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Florida Ranks in the Top 10 for Highest Foreclosure Rates

February 6, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Even with economic improvement, Florida ranked among the top 10 states with the highest foreclosure rates in 2017, despite the number of foreclosures dropping by 45% compared to 2016. Last year in Florida there were 24,215 foreclosure proceedings filed, compared to 43,772 in 2016, according to ATTOM Data.

Here are the states with the highest foreclosure rates in 2017:

  1. New Jersey (1.61 percent of housing units with a foreclosure filing);
  2. Delaware (1.13 percent);
  3. Maryland (0.95 percent);
  4. Illinois (0.86 percent);
  5. Connecticut (0.78 percent);
  6. Florida (0.72 percent);
  7. South Carolina (0.70 percent);
  8. Ohio (0.70 percent);
  9. Nevada (0.67 percent);
  10. New Mexico (0.63 percent).

Florida ranked among the top states with the highest number of legacy foreclosures on loans originated between 2004 and 2008. Miami-Dade County ranked among the highest number of legacy foreclosures in the nation. The top counties were: Nassau County (Long Island), New York (6,782); Cook County (Chicago), Illinois (5,478); Kings County (Brooklyn), New York (4,677); Miami-Dade County, Florida (3,804); and Suffolk County (Long Island), New York (3,417). In the fourth quarter of 2017, Florida also ranked near the top of all states with the longest average time to foreclose, on average 1,493 days.

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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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

Millions Left Unspent after State Ends Federal Foreclosure Aid

February 1, 2018 Posted by kingcade

This week Florida closed its three largest Hardest Hit federal housing-aid programs, years early- leaving $88 million unspent.  This closes three opportunities for struggling homeowners, which includes: mortgage help for the unemployed and underemployed, aid on delinquent home loans and mortgage principal reduction.

Florida’s Hardest Hit program helped only about half the number of the approximately 100,000 Floridians who applied since it launched in 2010. The program was troubled from the start, with “technical issues” such as rolling out with crashed computers and an eight-month delay to get approved.

Compared with 17 other states that were part of the program, Florida had the lowest admission rate, even though Florida had one of the most severe home-price corrections in the nation, according to a 2015 federal report.  The delayed disbursement of money from the program has not gone unnoticed and has drawn criticism.

“It’s criminal,” said one Florida resident, who tried unsuccessfully to apply for the funds. “I had all my ducks in a row but could not get through on the phone. I ended up standing in their lines, but there was no follow-up. It was a complete waste of time.”

Another Florida applicant said, “They put me through the ringer. They were so rude, so ugly. I tried so many times. I got turned down so many times. It was just totally ridiculous.”

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, said the money approved during the Obama administration could have been deployed quickly to help speed up Florida’s recovery from the crash and save families from foreclosure.

“Unfortunately, Governor Scott and Republican legislators dragged their feet for years in getting the FHFC [Florida Housing Finance Corporation] to deploy significant funds and various assistance programs, undermining the effort and stifling its effectiveness,” Soto said. Though the state has moved toward recovery, it remains one of the few yet to rebound fully, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, has consistently called for investigations into Florida’s oversight of the federal spending program.

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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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

Foreclosure Filings Drop Sharply in South Florida

January 22, 2018 Posted by kingcade

During the 2007-2009 recession, South Florida was at the top of the list for most foreclosures.  However, in 2017 South Florida ranked No. 21 for the highest foreclosure rate among the nation’s metro areas.  Foreclosure filings dropped 37.9 percent in South Florida during 2017, according to Attom Data Solutions.

There were 20,019 properties with foreclosure filings in South Florida during 2017, or one in every 124 houses. The rate was higher in Miami-Dade County at one in 110 houses, followed by Broward County at one in 127 houses, and Palm Beach County at one in 149 houses.

Nationally, foreclosures were down 27 percent in 2017 and were at the lowest level since 2005, according to Attom. The metro regions with the highest foreclosure rates in 2017 were Atlantic City, New Jersey; Trenton, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Rockford, Illinois.

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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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Lowest Point in a Decade

January 10, 2018 Posted by kingcade

The number of mortgage delinquencies dropped to their lowest level in more than a decade, according to CoreLogic.  In the month of September, 5% of mortgages remained in some stage of delinquency, 30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure. This is a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from last year’s overall delinquency rate of 5.2%.

“September’s early-stage delinquency rate increased by 0.3% from a year ago, the largest increase since June 2009,” CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said. “This does not reflect a deterioration in credit, but rather the impact of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.”

The foreclosure inventory rate, which measures the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process, decreased from 0.8% in September 2016 to 0.6% in September 2017. This represents the lowest foreclosure rate since June 2007 when foreclosure inventory was also at 0.6%.

The serious delinquency rate, mortgages that are 90 days or more past due, decreased 0.4 percentage points from last year to 1.9% in September. This rate marks the lowest level for any month since October 2007’s 1.9%.

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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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Foreclosure Myths Debunked

December 29, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The thought of losing one’s home is scary, and because the foreclosure process can be complicated there are a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding it.  Here are some common myths disproved.

  1. Foreclosure happens fast. Even though the foreclosure process can happen in as few as 6 months in some states, it is taking much longer to process the average foreclosure. Recently, JP Morgan Chase revealed that their average borrower who loses a home to foreclosure has not made any payments in 14 months nationwide; 22 months in Florida and 26 months in New York. The fact that foreclosure is not happening nearly as fast, gives struggling families who are temporarily down on their luck some time to get back on their feet and figure out a financial plan to save their home.
  2. Buyers cannot get clear title or title insurance on foreclosed homes. Buyers of bank-owned properties in nearly every jurisdiction are protected from later title attacks by foreclosed homeowners by the “bona fide purchaser rule,” under which courts would prefer to simply award cash damages to be paid by the culpable bank to a wrongfully foreclosed-on homeowner, rather than reversing the sale or ownership to the new, innocent buyer.
  3. Having a foreclosure on your credit history means it will take five years before you can buy again. One of the most frequently asked questions from homeowners facing foreclosure or who have just lost their home is how long will it take before they will be able to purchase another home. Until recently, it was assumed that it would take 5 years, minimum, before being able to purchase a new home.  However, borrowers can obtain an FHA loan with the low, 3.5 minimum down payment requirement 3 years after foreclosure. Post-foreclosure buyers need a credit score of 620-640 to qualify for an FHA loan.  A foreclosure itself will diminish a consumer’s credit score by 100-150 points. Former homeowners who want to purchase again need to ensure they have no other late payments or credit dings after they lose their home.

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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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.