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Walking away in CA, delayed forclosure, advice needed

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  1. pcuser123

    pcuser123 LoanSafe Member

    Hello Everyone, So this is my situation

    Bought a new townhome in 2005 in Antioch Ca. I did it through a mortgage broker and the loan was through a company called Land Home Financial. The price was 450 k, i put 10 percent down and took a 80 percent first loan and 10 percent second loan (I have been paying principle and interest). The pice has dropped to 230 k and I am ready to walk away. The loan was then sold immediately to countrywide. Now I am dealing with them. I have an Hoa of 200 dollars a month and intend to pay that until the forclosure is final

    Both loans I believe are purchase money loans since I haven't refinanced. (does it make a difference that one bank sold the original loan to a second?)

    Ok guys I am ready to walk way. I make 6 figures a year but unfortunately have to move to the east coast due to family reason so the banks laughed at me when I asked to lower my payments. Can the banks come after me??

    Any advice would be appreciated. eg: should i forclose on first laon then second or vice versa??

    I don't know anybody in the area and I have a call out to 2 lawyers who I really don't know anything about. I mean what are the lawyers gonna tell me?? If anyone could reccomend a good one in contra costa county please let me know. My credit score is like 800 now and I have a good sum of money in the bank and I am single
  2. ProfessorShays

    ProfessorShays LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to Walk Away in Antioch Ca

    Your two loans, given the facts as presented, appear to be purchase money and since they encumber your owner occupied residence, it looks like California Civil Code Section 580b is applicable, thus resulting in a "non-recourse nature for those loans. That effectively means your lenders' sole recourse is to foreclose on your home and you are not personally liable.

    As always I recommend that you take both your purchase documents and your loan documents to a lawyer skilled in real estate law and debt collection practices to confirm you are protected from liability based upon this law.

    The "non-recourse" characterization attaches at the time of loan origination. A subsequent sale of the loan through the secondary market doesn't effect this characterization.

    Take care,

    Daniel
  3. pcuser123

    pcuser123 LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to Walk Away in Antioch Ca

    Thanks alot, I appreciate you insight.
  4. pcuser123

    pcuser123 LoanSafe Member

    100 percent sure that I will walk away in CA, but scared

    I am trying to cover all my bases prior to walking away in CA. I have 2 loans with countrywide (purchase money non recourse loans) and will miss my first payment this month. Listed my situation a few posts ago.

    I am aware of the foreclosure act of 2007 that will not hold you accountable for the shortfall of what the bank gets for your house vs what you owe, in terms of them sending you a 1099 and considering it taxable income. Unfortunately this act only covers forclosures till 2009.

    Now if I play games with the bank and live in it for a long period before they forclose and they don't recoup the money until say 1/2010. Will I be held accountable for the 1099. I think I would based on the forclosure act.

    When does the bank generate the 1099?? When the house is sold?? there are Bank owned properties in my area not selling for months.

    Is it a could idea just for them to forclose sooner. I wanted to live in the house as long as I could prior to getting kicked out. I paid 400 k for the home and i could be worth only 200. if they send me a 1099 for 200 k, were talking about owing 40-50 k to the irs.

    Just checking what everyone thinks.
  5. Scott

    Scott LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    I was wondering the same thing, and searched and found this info on the CA Franchise Tax Board website... see the footnote #1 at the bottom. Maybe Prof Shays can confirm?


    "The federal law covers qualified debt forgiven from 2007 through 2012,<SUP>1</SUP> and it:
    • Limits the amount of qualified principal residence indebtedness to $2,000,000 for taxpayers who file as married filing jointly, single, head of household, or widow/widower, and to $1,000,000 for taxpayers who file as married filing separately.
    • Does not limit the debt relief amount: it only limits the indebtedness amount used to calculate the debt relief amount.
    Federal Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007
    <SUP>1</SUP>The federal law previously covered debt forgiven from 2007 through 2009. On October 3, 2008, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424) extended the federal period through 2012."
  6. ProfessorShays

    ProfessorShays LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    These "what if" tax question scenarios are just too vague to answer. My guess is the time periods, given my belief this market is heading down for a couple more years, are going to be extended.

    Daniel
  7. faith

    faith LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    Hello good morning,
    A 1099 is issued by the Investor during the last day of the first month of each year. For example if your house was foreclosed or was sold in 2008, the Investor will send you a 1099 on January 31, 2009. The 1099 shows the debt forgiven including all the expenses they have incurred.

    Hope this helps.


