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Foreclosure Report 2021: What to Expect in the Coming Months

Foreclosures have been essentially at a standstill due to the moratorium issued by state and local governments on foreclosures and evictions, as well as forbearance programs to help keep families remain in their homes during this difficult time. However, these efforts will expire at some point, which has many worrying about what will happen once these programs end.  

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, approximately 500,000 borrowers avoided foreclosure during the last quarter of 2020 due to various relief programs available to them, including the forbearance program offered through the CARES Act.

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Foreclosure Rates in U.S. Dip to a 20-Year Low

 The national foreclosure rate has fallen to the lowest levels seen in two decades following housing reports from July 2019. Financial experts believe this drop is due to a stronger job market and a lower unemployment rate.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate fell to a 50-year low of 3.5 percent as of September 2019 with 136,000 jobs being added to the market. In addition, the hourly earning for all employees has gone up 2.9 percent from the prior year. As Americans have more money to spend, the chances of them falling short of meeting their monthly expenses also goes down.

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Florida Sees a Sharp Increase in Foreclosures

While the nation is seeing a drop in the number of foreclosures, Florida is seeing the opposite. For the 12th month in a row, Florida has seen a double-digit annual increase in foreclosure filings.

These figures come from a study published by ATTOM Data Solutions, which reviewed foreclosure starts from May 2018, comparing these figures to those reported in May 2019. On a national scale, foreclosure filings were down nine percent when compared to figures from May 2018. Florida, on the other hand, saw an increase in foreclosure starts of 23 percent when compared to the previous year.

As of May 1, 2019, one in every 1,238 homes had a foreclosure filing in Florida. These numbers are the third highest in the country, behind New Jersey and Maryland. Of the metropolitan areas in Florida, Jacksonville reported the second highest foreclosure rate, reporting that one in every 764 homes were involved in some stage of foreclosure proceedings.

Since January 2019, these numbers have been increasing incrementally. One of the contributing factors for these high foreclosure numbers has to do with the fact that while the cost of living in Florida has gone up, wages have stayed stagnant for several years. Not only have the cost of purchasing a home gone up, but so have insurances and taxes that come with owning a home.

Other factors leading to higher foreclosure rates could have to do with natural disasters that hit the sunshine state more than others, namely hurricanes. Depending on the severity of the storm, homeowners could lose their jobs or even their homes after a hurricane. Insurance can also skyrocket following a natural disaster, also making it difficult for the person to maintain payments on the home.

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.

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Florida Sees an Increase in Foreclosures for the Eighth Consecutive Month

While overall foreclosure activity has declined nationwide, Florida has seen a steady annual increase for eight-consecutive months (one in every 1,415 housing units), according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ US Foreclosure Market Report. Major metros in Florida in which foreclosure activities increased from last year included Orlando, Fla. (up 90%) and Miami, Fla. (up 45%).

Receiving a notice of delinquency in the mail does not automatically mean that you are going to lose your home. Florida has what is called a judicial foreclosure process, which means that every homeowner is entitled to a hearing before the court to determine whether or not the bank is entitled to foreclose.  The most important thing to remember is that the homeowner has rights. There are things you can do to slow down the foreclosure process and even keep your home, while getting your financial life back on track.

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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.

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5 Steps to Slow Down the Foreclosure Process in Florida

Receiving a notice of delinquency in the mail does not automatically mean that you are going to lose your home. Florida has what is called a judicial foreclosure process, which means that every homeowner is entitled to a hearing before the court to determine whether or not the bank is entitled to foreclose.  The most important thing to remember is that the homeowner has rights. There are things you can do to slow down the foreclosure process and even keep your home, while getting your financial life back on track.

  1. Educate yourself. Read over everything you have received from the lender, including the mortgage itself. Many notices will contain information on foreclosure prevention options. It is only after you have not paid your mortgage for a period of 90 days that foreclosure proceedings will start.  Remember, Florida is a judicial foreclosure state, meaning the lender must file a lawsuit against you before moving forward with the proceedings.
  2. Contact your lender. The lender will likely be willing to work with you as the foreclosure process can be lengthy and costly in Florida. There are different options they may extend to you, which include: refinancing, a repayment plan, forbearance or a loan modification.
  3. Contact a HUD approved housing counselor. There are federally funded agencies in each state that work with a variety of lenders to secure affordable repayment options for struggling homeowners. But with this option, beware that there are many non-legitimate companies looking to scam borrowers.  Research these options carefully and use caution. Make sure you are working with a free, federally approved agency.
  4. Consider doing a short sale. If you do not see yourself being able to repay your mortgage with a loan modification or repayment plan, a short sale may be a good option.
  5. Consider filing for bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy will not only eliminate your unsecured debt, but as soon as you file for bankruptcy an “automatic stay” goes into effect, which stops all collection attempts and halts the foreclosure process.

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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.

