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It is always uplifting to hear stories about corporate America taking time to care about the little guy. Lear Capital We recently came across such a story about some Lear Capital business executives out of Los Angeles who paid the fines being assessed against a Florida homeowner. The homeowner, who was also a veteran, was...
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Many Florida homeowners are not aware of a helpful law called the “Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act of 2008 (the “Act”).” If you are struggling to pay your mortgage loan and you believe foreclosure is in your future, it is important to understand how this relatively new law protects you. The Act requires a foreclosure...
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The thought of losing your home can be devastating. If you are facing a foreclosure action, it is important to seek legal assistance and learn what your options are for dealing with it. One option you may want to consider is filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Many bankruptcies are filed by homeowners...
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If you are past due on your home loan payments, you are considered to be in default and the mortgage lender has the right to foreclose on your home. Your lender will typically send you notice of your default and the lender’s intent to accelerate the total amount due on the loan if you do...
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Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in our country. If you are facing foreclosure, it is important to be mindful that there are certain companies purchasing a large number of mortgage foreclosure judgments in the State. Once they are the owner, the company sues you for a deficiency judgment after the foreclosure of...
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The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, as well as the other districts of the state, has initiated the Mortgage Modification Mediation (MMM) program (also referred to as the Loss Mitigation Mediation program) in an effort to assist individuals with obtaining mortgage modifications. The program allows debtors who own an interest...
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The book has been closed on the previous decade’s mortgage crisis, sort of. In an April 2014 report, the General Accountability Office blasted the $10 billion settlement between the government and major banks. That lawsuit stemmed from allegations of rampant foreclosure abuse in the mortgage lending industry. The GAO said the settlement was based on...
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Foreclosure Defense for Homeowners in the Space Coast
According to a published report, the number of delinquent mortgages decreased by 16% between February and March 2014 to reach their lowest level since October 2007. In a related report, Black Knight Financial claims that only 10 percent of homeowners are underwater on their loans, as compared with 34 percent in 2010. The financial analysts...
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Whistleblower Suit Against Mortgage Lender
In April 2014, a lawsuit was unsealed that accuses OneWest Bank, formerly known as IndyMac Bancorp, of abusing the 2009 Home Affordable Modification Program (U.S. ex rel Fisher v. OneWest Bank FSB, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 12-09352). The program gives mortgage lenders financial incentives to perform loan modifications to qualified homeowners....
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An increasing number of cities are turning to the power of eminent domain to reduce the number of residential home foreclosures. Cities in New Jersey, New York, Minnesota and California are exploring the possibility of “friendly condemnations” in which the city buys the mortgage of an underwater homeowner. If the investor refuses to sell, the...
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