Archive for: ‘February 2012’

$26 Billion Deal signed to Aid Homeowners and Eliminate Fraudulent Acts by Lenders

February 13, 2012 Posted by kingcade

On Thursday, February 9, President Obama along with other government officials announced the $26 billion mortgage plan that is said to be the first major step in the right direction for America’s struggling housing market. All 50 states and the five major banks, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Ally, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup agreed upon the plan. There is anticipation that further deliberation will lead to all nine of the major lenders becoming involved in the plan, which would increase the deal to $30 billion.

The majority of the money, $17 billion will go exclusively to aid homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages. State and federal authorities will receive $5 billion to create programs throughout the country to meet specific needs of Americans. Of the last $4 billion, $3 billion will go to the refinancing for those who are eligible to get a portion of their debt reduced and the last billion will be for the Federal Housing Administration.

The plan is expected to not only benefit the millions of Americans who have lost their homes since 2007, but it also creates a sense of relief for mortgage lenders as well. The last week alone, shares in Bank of America have made a 5 percent gain. The plan will also force banks to take a greater responsibility to ensure their mortgage lending practices are done legally in the future.

To read more on this story visit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/business/states-negotiate-25-billion-deal-for-homeowners.html

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.

New Initiative Aimed at Restoring Bankruptcy Protection for Student Loan Borrowers

February 10, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) is launching a new initiative aimed at restoring bankruptcy protection for student loan borrowers. 860 members responded to the survey asking about experiences with potential clients who have tried to discharge student loan debt. The message of the survey results was clear: ‘unmanageable student loan debt threatens to reach crisis proportions in the not distant future if Congress does not restore bankruptcy relief.’

Individually, college seniors who graduated with student loans in 2010 owed an average of $25,250, up five percent from the previous year, according to a report from the Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS). Collectively, the amount of student borrowing crossed the $100 billion threshold for the first time in 2010 and total outstanding loans exceeded $1 trillion for the first time last year. Americans now owe more on student loans than on credit cards, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the U.S. Department of Education and others. Additionally, because there are fewer people with student loans than there are credit card holders, the debt burden on the individual borrower is considerably higher.

Although educational borrowing is up for every age group over the past three years and young people still carry the biggest student loan debt burden, borrowing has grown far more quickly for those in the 35 to 49 age group, according to an analysis by the credit score tracking site CreditKarma. Bills are pending in the House and Senate to restore bankruptcy protection for private student loans. NACBA supports those bills and is asking Congress to go further and restore bankruptcy relief for government education loans.

To read more on the report prepared by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) visit:
http://nacba.org/Portals/0/Documents/Student%20Loan%20Debt/020712%20NACBA%20student%20loan%20debt%20report.pdf

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.

Big Banks Pay Homeowners to Avoid Foreclosure

February 9, 2012 Posted by kingcade

In an interesting twist, banks are offering delinquent homeowners as much as $35,000 or more in cash to sell their properties for less than they owe. Lenders have routinely delayed or blocked such transactions, known as short sales, in which they accept less from a buyer than the seller’s outstanding loan. With the foreclosure system being bogged down by the number of cases, banks have decided the deals are faster and less costly than foreclosures.
For banks, approving a sale for less than is owed on the home can cut a year or more off the time it takes to sell a property. From listing to sale, the transactions took about 123 days on average at the end of last year, according to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance Housing Pulse Tracking Survey.
Some of the banks that are extending this opportunity to struggling homeowners include: Bank of America, which sent letters to 20,000 Florida homeowners as part of a pilot program, offering incentives of as much as $20,000, or 5 percent of the unpaid loan balance; Wells Fargo, which offers relocation assistance of as much as $20,000 for borrowers who complete short sales or agree to transfer title through a deed in lieu of foreclosure “in certain states with extended foreclosure timelines, including Florida; and Citigroup, which offers $3,000 to most borrowers who qualify for its program.

To read more on this story, visit:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-07/banks-paying-homeowners-a-bonus-to-avoid-foreclosures-mortgages.html

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 (Un)Fair Foreclosure Act Up for Vote TODAY

February 9, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Big banks and mortgage lenders are fighting back with new legislation in an effort to defeat homeowners in the foreclosure process. The Fair Foreclosure Act of 2012 will be voted on today and if passed would essentially prevent homeowners from defending themselves if their home is foreclosed upon. It would also dissolve past lending and misconduct of banks, which created many of our country’s economic problems in the first place.
Some of the most disturbing provisions of the act include:

• Non-judicial foreclosures, where the loan balance exceeds 120% of the property value.
• Fast tracking of foreclosure cases once filed.
• Court must enter a judgment within 45-90 days for uncontested foreclosures.
• Automatic return of Promissory Note to lender upon dismissal of foreclosure.
• Challenges to set aside wrongful foreclosures may only seek money damages and not quiet or disturb the title held by the bank or later buyer.
• Sales of foreclosed property founded upon Lost/Destroyed Promissory Notes cannot be challenged by the true holder of the Promissory Note.

This proposed legislation takes away an individual’s right to due process, by excluding the courts from the foreclosure process. If you oppose this bill, it is important that you voice your concerns by going to www.myfloridahouse.gov.

To read more on the bill, visit: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h0213c1.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0213&Session=2012
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.

Increase in Foreclosure Home Sales in Palm Beach County

February 6, 2012 Posted by kingcade

During the months of July through September 2011, one in four home sales was the result of foreclosures in Palm Beach County. Throughout the State of Florida, average home sales from foreclosures were approximately 19 percent during the third quarter of 2011. In the third quarter of 2010, the statewide average was at about 39 percent. Just before the housing market crash of 2007, the average of foreclosed home sales from preceding years was around five or six percent. The sizeable percentages are commonly credited to the unfair practices from banks during the foreclosure process.

While the percentage of sales of foreclosed homes is increasing in Palm Beach County, the average selling prices on the homes are decreasing. In the third quarter of 2011, the average sale price was $115,082, which is a 15 percent cut from the third quarter of 2010, which was $135,158. This is an extremely low number in comparison to the national average home sale price that was $165,332. RealtyTrac attributes the high percentage of sales as a positive sign for Palm Beach County due to the depreciation of homes that sat idle too long before being sold.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/money/foreclosures/1-in-4-third-quarter-home-sales-were-2126425.html

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.