Income Taxes on the Abandonment, Foreclosure or Repossession of Property

Income Taxes on the Abandonment, Foreclosure or Repossession of Property Dispositions of property include sales and exchanges, but also include abandonment, foreclosures and repossessions. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, you can have a gain or loss on these types of dispositions. When you abandon property, you voluntarily and permanently give up possession with the …

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Federal refinance plan in the works for underwater borrowers?

It looks as if a federal plan is in the works to help underwater borrowers with mortgages not backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.  The proposal, outlined in President Obama’s State of the Union address, would help millions of homeowners in America.  Borrowers would need a minimum credit score of 580 to be eligible.  …

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Valuations and Sales Discounts Eat Away at Foreclosure Proceeds

Low property valuations and steep sales discounts reduce the proceeds from liquidated loans by almost a third, according to Moody’s Investors Service. As home prices drop, equity erosion drives most of the losses incurred on defaulted mortgage loans, but the analysts at Moody’s say in today’s environment that’s not the whole story. They maintain that …

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Existing-Home Sales Rise Unexpectedly in October

Sales of previously owned homes got an unexpected boost last month while the number of homes on the market continued to decline, according to data released Monday by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The trade group recorded a 1.4 percent month-over-month increase in existing-home sales in October, pushing the annual rate of sales to …

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