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Bank of America Offers Principal Reductions to Underwater Homeowners

June 29, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Bank of America recently announced that homeowners underwater on their mortgages will soon be receiving relief in the mail. The first wave of letters will be mailed out by the third quarter of this year to some 200,000 homeowners who may qualify for a principal reduction on their mortgages. Homeowners who qualify will save an average of 30% monthly on their mortgage or a total of about $150,000.

The homeowners who qualify must meet the following criteria:

1. They must be underwater on their mortgage.
2. They must be 60 days delinquent as of January 31, 2012.
3. Their monthly payment combined with insurance and other fees must account for 25% of their gross monthly income.
4. Their loan must be held by Bank of America, not a federally backed lender.

In March, Bank of America started a trial program for principal modifications for about 5,000 underwater homeowners. The bank disclosed that of these 5,000 homeowners, the combined savings reached approximately $700 million in just a few short months. Bank of America views this move as a way to hold up to their end of the settlement reached earlier in the year with the government as a result of the robo-signing scandal. Although the principal reductions are expected to relieve homeowners of much of their debt, it might also end up diminishing their credit scores. FICO spokesman, Anthony Sprauve said that as of now it is ‘undetermined how the reductions will be reported.’

To read more on this story visit: http://moneyland.time.com/2012/05/09/behind-on-your-bank-of-america-mortgage-relief-may-be-in-the-mail/

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Trend Alert: Decline in Foreclosure Activity in U.S. Metro Areas

August 11, 2011 Posted by kingcade

It has been reported that the nation’s largest metropolitan areas are seeing a sharp drop in foreclosure activity as banks take longer to move against homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments. According to Realty Trac Inc. in the first half of this year, 84 percent of metropolitan areas with a population of at least 200,000 saw their foreclosure rate drop versus the same period last year.

In total, foreclosure activity declined in 178 of the country’s 211 largest metropolitan areas during the first six months of the year. The decline is due to delays in the foreclosure process as lenders work through foreclosure documentation problems that first surfaced last fall. Those problems prompted them to resubmit paperwork on many properties that had been slated for foreclosure and led to a slew of government investigations of the mortgage industry. Mortgage banks also have put off taking action against newly delinquent borrowers in order to try loan modifications or other tactics aimed at avoiding foreclosure.

This has resulted in some 1.7 million potential foreclosures being held up. The slowdown in foreclosure activity has been pronounced in states like Florida, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Illinois, where courts play a major role in the foreclosure process and are only beginning to sort through the backlog of cases.

To read more on the story visit:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/28/2334318/foreclosure-activity-down-in-most.html#ixzz1TN8bmNlB

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.