I am a mess, financially. Have been laid off 3 times in less than 2 years and currently not working. My husband is a teacher and makes a good salary but we do not live together. He lives in one condo and I live in the other. He pays both mortgages and I pay all the other bills for this condo, including home owners’ association dues and Indian land lease (yes, my condo complex is located on what is considered Indian land and every month I write them a check). It has gotten to the point where I cannot pay my bills. I guess my question is, do I try to work it out with the credit card companies or should we do something to get rid of the second condo? I ready about this process called “in lieu of debt”. Here’s the brief explanation - “One way to avoid foreclosure to is to arrange a deed in lieu of foreclosure. In this transaction, the homeowner offers to give the lender the deed in exchange for cancellation of the debt.” Of course you have to get a real estate attorney to do this but I was just curious if anyone has gone through this process.
Also, does anyone know what happens if I stop paying the homeowners’ association dues? I would be more than happy if they repossessed the condo. I have a place to live and would just have to move my things out. I know it would look bad on my credit score but at this point I am less concerned with that and more concerned about eating one yogurt and a can of soup everyday because I can’t afford real food.
Not looking for legal advice, just curious about other people’s experiences. Husband does not want to declare bankruptcy so that’s out, unless I divorce him and then I would have no medical benefits (and I am unable to get personal insurance due to many pre-existing conditions). Both condos are in both of our names so it may look like we are living the good life but basically it just means that we are upside down on 2 properties and sinking fast.
What a mess. Thanks for reading such a long post, and here’s hoping some of you can share your stories with me.