Posts Tagged: ‘Foreclosure Crisis’

Foreclosure Inventory Hits “Pre-Crisis” Level

March 3, 2017 Posted by kingcade

According to CoreLogic, 21,000 U.S. home foreclosures were completed in the month of December.  This number is equal to the average number of monthly foreclosures for the first time since the housing market crashed in 2007.

The five states with the highest number of completed foreclosures in the past 12 months were Florida (45,000), Michigan (30,000), Texas (24,000), Ohio (21,000) and California (19,000). The five with the fewest foreclosures in the prior 12 months through December were North Dakota (182), District of Columbia (254), West Virginia (312), Montana (630) and Alaska (668).

Of the 10 largest U.S. metro areas, the foreclosure inventory was highest in the New York area, at 2.5%. The Miami metro area’s foreclosure inventory totaled 2.0%, with the Las Vegas metro and Chicago each at 1.1%. The lowest totals were posted in the San Francisco (0.1%) area and in Denver (0.2%).

Foreclosure and delinquency trends continue to move in the right direction, a result of increasing employment levels, stricter underwriting standards and higher home prices over the past few years, according to CoreLogic’s CEO Anand Nallathambi.  Further declines in foreclosure and delinquency rates are expected in 2017.

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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.

 

New York Attorney General Fights Against Zombie Foreclosure Crisis

August 1, 2016 Posted by kingcade

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced a grant initiative to fight against the zombie foreclosure crisis. The growing problem has affected hundreds of neighborhoods and towns across the state of New York since the housing bubble burst. The initiative known as, the Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative, will give $13 million in grants to local governments across the state through a competitive application process.

The 100 communities dealing with the greatest problems of zombie foreclosures and vacant homes have been invited to apply for the funds. The money will address housing vacancy and the damage to property value in neighborhoods by supporting municipalities’ capacity for housing code enforcement, tracking and monitoring vacant properties and providing legal enforcement to ensure banks and mortgage companies comply with local and state law.

The initiative will also have preventative benefits due to the requirement of communities to develop innovative programs and policies and connect at-risk homeowners to services so they can avoid foreclosure. It also coincides with the recent enactment of the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act.

The initiative will be funded by the $3.2 billion settlement agreement with Morgan Stanley that was settled in February. The settlement resulted in $550 million in cash and consumer relief for New York residents.

“Too many communities across this state have been hit hard by the proliferation of zombie properties. This new grant initiative puts tools directly in the hands of towns and cities across the state to reverse course, rebuild from the foreclosure crisis and put zombie homes in the rear-view mirror,” Attorney General Schneiderman said.

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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.

 

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Widows, divorcees struggle with foreclosure rules

March 29, 2016 Posted by kingcade

According to a recent report from the National Consumer Law Center, widows as well as surviving family members and the recently divorced continue to struggle to stay in their homes.  It is estimated that thousands of homeowners, usually women who did not sign the original loan documents, are having trouble getting access to relief that the new federal guidelines have provided other homeowners since the foreclosure crisis.

The Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is being urged to adopt rules that would expand protections to others who may have homeownership interest in a property, aside from just the borrower.  Every month of delay increases the interest that the homeowner owes, increasing the fees on the loan amount and decreasing the changes of a loan modification.

Federal regulators need to do more to educate borrowers.  Borrowers can fill out paperwork allowing lenders and mortgage companies to disclose financial and loan information to family members or spouses.  Many borrowers are unaware that they can agree to disclosures so family members and spouses communicate with lenders to avoid undue hardships after death.

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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.

Artist Kathryn Clark Creates Quilts to portray our Nation’s Foreclosure Crisis

April 10, 2012 Posted by kingcade

San Francisco artist, Kathryn Clark has been depicting the effects of the foreclosure crisis by creating her own line of quilts. She has created nine quilts that display neighborhoods from across the country that have been hit the hardest by the housing market crash. An artist at heart, Clark spent more than five years as an urban planner. She began to notice the stories in the news about the foreclosure crisis and began noticing signs in her own neighborhood, which inspired her to depict the economic problems through her work. She chose to express the crisis through quilts because she was able to use older fabrics that were worn and provided a good representation of the distressed neighborhoods.

Clark has created quilts for areas across the country hit hardest by the crash, including: Riverside, CA, Cape Coral, FL., Las Vegas, Modesto, CA., Cleveland, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Detroit, and Phoenix.

To read more on this story and view pictures of some of Kathryn Clark’s work visit: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/03/crafting-foreclosure-crisis/1622/

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

The Obama Administration Announces Modifications to the Home Affordable Refinance Program to Help Underwater Homeowners

November 29, 2011 Posted by kingcade

South Florida has embraced the new modifications being made to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), which include eliminating some appraisals and loosening underwriting requirements, making it easier for underwater homeowners to alleviate their mortgages. To qualify homeowners must be current on their payments, and the mortgages must be backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
These revisions are projected to help tens of thousands of South Florida homeowners who have not qualified for other government relief programs. The government is doing away with a cap that prevented borrowers whose mortgages exceed 125 percent of the value of their homes from being eligible for the program. Other changes include reduced risk for lenders and lower fees for borrowers. Nearly half of all single family homes with a mortgage in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties are worth less than what is owed, according to third-quarter data from real estate website Zillow.com. People who otherwise may have been tempted to walk away from their homes will be able to qualify for some of the lowest mortgage rates on record and possibly pay off their homes faster.
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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.