Many people do not realize that they may face personal liability for certain debts if they walk away from their home or let it go to foreclosure. In California, if the 1st lender forecloses with a trustee sale, any other lienholders, such as a 2nd or 3rd mortgage or line of credit may be able to come after the borrower personally.
In fact, reports are that servicing companies are increasing their efforts to come after people who have been foreclosed upon for these personal obligations. Homeowners need to take steps to avoid going through more financial distress after a foreclosure. Often a Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation makes sense after a foreclosure to get rid of all other debts and personal liability.
See the report out today on CNBC: