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Is it possible to go bankrupt if you have a reverse mortga

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Is it possible to go bankrupt if you have a reverse mortgage
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Bankruptcy Law
Expert:  Roger replied 7 years ago.

Yes, it is possible.


A trustee in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case can liquidate real estate secured by a reverse mortgage if there is available equity above and beyond what a debtor can protect as exempt.


The trustee may have to pay the holder of the reverse mortgage a pre-payment penalty if one is provided for in the mortgage documents. In the case of real estate with significant equity, the pre-payment penalty will not deter a trustee from liquidating the property.


In conclusion, consider real estate property secured by a reverse mortgage to be an asset, subject to liquidation in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, just like any other case involving real estate.

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