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Underwater Home: What Should You Do if You Owe More on Your Home than It's Worth? Paperback – November 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456365703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456365707
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brent White is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Arizona and leading expert on the mortgage crisis. His academic work has been widely-covered in the national media, including 60 Minutes, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, CNN, Fox Business News, Good Morning America, and the New York Times

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This book is entertaining, informative and well written.
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I'm so convinced of this that I'll go on to say this: If you make your decision without first reading this book, you may well take a path that will cost you dearly.
Terry Miller
He examines the plight of a homeowner who has an underwater mortgage and provides excellent advice as to the available options.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on December 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Like so many of our friends and family, my husband and I are underwater in our home. This book allowed us a moment of clarity to set aside our fears and thoughtfully consider our options. Underwater Home is a necessary read for any underwater homeowner wondering how to cope with such a large financial burden. The book addressed each of our concerns about foreclosure, short sale and loan modification clearly and compassionately. It also educated us on the options we have available to us, and how we might begin evaluating them. Although we have a long road ahead, what a relief to have access to trustworthy foreclosure information! If you or someone you know is in this situation, I highly recommend this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steven on February 15, 2011
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Approximately a year ago I read a remarkable discussion paper authored by Professor White titled Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis in which he presented a refreshing and compelling argument supporting the contention that walking away from underwater mortgages, in many cases, might be the more rational and wise course of action to take. I finished the discussion paper and thought to myself that Professor White needs to write a book on this very important and timely subject. I was delighted to discover that he recently published a book and I didn't hesitate in making the purchase.

If you are underwater on your home mortgage, this book is a must-have. If you have a friend or a family member who is underwater on their home mortgage, or struggling to make sense of the various options available to them, consider a polite way to introduce them to this book. They will be forever grateful for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

What makes this book really unique is that it is written by a lawyer who goes far beyond the typical "just the facts" legalese. Professor White goes the extra mile in helping the reader determine, for themselves, the best course of action to take for their unique situation and to also feel good and confident about their decision. Professor White's insight and thoughtful strategies, along with his easy-to-read writing style, make this book a one-of-kind guide and reference manual setting the standard by which all other books on this topic will be measured in the future. This book is empowering and has a lot of heart.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Edward C on December 26, 2010
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I have just finished reading Professor White's book and found it extremely informative. He examines the plight of a homeowner who has an underwater mortgage and provides excellent advice as to the available options. More than that he helps demystify the choices you have and helps remove the emotion involved with the decision to walk away from an underwater mortgage.

He also provides numerous websites and simple calculations that will help you decide what is your best option. His explanations help to reduce the emotional ties a homeowner has to his house, explains them and then encourages you to make a logical decision based upon your own particular situation. He helped me make up my mind as to what I should do and I know can help others who are facing one of the most critical decisions they will ever have to make.

Highly recommend to anyone who is facing an immediate foreclosure situation or would like to know more about this subject.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chandra on May 30, 2011
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If I could give Mr. White a personal hug, my husband AND I would. We have been investigating this housing crisis for a year now and were coming to the same conclusions that this book did. The bank/government are at fault and their propaganda in guilting the consciences of hard-working, tax paying citizens has run its course with us.

Thank you for putting so succinctly, in such easy to understand English, that the contract we signed with the bank, was a two way, JOINT contract. It is not a one way deal whereby the bank loans me money, I in turn owe them my life, and they can now do whatever they like with the housing market without consequence. Thank you for conveying to me that we lived up to the agreement in our contract with the bank that the foreclosure insurance that we paid at closing (as most homeowners do, but don't know it) covered the bank AND that they entered into an agreement with us that should we ever foreclose, that we would forfeit the house to them. Well, here's your house and I lived up to my end of the agreement. You agreed Mr. Big Banker that you would accept my home as collateral. Next, we should sue you for ruining our once perfect credit (800+ scores) as the terms of the contract were met.

Thank you also for bringing to light that the credit score isn't the end all of who we are as people and we can within a short period of time recover from that as well. Another scare tactic of the banks and the government.

There is so much useful and concrete advice in this book that I cannot write enough about it. We had made our decision to walk prior to reading this book but now we do it with the utmost confidence and clarity. Thank you is not enough for the surety your book has brought to our decision.

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