Archive for: ‘May 2013’

Trend Watch: Foreclosure-related home sales drop in First Quarter

May 31, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Sales of South Florida homes in foreclosure declined in the first quarter, as buyers struggle to find properties in an improving housing market. Broward County had 3,157 foreclosure-related sales from January through March, down 3 percent from a year earlier, according to RealtyTrac Inc. In Palm Beach County, there were 2,704 sales, 13 percent lower than a year earlier. While distressed sales are down, prices are up. The average price of a foreclosure home in Broward during the first quarter was $139,988, an increase of 14 percent from a year earlier. In Palm Beach County, the average price jumped 21 percent to $136,196.

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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, www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Myth vs. Fact: 5 Bankruptcy Myths Revealed

May 30, 2013 Posted by kingcade

While many people assume that people who file for bankruptcy cannot resist the temptation of using credit cards or are self-proclaimed shopaholics, most people who file for bankruptcy do so for other reasons. Below are some of the myths surrounding consumer bankruptcy filings:

1.) People who file for bankruptcy are financially irresponsible. Those who typically file for bankruptcy fall into three categories: they have either lost their job, are going through a divorce or suffering from a serious illness and have insurmountable medical debt.
2.) Bankruptcy discharges all past debts. Not all debts are discharged from bankruptcy. If you have domestic support obligations (i.e. – alimony or child support), those cannot be removed under any circumstances. If you have to pay restitution because of a crime, this debt cannot be discharged. Finally, as a result of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, student loan debts cannot be discharged unless you can prove undue hardship, such as a permanent disability.
3.) If you spend recklessly before bankruptcy, you will not be liable. Some people assume that just because they are getting ready to file bankruptcy they can go out and run up new debt. Courts have ruled this as fraud and it’s unlikely you will get away with this type of spending prior to filing bankruptcy.
4.) Bankruptcy permanently ruins your credit. People who file for bankruptcy are often surprised at how quickly they start accumulating credit card offers in the mail. In fact, usually in about six to twelve months you will be eligible for a regular credit card.
5.) Bankruptcy is a cure-all. Before filing, applicants are required to go to credit counseling, during which the counselor may explain other options like negotiating a payment plan with creditors. It’s important to take what you learn from this session so you do not make the same mistakes twice.

Click here to read more on some popular bankruptcy myths.

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.

South Florida Falls to Number Three in National Foreclosure Rankings

May 29, 2013 Posted by kingcade

According to RealtyTrac Inc., Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties fell from number one to number three in the foreclosure rankings. One in every 269 homes in the tri-county region was in some stage of foreclosure last month, RealtyTrac reports. South Florida had 9,127 total filings in April, up slightly from a year earlier, but new cases declined by 35 percent, said Daren Blomquist, a spokesman for RealtyTrac. More than 24,600 Florida homes were in the process of foreclosure last month, down slightly from a year earlier, according to RealtyTrac. Florida had the top foreclosure rate for six months in a row until being surpassed by Nevada in March.

The decline can be attributed in part to lenders getting caught up with delayed foreclosures and banks pushing through the backlog. Florida lawmakers have also passed a bill that would speed up the foreclosure process, forcing homeowners to respond more quickly to filings and giving homeowners’ associations more power in process. Opponents of the bill argue that it will strip homeowners of their rights and favors the banks, who have been accused of engaging in questionable foreclosure practices.

Click here to read more about South Florida falling to number three in the national foreclosure rankings along with new legislation aimed to speed up the foreclosure filing process in Florida.

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, www.miamibankruptcy.com.

South Beach Hot Spot Foreclosed on this Month

May 28, 2013 Posted by kingcade

A final judgment of foreclosure has been entered against the Shore Club on Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. The once local hot spot and celebrity hangout has struggled to regain its financial footing since the recession. It is reported that more than $164 million is owed on the property. An online sale of the 309-room hotel has been set for June 25, 2013.

Morgans Hotel Group, which operates the Shore Club as well as the Delano and Mondrian in South Beach, released a statement saying that it “remains committed to managing the hotel to the standards our guests have come to expect.”

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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, www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Many Florida Homeowners still Underwater as Government Aid Runs Out

May 27, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Now in its third year, the Hardest Hit Fund in Florida has served only about 15 percent of the 40,000 homeowners who have applied for help. Once this aid runs out, underwater homeowners are left to find adequate employment or continue struggling with mortgages far bigger than the value of their home. Although the Hardest Hit Fund is a federally funded program, each state decides how to use the money. In Florida, state officials have given principal reductions a high priority.

Since unveiling the state’s version of the Hardest Hit Program in 2010, the Florida Housing Finance Corp. has spent $108.8 million in assistance and an additional $25 million on administration and counseling, according to a first-quarter report released last month by the corporation.

Florida’s handling of the federal program has been criticized for focusing on mortgage modifications and interest-rate reductions more than on principal reductions. The country’s five-largest lenders — Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Ally/GMAC, Citi and Chase — agreed to fund the program as part of a settlement related to allegations that they had dealt in illegal mortgage documents. However, according to the Treasury report, only Citi has forgiven the principal of borrowers not in foreclosure.

The Florida program has also managed to serve homeowners who make more than the local median income. Though about 90 percent of the funds have gone to homeowners with annual incomes of $50,000 or less, about two dozen recipients of aid had incomes of at least $90,000 a year, according to the Florida Housing Finance Corp.’s quarterly report.

Click here to read more on how Florida homeowners are still ‘underwater’ as government aid runs out.

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, www.miamibankruptcy.com.