Posts Tagged: ‘Miami Foreclosure Defense Law Firm’

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.

 

Foreclosure Prevention Unknown After HAMP Expires

February 1, 2017 Posted by kingcade

At the end of last month HAMP (The Home Affordable Modification Program) expired and Republican-led Washington has no intention of replacing it. So now it will be up to the private sector to address the lingering issues brought on by the financial crisis.

Banks and mortgage lenders say they are ready to step in with their own foreclosure-prevention programs, modeled on what they learned from the Obama administration’s effort.  However, housing advocates are skeptical, as HAMP had its shortcomings.  The program fell far short of the administration’s goals.

Specifically, banks and servicers routinely ignored the rules, consistently rejected eligible homeowners, processed applications at a snail’s pace and foreclosed on homeowners even when they made their modified payments on time, according to a series of audit reports for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Approximately 70 percent of those who applied for the loan modifications were turned down.  Nearly 14 million homes went into foreclosure, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, which tracks foreclosure filings.

Even though the housing market has stabilized, the rate of delinquencies is at its lowest point since 2007, and home prices have risen in many places, there will always be homeowners and families in trouble because of job loss, illness and other unforeseen setbacks.

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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.

Trump’s Treasury Pick Accused of Foreclosure Heartbreak Stories

January 27, 2017 Posted by kingcade

After President Trump announced his Treasury Secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin, a wave of California homeowners came forward with allegations that OneWest Bank actively steered them away from making timely mortgage payments to qualify for federal loan assistance that never came. Borrowers claim the fraudulent activity occurred under the leadership of Mnuchin.

The accusations center around the government program called the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), which was launched at during the 2009 financial crisis. Under the program, eligible borrowers could receive new, lower payments and the banks that took part would also receive government incentive payments.

“They (OneWest) hired people who didn’t know what they were doing and some bad information was being given out,” a source who was familiar with OneWest’s foreclosure procedures at the time told CNN.

CNN spoke to seven OneWest borrowers who all had similar stories about being advised to purposely miss payments in order to qualify for the HAMP program.

Mnuchin testified at his confirmation hearing where he defended his time as a bank executive and his work in the private sector. However, the Democrats were not buying it, dubbing him the “Foreclosure King.”

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://thehill.com/policy/finance/315143-mnuchin-emerges-from-confirmation-hearing-intact

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/19/news/mnuchin-onewest-foreclosure/

New Reverse Mortgage Updates Benefit Borrowers and Lenders, according to HUD

May 13, 2016 Posted by kingcade

According to a new report issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the latest reverse mortgage updates on the rules and laws have benefited both borrowers and lenders.  New changes to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program are intended to: assure that foreclosures and defaults are limited; they are also designed to prevent lender abuse; they help assure that borrowers can actually afford to upkeep the home (i.e. – home insurance and property taxes on these loans that are not secured on the basis of income or credit).

The changes mandate that borrowers demonstrate they have the financial ability to maintain the home and pay the property taxes and home insurance.  If the borrower is not able to provide proof of this, lenders are not allowed to approve the loans.

The draw from the loans by borrowers has decreased since the new rules took effect. This lesser draw means a decrease in risk to both lenders and borrowers, and assures (that in most cases) there is something to be passed on to heirs from the estate in the future.

Reverse mortgages are a special type of home loan that is offered to homeowners age 62 and older. They require that you have substantial equity in your home and that you are able to pay annual property taxes, home insurance and general upkeep. There are no income or credit requirements outside of these rules. Other requirements include that the home remains your primary residence and that you seek third-party credit counseling before you take out the loan.

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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.

State Passes on Hardest Hit Funds- Florida Homeowners out $250 Million

April 21, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Floridians fighting to save their homes from foreclosure are losing out on $250 million in mortgage assistance because state officials opted not to apply for additional money from the federal Hardest Hit Fund. The fund was created six years ago to help those states hardest hit by the housing market crash and foreclosure crisis. All of the board members who voted to turn down the assistance were appointed by Governor Rick Scott, a Republican who has opposed federal bailout programs and whose office once pressured the housing agency to limit the time homeowner’s could receive the Hardest Hit help.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson calls the decision “tragic” and has repeatedly blasted state officials for their slowness in spending the $1 billion that Florida originally received.  As of January 1, 2016, the state had spent less than two-thirds of that amount and helped only 25,000 homeowners while rejecting 120,000.

In addition, the federal official who oversees the Treasury’s management of the Hardest Hit Fund has criticized Florida, issuing a report that found the state had “consistently under-performed” other states in the use of the relief money.

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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