Real property

deficiency balance on foreclosure

A deficiency balance on foreclosure—also known as a mortgage deficiency or deficiency balance—occurs when a home or property is foreclosed on and the sale proceeds are not sufficient to pay off the mortgage. The remaining balance owed on the mortgage is a deficiency balance or mortgage deficiency.

Laws vary from state to state and a state’s laws and the terms of the mortgage may determine whether the mortgage lender (bank or mortgagee) will pursue a mortgagor who defaulted on a mortgage for any deficiency balance.

State Statutes for the State of Texas

Federal Statutes