Archive for: ‘August 2014’

Miami Mortgage Fraud Scheme Costs FHA $50 Million

August 29, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Greater County Mortgage Bankers owner Hector Hernandez was indicted along with seven of his employees for a $50 million mortgage fraud scheme.  Wire fraud charges were filed against developers Armando Bravo and Aleida Fontao.

The indictment states that the defendants secured fraudulent mortgages through the Federal Housing Administration from 2006 through 2008.   The loans included exaggerated income and financial statements.  Hernandez, the owner of the mortgage company allegedly used false documents such as phony earning statements to qualify borrowers, who otherwise would not have qualified.

Hernandez was also accused of giving borrowers kickbacks after closing on condominiums.  The majority of the Great County loans defaulted and went into foreclosure.  The scheme cost the FHA over $50 million, as these loans were guaranteed.

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 Kingcade &
Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources: http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/blog/morning-edition/2014/08/mortgage-company-owner-real-estate-developers.html?ana=e_sflo_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2014-08-29&u=um2Eyo72dYSImvglWn/0xO6wsIE&t=1409325203

 

Miami Heat Star Dwayne Wade’s Suburban Home Facing Foreclosure

August 26, 2014 Posted by kingcade

NBA star Dwayne Wade’s former suburban Chicago home is facing foreclosure. According to TMZ, the Miami Heat guard is worth approximately $100 million, and brings in roughly $30 million a year.   So you are probably wondering, why the foreclosure?  Wade lived in the 7,800 square foot home with his wife and children until 2007, when the couple divorced.  Just last year Wade settled with his ex-wife for $5 million and relinquished ownership of the home.

His wife receives $25,000 a month in spousal support. After being awarded the house last year, Wade’s ex-wife stopped making payments on the mortgage and this month the bank filed a foreclosure notice for the $225,000 balance. Since Wade’s signature was on the original mortgage papers, the bank is asking him to pay up, but the NBA star’s attorney has stated that his client has no further payment obligations on the home.

The six bedroom, seven bathroom home is currently listed at $1.2 million.  The South Holland home sits on a 3.2 acre lot, has a sports theater room, exercise room, a sauna, a pool and includes a two bedroom guest house. The listing also mentions that “some custom furniture may be for sale by the owner.”

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 Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources: http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/08/21/buy-nba-star-dwyane-wades-foreclosed-home-for-12m.php

Lawsuit aims to stop collection attempts on mortgage debt from old foreclosures

August 22, 2014 Posted by kingcade

A lawsuit filed last week in federal court is hoping to block collection attempts on unpaid mortgage debt from foreclosures that took place years ago. A deadline change in the state’s law started a mass filing this year of deficiency judgment claims against defaulted borrowers, including at least 110 lawsuits in Palm Beach County since June 1.

The problem is that the claims violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in cases where the suit is filed in Florida, but the borrower has since moved out of state. There is a class action lawsuit being sought in the Middle District of Florida on behalf of Massachusetts resident Richard Simpson, who lost a Jacksonville home to foreclosure in 2009.

Simpson was sued for a $26,651 deficiency in February, but many of the claims are for amounts greater than that. It is typically the difference between what the home is sold for at auction and the remaining mortgage debt.

The goal is to sue the out-of-state defendants who have just 20 days to respond, and then get a default judgment when they do not respond on time. Approximately 10,000 deficiency judgment claims have been filed in Florida.

Many homeowners are taken completely by surprise, unaware that the banks have a right to do this. Deficiency judgments used to be so rare that underwater homeowners simply took the chance and walked away, thinking the worst thing that could happen is that they lose their home.

A change in Florida law that went into effect July 1, 2013, reduced the timeline that banks and mortgage companies have to file for a deficiency judgment from five years to one year after a foreclosure is final, which is when the home is sold at auction.

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 Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/business/real-estate/lawsuit-aims-to-stop-collection-mortgage-debt-from/ng464/#5234aa19.3828699.735463

New FICO Model Could Boost Credit Scores for Millions

August 19, 2014 Posted by kingcade

FICO, the company responsible for the most widely used credit score in the U.S. announced this month that its newest scoring model will differ drastically from past versions. Known as FICO 9, the new model will take effect in fall 2014. FICO 9 will differ from FICO 8 in two major ways:

1.) It will differential between medical and non-medical bills that have been turned over to collections. Medical bills will no longer carry as much weight in consumers’ credit scores. Currently, FICO 8 makes no distinction between unpaid medical and non-medical bills.

2.) It will disregard accounts in collections that consumers have already paid. Currently, FICO 8 makes no distinction between paid and unpaid accounts in collections.

Treating medical debt differently comes as a welcome change to consumers. In a May 2014 report, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said millions of Americans’ credit scores are being “overly penalized” by medical debts in collections.

So how do you know if your credit score will improve because of the new model? Basically, if your credit score is low as a result of unpaid medical bills or bills that went into collections that you later paid, you are likely to get a significant boost from FICO 9 when it takes effect.

Remember, you have the power to boost your credit score by following these “money smart” moves:
• Pay your bills on time.
• Keep your balance on credit cards below 30% of your total credit limit at ALL times.
• Using credit as early in your adult life as possible.
• Keeping a good mix of credit accounts on your credit report.
• Applying only for credit that you actually need.

If you are in a financial crisis and considering filing for 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.

Related Resources:
http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/health/2014/08/08/new-fico-score-boost-credit-medical-bills-focus/

Foreclosures hit Pre-Crisis Low

August 14, 2014 Posted by kingcade

The number of home loans that entered foreclosure in the second quarter this year hit its lowest level since early 2006, just before the housing crisis, according to data released by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Housing experts attribute the low rate to an improving job market and higher home prices, another sign that the mortgage crisis is behind us- for now. At the mortgage crisis’ worst point, in the third quarter of 2009, servicers started foreclosures on 1.42% of home loans. Last quarter, they began foreclosures on only 0.4% of loans, the lowest rate since the second quarter of 2006.

Delinquency rates- those that have at least one late payment but are not yet in the process of foreclosure- decreased to 6.04% after adjusting for seasonality, reaching its lowest level since the end of 2007. However, banks still have a number of already foreclosed-upon homes to work through particularly those in “judicial states,” where foreclosures must be processed through the court and tend to take longer.

Florida, New York and New Jersey accounted for more than 40% of all loans in foreclosure in the second quarter. These three states will have a significant impact on national figures moving forward.

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 Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/08/07/foreclosure-starts-hit-pre-crisis-low/