Florida Foreclosure Improvement Still Lagging Behind the National Average

July 29, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The nationwide foreclosure filings rate has shown signs of improvement in the first half of 2016. However, the improvement rate in Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, New York and Indiana is still significantly lower than the pre-recession rates and seem to be lagging behind the rest of the country. RealtyTrac released the data from the first two quarters of 2016 that reveal that foreclosure filings are were down 20 percent compared to the previous two quarters in 2015.

Although the foreclosure filings rate is still 21 percent higher than the normal rates, there were 15 states in the first half of 2016 with foreclosure rates that were significantly lower than “pre-housing bust” levels including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Michigan.

According to RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist, the obvious divide between states is largely due to the fact that some states require foreclosures to take place in court, such as Florida. He went on to say, “the root issue that created the dysfunctional foreclosures processes was sloppy and improper documentation on the part of the banks.” Blomquist said that in non-judicial states, “it wasn’t an issue because there wasn’t oversight.”

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Miami Ranked As One of the Worst Major U.S. Cities for Managing Money

July 28, 2016 Posted by kingcade

CreditCards.com recently ranked the nation’s cities in terms of money management by comparing credit scores and an index of U.S. Census Bureau data including: average income, education level, unemployment rate and the population ages of the 25 largest cities. According to the report, Miami ranked as one of the worst major cities in the country for managing their money. In fact, Miami came in 22nd. Tampa ranked 23rd on the list with Washington, D.C. at 24th and Baltimore at 25th. Los Angeles was ranked as the best city in the nation at money management, followed by Minneapolis as second and New York as third.

In order to rank the cities, the report focused on which city residents were paying their bills on time, keeping low credit card balances and not “over-applying” for credit, according to CreditCards.com senior industry analyst Matt Schulz. The original theory was that the older, richer and more educated residents would have higher credit scores, however, the data proved that factors such as cost of living, divorce rate and mobility level greatly impacted scores.

For example, although the Washington D.C. residents brought home a larger annual income than most cities, they also carried significantly higher credit card balances than other cities.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2016/07/20/credit-consumer-creditscore-creditcards-la-dc-nyc-boston/87352606/

If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

6 Things College Grads Should Be Doing About Their Student Loans

July 27, 2016 Posted by kingcade

On average, college graduates have approximately $37,000 in student loan debt, according to Cappex.com. Most student loan companies allow students a grace period after graduation of six months to one year before they start requiring payments. However, it is important to get your student loans in order immediately after graduation so that you know what to expect down the road.

Below are six things recent grads should be doing to prepare for their student loan repayment.

  1. Get organized. Most students graduate with anywhere between eight and ten separate student loans. As a result, many tend to lose track of their total loan amount by the time they graduate. If you have only taken out loans through the federal government, you can find everything you need to know on the National Student Loan Database System website. This site will simplify your loans in terms of breaking down exactly how much you owe and when you took out each loan. However, if you have also taken out private student loans, it is best to check your credit report. This will show you the status of each loan, the date you opened it and your remaining balances. Also, make sure you note the interest rates for each individual loan.
  2. Determine the Best Monthly Payment for You. Now that you know how much you owe, it is time to determine how much you can afford to pay each month. If you do not select a repayment option, your lender will put you on a standard 10-year repayment plan. When deciding how much you can afford to pay each month, it is best to select highest payment you can afford. This will potentially save you thousands in interest. However, if it means you cannot afford to put money into a retirement fund or a savings account, opt for a lower payment.
  3. Stay on Top of Your Payments. Although student loans take longer to default than other debts, it will negatively impact your credit store if you miss a few payments.
  4. Be Strategic in Paying Off Your Loans. If you have extra money to put toward your student loans, put it toward the loan with the highest interest rate. Also, if you pay extra one month, contact the company to be sure they put the additional amount toward the principal balance. Otherwise, they may treat it as the next month’s payment.
  5. Consider Consolidation. Before you consolidate your loans, make sure you take your interest rates into account. If you have some loans with higher interest rates than others, it might not be the best move to consolidate. If you combine your loans and pay extra some months, you can no longer put the additional amount toward the loan with the higher interest rate.
  6. Educate Yourself on Deferment and Forbearance. Deferment refers to the period when your payments are placed on temporary hold. Sometimes interest does not accrue during the deferment period. Deferment is typically available to students who have enrolled in grad school, are unemployed or experiencing economic hardship. On the other hand, forbearance is what you apply for if you are ineligible for a deferment. This is a time period, typically 12 months, when interest is accrued and added to the principal balance.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Tips to Quickly Pay Off Credit Card Debt

July 26, 2016 Posted by kingcade

In 2015, the average American had approximately $15,762 in consumer credit card debt and the United States as a whole had more than $733 billion. Credit card debt was the fourth largest type of debt in the country, following student loans, auto loans and mortgages. However, most consumers retain this debt for many years and end up racking up thousands of dollars in interest. This typically occurs because consumers prioritize other payments such as mortgage payments, student loan payments, hospital bills and car payments, and therefore only make the minimum credit card payments each month.

Below are some tips to help you quickly pay off $10,000 in credit card debt.

Find out your total balance. The first thing you need to do is find out your total amount of debt, totaling all of your consumer credit cards.
Stop the interest. The next thing you need to do is look for a card that is offering a long lasting “0% intro APR balance transfer” promotion. Next, transfer your balance to this card. If you have more than one card with a balance, try to consolidate all of your credit card balances to the same card offering 0% interest. In many cases, interest accounts for as much as 75% of your monthly payment! According to NerdWallet, the average household pays $6,658 in interest per year in various debts.
• Power through the balance. After you have transferred your balance, it is important to take advantage of the interest-free period of your new card. Continue to make the same payments you made before and your balance will start shrinking much faster.

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https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/credit-card-data/average-credit-card-debt-household/

If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Why Chapter 7 Bankruptcy should be Your First Option and Not Your Last Resort

July 25, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Many Americans turn to debt relief assistance options when they are struggling with medical, credit card or other types of unsecured debt. However, according to the Huffington Post, nearly half of all programs aimed at helping you with your debt problems, fail to achieve the results they promise. These programs include credit counseling services, debt settlement programs, etc. Even those who have success with such programs usually end up with extremely high, consolidated payments for many years and accrue thousands of dollars in interest.

Filing for bankruptcy can you save time and money when you are in financial distress. Here is an example that shows the money and time debtors can save if they choose to file for bankruptcy, rather than seek debt relief assistance. Imagine that you currently have $22,000 in unsecured debts, such as credit cards. You have recently lost your job and can no longer afford each of the individual payments; therefore you choose to consolidate your credit cards into one monthly payment with the help of a credit-counseling agency. Your monthly payment is now $418 per month for the next five years. Once you pay off your debt at the end of the five years, you have paid roughly $25,000 including interest. However, if you put the same payment of $418 per month into an IRA for five years with an average return of 9.74%, you would not only have saved yourself $3,000 in interest but you would also have approximately $32,000 saved for retirement.

Filling for Chapter 7 bankruptcy can eliminate years of extremely high monthly payments and ongoing stress. The process of filing bankruptcy can take as little as 90 days and the total cost is typically between $1,500 and $1,800.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.