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Seniors Filing More Reverse Mortgage Complaints with CFPB

June 7, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Consumers 62 years of age and older face a unique set of financial difficulties- one of their main concerns is servicing issues with reverse mortgages, according to the Monthly Complaint Report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

“Servicing problems with reverse mortgages,” topped the list of complaints among consumers at least 62 years of age, according to the report.  These problems oftentimes lead to unexpected foreclosure.

The most-cited concerns were “difficulty with changing the loan terms” and “problems communicating with loan servicers.” In addition to mortgage complaints, seniors also reporter difficulty recovering funds after being financially scammed, fees charged for unauthorized add-on products and services, and confusion surrounding deferred-interest and zero-interest credit cards.

CFPB complaints from older consumers were most common in Florida, California, Texas. The three states accounted for nearly 25 percent of all complaints since 2011.

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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.

 

“Disappearing” Bankruptcies Could Prompt new wave of Home Buying

June 6, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Approximately 6 million Americans will have their bankruptcies disappear from their credit reports over the next five years.  Chapter 7 personal bankruptcies peaked in 2010 during the housing market crash then decreased over the next few years before leveling off in late 2015 – 2016.

The number of Chapter 7 bankruptcies, the most common type of bankruptcy, which involves no repayment plan and in most cases is a complete discharge of debt, increased to nearly 1.14 million, in 2010.

Now seven years later, millions of Americans are seeing these bankruptcies fall off their credit reports, improving their credit scores and allowing them to re-enter the housing market and purchase a home.

Credit scores reached a record high this spring, which we discussed in a recent blog.  This will create even more buyers in an already competitive market.  With home prices continuing to increase as inventory levels drop, experts do not expect it to let up anytime soon.

Hispanic homeownership could also see an increase in the next few years as the President and his administration seek to “dismantle” the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which could give lenders more freedom to originate loans outside traditional qualified mortgages.

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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.

Women Hold Nearly 65% of America’s Student Loan Debt

June 5, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Women are now the majority on U.S. college campuses- representing 56% of all students enrolled, and according to a recent report they are also shouldering much of the nation’s student loan debt.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) found that on average, women hold $833 billion of the country’s $1.3 trillion student loan debt, compared to men who hold $477 billion.

African American women take on more student loan debt than any other group of women, with an average of $30,000, according to the study.  In addition, women take two years longer to pay off that debt, partly because of the gender wage gap.

It is estimated that women make 20% less than men four years after graduating with a bachelor’s degree. That pay discrepancy leaves women at a particular disadvantage with less disposable income to use to pay back their loans. In the time period between one and four years after graduation, men paid off an average of 38% of their outstanding debt, while women paid off 31%, according to the study.  Meanwhile, approximately one-third of women experienced financial difficulties, while paying off their loans, compared to just one-fourth of men.

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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.

Credit Scores Hit Record High as Economy Continues to Improve

June 2, 2017 Posted by kingcade

U.S. consumers’ credit scores reached a record high this spring thanks to falling unemployment and continued economic growth. An added bonus: The passage of time since the recession and housing market crash has helped many household balance sheets. Bankruptcies and foreclosures are now falling off Americans’ credit reports.

More than six million U.S. adults will have personal bankruptcies disappear over the next five years, according to a recent Barclays PLC report. Wiping away these events helps boost consumers’ credit scores. Lenders rely on both credit reports and scores when qualifying consumers for loans and determining interest rates.

The higher scores lead to more available credit and more activity in terms of loan approvals and credit card approvals. The average credit score nationwide was 700 in April, according to data from Fair Isaac Corp.  Average credit scores have not been that high since 2005.

The share of consumers deemed to be the most risky, with credit scores below 600, hit a new low of roughly 40 million, or 20% of U.S. adults who have FICO scores. That is a decline from 20.5% in October and a peak of 25.5% in 2010.

Consumers who filed in 2007 for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, the most common type of bankruptcy, in which certain debts are discharged and creditors can get paid back from sales of consumers’ assets are starting to see those events fall off their credit reports. Some 500,000 Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases were filed in 2007, a figure that ballooned to nearly 1.1 million in 2010, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

As credit scores rise, banks and other lenders are likely to make credit more widely available to consumers, and at a lower cost. Consumers who have a bankruptcy filing removed from their credit report experience a near $1,500 increase in spending limits and $800 more in credit-card debt within three years, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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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.

 

Single Mom Is Able to Discharge her Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy

June 1, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit (Fern v. FedLoan Servicing (In re Fern) held that a single mom of three can discharge her student loan debt in bankruptcy because it would impose an undue hardship on her family.

Typically, student loan debt cannot be discharged in bankruptcy unless the debtor can prove “undue hardship,” which is not defined in the Bankruptcy Code.

A majority of circuits follow the test adopted by the Second Circuit in Brunner v. New York State Higher Education Servs. Corp, 831 F.2d 395 (2d Cir. 1987), where the debtor must establish:

(1) That he or she cannot maintain, based on current income and expenses, a “minimal standard of living for herself and her dependents if forced to repay the loans;

(2) that additional circumstances exist indicating that this state of affairs is likely to persist for a significant portion of the repayment period of the student loans; and

(3) that the debtor has made good faith efforts to repay the loans.”

However, the Eighth Circuit follows a more “flexible approach” under a “totality of the circumstances test,” Judge Anita Louise Shodeen wrote.

The court looked at past, present, and reasonably reliable future financial resources, a calculation of reasonable living expenses, and other “relevant facts and circumstances.”

The single mom in this case had $27,000 in student loan debt and had never made a payment. She initially took classes to become an accounting clerk, but did not finish the program and switched careers, training to be an esthetician.

She received minimal or no child support from the fathers of her three children. Her monthly take-home pay from her current job was $1,506, and she received food stamps and rental assistance. Her income had been consistent and was unlikely to improve in the future, the court said.

Her monthly living expenses are reasonable, necessary and modest, the court said. Her family monthly expenses are $2,475, and her monthly income from all sources is $2,413, resulting in a $62 per month deficit.

The Department of Education argued that she qualified for a repayment program where her payment would be nothing, which would not affect her current standard of living, but the court rejected it.

A zero monthly payment obligation does not automatically mean there is an ability to pay, the court said.

Judge Robert J. Kressel and Chief Judge Arthur B. Federman joined the opinion.

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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.