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MORTGAGE DEBT FORGIVENESS RELIEF – PROPOSED EXTENSION

MORTGAGE DEBT FORGIVENESS RELIEF – PROPOSED EXTENSION

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! In the early morning hours on January 1st, 2013, an extension of the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 was passed by the Senate and many are hopeful will also be passed in the House by today. The legislation dealt with many issues, but relevant here is the amendment they made to the 2007 Act by striking the expiration date of “January 1, 2013” and inserting “January 1, 2014”. Without this extension, any debt forgiven by a lender due to a short sale, modification, or deficiency waiver would be considered taxable. Read the rest of this entry

Mortgage Fraud Settlement: Biggest Since Tobacco Cases

Last February, Florida Attorney General and 48 other states entered into a settlement agreement with five of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers: Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Ally/GMAC. Their liability stems from their systemic abuse of the foreclosure process as well as inappropriate mortgage-servicing practices. Read the rest of this entry

DEFICIENCY JUDGMENTS AND TAX LIABILITY

A main concern that every homeowner should have when considering a short sale, deed in lieu, mortgage restructuring, or foreclosure is the potential of a Deficiency Judgment. Read the rest of this entry