Chris Layton

Yes. In fact, while you can most often keep a home in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy has as one of its best qualities, the ability to get ‘caught up’ on your mortgage over time.

My Home In Chapter 7

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you can keep your home provided you are current on your mortgage and the equity in your home does not exceed $35,000 for an individual, or $70,000 for a married couple. The equity is quite simply the fair market value of your home minus the balance of all mortgages on the home.

If the equity in your home does exceed the figures above, you can either ‘purchase’ that equity from the trustee by writing him or her a check for the amount you exceed the limits, or you can consider filing a Chapter 13, which would require that your payments in a Chapter 13 result in creditors getting at least the same amount of the excess, over the course of your re-payment plan.

My Home In Chapter 13

If you have too much equity in your home, or if you are behind on mortgage payments, HOA dues, or property taxes, a Chapter 13 will set up a repayment schedule for the arrearages, over the course of the plan. For example, if you were behind on your mortgage payments by $6,000.00 and filed a Chapter 13 to prevent foreclosure, the Chapter 13 plan would include paying off the $6,000 debt over the course of the 36 or 60 month plan—whichever you were approved for.

If excess equity is the concern driving you to choose Chapter 13, the Chapter 13 plan requires the debtor to pay creditors as much over the course of the plan as the creditors would get in a theoretical Chapter 7. Your Charlotte bankruptcy attorney will run all of those numbers for you and submit them to the court, but essentially if you have $8,000 of excess equity in your home, then as long as the plan calls for $8,000 or more to go to creditors over the life of the plan, your creditors can’t complain.

When you complete your Chapter 13 plan, you have completely paid off the amount of the arrearages, and your mortgage is current. When the plan ends, you go back to your normal agreement with you mortgage lender. None of the terms of your mortgage change as a result.

Call An Attorney

If your home is in foreclosure, there is still time to file a Chapter 13 to stop the foreclosure and force a repayment plan on your lender. Chapter 13 is a great way to do it. If you have any questions about Chapter 13, foreclosure, or Chapter 7, call 704.749.7747 today. We’re here to help.