Archive for: ‘March 2015’

Three Tips for Obtaining a Home Loan after Bankruptcy

March 24, 2015 Posted by kingcade

Many lenders steer clear of individuals who have recently filed for bankruptcy, which can prove frustrating for an anxious homebuyer. However, obtaining a home loan after bankruptcy is not impossible, if the borrower is prepared to pay a higher interest rate and offer a larger down payment.

Privlo, a private lender that is funded by venture and institutional capital recently financed a mortgage for a million dollar home in San Francisco for a retired firefighter who filed for bankruptcy just one year ago.

Privlo is just one of a handful of lenders that will offer these generous type loans to borrowers who have recently filed for bankruptcy. When borrowers use a lender such as Privlo, Citadel Servicing Corp., or Angel Oak Home Loans, they must be prepared to pay a higher interest rate and offer a larger down payment. The lenders will issue “non-prime” mortgages to borrowers whose finances do not meet the government’s underwriting standards.

The Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans Administration mortgage rules allow for certain borrowers to qualify for a mortgage in as little as two years after their bankruptcy is discharged.

Below are three tips for consumers looking to purchase a home after filing for bankruptcy:

• If only one spouse has filed for bankruptcy, do not put his or her name down on the mortgage application.
• Do your research and look at multiple lenders. Some lenders will be more lenient on their requirements depending on your circumstances.
• If you are considering a non-prime lender, check consumer reviews and talk to other borrowers.

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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 Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

South Floridians Gaining Confidence in the Housing Market

March 23, 2015 Posted by kingcade

A recent survey conducted by TD Bank revealed twenty eight percent of South Floridians are “very” or “extremely” likely to purchase a home in the next year or so, compared with only 9 percent in 2014. The survey polled 159 residents of South Florida, but was part of a larger national poll of 1,450 homeowners who purchased homes in the past ten years.

According to TD Bank, South Floridians are “finally finding the confidence to buy again” after the recession. Another survey from Zillow.com showed that South Florida renters are also gaining confidence in the housing market. The survey found that more than 161,000 renters in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties said they plan to buy within a year. South Florida will be a competitive housing market this year, with home prices ranging between $250,000 and $400,000. Nationwide, residents of South Florida, San Jose and San Francisco were most confident in the housing market, according to Zillow.

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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 Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Government Debt Collectors Targeted for their Abusive Practices

March 20, 2015 Posted by kingcade

A recent CNN report found that special treatment is being given to debt collectors hired by government agencies. These collectors are charging steep fees and making threats, which include wage garnishment, foreclosure and even arrest. Other debt collection firms that are hired to go after credit card debt or auto loans are held accountable for such acts.

A senior member of the House Financial Services Committee is currently reviewing the report. He said he fears that low-income Americans are the most likely to suffer. The high fees leave many Americans unable to pay off their debts and afford their monthly bills.

The debt collectors are using power given to them by the government to pressure individuals into financial commitments they cannot afford. Unfortunately for consumers, the FTC admitted that the laws governing debt collection do not apply to the types of bills that government debt collectors pursue.

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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.

Refinance with HARP before Mortgage Rates Increase

March 19, 2015 Posted by kingcade

The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) is a program that was set up in 2009 to assist struggling homeowners in refinancing their homes- reducing mortgage payments by an average of $3,000 a year. It has also allowed homeowners to pay their mortgages off faster. Taking advantage of the benefits HARP has to offer can reduce your monthly mortgage payments and pay your mortgage off in less time.

How do you know if you qualify for HARP? If your mortgage is $625,000 or less, you most likely qualify for the program. HARP was created by the Government as a way to help the economy recover from the recession. Homeowners who have refinanced through HARP have saved an average of $250 a month. But you must act NOW!  These valuable benefits are set to expire at the end of this year.

Click here to read more about how to reduce your mortgage payments through HARP.

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.

Following Obama’s Lead, Democrats Propose Bill to Relieve Student Loan Debt

March 18, 2015 Posted by kingcade

President Obama addressed the growing problem of student loan debt in a speech he gave on Tuesday at Georgia Tech. He spoke about his plans to make it easier for students to eliminate some of their student loan debt through bankruptcy. Two days later, thirteen democrats in the Senate introduced a bill backing the President’s plans called the “Fairness for Struggling Students Act of 2015.” The bill will treat student loans issued by private lenders the same as other types of private unsecured debt in bankruptcy. Changes made to the federal bankruptcy code in 2005 made it nearly impossible for struggling students to discharge their student loan debt.

Private student loans make up only 10% of all student loans. The other 90% are loans issued by the federal government. If the bill is passed, it would only account for the 10%. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that there is $165 billion that stems from private student loans and approximately $1.2 trillion in total student loan debt.

President Obama and the Senate are targeting private student loans due to their high interest rates, lack of consumer protection and inflexible repayment options. The bill is the White House’s latest attempt to address the rapid increase in student loan debt in America. Plans have also been set up for borrowers to file complaints against loan servicers.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you 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 http://www.miamibankruptcy.com.