Posts Tagged: ‘foreclosure defense’

Phony South Florida “Lawyers” Face Prison Time after Scamming Distressed Homeowners

November 9, 2017 Posted by kingcade

A number of South Florida homeowners were recent victims to two scam artists, posing as attorneys promising mortgage relief, but instead pocketed the upfront fees they charged.  Joseph Anton Hilton and Adam Todd Forman plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the scheme.

Authorities say the pair operated phony law firms based in Coral Springs, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, FL.  The pair posed as lawyers and even manipulated real attorneys into working on their behalf. They tricked homeowners into paying legal fees in lieu of making mortgage payments. Hilton and Forman targeted homeowners across Florida and in other states, including New Jersey and Ohio, according to authorities.

The Florida victims were from cities including Sunrise, North Palm Beach, Cooper City, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miramar and Delray Beach.

The Attorney General’s office said the fake law firms had more than 300 clients who could have potentially been harmed.

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Florida Offers Homeowners Facing Foreclosure a Free Assistance Program

October 6, 2016 Posted by kingcade

According to CoreLogic, Florida had the highest number of completed foreclosures of any state last year, with a total of 57,000 foreclosed homes. South Florida led the state with 9,603 in September alone. As a result, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation is offering a free statewide assistance program designed to help homeowners facing foreclosure called the Foreclosure Counseling Program.

The program provides struggling homeowners with one-on-one counseling and financial education services. Residents in all 67 counties are eligible.

“Foreclosure is still an issue facing thousands of homeowners in every county of our state,” said Florida Housing Communications Director Cecka Rose Green. “As a participant in the FCP, homeowners can expect to receive extensive housing and financial counseling services that can help them save their homes and become more financially stable.”

The Florida Legislature allocated $10 million from the state’s National Mortgage Settlement funds to implement the program. More than 40 agencies are available to assist interested homeowners across the state.

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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 Mortgage Rules Aim to Stop Wrongful Foreclosures

August 10, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) approved new rules that will help prevent borrowers from being improperly foreclosed on by their mortgage lenders. The recently approved rules build on the current regulations that were created in the aftermath of the housing bust. The original rules required mortgage lenders to grant certain foreclosure protections to a struggling borrower once over the life of the loan. The new rules will require mortgage lenders to provide protections more than once, offering them to borrowers who make current payments after they have worked out an agreement to avoid foreclosure.

“This change will be particularly helpful for borrowers who obtain a permanent loan modification and later suffer an unrelated hardship – such as the loss of a job or the death of a family member – that could otherwise cause them to face foreclosure,” the CFPB said in a statement outlining the new rules.

In addition, the rules expand surviving family members’ protections and require mortgage lenders to give borrowers who have filed bankruptcy information about possible options. The rules also prohibit servicers from taking legal steps once borrowers have completed loss mitigation applications.

The rules come after a June report from the CFPB revealed that some servicers were giving homeowners wrong or outdated information or no information at all.

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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.

 

 

 

Mortgage Rates Fall to Record Low

August 9, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The national average 30-year fixed home mortgage rate fell to 3.36 percent last week. The number matches the record low reached in December 2012, according to Bankrate.com. It is down seven points from the last week in July. With a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage of 3.36%, a homeowner would pay approximately $441 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 borrowed.

Financial experts believe low mortgage rates mean that now is the best time to re-finance. Many homeowners and homebuyers have both benefited from the drop in mortgage rates, according to Bloomberg.com.

The average 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is down four points from the previous week at 2.65%. With shorter-term loans such as 15-years, homebuyers pay more per month but save thousands of dollars in the long run.

If you are considering refinancing your home or purchasing a new home, make sure you get your paperwork in order beforehand. Mortgage lenders have strict requirements on paperwork including copies of proof of income, debts, assets, etc.

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.bankrate.com/financing/mortgages/mortgage-rates-monday-august-1/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-01/u-s-mortgage-rates-fall-to-lowest-on-record-chart

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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