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National Foreclosure Scam Results in 11 Indictments

Eleven people involved in a national foreclosure scam were indicted this week by a federal grand jury in connection with a scheme to defraud homeowners desperate to save their homes. These 11 people come from five different states in connection with the scam. They stand accused of making promises to homeowners that they would negotiate with their mortgage lenders to protect them from losing their homes in foreclosure but never did anything on behalf of the homeowners after money was paid.  This is a common scam we have seen so many times before.

The formal indictment listed MVP Home Solutions, also known as “Stay In or Walk Away,” Bolden Pinnacle Group Corp, also known as “Home Advisory Services Network” and “Home Advisory Services Group,” and Silverstein & Wolf Corp, as parties to this legal matter.

What these parties are accused of doing is using multilevel marketing schemes for recruiting homeowners facing foreclosure. The companies encouraged their employees to be aggressive in pushing homeowners to get on board with the program. They would search court records and online databases to find people who they know were facing foreclosure and were vulnerable and desperate to do whatever necessary to stay in their homes. The individuals targeted were living in states where foreclosure rates were particularly high- including Florida.

The reports show some examples of how persistent these companies were at recruiting homeowners to cooperate with them. In southern Ohio, more than 22,000 postcards were mailed to homeowners, indicating that the company could stop the foreclosure from proceeding or could stop a sheriff sale if the homeowner paid a fixed fee to the company first. In addition, these companies made promises that they could also negotiate the release of mortgage loans for a deed in lieu of foreclosure sale or a short sale or could stop a foreclosure sale from proceeding. They also made statements that, for a fixed fee, the company could achieve the short sale price at a fraction of what the homeowner owed on the mortgage.

Once the victim of the scam paid the upfront fee, there was never any negotiation done on their behalf.  It was a typical “take the money and run” scheme, and the homeowner wound up not only losing their home but additional money in the process that they paid to the company.

The released indictment included charges involving conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, one county of bank fraud, 12 counts of bankruptcy fraud, and even one count of aggravated identity theft.

So far, eight of the 11 individuals listed in the indictment have been arrested in Ohio, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York. Three others named in the indictment, including a Rafiq Bashir from Jacksonville, FL, have not yet been arrested.

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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.

 

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Foreclosure Rates Reach Pre-Recession Record Low

Good news has come from the housing market involving mortgages and delinquencies across the nation. According to a recent report, the rate of foreclosures and loan delinquencies is now at the lowest it has been since before the 2008 financial crisis.

The report comes from the Data and Analytics division of Black Knight, Inc. and showed that just shy of four percent of mortgages nationwide were delinquent as of 2018, which is down 18 percent from 2017. One word of caution from the report was that it was possible that these figures could be inflated by the after-effects from the 2017 and 2018 hurricanes. The effect could not be too significant, however, since areas that were not impacted by hurricanes were also down 11 percent from 2017. It is anticipated that these rates will decrease even more and could even go lower than they were before the recession.

Mortgages that were seriously delinquent also went down as of the end of 2018. A mortgage is said to be seriously delinquent when the payment is more than 90 days past due. Foreclosure starts, as well as foreclosure sales, were at an 18-year low, according to Black Knight’s reports.

Of all of the states, Colorado reported the lowest serious delinquent rate at 0.37 percent, while Mississippi was at the highest at 3.06 percent. The national foreclosure rate was also down 19 percent over 2018, dropping 0.52 percent from 2017. Even more promising were reports that five states experienced more than 30 percent declines in their foreclosure rates, including New Jersey, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Utah and D.C.

States that reported the highest number of non-current home loans, meaning loan obligations that were in some level of delinquency or were past due, were from southern states, including Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Colorado, North Dakota, Idaho, Washington and Oregon reported the lowest number of non-current loans.

As of the end of 2018, 60,000 loans were in foreclosure to the point where the borrower had not made a payment in over two years. Over 40,000 loans had not received a payment in at least five years. These figures may seem high, but the report also showed that the aged foreclosure inventory rate was dropping, as well.

In fact, foreclosures that were ongoing for five or more years dropped by 35 percent from 2017 to 2018. Interestingly enough, the aged foreclosures seem to be from two states, including New York and Florida. These two states alone claim 40 percent and 20 percent respectively of aged foreclosure loans.

Many borrowers are taking this opportunity to refinance their mortgages. The report indicated that the lower rate of mortgage foreclosures in the last two months alone led to a 50 percent increase in the number of borrowers seeking a refinance on their mortgages.

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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.

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Foreclosure Starts Increase in South Florida

While the rate of foreclosure has declined nationwide, South Florida has seen a recent surge in foreclosure starts.  In fact, the Sunshine State had one of the highest rates of foreclosure starts in the U.S. in July, compared to the same period last year, according to a recent study by Attom Data Solutions. The report showed one in every 1,180 housing units in Florida showed a bank warning of pending foreclosure due to late payment, a 35 percent increase year-over-year.

Foreclosure starts in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach increased 29 percent in July — the third consecutive month of year-over-year spikes (foreclosure starts went up four percent in May and 35 percent in June).

