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I had some problems sleeping tonight so thought I would catch up on some stuff. I have a couple questions and fully understand if you are not online and can't respond until later today. I have practiced in the area of bankruptcy for several years.
I am presuming (correct me if I am wrong) that since you reference making payments of $133 per month until 417 then you have a chapter 11 plan that lays out payments over 5 years. After completion of all plan payments then you obtain the discharge. That is most likely why the bank is asking for the full $260 since nothing is final until you complete all plan payments. From their perspective if you stop making plan payments next month and that continues for a period of time then your plan will be dismissed for failure to comply with the plan requirements and then they can go back and collect as though there never was a chapter 11 plan.
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While the bank can legally enforce the original loan balance you may be able to have your attorney negotiate a settlement where they would take a lesser amount to be done with the loan. If the property clearly is not worth the $260 then they may be willing to take something in between in lieu of the potential of having to foreclose (if the plan fails) as they would receive much less typically in a foreclosure sale unless the bank buys it and holds it. You may be able to get them to allow what would amount to a short sell with the benefit being that they forgive the $80K or a portion as part of the deal?? Do note that if they forgive debt they will likely report it as forgiven debt to the IRS on a 1099C. I am ahead of things here as first thing is you need to find out if they are willing to negotiate a release of their lien for an amount less than the $260K. I may take a nap, but I will be back online later today and would be happy to reply to additional questions or further clarify my answer.
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