    Faith.
  8. KT in CA

    KT in CA LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    The 1099 income is of great concern to me. We made our last payment today. Our tax issue won't come up until we prepare our return for 2009. We have a first and second and both are recourse (we refinanced a few times). I'm hoping some of the 1099-C amount can be reduced to either insolvency or the debt relief act. And in this case, I need to keep us as insolvent as I can up until the house forecloses, because I have a feeling that is the rough we will have to go to get some of the income reduced.
    This is giving me nightmares. At this point I'm done with the house. I've accepted the fact that our $55k second may come after us and we'll get an attorney to deal with that. But I am petrified of owing ungodly amounts of federal and state taxes. I know we can work out payments with both but I am REALLY REALLY worried about it. I'm also hoping between now and the time when we have to file our 2009 income taxes maybe something will change more in the tax code. I doubt it though. I guess we just need to get a good tax attorney.
    It will be interesting to read this forum come mid-February to see what kind of 1099's everyone is getting for those who foreclosed in 2008. Intersted to see how taxes pan out for those of us who do have recourse loans due to refinancing. Majority of people here seem to be non-recourse. Thank your lucky stars, you guys!
  9. homerunkevin

    homerunkevin LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    I going into 2nd month of mispayment. I have realtor doing a short sale that just he just post it on market 4 days ago. I spoke to attorney this morning and he told me if it's non recourse the lender don't issue 1099? he also say that eventhough I refinance purchase money loan to get a lower rate but didn't take any money out it's still consider non recourse loan. He told me to call up Bank of America to find out. I spoke to one if Bank of america supervisor and she review my account with some hesistant. She say Bank of America would only take the house back and wouldn't go after any other asset. As far as tax ramification, she lender wouldn't send out any tax income but yet didn't respond 100% confident that the case or not. If short sale after 3 month don't work, I planning on just gaving this house back to the lender and hopefully the tax relief act applies to us.
  10. cdmosaic

    cdmosaic LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    I'm a litte confused regarding the stress around the 1099. The way I read the debt forgiveness it does apply to refi's as long as money wasn't pulled out in excess of the origianl purchase. Am I missing something?

    Does the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 apply to all forgiven or cancelled debts?
    No, the Act applies only to forgiven or cancelled debt used to buy, build or substantially improve your principal residence, or to refinance debt incurred for those purposes.

    What about refinanced homes?
    Debt used to refinance your home qualifies for this exclusion, but only up to the extent that the principal balance of the old mortgage, immediately before the refinancing, would have qualified.
  11. KT in CA

    KT in CA LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    We bought our house in 2000 for $229k. We able to refinance several times and take cash out. Current mortgage is for about double original, and about $25k we took out for bathroom remodels. I'm hoping either some of the debt relief act or our insolvency will relieve some of the debt on the 1099. I'm thinking between what our house values at and what our mortgage is, that it's going to be about a $150k hit on the 1099. I believe we are relieved from capital gains if there are any, but I'm not clear on how the IRS debt relief works. So for us, being that we did take cash out, we will be taxed on some of that. I'm just going to keep us pretty insolvent up to the day before the foreclosure so we can show lots of debt. In our case, we could be talking about quite a substantial tax hit. And that has me VERY nervous.
  12. Lori56

    Lori56 LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to Walk Away in Antioch Ca

    Another CCC resident here, but in Concord. Our trustee sale is Jan 15, next month. So far we have had 6 offers for our short sale since March, but potential buyers went away as the banks took too long to respond. We have a first (refi) with Wells Fargo, $480,000, which is an ARM. Second mortgage is $49,000 with Citimortgage and is fixed, loan was taken out beginning of last year. Of course, property value has dipped at least $200,000 since it was appraised at $565,000 in 2005, probably worth about $325,000 now. We have owned it since 2004. Now Citimortgage is making our lives really miserable by threatening to take all our savings in the short sale if we find a buyer in time. Right now I am the only one working, my husband is unable to find employment and we have credit card debt. We were pretty current on our bills too, but now in survival mode and have to pay what we can on them. Thank God we found a place to rent.
    Just wondering if we can still DIL, as we have no buyers. Looks like there's no way to salvage our credit at this point, as we would like to buy in 2-3 yrs again. I tried to look for a similar story before posting; some of the legal stuff just baffles me. Just hope to not have a heart condition before all this is over with.
  13. pjd123

    pjd123 LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    KT in CA ,

    We are also in CA and took out cash when we refied. We talked to our tax person (planning on getting a 2nd opinion but she was VERY confident) - she's sure we won't have to pay taxes on any of it - due to insolvency and the capital gains allowances - Boy do I hope she's right. Have you found anything else out about this?

    Thanks,

    pjd123
  14. KT in CA

    KT in CA LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    Nope. I haven't spoken with a tax person yet because we haven't even started the foreclosure process yet. I have searched far and wide online about this and it seems that insolvency works up to the level you are insolvent. If your liabilities exceed your assets by $80k, then that is how much income you can write off. And they look at your insolvency level the day before foreclosure, so timing is everything here. If you have cc debt, it's best to make minimum payments until foreclosure is final, and then pay bills off after that. That is our strategy anyway. And what may work at the federal level may not work at the state level as far as debt forgiveness. I'm not sure how the Franchise Tax Board is looking at it. I sure hope you are right though. Others on this forum say insolvency is hard to prove, but I've seen workups online of what kind of documentation they will accept to prove it. And if they mention insolvency on the IRS site in the mortgage debt relief info, then they must be expecting taxpayers to use it.

    Crossing my fingers. This won't affect us until we do our taxes for 2009, so I'm very curious to see how others fare when they do their taxes for year 2008.
  15. pjd123

    pjd123 LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    Thanks for the reply KT in CA. I'm reading the IRS sight as well, and am understanding it the same way... which, as I mentioned before, is what my tax consultant said. Not paying off CC's until after the taxes are filed for 2009 just in case. Being the natural worrier that I am though, I'm starting to be really concerned about being able to get into a rental.... I wonder what its like to not have anything to worry about... lol

    Good luck to you.

    pjd123
  16. KT in CA

    KT in CA LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    I am a natural worrier as well. Having said that, I think it will be okay finding a rental. A lot of people are in our situations, and property owners/managers need to fill those rental houses. If we offer a little larger deposit or an extra months rent that most likely will help. I have said before that a local property manager told me that they understand the situation some families are in. She said if the credit report only showed the foreclosure that it should be fine, but if other things showed up (like other credit cards not being paid, etc) that they may ask for an extra months' rent or a co-signer on the lease. The attorney I spoke with is also a landlord, and he said he likes to fill his properties with people who have owned homes before because we know how to take care of houses. I think there may be a problem renting from individuals at times, but if you go through a property management company it probably will easier. That's what I'm hoping anyway.

    I go from worrying about getting the phone calls when we miss our first payment this month, to worrying about tax liability, to worrying about our second coming after us, to worrying about finding a place to live that our kids are happy with. The most important of those is finding somewhere to live that makes us all happy. The other things can be eventually paid for, if we end up having to pay.

    I too wonder what it's like to not have anything to worry about. But then I'm sure I'd worry because I didn't have anything to worry about. :)

    Take care.

    KT
  17. 925girl

    925girl LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    Thanks now I'm completely worried! I have a hard time understanding tax issues but can you explain what you mean by being insolvent and how is that proved? If I am in foreclosure then I should not pay down cc debt? I had a couple of cash refi's to pay down debt etc. Only 1 loan. Recourse or not? How do you know if your tax guy is even up on all these things? I can just see us getting jacked for the house by the bank and end up with the IRS chasing us forever. Is that possible??
  18. ProfessorShays

    ProfessorShays LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    925girl, your participation has been missed. One of your fellow Antiocheeans posted yesterday. Boy have values slipped there. I thought Lincoln here in Placer County was bad but it looks like its in great shape compared with Antioch.

    As to potential tax liability, best bet is to talk to a tax expert. I can proudly say that not only do I dislike tax law, I'm not wasting my time trying to figure out something that is unfair, unjust, and just plain too complex to figure out for my simple intellect.

    Take care,

    Daniel
  19. 925girl

    925girl LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    Thanks Daniel. Antioch has so many houses, empty big houses for sale by bank. Only a few years ago it looked like a town with potential. Everyone I know has to drive far to work but amazingly most of the few friends I have are holding on. Wachovia is now WFB. Will see if they are more "flexible". Always reading your replies....Best to you for a better year ahead.

    Cristina
  20. pjd123

    pjd123 LoanSafe Member

    Re: Ready to walk away in CA, 1099 time frame question

    925girl - sorry didn't mean to cause you more stress. My understanding, which may not be acurate, is that the more debt you have outside of your mortgage, the more 'insolvent' you are: in other words - the more 'unable' you are to pay the taxes. It just makes sense to me to keep that debt until my 2009 taxes are said and done (making minimum and timely payments, of course). Professor Shays is right though, getting profession advise is best and will also provide peace of mind.

    Best of luck.

    pjd123

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