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NC. I owned a business + guaranteed a loan + used home as collateral. Existing 1 mortgage. Will bankruptcy help?

Raleigh, NC |

I no longer own the business. It was taken over by another member several years ago. Unfriendly take over. I have very few assets. Just my home and two cars (no retirement or other). I really need to keep my home. The primary mortgage is $150,000 and the deed of trust $400,000. The house isn't worth more than $225,000 now.

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Unfortunately if you owe $150k on your first and the home is worth $225k and you have a second covering the rest then you are not eligible to strip the second lien through chapter 13. You should consider negotiating with the lienholder or filing chapter 7 and walk away from the property.

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