Posts Tagged: ‘Mortgages’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Handled One Million Complaints in Five Years

September 30, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published the September 2016 Monthly Complaint report. The report revealed that more than five years after opening its doors, the CFPB has handled more than one million complaints.

“Since opening our doors in 2011, we have handled over one million complaints from consumers about their problems with financial products and services. Not only have we achieved substantial relief for consumers, but hearing directly from consumers is fundamental to our mission. We can better protect all consumers because of what we learn from those who have submitted complaints and shared their experiences with us,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

The CFPB was initially handling complaints regarding credit cards, upon opening its doors in July 2011. However, it later expanded to handle complaints in several other areas of finance, such as: mortgages, bank accounts and services, private student loans, vehicle and other consumers loans, credit reporting, money transfers, debt collection and payday loans.

Debt collection recently surpassed mortgages to become the top complaint the CFPB receives. Out of the one million complaints, the CFPB has received 244,008 mortgage complaints and 264,123 complaints regarding debt collection.

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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

Condo Associations Scam South Florida Consumers

August 3, 2016 Posted by kingcade

According to the Miami Herald, condo associations are scamming South Florida consumers and residents with exorbitantly high application fees. The Florida state laws permit condo association to charge people a maximum of $100 per person who are applying to rent or buy a unit. The law also states that married couples should be treated as one person and prohibits charges for dependent children or consumers who are renewing their leases. The fee is nonrefundable and covers costs such as background checks and credit checks. However, recent reports have revealed that associations are charging anywhere from $125 to $625 per person.

Further investigation by the Miami Herald also proved that some associations are tacking on additional charges, sometimes several hundred dollars or more, for “move-in fees” or “pet fees.” In fact, the Herald reported that nearly half of all listings in Miami-Dade County charged application fees that exceeded $100.

In addition to the cap on application fees, the Florida Condominium Act also prohibits associations from charging fees that exceed $100 for transfers such as sales, mortgages, leases, sublets or any other unit transfers.

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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.

8 Ways the Housing Market has changed in 2013

February 11, 2013 Posted by kingcade

There have been many changes – both good and bad – to the housing market in the last six months. New issues, rules and opportunities have surfaced that will affect everyone who is selling, buying or staying in their homes in 2013. Below are some of biggest changes industry experts have seen:

1. Home prices are on the rise. The housing market recovery has helped to improve the economy with lower interest rates and an increase in buyer demand. As a result, home prices are on the rise. The national median home price increased 10.1% in November 2012, compared to November 2011. Gains during 2013 are expected to continue at a more modest rate.

2. Interest rates are up. During 2012 interest rates declined, sometimes at record-low rates. This year, interest rates are expected to rise slightly. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) increased its one-time upfront mortgage insurance premium for minimum down-payment loans and will likely increase those premiums again this year.

3. Inventory is down. At the end of November 2012, inventory of existing homes for sale was down 3.8%, which is a 4.8-month supply at the current sales pace. Listed inventory is down 22.5% from one year ago, when there was a 7.1-month supply. Although, an increase in inventory is often a good sign, prices have not increased enough to enable homeowners to sell and recuperate.

4. New mortgage rule to protect buyers from risky mortgages. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a new rule to protect borrowers from risky mortgages. The rule is known as the Ability to Repay Rule and will take full-effect in January 2014, however most lenders will put the rule into practice this year.

5. Home-equity loans will make a comeback. Home-equity loan rates were down along with mortgage rates for most of 2012. Now that home prices are stabilizing, experts expect to see lenders competing for home-equity loan business. The average rate on a fixed-rate home-equity loan fell to 6% in January, after being as high as 8.5% during the financial crisis in 2009.

6. A drop in foreclosure sales. Due to the housing market crash, foreclosure sales quickly skyrocketed. After the $25 billion deal made in February of 2012 between 49 states and the five largest banks, lenders are looking for ways to help distressed homeowners stay in their homes. Another reason for the drop in foreclosure sales is due to lenders selling off repossessed homes to investors, rather than individual buyers.

7. Home construction will increase this year. An increase in demand for homes will pave the way for home construction in 2013. Applicants for building permits for new single-family homes were up during most of the fourth quarter of 2012. An increase in hiring by builders and record-low interest rates suggested a modest growth in home construction.

8. A suffering luxury market. Luxury homeowners raced to put their homes on the market in November of last year causing a 51% surge of million-dollar home sales. The surge was an attempt to avoid the capital-gains tax hikes in January that were a part of the fiscal-cliff deal. As a result, experts expect a decrease in luxury-home sales during the first part of 2013.

To read more on this story visit: http://realestate.msn.com/8-ways-the-housing-market-has-changed-for-2013

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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.

FHA Announced Hike on New Mortgage Premiums

February 4, 2013 Posted by kingcade

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced last week that it will be raising premiums in order to reduce borrowers’ exposure to risky loans. It will raise premiums by 10 basis points or .1% on most of the new mortgages it insures. This means that if a borrower with a 30-year fixed rate mortgage puts 5% or more down, they will now pay an annual insurance premium of 1.3% of their outstanding balance. If a borrower puts less than 5% down, they will pay a premium of 1.35%. The FHA is the largest insurer of low-down payment mortgages. It will also raise premiums on ‘jumbo loans,’ or loans of $625,000 or more. Jumbo loan premiums will be raised by 5 basis points, or .05% and increase the minimum down payment requirement on these loans from 3.5% to 5%.

Another change the FHA is making to its insurance requirements is that buyers will now have to pay insurance premiums for the life of their loan. In 2001 a policy was set in place that allowed borrowers to cancel their premium payments once their debt fell below 78% of the principal balance. Borrowers who put more than 10% down at the time of the purchase will be an exception to this new policy.

Other new policies the FHA has set in place include one requiring that mortgages where the borrower has less than a 620 credit score and a debt-to-income ratio above 43% must be underwritten manually. Lenders will be required to adequately document why they decided to approve these loans. Another policy the FHA will enforce will place new restrictions on reverse mortgages.

To read more on these changes visit: http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/31/real_estate/fha-mortgage-premiums/index.html?iid=SF_PF_River

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. 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.