Does this mean we are about to enter another housing crisis?  Not likely.  The report tracked foreclosure rates in all 50 states as of July 2018, comparing them to the July 2017.  And according to the data, the total foreclosure rates in the U.S. are down 0.5 percent. It is a select number of states, Florida included, that appear to be hit the hardest.

Out of all the metropolitan areas in the U.S., South Florida was one of the top three with foreclosure filings, coming in third to the Los Angeles and Houston metropolitan areas.

This brings the question as to why South Floridians are being hit so hard by foreclosure? The report speculates that the 2017 hurricane season could be the reason for the increased foreclosure filings as many are still struggling to get back on their feet after last year’s hurricanes. The 2017 hurricane season hit many Floridians hard, impacting a total of 4.8 million mortgaged homes. A number of these homes were granted mortgage forbearance extensions, giving the homeowners extra time to catch up, but not everyone received this benefit.

Another factor that has attributed to an increase in foreclosure filings in South Florida include the number of underwater homes entering the real estate market. According to Attom’s report, one in 10 properties in the U.S. have a mortgage that is underwater, meaning the market value is 25 percent lower than the current loan balance. As more underwater homes are put on the market, property values almost always drop. Analysts warn this new wave of foreclosure starts could even impact higher-priced homes, including the abundance of expensive condos in the downtown Miami area.

If you find yourself in over your head when it comes to your mortgage, it is important you contact an experienced attorney for a free consultation.

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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.

 

 

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Florida: The Only State to Post an Increase in Mortgage Delinquencies

Recent statistics show that across the nation, mortgage delinquency rates have declined. However, despite the decline in numbers, delinquency rates in the State of Florida are on the rise and can be attributed primarily to the destruction brought by the 2017 hurricane season.

These figures come from a recent CoreLogic Loan Performance Insights Report. The report showed that over all, delinquency rates on mortgages are on the decline nationwide. For a select few states, including Florida, however, that’s not the case. Florida was reported as having the third highest delinquency rate in the nation, coming in at 6.2 percent. It is also noted that this rate is a one percentage point increase from the previous year.

The state with the highest rate of delinquency reported was Mississippi, posting a 7.9 percent delinquency rate. Another state that was touched by the 2017 hurricane season, Texas, posted a high delinquency rate, although its rate did not change from May 2017. Texas, like Florida, was also hit hard during the 2017 hurricane season.

Out of all 50 states, Colorado had the lowest mortgage delinquency rating, coming in at 1.8 percent.

The total mortgage delinquency rate for the nation was reported at 4.2 percent. This figure means that 4.2 percent of all American homes were in some stage of the delinquency process. It should be noted that this figure did drop 0.3 percentage points, coming down from 4.5 percent the previous year. This figure is also the lowest reported for the month of May since May 2006 when the figure was reported at 4.1 percent.

The delinquency rates reported by CoreLogic include all home mortgages or loans that are at least 30 days or more past due, as well as those loans that are in foreclosure. For the month of May alone, the year where the number of mortgages that were delinquent was the highest was in May 2010 when the rate was reported at 11.4 percent nationwide. The years when the rates were the lowest were before the recession in 2007, between the years 2000 and 2006 where the average delinquency mortgage rate was 4.7 percent.

CoreLogic does not only monitor mortgage delinquency rates. The report also showed the rate at which a mortgage moves from one stage of delinquency to the next stage such as the 30 days delinquency to 60-day delinquency to 90-day delinquency stage. The most recent report showed the rate mortgages moved from current to 30 days delinquency was 0.8 percent. This rate did not change from the previous year. However, the rate of mortgages that went from 30 to 60 days was reported at 15.1 percent, up from the previous year when it was reported at 13.8 percent. The number of mortgages that went from 60 days to 90 days was 24.3 percent, which is down from the prior year’s figure of 24.9 percent.

CoreLogic also reports on the foreclosure inventory rate. This rate includes the number of mortgages that are in some stage of the foreclosure procedure. The national figure was reported at 0.5 percent, down from the 2017 figure of 0.7 percent. It should be noted that this year’s number is the lowest it has been since 2006.

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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.

 

 

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Foreclosure Starts Increase Last Month

Foreclosure starts increased 12 percent to a total of 52,100 in March as later-stage hurricane-related delinquencies began to roll over into active foreclosure starts. The report by First Look on Mortgage performance released by Black Knight, noted that more than two-thirds of these foreclosure starts were in hurricane-impacted areas of Florida and Texas.

Despite the increase, national delinquency rates dropped to a 12-month low of 3.73 percent, in March and continued improvements in hurricane-related delinquencies, according the report.

The month of March is typically a calendar—year low for delinquencies. Delinquencies declined 13 percent during March, which can be partially attributed to borrowers using their tax returns to help bring their mortgage current. The report also noted that serious delinquencies fell by 65,000, and by nearly 20,000 in areas impacted by the hurricanes last year.

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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.