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Hamid Jabbar

Hamid Jabbar

Rent vs. Buy Calculator

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Depending on who you ask, it always seems to be a good time to buy real estate for one reason or the other. The current flavor of argument goes something like this: The housing market has either bottomed out or does not have too much further to fall; Mortgage interest rates are at historical record […]

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Consumer Borrowing On the Rise

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A recent report from the New York Federal Reserve indicates that consumer borrowing is on the rise. This apparent “healing of the credit markets” is widely seen as a good sign for the economy. It often feels, however, that what is good for the economy is bad for consumers. When was the last time you […]

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Bankruptcy and Employment Discrimination

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Often I have people come to me contemplating a bankruptcy who are worried that their employers will terminate them if they file. This is especially common for people who work for banks and credit card companies. After all, if you work for Bank of America as a loan officer and file Bankruptcy to discharge debts […]

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Lawsuits and Default

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One of the most common triggering events that leads people to call me is when the received service of a Summons regarding a lawsuit. In Arizona if you are sued in state court, you will likely be served in person by a process server who will deliver at least two documents, sometimes three. If you […]

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Food Price Bubble

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The recent events in Egypt and Tunisia highlight something that many people in the U.S. have not noticed, the price of food has skyrocketed. Some economists are blaming it on increased demand in developing countries while others (myself included) believe the commodity markets and futures are causing it. Doesn’t everyone remember the summer of skyrocketing […]

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Converting from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7

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Sometimes people will enter a Chapter 13 with the best intentions of making their plan payment and their regular mortgage payments. Often they will succeed. There are times, however, when despite the best efforts of the debtor, factors beyond their control make it impossible for them to continue in a Chapter 13. One way this […]

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Loan Modification Law Firms Continue to Prey On Struggling Homeowners

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Two years ago another attorney and I filed the first Consumer Fraud complaint in Arizona against a California loan modification company. As a member of the California bar (as well as Arizona) I receive news from both states. California was quick to jump in and warn homeowners about the rampant loan modification scammers in the […]

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Tax Refund Season

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It is that time of year again: tax filing season! For some that means the joy of getting a tax refund and for those who are expecting a tax refund and also contemplating a bankruptcy filing, there are some important things to consider. If you file bankruptcy now you may forfeit your tax refund. Let’s […]

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Why is the Trustee Taking So Long?

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As a bankruptcy attorney, my email inbox is flooded every day by notices from the Bankruptcy Court on each active case. Today I received a notice on an old Chapter 7 case that was filed back during the summer of 2009. The case started as a “no asset” bankruptcy and was closed in typical fashion […]

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The Anti-Deficiency Law and Rental Properties

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I seem to get this question a lot and I always end up retyping the same answer via emails to potential clients or current clients. Therefore, let’s just settle this once and for all. Whether or not your property is your primary residence or used as a rental property, the anti-deficiency legislation applies with equal […]

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