Our Florida clients have recently been asking me if there is a new law allowing them to reduce their mortgage balance to the value of their home. This is not accurate and I am not sure where this is coming from. My guess it may be from somewhat misleading and overly optimistic advertisement flyers that are sent to people who have a foreclosure filed against them.
In bankruptcy, specifically a Chapter 13, we can strip a second mortgage. But the court cannot require a first mortgage company on a primary home to reduce the principal balance on their home. Implying otherwise, is simply misleading and inaccurate.
There is also no federal or state law that requires a first mortgage to be reduced to the value of the home.
At least not yet.