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After I have my chapter 7 bankruptcy discharged, will it make

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After I have my chapter 7 bankruptcy discharged, will it make it harder to get a home equity loan; or, while it just make the loans have a higher interest rate.

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Hello I am a licensed attorney here to help you with your question, please review my response and do not hesitate to ask for clarificati on

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A chapter 7 would have lowered your credit score by 200 points, so in terms of an equity loan, it would be difficult to get, however

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not impossible, typically after 6 months of discharge, you can be approved for an equity loan, but will face high interest rates,

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since this is an equity loan, and it will be based upon your collateral

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obtaining a loan will be possible, if you can show steady income as well.

Customer:

If I get a home equity loan instead of getting a chapter 7, and I pay my credit cards off that way, How will that affect my credit?

WALLSTREETESQ :

that would be better for your credit,

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however you lost much of the money from your home to pay debts, which may not be a good option, if you can wipe all debts out through a chapter 7

Customer:

I see. If I got a home equity loan and paid off my credit cards, would the credit cards lower or raise or stay the same as far as credit limits?

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They may go lower or be charged off, they will not increase

Customer:

So why would the credit cards be charged off if I paid them off with the money from my home equity loan?

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it would depend on whether you ever defaulted,

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if you never defaulted, the limit would stay the same, if you have missed payments,

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they may cancel the debts, after they are paid off, also, you can all each one, and try to settle the balance for 50% or less

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if you have never defaulted or missed a payment,

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they would not charge off the debt or cancel the credit cards,

Customer:

Would my credit score go down if I never missed a payment on my credit cards, and I paid them off; but now I had a home equity loan of $30,000 on my credit report with low or no balances on my credit cards?

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no, if you have not missed a payment,

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the equity loan would not hurt your score,

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as long as you paid it on time, your score may even increase.

Customer:

ok. If I got a home equity loan, paid it on time, paid my credit cards on time, but in a year or two I could no longer pay the debts, could I still apply for Chapter7 bankruptcy?

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yes, you can file bankruptcy,

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taking the equity loan would not hurt you.

Customer:

Could I still file a chapter 7 with a home equity loan, or would they put a lien on the house for the home equity loan?

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you can file with the equity loan,

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in a chapter 7 your other debts would be discharged, as long as you pay the equity loan

Customer:

Would I need to file a different type of bankruptcy? I live in Maryland and I do not know if that matters or not?

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if your income is above the state median you may have to file a chapter 13,

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but if your income is limited, a chapter 7 would be possible,

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also, in Maryland, you would have certain exemptions, for property

Customer:

My house is worth 80000 dollars-could I exempt all of that?

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You can look at the Maryland bankruptcy exemptions at the link above.

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no,

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Under the Maryland exemption system, homeowners may exempt up to $21,625 of their home or other property covered by the homestead exemption.

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So if you have a mortgage that cover 60,000 you can exempt the 20,000

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Maryland also has a “wildcard” exemption that you can use to protect up to $6,000 in any property. You can combine the wildcard and homestead exemptions to protect up to $27,625 in your home.

Customer:

I own my house outright. I live in Baltimore city. How would that affect my chapter seven Would they be able to to put a lien on my house?

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they can force a sale of the home to pay creditors,

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as only a small amount is exemopted

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exempted

Customer:

ok, that is what I was afraid of. But if it is just credit card debt, which is unsecured, could they still force a sale.

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it is possible but rare,

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it may be best for you to obtain an equity loan, and settle the credit cards, for 50% or less

Customer:

ok, thanks. that answers my question.

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Good luck,

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and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask

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Customer:

you got it.

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Thank you

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