A bankruptcy is a great tool for people to utilize if they are drowning in debt and want a fresh financial start in life. There are two forms of bankruptcy, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. We will discuss Chapter 7 bankruptcy on this particular blog.
Why File Bankruptcy?
Millions of Americans have fallen victims to this country’s Great Recession where they have lost their homes or lost a substantial reduction in income which affected their overall household income. Many have gone through extended periods of unemloyment where they have fallen so far behind on their monthly credit obligations where they had no ways of catching up and were constantly hounded by bill collectors. Others have gotten civil judgments from credit card companies and other creditors where they were threatened with wage garnishments and bank account garnishments. For these hard working people, filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy was their only option.
Reasons Why Bankruptcy Is Necessary
Many creditors are willing to work with consumers during hardship and will offer a re-payment plan and understand that people can go through tough times during tough economic times where they have lost their jobs or had other economic events such as divorce, loss of business, or medical issues. However, there are creditors who do not care and will do anything possible to collect their money via direct collection efforts or by hiring a third party collection agency. Larger collection agencies can be ruthless and will do anything and use any means to collect their debt and show no mercy. They will go for the jugular and file suit where they can obtain a civil judgment and even go to the extent to garnish the debtor’s wages and bank accounts. When this situation arises, many consumers have no other choice but to file bankruptcy.
If you have understanding creditors where they are willing to offer you a debt settlement or a reasonable re-payment plan, you can possibly avoid filing for bankruptcy and see if you can work things out. Many creditors are willing to work with you including mortgage companies, automobile finance companies, medical collectors, credit card companies, and other creditors. However, one ruthless creditor can force you to file for bankruptcy. If a creditor or creditors are adamant in suing you to get a civil judgment, you might be forced to file bankruptcy unless you can enter into a reasonable re-payment plan.
Judgments are the main reason most consumers are forced to file for bankruptcy. A civil judgment is probably the worst derogatory item you can have on your credit report. A judgment will scare most lenders and creditors in granting you new credit. A judgment is issued by a judge and it is a court’s decision that the debt of a creditor is valid and gives the right for a creditor to collect the judgment and place appropriate liens on your assets which includes your property. If you have assets, a judgment can pose a problem where it will enable the creditor in enforcement the civil judgment by placing liens on your assets. If you have multiple civil judgments, a bankruptcy might be your own solution to get the judgments vacated and null and void.
Can I get a mortgage loan with a civil judgment?
Mortgage lenders frown on civil judgments and most mortgage lenders will require you to have the judgment paid off before they will grant you a mortgage loan approval. However, I have approved mortgage loan borrowers who had outstanding civil judgments. The only way I can offer a mortgage loan approval for folks who have civil judgments is only if the mortgage loan borrower can have a payment plan with the judgment creditor and has paid them for at least two months and can provide proof of the payment agreement and two months of cancelled checks proving that the mortgage loan borrower has made at least two payments. As long as the mortgage loan borrower can provide me with that, I can get the borrower a mortgage loan in Illinois and Florida.
Can I get a mortgage after a bankruptcy?
Absolutely. Bankruptcy is a great tool for someone to get a fresh start in life. Once you get your bankruptcy discharged, you have zero debt. You should start re-establishing your credit right away by getting three $500 limit or more credit limit credit cards. You can have credit scores higher than 700 FICO after a year of filing bankruptcy if you get your credit re-established by getting three to five secured credit cards. You will be able to get a mortgage loan exactly two years after the discharge date of your bankruptcy. We also have a new program where you can qualify for a mortgage loan one year after your bankruptcy discharge date called the Back to Work Extenuating Circumstance FHA mortgage loan program. Contact me at www.gustancho.com to see if you qualify.