Your Home Equity Loan - or Second Mortgage - May Now Be Unsecured. Here's Why.


When the housing bubble popped, most homes went down in value. Some went way down!

As a result, your home's value may be equal to (or even less than) the amount of your first mortgage. This means, for practical purposes, that your home equity loan - which is usually a second mortgage - is no longer secured because your home has fallen so much in value.

For example: Let's say that your home is now worth $300,000 - the amount you owe on your first mortgage is $300,000 - and the amount owed on your second mortgage is $50,000. Since your home's value equals the amount of your first mortgage, there is no equity left to secure the second mortgage.

Here's how this works in bankruptcy...

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