Archive for: ‘May 2017’

Foreclosures at New Low, Mortgage Delinquencies Jump

May 31, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The number of first-lien mortgage delinquencies increased 13% last month, the largest increase since November 2008.  Month-over-month there were 241,000 additional borrowers past due on mortgage payments, according to data from Black Knight Financial. The delinquencies were mostly in their early-stage.

Active foreclosure inventory was at a 10-year low in April and the month also saw the fewest new foreclosure starts since January 2005, only 52,800, down 12.4% from March and 10% year-over-year.  Most improved by percentage were New Jersey (14%), Florida (13%), New York (13%), Nevada (11.7%), and DC (9.7%).

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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 Florida Student Loan Scam Shut Down by FTC

May 30, 2017 Posted by kingcade

A federal court has shut down a phony student loan debt relief and credit repair company that was operating in Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Las Vegas.  The FTC charged its operators with scamming millions of dollars from consumers by falsely promising to reduce- even eliminate their student loan debt.

The owner of Strategic Student Solutions and related entities used corporate funds to pay for personal expenses, including: jewelry, casino tabs, mortgage payments, luxury vehicles, clothing and the construction of a pool, according to the FTC.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has halted the company’s operations and seeks to permanently stop the alleged illegal practices and refund consumers. Borrowers, who trusted Strategic Student Solutions, watched their student loan debt go from bad to worse.

The operators of Strategic Student Solutions lured student loan borrowers with promises such as, “Payments as low as $0 monthly” and “Save 60 percent or more on your monthly payments.”

However, consumers discovered the defendants failed to enroll them in any loan forgiveness or payment reduction plans, and found out none of their monthly payments were applied to their student loan debt.

The company falsely represented that they would provide credit repair services and improve consumers’ credit scores.  Instead, they charged consumers illegal fees of up to $1,200 and monthly payments of $49.99.

The bottom line: Never pay an up-front fee to a company promising to deliver debt relief. Through deceptive marketing practices, this company and others like them, claim to offer borrowers the opportunity to get them out of debt, consolidate their loans and lower their monthly payments for a fee.  It is important that borrowers know, these same services are offered by the Department of Education — for free.  Borrowers looking to reduce their monthly student loan payments should contact the Department of Education for official guidance.

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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 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.

 

Auto Loans & Default Rates on the Rise

May 26, 2017 Posted by kingcade

According to data released this week by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York a record 107 million Americans have auto loan debt.  That accounts for approximately 43% of the adult population in the U.S.

Auto loans have been increasing rapidly. In early 2012, only 80 million Americans had car loans. But now more Americans have auto loans than home loans- and according to recent numbers, many are having trouble affording their monthly payments. There are currently 6 million people who are 90 days or more behind on their car payments.

After the financial crisis, so-called “sub-prime” auto loans were routinely given to borrowers with less than perfect credit. Low quality loans spiked to pre-crisis levels in 2015 and 2016, according to federal data.

Many of the consumers qualifying for these loans do not understand the terms and conditions. The interest rates can be astronomical- sometimes as high as 20% and penalties for default can be severe.

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc., which is counted among the biggest subprime auto-loan firms, verified income on just 8% of borrowers.  Limited verification of loan applicants’ stated incomes and employment “creates more uncertainty around whether borrowers will be able to afford their monthly payments, which becomes particularly important if they have poor credit records and risky loan terms,” the analysts wrote.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all 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.marketwatch.com/story/auto-lender-santander-checked-income-on-just-8-of-subprime-loans-bundled-into-bonds-2017-05-23

Student Loan Debt is Not Just a Millennial Problem- Baby Boomers Reportedly Struggling, too

May 25, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Student loan debt has increased eight-fold among Americans aged 60-64 over the last decade.  Moms, dads and even grandparents are shouldering more of these debts. From 2005 to 2015, the amount of student loan debt held by those ages 60-64 has increased from $4.85 billion to $38.35 billion.

For those aged 55-59, the increase is about five-fold, from $13.9 billion to $65.47 billion.  Many seniors are having trouble paying these loans off or making payments at all: 12.6% of debt held by 60- to 64-year-olds was in default at the end of 2015, a higher default rate than anyone under 40.

To make matters worse, the Trump administration is not shaping up to be particularly friendly towards people struggling to pay off these debts.  Most recently, education secretary, Betsy DeVos,  scrapped an Obama-era plan to streamline the government’s system for servicing student loans. And just this week, an education budget obtained by the Washington Post revealed a proposal to end a student loan-forgiveness program for public servants, creating uncertainty for some 400,000 borrowers.

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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 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.

A New Credit Card that Helps Consumers Repair their FICO Score and Avoid Pay Payday Loans

May 24, 2017 Posted by kingcade

If you have a credit score below 600, chances are you will have difficulty qualifying for a credit card.  However, Americans with poor credit scores are oftentimes the ones who need credit the most.  Many are forced to turn to alternatives like payday loans that come with exorbitant interest rates and penalties.  In rare circumstances, these loans can help but most times it ends up in a cycle of debt and borrowers are never able to recover.

FS Card  is a start-up whose sole product right now is a credit card targeting those with “less than perfect” credit histories. The card, which is called “Build” and has MasterCard branding, allows consumers to avoid the local payday lender’s sky-high rates and gradually improve their FICO sore.

FS Card’s strategy is to target “deep subprime customers” in the 550 to 600 credit score range, offering transparent rates and fees and low spending limits to start, said the company’s CEO.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all 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.