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Month: December 2011

How to Handle the “Exclusion of Gain from Sale” in New York Bankruptcy

People who file New York bankruptcies often have a lot of credit card debt, auto debt secured by their cars, and mortgage debt. Some people, though, own their houses outright or at least have significant equity in them. In these circumstances, the equity can be placed into the bankruptcy estate and sold to the creditors …

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How to Use Bankruptcy to Reduce Auto Loan Payments in New York

Many New Yorkers have difficulty with auto loans. In some cases, the car’s value has depreciated significantly, making resale difficult, and in others the car was over-financed to begin with, which is more common when the dealership plays the role of lender as well. Unlike the underwater mortgage, the bankruptcy code offers solutions that are …

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Changes to HARP May Benefit Some Underwater Homeowners in New York

On October 24, 2011, The Federal Housing Finance Agency released a PDF file detailing the changes to the Home Affordable Refinancing Program (HARP), which is not to be confused with HAMP, the government’s mortgage modification program. These changes are all part of the President’s “We Can’t Wait” initiative to help improve the economic outlook while …

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