Archive for: ‘April 2013’

Credit Card Delinquencies Reach New Lows

April 30, 2013 Posted by kingcade

According to Fitch Credit Ratings, preliminary results indicate that credit card ABS data improved across the board through the end of March. The report also indicated that 60+ day delinquencies are expected to hit an all-time low for general-purpose card issuers. Additionally, retail delinquencies are expected to reach 7-year lows. The data supports the ongoing positive performance and stability for U.S. credit card ABS.

Fitch’s Prime 60+ Day Delinquency Index is projected to decline to an all-time low. It fell below 1.60% during the March 2013 reporting period. The report also suggests that monthly payment rates are likely to improve. Chargeoffs are expected to remain flat for the Prime Credit Card Index. Fitch’s Gross Yield Index is expected to rise to over 19% for the first time since October 2011. Retail 60+ Day Delinquency Index is expected to decline to its lowest level since January 2006.

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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.

Chicago Bankruptcy Scam to Free Impounded Vehicles

April 29, 2013 Posted by kingcade

A Chicago man was arrested last week for soliciting payoffs from drivers whose vehicles had been impounded by the city. Daniel Rankins was allegedly approaching people whose vehicle had been impounded by the city and offering to help them get their vehicle back for a fraction of the price. Rankins would file phony bankruptcy petitions, which placed an automatic hold on fines and released the vehicle. A spike in the number of motorists claiming bankruptcy to circumvent the process raised questions among city officials. Soon after, the FBI began investigating the scam.

Since May of last year, more than 1,000 bankruptcy cases had been filed with the Revenue Department and the city’s auto pounds as the only listed creditors. An individual at the Revenue Department Office approached an undercover officer posing as a motorist, whose car had been impounded. The individual put him in touch with Rankins, who provided him with bankruptcy paperwork that was already completed except for personal and vehicle information. After the paperwork was complete, Rankins drove the officer to federal bankruptcy court to file. The officer later paid Rankins $600 for his services. Rankins told authorities he learned of the scam when his own car was impounded a few months prior. After Rankins recovered his own vehicle, he began working with the other two individuals to recruit motorists with impounded cars.

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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.

Foreclosures are Returning to Pre-Recession Levels

April 26, 2013 Posted by kingcade

The foreclosure filing rate has been dropping to levels not seen since before the housing market crashed in 2008. These include notices of default, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. During the first quarter, the levels fell 23 percent from 2012. This is the lowest level since the second quarter of 2007. During March, the banks repossessed fewer than 44,000 homes, compared with September 2010 when the banks repossessed 100,000. RealtyTrac Vice President, Daren Blomquist said he expects to be back to normal foreclosure levels by 2014.

Foreclosure rates have been declining for the past couple of years because homeowners have been seeking alternatives such as filing for bankruptcy or a short sale. Government programs such as the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) have also helped homeowners avoid foreclosure. The $25 billion settlement deal between federal officials and the five largest mortgage lenders have also pushed the banks to agree to help struggling homeowners. As a result, the largest percentage of the foreclosure activity in the country is occurring in areas that are suffering severe economic problems and no longer in mid to upper-class neighborhoods. Many Americans who are now dealing with foreclosure are those who have recently been laid off or filed for divorce from their spouse.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami 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 website, Kingcade & Garcia, P.A.

Six Ways to Control Your Spending Habits

April 25, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Debt is often thought of in a negative light. However, when it is used wisely, it can provide you with an education, a home, a car and a better life. South Floridians have struggled with some of the most substantial debt in the country throughout the Recession. According to Experian, South Florida’s average credit card debt is the nation’s highest, approximately $4,555 per person.

Below are six ways to better control your spending habits:

1. Determine what you owe and the interest rate each creditor is charging you. After you get a clear picture of what you owe, you should pay off the largest debt or the highest interest rate debts first.
2. Avoid spending money on things you really want. Frequently monitor where your money is going. There is a free website called DoughHound.com you can use to help control your spending.
3. Set a debt-reduction goal. When you are able to reduce your debt, reward yourself. After, you can set a new, higher goal for yourself with a bigger reward.
4. Don’t tempt yourself. Try to avoid leaving an excess of money in your checking account. Instead, you should use your extra cash to pay down your debt.
5. Get support from your family and friends. It is best to look for support from others who share your debt reduction goals. Keep a distance from your friends and family who are big spenders.
6. Beware of debt settlement organizations that offer a lot of promises. Typically, they charge you a lot and deliver less than they promise. Also, stay away from debt consolidation loans.

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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.

House Passes Bill to Protect Kids from Identity Theft

April 24, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Last week, the house passed a bill 116-0 that will require the nation’s three consumer-reporting agencies to allow Florida parents to open and freeze their child’s credit record. Doing so would prevent scammers from using children’s personal information or opening fraudulent accounts on their behalf. Such scams are a growing problem in Florida. Recently, a Broward County teacher was convicted of stealing children’s information from their student IDs. The bill, HB493, will protect the identity of every child in the State of Florida. Florida, particularly South Florida, is number one in the nation when it comes to identity theft.

In 2011, nearly 1,800 children’s identities were stolen in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties alone. Since then, the Federal Trade Commission has found that cases of identity theft have more than doubled in South Florida. There have even been cases where infants’ identities have been stolen and their families did not realize it until many years later. Scammers would steal a child’s identity and begin applying for credit cards on their behalf, according to IDChildNow.com. Sen. Nancy Detert has introduced a similar bill to the Senate. If the bill is passed it will be the second bill of this nature in the nation. Maryland adopted a similar law last year. Experts say that the current policies make it extremely easy for scammers to steal children’s identities.

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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.