Archive for: ‘February 2012’

Equifax Reports Good News for 2011

February 27, 2012 Posted by kingcade

In 2011, Equifax reported that of the 585 million consumers and 81 million businesses, Americans’ delinquency debt rates were significantly declining in all areas but one- student loan repayments, which were at an increase of 1%. This is good news for the US economy, meaning that there is a decline in the amount of past due credit payments. Not only that, but there is also an increase in the number of credit cards issued by lenders to subprime borrowers (borrowers with credit scores below 660). In October of 2008, overall consumer debt was at its peak of $12.4 trillion. In October 2011, there was an 11% decline.

During 2011:

• Bank Credit Card payments 60+ days past due declined by 29%
• Auto Finance payments 60+ days past due declined by 19%
• Auto Bank payments 60+ days past due declined by 23%
• Consumer finance 60+ days past due declined by 23%
• First Mortgage payments 30+ days past due declined by 13%
• Home Equity payments 30+ days past due declined by 10%
• Retail Credit Card payments 60+ days past due declined by 15%

To read more on this story visit: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-consumers-paid-down-debt-on-time-in-2011-equifax-reports-2012-01-30?reflink=MW_news_stmp

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Americans Preference to Borrow Rather than Save has Triggered Extreme Debt

February 27, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Before consumer and housing credit became so readily available in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Americans savings percentages were at economically healthy levels, averaging between 7 and 11 percent. But after the 1986 tax reform, home equity loans became tax deductible, which provided a greater incentive for Americans to borrow. From 1990-2005, housing prices were at extremely high rates, causing more Americans to borrow than ever before, and savings percentages dropped.

After the Housing Market Crash of 2008, Americans found themselves with extremely high mortgage payments, little to no value on their homes, and next to nothing in savings. A couple of years after the Housing Market Crash, Americans slowly began to save more for fear of ending up in extreme debt or possibly losing their homes to foreclosure.

America has the lowest rate of savings of any of the first world countries. Some experts believe this is due to the America’s middle class extreme expenditures on healthcare and education, and a lack of policies insisting on financial education. Many European countries have state institutions that advise people who are borrowing money, before they get into trouble with debt. Another policy America has yet to establish is a policy that would intervene before people become “over-indebted.”

Some experts believe that in order to create a “cultural shift” and create a more financially stable economy, America must pass a federal law that would bring financial education into every education system in the country. The idea is to help young Americans understand the financial risks of borrowing and the different types of credit available to them.

To read more on this story visit: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/16/why-america-spends-while-the-world-saves/

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Debt Collectors are now Being Held Responsible for Harassing Debtors

February 27, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The Federal Trade Commission is giving debt collection agencies a dose of their own medicine in terms of harassment. The FTC is taking strong steps forward to hold these agencies responsible for harassing debtors. In 2010, a reported 140,036 claims of harassment were filed, which was not only the largest in history, but a 20,000 increase from the previous year. The collection agencies are not only in trouble with the FTC for harassment, but also for failure to notify the debtor of their outstanding debt in writing and also for “misinterpreting” the debt.

Many cases such as the one filed by an 85 year-old in Oregon are surfacing and becoming national news. Anne Sessions is suing Wells Fargo Bank for harassment after she was falsely turned in by a debt collector for being in danger of committing suicide. After Sessions was taken into custody by the police and sent to a mental health institute, she was observed and later released due to the fact she was found to be of no danger to herself or anyone else.

Sessions is now suing in hopes to receive compensation for her $1,055 medical bill from the mental health facility. She is also suing for $250,000 in punitive damages. Sessions claims that she made the remark to the debt collector that some people must want to commit suicide from the harassment of the company, and later was drilled with questions by the debt collector such as, “If you did commit suicide, how would you do it?”

To read more on this story visit: http://www.bankruptcyhome.com/bankruptcyblog/2012/02/13/harassment-goes-too-far-in-debt-collection-efforts/

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Recent Audit uncovers Extensive Legal Violations and Flaws still Evident in the Foreclosure System

February 22, 2012 Posted by kingcade

According to a recent report, an audit revealed legal violations and suspicious documentation of approximately 400 foreclosures in San Francisco. The report, compiled by Aequitas Compliance Solutions examined files of properties subject to foreclosure sales from January 2009 to November 2011. Among the legal violations uncovered in the analysis were cases where the loan servicer did not provide borrowers with a notice of default before beginning the eviction process.
The report comes just days after the $26 billion settlement over foreclosure improprieties between five major banks and 49 state attorneys general, including California’s. The report findings raise questions as to whether some foreclosures should be considered void. The audit also raises questions about the accuracy of information recorded in the Mortgage Electronic Registry System, or MERS, which was set up in 1995 by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other major lenders. The report found that 58 percent of loans listed in the MERS database showed different owners than were reflected in other public documents like those filed with the county recorder’s office.
To read more on the story, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/business/california-audit-finds-broad-irregularities-in-foreclosures.html?_r=2&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y
Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Florida Benefits $8.4 Billion from Nationwide Mortgage Settlement

February 17, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Last Thursday, President Obama along with other government officials announced a $26 billion mortgage plan to help underwater homeowners and those struggling to make their mortgage payments get back on their feet. The five largest mortgage lending banks will pay out appropriated amounts to the government. That money will then be distributed to the states that have been impacted the most by the housing market crash.

Florida will receive $8.4 billion, the largest payout of the settlement. The payout is intended to help all homeowners, not just those who are underwater on their mortgages and behind on payments. The terms of how the majority of the money will be distributed has been released. However, there is still some deliberation for the remainder of the payout.

• $7.6 billion will be used to aid homeowners who are currently in financial crisis and who are underwater on their mortgages.

• $170 million of the payout will be turned into cash payments for those Floridians who have lost their homes due to foreclosure malpractice from their lenders the past three years. The average cash payout is expected to be approximately $2,000 for each individual homeowner.

• $308 million will go to programs for homeowners who are current on their loan payments, but have higher interest rates due to the housing crisis.

• $350 million will go directly to the State of Florida for currently undisclosed purposes.

Although this will be a huge relief for homeowners in the State of Florida, there is still much criticism of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, for a lack of assertion that Florida deserves more than the $8.4 billion payout.

To read more on this story visit: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-02-09/business/os-nationwide-mortgage-settlement-20120209_1_underwater-homeowners-settlement-mortgage-payments

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.