How does foreclosure work? What happens after foreclosure? Can bankruptcy stop a foreclosure? How long can I live in my house after foreclosure? These are common questions about both involuntary and strategic foreclosures. This website attempts to provide straightforward answers.
A “strategic foreclosure” happens when a homeowner decides to quit making mortgage payments as a wealth-protection strategy. The homeowner doing a strategic forclosure may be almost broke, or may have substantial financial assets. A strategic forclosure is proactive, and different from ordinary involuntary bankruptcy or BK.
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Either way, the homeowner realizes that they have a house whose value has fallen and is significantly below the remaining balance on their mortgage. Their monthly payments have become out of line with the reality of current real estate values.
In many states, there is no legal penalty for “walking away” from a house and letting the bank forclose on it. The buyer’s credit score will take a substantial hit, but that will be erased automatically in a few years. Many persons with forclosures in their past find that they are able to purchase another home fairly quickly, at a much lower price than their original one.
However, mortgage lenders may punish those who do strategic defaults by limiting their ability to obtain another mortgage and in other ways.
In other words, a Strategic Forclosure / Strategic Default is a way to eliminate a large mortgage debt after a housing crash, but it is not without its downsides.
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