Archive for: ‘June 2012’

Bank of America Offers Principal Reductions to Underwater Homeowners

June 29, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Bank of America recently announced that homeowners underwater on their mortgages will soon be receiving relief in the mail. The first wave of letters will be mailed out by the third quarter of this year to some 200,000 homeowners who may qualify for a principal reduction on their mortgages. Homeowners who qualify will save an average of 30% monthly on their mortgage or a total of about $150,000.

The homeowners who qualify must meet the following criteria:

1. They must be underwater on their mortgage.
2. They must be 60 days delinquent as of January 31, 2012.
3. Their monthly payment combined with insurance and other fees must account for 25% of their gross monthly income.
4. Their loan must be held by Bank of America, not a federally backed lender.

In March, Bank of America started a trial program for principal modifications for about 5,000 underwater homeowners. The bank disclosed that of these 5,000 homeowners, the combined savings reached approximately $700 million in just a few short months. Bank of America views this move as a way to hold up to their end of the settlement reached earlier in the year with the government as a result of the robo-signing scandal. Although the principal reductions are expected to relieve homeowners of much of their debt, it might also end up diminishing their credit scores. FICO spokesman, Anthony Sprauve said that as of now it is ‘undetermined how the reductions will be reported.’

To read more on this story visit: http://moneyland.time.com/2012/05/09/behind-on-your-bank-of-america-mortgage-relief-may-be-in-the-mail/

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.

8 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score after Bankruptcy

June 29, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Thoroughly examine your credit score post bankruptcy. You want to make sure that creditors know the debt that you were relieved of has been wiped clean from your credit report. The items should have a “BK” notation next to them to show you were relieved of them.

2. Re-examine your credit score several times, because even after your debts are discharged, it may take some time for this to reflect on your credit report.

3. Create a strict budget for yourself. Review your finances several times per week to ensure you are sticking to your budget.

4. Do not avoid applying for new credit; in fact, responsible credit spending is a great way to begin building up your credit score.

5. Set up automatic payments for your cable, Internet and phone bills, so you do not miss your payment due date. Again, watch your finances closely so that you know when money will be coming out of your account.

6. Student loan payments are a top priority. Student loans are not discharged after filing for bankruptcy and paying these timely can be an excellent way to improve your credit score.

7. Pre-paid credit cards can be a great way to improve your credit score if you are having trouble getting approved for a non-secure credit card. Be very cautious of companies that have high annual charges.

8. Defaulted loans are not the only item that impacts your credit score. Having your credit cards to the max will have a negative effect on your score in the same way. Bottom line: Never max out your credit cards.

To read more on this story visit: http://articles.marketwatch.com/2010-08-26/finance/30762498_1_credit-report-filings-credit-rating/2

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. 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases its Goals for 2013-2017

June 25, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Edward J. DeMarco, released a rough draft of the goals the Agency has set to construct a more efficient and effective housing finance system. The FHFA is the agency created by the merging of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, Federal Housing Finance Board and the government sponsored enterprises mission office. The FHFA was created after the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act, and has acted as a regulator for the GSE’s such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks.

Below are the FHFA’s strategic goals for 2013 – 2017:

1. Safe and sound housing GSEs
2. Stability, liquidity, and access in housing finance
3. Preserve and conserve enterprise assets
4. Prepare for the future of housing finance

The FHFA will create a safer housing finance system for Americans, not by directing day-to-day operations, but by setting boundaries and expectations for the GSEs. The FHFA plans to monitor the actions of the Enterprises through on-site examinations and program reviews.

To read more on this story visit: http://stopforeclosurefraud.com/2012/06/14/fhfa-strategic-plan-2013-2017-preparing-a-foundation-for-a-more-efficient-and-effective-housing-finance-system/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ForeclosureFraudByDinsfla+%28FORECLOSURE+FRAUD+%7C+by+DinSFLA%29

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 Credit Scoring System, ‘The Extended View’ Released to Aid the Poorest of Consumers

June 25, 2012 Posted by kingcade

“The Extended View” launched by Experian is a new credit scoring system that has the potential to bring as many as 64 million Americans without a credit score, back into the lending fold. The new system will help the poorest of consumers, taking into account the traditional credit scoring system. The Extended View will look at factors such as rental payment history, payday loan repayment history, missed child support payments, financial histories and public records. The scale will be similar to the one used by VantageScore which ranges from 401 – 900.

The president of Experian Consumer Information Services reported that approximately 15 lenders, both large and small were already considering using The Extended View scoring system. The lenders range anywhere from banks and auto lenders- to telephone and utility providers. Studies show that the number of ‘underbanked’ Americans will grow in the coming years, which is most likely the reason lenders are considering the new system. The system will allow a lender to request an “Extended View” score if the consumer has no traditional credit score.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/experian-new-credit-score-extended-view_n_1596943.html

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. 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Proposes New Bill to make the act of Robo-Signing a Felony

June 25, 2012 Posted by kingcade

On June 13, 2012 New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman announced his proposal of a new bill that will help protect New York homeowners from being forced out of their homes. The bill will introduce legislation to make robo-signing and other fraudulent acts commonly used by banks and lenders, a felony with criminal penalties, including jail time and monetary fines. The bill will extend not only to employees who engage in the fraudulent acts, but also to the managerial staff who oversees the acts. The legislation will make the act of robo-signing a class E felony for anyone involved, which is punishable with up to four years of jail time in a state prison. The filing of false documents to a court will be considered a class ‘A’ misdemeanor, which is punishable with up to a year of jail time or a $1,000 fine.

Attorney General Schneiderman was appointed earlier in the year as the Chair of President Obama’s New Mortgage Crisis Unit. Backed by numerous foreclosure advocates, Schneiderman has made successful headway for homeowners by announcing the $130 million settlement between the government and the five large banks in February. A month later he announced that $15 million from the settlement would be used to fund various foreclosure prevention programs and $6 million would be used to fund community renewal programs.

“For many middle class New Yorkers, their life savings is in their home. To take away people’s homes under fraudulent circumstances is a crime deserving of jail time,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.wbng.com/news/state/Schneiderman-Introduces-Legislation-to-Protect-New-Yorkers-From-Foreclosure-Fraud-159051485.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