect in 2005 under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. These laws are extremely restrictive and leave petitioners little room for error. One missed payment can result in bankruptcy dismissal.
June 11, 2010
Loans allow people to buy things they need but don't have enough money saved away to purchase. Loans are often used when buying real estate and automobiles, as well as financing college education tuition or starting a business.
Unless loans are provided by family or friends, recipients of borrowed funds must apply for personal or business loans through banks or credit unions. Lending institutions require borrowers to provide evidence they are capable of repaying loans. If borrowers have poor credit their loan application might be denied or lenders may require a qualified co-signer.
April 15, 2010
Obtaining secured loans with bad credit can be considerably more difficult than if you have good credit. However, with research and perseverance borrowers can locate poor credit lenders willing to give them a second chance.
Secured loans require borrowers to utilize some form of valuable asset as collateral. Assets might include real estate properties, vacant land, motor vehicles, water craft, or business equipment. Depending on the circumstances, amount of required funds and type of collateral, banks may require bad credit borrowers to obtain a creditworthy co-signer.
April 12, 2010
College loan consolidation requires debtors to apply for a loan which pays off multiple student loans. Students who have private and federal education loans can sometimes benefit from consolidating multiple loans into one account. Loan consolidation not only eliminates the need to keep track of multiple payment dates, but can also reduce the amount of interest along with lowering monthly payments.
Before entering into college loan consolidation it is important to comparison shop. Debtors should strive to obtain the lowest possible interest rate. If students do not have a high FICO score or have poor credit, they may want to consider obtaining a co-signer. Otherwise, the interest charged against consolidated student loans can be substantially higher.
February 25, 2010
Taking control of personal finance is the best gift you can give yourself and your family. When credit card spending spirals out of control or outstanding debts rule your life, it is time for serious financial change. Unfortunately, many people do not have a clue where to start. Oftentimes, individuals turn to filing personal bankruptcy in hope of being released from financial bondage.
Regardless of how bad personal finance problems are, there is always a way to fix them. In order to regain control of cash flow, it is imperative to take a hard look at where your money is being spent. This can be accomplished by creating a household budget.
January 01, 2010
Mortgage foreclosure rates continue to rise in spite of President Obama's mortgage relief plan. Anticipated mortgage foreclosure statistics project an additional 9 million homeowner's will lose their homes to foreclosure by 2012.
The increase in mortgage foreclosure rates originated with predatory lending practices. Many borrowers obtained 'no money down' subprime loans. When the banking crisis occurred and real estate prices fell, many borrowers were left owing more on their home mortgage loan than the appraised property value.
October 07, 2009
Debt problems are affecting more Americans today than ever before. The financial crisis of Wall Street left many people with worthless financial portfolios, while the unemployment crisis has drained many saving accounts. Add in wasteful spending habits and you have a recipe for financial disaster.
Many options exist to eliminate debt problems, but it takes patience and commitment to get out of debt. Individuals with mounting debts must take a hard look at spending habits to determine where their money is being spent.
September 26, 2009
Today, many people are looking for debt solutions. They are tired of being stressed out by mounting debt and exorbitant interest rates. Millions of Americans require immediate debt help in order avoid foreclosure or bankruptcy.
Several debt solutions exist including: budgeting, debt consolidation, debt management, debt settlement, credit counseling and bankruptcy. Each option carries its own set of pros and cons. Not all options are available to everyone. Some require debtors to meet specific criteria, while others charge fees for services rendered.