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regrets View Drop Down

Joined: 04/April/2012
Location: Australia
Posts: 23
  Quote regrets Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Mortgage debt
    Posted: 28/May/2015 at 15:13
Hi all,

Looking for some advice about my mortgage.

Around eighteen months ago, I lost my job and had to hand the house back to the bank as I was in a lot of arrears and they advised that it was in my best interests to do so instead of cashing out some super.

Recently the house has been sold but I got a letter stating that i owe the bank a lot of money, over fifty grand. This is nearly six times the amount i once owed before i gave them the house.

Now, there is no way i can pay that money back any time soon and i did not have lenders insurance at the time.

Is there anything i can do short of claiming bankruptcy or hope that they take fifty dollars a month as an acceptable payment plan?

Any tips or advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance

Luisa View Drop Down
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Joined: 08/June/2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 226
  Quote Luisa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03/December/2015 at 15:45
No I do not know. But I do know this makes no sense - how can it be 6 times what you owed at the time you handed the keys back? Is there some sort of consumers advocate or consumers finance adviser you could approach fro assistance?

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Joined: 12/May/2016
Location: Sydney
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  Quote webbrowan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30/September/2016 at 14:43
I think the eventual repayment amount is absolutely ridiculous but bank interest rates are often sky high due to fluctuating market patterns. How could it possibly sum up to be 6-times the initial arrears that you had? Perhaps you could seek a consumer association to help you derive with a breakdown of the costs before consulting the bank to come up with a reasonable repayment plan.
Best Regards
Rowan Webb

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Joined: 11/July/2017
Location: Australia
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  Quote 夜暗 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/July/2017 at 15:41
I am an Australian and bought a leasehold property in New Zealand quite a few years ago. The mortgage was arrears because of the high rocket of the land rate. The New Zealand bank forced me to sell the property at a low price which could not cover the mortgage. The bank launched a summary judgment against me. There was a long story about the lawsuit. In brief, my lawyer neglected and the New Zealand judge was obviously unfair, even decline my application of appeal. In 2012 I was awarded a high amount debt from the New Zealand court, which is even more than my original loan amount 4 years ago. The bank could not register the case in Australia because I left there. My question are: Does the debt collection company have the right to collect the debt in behalf of the bank? Is there a Statute Limitation for the debt and how many years for it? Do I still have the chance to defend in Australia if the bank is able to register the case in Australia?

Edited by 夜暗 - 11/July/2017 at 17:14

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