Deficiency Judgments Haunt Foreclosed Sellers

As the web of short sales and foreclosures continues to unfold, a new twist has come into play. Investors have begun purchasing deficiency judgments (“an unsecured money judgment against a borrower whose mortgage foreclosure sale did not produce sufficient funds to pay the underlying promissory note, or loan, in full” Wickipedia) from banks for around 2 cents on the dollar, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article House is Gone but Debt Lives On.

Silverleaf Advisors LLC, a Miami private-equity firm, is one investor in battered mortgage debt. “We are waiting for the economy to somewhat heal so that it’s a better time to go after people,” says Douglas Hannah, managing director of Silverleaf.

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