Posts Tagged: ‘reverse mortgage’

Changes to Reverse Mortgage Rules for Retirees

October 13, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Starting this month, some major changes are coming to the HECM reverse mortgage industry as the government aims to strengthen the long run projections of the program. The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) reverse mortgage program which enables you to withdraw some of the equity in your home.

According to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, “We have a responsibility to make changes that balance our mission with our responsibility to protect taxpayers.  Furthermore, Carson noted that the changes are “needed and prudent steps to put the HECM program on a more sustainable footing so that it can remain a resource for senior borrowers.”

Here are the three major changes that have taken effect October 2017:

  1. Upfront HECM mortgage insurance premiums will be increased for certain borrowers, but lowered for others, as compared to the current system.
  2. The ongoing mortgage insurance premiums will be lowered, bringing down the total compounding rate cost for most borrowers. This could put rates more in line with the rates of traditional mortgages and the rates of home equity lines of credit.
  3. Principal limit factors will be changed, which impacts the amount of home equity that will be available for homeowners to access at various ages under the HECM program.

Click here to learn more about the specifics of each of these three major changes and how each one will affect borrowers.

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.

More Seniors Taking Out Loans Against Their Homes – But at What Cost?

August 28, 2017 Posted by kingcade

An increasing number of seniors facing foreclosure are opting to take out reverse mortgages on their property, according to recent federal data.  A reverse mortgage allows cash-strapped seniors to borrow against the equity in their home that has built up over the decades- but it also comes with financial risk.  Property owners are still responsible for keeping up with other charges, including the taxes and insurance on the property.

A HUD report issued last fall found that nearly 90,000 reverse mortgage loans held by seniors were at least 12 months behind in payment of taxes and insurance and were expected to end in “involuntary termination” in 2017.  That is more than double the number the year before.

More than 18 percent of reverse mortgage loans taken out from 2009 to June 2016 are expected to go into default because of unpaid taxes and insurance, according to the HUD report.

The federal Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has warned seniors about deceptive advertising practices when it comes to reverse mortgages.  Last year, the federal agency fined three companies — American Advisors Group, Reverse Mortgage Solutions and Aegean Financial — for alleged false claims, misleading seniors to believe that if they took out a reverse mortgage they would not have to make monthly payments or face foreclosure, leaving out the risks of failing to pay property charges.

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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 Secretary Pick Steven Mnuchin’s Bank Foreclosed on Elderly Woman who owed 27 cents

December 2, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Reports this week reveal that Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin’s bank foreclosed on a 90-year-old Florida woman who owed just 27 cents.  The practices of OneWest Bank have come under scrutiny since the President-elect announced the onetime Goldman Sachs banker as his pick on Wednesday.  More than 36,000 foreclosures followed Mnuchin and partners’ purchase of failed bank IndyMac in 2009.

An 86-year-old California man has also come forward and claimed OneWest refused to modify the home equity loan on the longtime home he shared with his wife, even though they qualified three times for a government-backed modification.  The bank sold the couple’s home of 50 years in 2011.

Numerous other outcries similar to these drew more than 100 sign-waving and chanting protestors to Mnuchin’s $26 million mansion in Bel Air.

A Florida woman found herself facing a foreclosure by OneWest in 2014 after confusion about payments on her reverse mortgage, according to court papers.  She sent a check for $423 in response to a bill for $423.30, the documents showed.

The OneWest subsidiary responded by billing the Lakeland resident for $0.30, but she mistakenly sent a check back for only $0.03.  The foreclosure in Polk County Circuit Court is now being challenged by a nonprofit firm.

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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.

Reverse Mortgage will likely be modified

May 12, 2016 Posted by kingcade

A reverse mortgage payable upon the pre-petition death of the borrower has been modifiable under section 1322(c). Section 1322(c) provides an exception to the anti-modification provision of section 1322(b) in the case of a debt secured by the debtor’s residence when the final payment comes due during the life of the chapter 13 plan.

In re Michaud, No. 14-23406 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. March 29, 2016), Julie Lisana Michaud sought to strip down the reverse mortgagee’s (James B. Nutter & Company) interest in her principal residence to its value at the time of her chapter 13 petition.

The reverse mortgage agreement was entered into by Ms. Michaud’s husband who died prior to her bankruptcy filing. By the terms of the reverse mortgage, the debt became due and was owed upon the death of Mr. Michaud. The agreement further stated that the full debt “if not paid earlier, would be due and payable on May 29, 2095.”

The issue at hand is whether the final payment became due when Mr. Michaud died, as argued by Ms. Michaud, or on May 29, 2095, as argued by Nutter.  In the end, the court rejected Nutter’s due date based on “common sense,” finding the 2095 due date to be meaningless as the mortgagor would certainly pass away before that date.

The court also went by the terms of the lending agreement and federal regulations. By the terms of the agreement, the death of the mortgagor accelerates the due date without regard to the date listed in the agreement. Finally, federal regulations, provide that reverse mortgages become “due and payable” when “(i) The consumer dies; (ii) The dwelling is transferred; (iii) the consumer ceases to occupy the dwelling as a principal dwelling.” 12 C.F.R. §226.33.

Nutter countered with a “slippery slope” argument that debtors could use the ruling to their advantage when the debtor has caused the acceleration by his or her own default such as by failure to maintain insurance on the property, which the court rejected.

The court granted Ms. Michaud’s motion to value for a secured claim in the amount of $45,500 plus interest, and an unsecured claim of $67,096.75.

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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.

 

Seniors Face More Foreclosures as Reverse Mortgages “Bite Back”

May 6, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Lenders who cannot work out a repayment plan with homeowners must foreclose or risk losing federal insurance. The insurance protects the lenders against loss on 600,000 reverse mortgages totaling about $146 billion in debt – almost the entire reverse market.

There is “a historic backlog” of loans with unpaid property charges, which are coming due, according to Peter Bell, president of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association.

Nearly 24,000 borrowers in the U.S. received notices that their reverse became “due and payable” in the 2015 federal fiscal year ending last September, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Rules for new reverse mortgages, including assessments to make sure borrowers can pay property charges, were issued in the wake of the financial crisis to make the loans a sustainable way for seniors to age in place, the agency said.

Under a reverse mortgage, borrowers put up their homes as security and receive a loan either in a lump sum or in monthly payments and are allowed to defer payments on the debt until they die, move away or fail to pay property charges. They appeal to seniors who may have substantial equity in their homes but are having trouble meeting living expenses.

But five years ago, facing federal auditors’ criticism for losing millions on defaulting reverse mortgages, HUD notified lenders that they should foreclose when property charges were not paid, unless they could work out a plan for borrowers to pay them. Otherwise, the properties would no longer meet federal guidelines and FHA would refuse to insure the mortgages, leaving lenders at risk of financial loss.

Housing advocates have also heard from a number of troubled borrowers. In 2014, several borrowers sued HUD seeking to protect widows as more of them were being forced out of their homes because they were not co-borrowers with their spouses and therefore not covered by the guarantee that they could stay until they died. The suit prompted HUD to issue guidelines allowing lenders to turn over mortgages to the FHA when a sole borrower dies – getting fully paid for the debt – and allowing aged widows to stay in the home. But some housing advocates say that lenders do not have to initiate the process to have that happen, and not all of them do.

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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.