Many Arizona residents have their expected expenses under control, such as credit card bills or utility wages.
However, their financial plans may suffer when an unexpected expense hits them, such as:
- An illness
- Or sudden unemployment
Unfortunately, a new breed of unexpected bills has materialized in the form of zombie titles. Arizona homeowners may have breathed a sigh of relief as they walked away from their foreclosed home, only to be hit with a tax bill at the end of the year since their bank has not begun the process yet. Bills such as these put an extra strain on already-burdened finances.
What Is a Zombie Foreclosure?
A zombie foreclosure is when a homeowner vacates their home after receiving a notice of default in anticipation of losing the home in the pending foreclosure. The foreclosure may end up being canceled or never completed for any number of reasons. Homeowners think foreclosure has begun only to be shocked when they are still liable for the taxes on the house. This situation is becoming more and more common.
The market is still so shaky that banks do not begin the foreclosure process immediately. Rather, they hold on to the foreclosed homes as long as possible to get the best possible deal on them. These decisions are often made without the previous homeowner's knowledge.
The Importance of Foreclosure Status
The problem of zombie titles is plaguing thousands of families and individuals. One way for Arizona homeowners to ensure they do not get hit with a similar bill is to get in touch with their banks and ask about the status of their foreclosed property.
Arizona homeowners may also not be aware that filing for bankruptcy puts an automatic stay on foreclosure proceedings and in fact filers may be able to hold on to their houses up to a certain value. In addition to this, filing for bankruptcy also puts an end to other collection efforts and may even help with tax obligations, so filers can truly breathe a sigh of relief as they rebuild their financial life.
- CBS Detroit, "Beware: Zombie Foreclosures Haunting Homeowners," Feb. 24, 2013
- Bankruptcy Issues: What Is Zombie Debt?
- Foreclosed Upon Or Not--The Curse of the Zombie Title
- What Is ‘Zombie Debt’ With Regard to Bankruptcy?
Reach out to us online or call (480) 568-2333 to see how the team at the Law Office of Harold E. Campbell P.C. can help you get out from underneath debt.