Florida was one of the hardest hit states when the housing market crashed in 2008. As a result, many residents lost their jobs, lost their homes and were forced to file for bankruptcy protection. However, many South Floridians have made progress in repairing their credit scores since the recession. Approximately 40,000 people in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties raised their credit scores to 620 or above in just one year. A credit score above 620 removes the individual from the Subprime or Risky category, meaning that they are more likely to be approved for credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, etc. Not only is it easier to be approved for a loan once you are out of the Subprime category, but it also enables you to get lower interest rates.
According to Equifax, South Florida is second only to the Los Angeles metro area in the number of people who have improved their once sub-prime credit scores in the year that ended September 30, 2012. In January, the average credit score for the three counties was 645, which is only three points below the national average. Much of South Florida’s successful recovery can be attributed to the large number of mortgage lenders that are trying to help out the community. Companies such as The Mortgage Firm, provide free counseling to help people improve their credit scores. As a result, many South Floridians have been approved for mortgage loans in as little as two years after filing for bankruptcy and as little as three years after a foreclosure.
If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing 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, 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 website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.