Archive for: ‘November 2012’

Florida Receives $3.6 Billion in Mortgage Relief

November 30, 2012 Posted by kingcade

One of the largest consumer financial protection settlements occurred earlier this year and as a result, Florida homeowners received more than $3.6 billion in mortgage relief.  Between March 1st and September 30th, more than 309,000 borrowers across the nation received some sort of mortgage relief. According to a report by Joseph Smith who monitors the settlement, the average relief per homeowner was about $84,385. As of September 30th, approximately 48,998 Floridians have received relief. On average, Floridians received $73,663, which is about $10,700 less than borrowers in other states.

 

The settlement was between 49 states and the five largest mortgage lenders for a total of $26.1 billion. According to Smith, around $13.1 billion of that relief came in the form of short sales. Banks have cut homeowners’ mortgage balances nationwide by $6.3 billion as a part of the settlement. Refinancing home loans accounted for approximately $1.4 billion. Banks participated in trial loan modifications equivalent to $4.2 billion. Also, as part of the settlement, banks erased $2.6 billion in first-lien loans and $2.8 billion in second-lien loans.

 

To read more on this story visit: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/19/3105335/distressed-florida-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.

Two Florida Residents Sentenced for Foreclosure Rescue Schemes

November 29, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Two Florida residents received sentencing on November 5, 2012 for their roles in a foreclosure rescue scheme that left a number of struggling families homeless. Pompano Beach, FL residents, Lisa Wright and Cathy Saffer, were each sentenced to more than 60 months in jail for charges of mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Florida Certified Public Accountant, Barrington Coombs, who was paid to participate in the scheme was also convicted and will receive his sentencing on December 7, 2012.

In the case that was investigated by the FBI, Wright and Saffer operated a company called Foreclosure Solutions Specialists from 2006 to 2009. The two women would seek out homeowners facing foreclosure, claiming the company could help keep homeowners in their homes. Wright and Saffer told homeowners that with their services, their homes would be sold to investors and that the families could remain in them. They also said that eventually they would be able to re-purchase their homes from the investors. Wright and Saffer designed bogus sales to straw buyers who were paid to participate in the scheme, rather than selling the homes to legitimate investors. Their mortgage transactions drew equity out of the homes, which they would keep and eventually the homes went into foreclosure.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Wilfredo A. Ferrer is encouraging struggling homeowners to be cautious of companies such as Foreclosure Solutions Specialists. Ferrer said, “be wary of those whose promises seem too good to be true,” as more and more fraudsters are being investigated for schemes similar to this one.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.realestaterama.com/2012/11/05/two-florida-residents-sentenced-for-roles-in-foreclosure-rescue-scheme-ID017396.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 Homeowner Finds Family in Her Home the Night Before Closing

November 28, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Florida has seen its fair share of squatters in vacant homes since the Housing Market Crash, however Michelle Pinder found herself in court with the family living in her deceased mother’s home. The night before Pinder was supposed to close on the sale of her mother’s home, her realtor stopped by to do a final check on the property to find a woman, her daughter and a man living in the home. Ibet Flores Castano, the woman living in the home, presented a lease she signed to rent the home from a man who claimed to own the property. The landlord’s name, phone number and address were all fictitious and Castano claimed she paid the man in cash.

Since the family claimed to have rented the property and has the lease agreement, the judge is hesitant to prosecute the family for any wrongdoing. Legally the family has 40 days before they must vacate the property, however Pinder’s buyers are threatening to walk away from the deal due to the 40-day period and the strange circumstances. By law, citizens in Florida are allowed to take ownership of an abandoned home under two circumstances. First, they must pay taxes. Second, they must have permission from the property’s owner.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/09/michelle-pinder-finds-squatters_n_2100174.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.

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Hostess’ Closing

November 27, 2012 Posted by kingcade

One of America’s most well known baked goods producers, Hostess, announced its plans to close a couple of weeks ago. Hostess failed to come to an agreement with its workers’ unions prompting the company to ask permission from the courts to liquidate its assets. Judge Robert Drain gave preliminary approval for the company to start selling assets such as its bakeries, brands and recipes.

Approximately 15,000 of the 18,500 employed by Hostess will likely be terminated in the coming days. Main operations for the company have been closed since Friday, November 16th. Investment bankers have said that possible buyers are inquiring various brands and facilities owned by Hostess. Hostess’ CEO said plans to sell off assets would move as quickly as possible. Judge Drain scheduled another hearing regarding a request for approval of bonuses for 19 executives to oversee the liquidation process, equaling $1.75 million.

To read more on this story visit: http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/21/news/companies/hostess-closing/index.html

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Florida Holds Highest Foreclosure Rate for Two Consecutive Months

November 26, 2012 Posted by kingcade

During the months of September and October, Florida’s foreclosure activity reportedly reached the highest in the country. In fact, during these months Florida’s rates were almost double the national average. According to RealtyTrac, one in every 312 homes was involved in the foreclosure process during this time. Nationally, only one in every 706 homes was going through foreclosure. During October, 28,783 Florida homes received a foreclosure notice.

Even though Florida had the highest foreclosure activity rate for two consecutive months, the state’s rates are actually down by 13 percent. In Palm Beach County alone, 1,418 new foreclosure cases were filed in September and 1,124 were filed in October. Experts believe that eventually the state’s foreclosure rates will reach a plateau.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.loansafe.org/florida-post-highest-foreclosure-activity-rate-for-2nd-consecutive-month

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. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.