Category: ‘Foreclosures’

Hurricanes could bring with it another disaster: Foreclosures

December 8, 2017 Posted by kingcade

As life returns back to normal for the hurricane ravaged parts of Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, housing and consumer experts are warning of another crisis looming: The threat of foreclosure.  Legal aid groups are working with borrowers who are struggling to make their current mortgage payments on homes made uninhabitable by the storm, while paying rent somewhere else.

Approximately, 4.8 million mortgaged properties were in the eye of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, representing nearly $746 billion in unpaid principal balances, according to financial data firm Black Knight. In September, the number of loans that were more than 30 days past due rose 48% in Irma-affected areas and 67% in Harvey-affected areas, according to Black Knight found. The numbers have not been run yet for Puerto Rico.

For many homeowners, months of postponed payments were suddenly due all at once after that grace period ended, creating an overwhelming financial burden.

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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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Richard Cordray Resigning As CFPB Director by December

November 21, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray, recently announced in an email to his employees that he is resigning by the end of November. Cordray was nominated in 2012 by President Obama and was confirmed as the first official head of the CFPB the next year.

Under Cordray’s leadership, the CFPB supervised and enforced $11.8 billion in financial relief to consumers, including monetary compensation, principle reductions and canceled debt. The CFPB also spearheaded the lawsuit against Wells Fargo last year. The bank was ultimately forced to pay $185 million in fines after secretly opening phony accounts that were not approved by current customers.

Since President Trump has taken office, the CFPB has come under fire with some Republicans in Congress who believe the agency has too much power and no oversight. However, many in the democratic party such as Elizabeth Warren see Cordray as a tireless public servant. Warren said in a statement, “he held big banks accountable,” and “he will be missed.”

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 McMaken. 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com

Related Resources:

https://lendedu.com/news/richard-cordray-resigning-as-cfpb-director-by-december/

https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2017/11/15/heres-what-elizabeth-warren-said-about-the-expected-resignation-of-cfpb-director-richard-cordray

 

Appellate Court Rules Miami-Dade Judge Erred in Denying Foreclosure

November 13, 2017 Posted by kingcade

“The trial court was not authorized to deny foreclosure merely because it believed the borrower signed a ‘bad bargain,’ ” wrote Third DCA Judge Richard Suarez, with Chief Judge Leslie Rothenberg and Judge Vance Salter concurring. “ We thus reverse the entry of involuntary dismissal and remand for entry of final judgment of foreclosure.”

The appellate panel ruled the court improperly excluded evidence and based judgment partially on a defense the homeowner’s counsel did not raise.  The homeowner, Alfredo Brito was making his monthly mortgage payments as usual when in June 2008 his payment was rejected by his loan servicer.  From then on no more payments were made.

Two years later, the loan servicer advised Brito he was in default and demanded $60,000 as a remedy. Lender Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. then brought a foreclosure proceeding.  Brito’s original loan servicer was absorbed by Ocwen Loan Servicing in 2012.  Miami-Dade Circuit Senior Judge Judith Kreeger excluded the demand letter and the payoff printout when she should have admitted them, the appellate court ruled.

“Brito was elderly, suffered from dementia and paid religiously and was forced into foreclosure because of the predatory financial product,” said his attorney.  “Under the circumstances, it’s appropriate to require Ocwen to comply with the rules of evidence and Florida Supreme Court precedent. No court is authorized to grant the equitable relief of foreclosure if there is unclean hands or insufficient evidence of standing to foreclose merely because the borrower defaulted on their mortgage,” he continued.

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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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Phony South Florida “Lawyers” Face Prison Time after Scamming Distressed Homeowners

November 9, 2017 Posted by kingcade

A number of South Florida homeowners were recent victims to two scam artists, posing as attorneys promising mortgage relief, but instead pocketed the upfront fees they charged.  Joseph Anton Hilton and Adam Todd Forman plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the scheme.

Authorities say the pair operated phony law firms based in Coral Springs, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, FL.  The pair posed as lawyers and even manipulated real attorneys into working on their behalf. They tricked homeowners into paying legal fees in lieu of making mortgage payments. Hilton and Forman targeted homeowners across Florida and in other states, including New Jersey and Ohio, according to authorities.

The Florida victims were from cities including Sunrise, North Palm Beach, Cooper City, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miramar and Delray Beach.

The Attorney General’s office said the fake law firms had more than 300 clients who could have potentially been harmed.

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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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Struggling with Bad Credit? Here are some ways you can still qualify for a Mortgage

November 8, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Having a poor credit score, does not necessarily mean a home is out of reach.  There are organizations and resources available to help homeowners get assistance with a down payment and find lenders willing to work with them.

Here are few options that are worth looking into:

FHA Loans.  These type loans, insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) have flexible lending requirements and if you have a credit score of at least 580, you may qualify for a FHA loan requiring a down payment of no more than 3.5%.  Have a credit score between 500 and 579?  You can still get approved, but you will have to provide a down payment of at least 10 percent.

VA Loans. VA loans are reserved for eligible veterans and do not require a down payment or mortgage insurance. There is not a set minimum credit score for VA loans.  Lenders who offer these loans will have their own credit requirements.

Good Neighbor Next Door Program. The Good Neighbor Next Door program is offered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is reserved for teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.  This affordable housing program offers two big incentives: Eligible borrowers can qualify for 50 percent off the list price of the home if they commit to using the property as their sole residence for 36 months; and homes can be bought with as little as $100 down.

Filed bankruptcy or foreclosure?  If you have filed for bankruptcy or foreclosure, you can still own a home again and qualify for a mortgage.  Some borrowers may even qualify for an exemption.  For example, if the bankruptcy or foreclosure was due to a job loss or health problem, the lender may ask for an “extenuating circumstances letter.” This is an explanation of the events that led up to the bankruptcy or foreclosure, events that were beyond your immediate control.

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If you have any questions on this topic or 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.