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Can Florida Homeowners Reduce Their Mortgage to What the House is Worth?

caution.jpgOur 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.

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