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Florida Foreclosure Improvement Still Lagging Behind the National Average

The nationwide foreclosure filings rate has shown signs of improvement in the first half of 2016. However, the improvement rate in Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, New York and Indiana is still significantly lower than the pre-recession rates and seem to be lagging behind the rest of the country. RealtyTrac released the data from the first two quarters of 2016 that reveal that foreclosure filings are were down 20 percent compared to the previous two quarters in 2015.

Although the foreclosure filings rate is still 21 percent higher than the normal rates, there were 15 states in the first half of 2016 with foreclosure rates that were significantly lower than “pre-housing bust” levels including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Michigan.

According to RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist, the obvious divide between states is largely due to the fact that some states require foreclosures to take place in court, such as Florida. He went on to say, “the root issue that created the dysfunctional foreclosures processes was sloppy and improper documentation on the part of the banks.” Blomquist said that in non-judicial states, “it wasn’t an issue because there wasn’t oversight.”

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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.

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RealtyTrac Reports Foreclosure Activity “Flat” in May

Foreclosure filings, which include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions were reported on 100,841 properties in May, a number virtually unchanged when compared to April and a decrease of 21% from a year ago.  RealtyTrac’s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report reveals May was the eighth consecutive month with a “year-over-year” decrease.

Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Nevada were the states with the highest number of foreclosure filings for the month.

A total of 42,279 properties started the foreclosure process in May, down 3% from the previous month and down 18% from the previous year, according to RealtyTrac’s report. It was the 11th consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease.

A total of 34,014 bank repossessions were completed in May, up 1% from the previous month but still down 24% from a year ago. It was the third consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease in bank repossessions.

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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.

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Trend Alert in Foreclosures: Courts Becoming More Homeowner Friendly

According to a panel of circuit judges, tougher standards for getting evidence into record is having an effect on the number of new residential foreclosures being filed in the State of Florida. The new law that took effect July 1 requires plaintiffs to acknowledge in foreclosure complaints that all documentation needed to prove a case is in their possession. The August 28th decision from the Fourth District Court of Appeal requires that banks’ expert witnesses have direct knowledge of the authenticity of records being submitted for evidence.

The silver lining for homeowners is the new Florida law and recent appellate decisions have made lenders hesitant about filing new cases. Homeowners are getting dismissals based on the lenders’ inability to show they have standing and the statute of limitations expiring five years after the notice of default. This has been particularly evident in Palm Beach County where new filings dropped 61 percent in July from the previous 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 website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

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Foreclosure Crisis Only Halfway Over

The latest data on home foreclosures and delinquencies reflect that the foreclosure crisis is only about half way over. The pace of new home foreclosures increased in the third quarter and the number of borrowers falling behind on their payments eased a bit, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The good news was that the rate of borrowers who have fallen three or more months behind on their payments has dropped to about 3.5 percent of all mortgages. That is down from a peak of 5 percent in late 2009. But it is still three and a half times the “normal” rate of about 1 percent that prevailed before the mortgage meltdown hit in late 2007.
Borrowers with subprime adjustable mortgages saw the biggest jump in new foreclosures in the third quarter. Some 4.65 percent of those subprime loans entered into foreclosure. Underwater borrowers simply walking away from their home and no longer making mortgage payments have complicated the housing market recovery process. The most critical variable affecting the pace of such defaults was the length of time a given home was in the foreclosure process. The longer the process takes, the longer the idea ‘strategic default’ has to spread from one borrower to another.

A lot depends on recovery of the economy and creating jobs fast enough to get people back to work and decrease the 9 percent unemployment rate. Continued improvement in home sales and prices will depend heavily on the volume of foreclosed homes coming back on the market.

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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.

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Another Robo-signing Law Firm Brought to Justice

One of the largest foreclosure mills in the country, Steven J. Baum, P.C., in Amherst, New York is required to pay $2 million and make significant reforms as a result of a settlement agreement reached on October 6, 2011. Most significantly, Baum employees may no longer sign mortgage assignments as officers of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”).

Tens of thousands of homeowners have lost their homes in cases where Baum employees signed mortgage assignments as officers of MERS. In most cases, these employees assigned mortgages to mortgage-backed trusts so that the trusts could foreclose; even though such transfers did not take place on the dates and in the manner set forth on the Baum assignments.

These Baum Assignments appear throughout the New York courts, but often in the Courts of other states as well. Two million is also the amount paid by the Law Offices of Marshall Watson in Florida, whose associates engaged in similar practices of signing as MERS officers, assigning mortgages after foreclosure actions were initiated.

This is a first-of-its-kind settlement and further relief may be forthcoming, from both criminal prosecutions, the NY Bar, and from private class action and RICO lawsuits brought by private litigants.

To read more on this story visit: http://frauddigest.com/fraud.php?ident=4729

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 this topic or 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.

 

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Foreclosures increase in South Florida indicating Mortgage Lenders have worked through Paperwork Problems

New reports from two industry experts indicate that lenders are beginning to speed up their home-repossession practices, which have been delayed due to last year’s “robo-signing” scandal.  Third-quarter foreclosure filings rose 13.2 percent to 9,170 in Miami-Dade County, compared to the previous quarter, according to data released Thursday by real estate research firm RealtyTrac. In Broward, total filings were up 36.9 percent in the third quarter to 7,712.

The increase in foreclosure filings is an indication that foreclosures delayed by the slowdown are beginning to work their way through the system. Current foreclosure totals are still far below last year’s numbers, but the trend is starting to shift upwards. The increase in new initial filings of foreclosure is a national trend; new default notices increased 14 percent nationwide in the third quarter.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/13/2451238/foreclosure-filings-back-on-the.html#ixzz1ahVvm7Dd

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.

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Burt Reynolds Florida Home in Foreclosure

It seems that even Hollywood celebrities are not exempt from financial difficulties these days. Burt Reynolds joins the list of Hollywood celebrities that recently had their home foreclosed upon. The 4-acre waterfront estate the actor owned in Hobe Sound, Florida had a $1.2 million mortgage on the house, which reports state had not been paid since September 2010.

Merrill Lynch is asking a judge to order the Reynolds’ home be sold to satisfy all debts, including a $750,000 second mortgage held by Bank Atlantic. It is reported that the Mediterranean-style home, which has a swimming pool, private beach, boat dock, cinema and its own hair salon, is valued at $2.4 million.

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http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/burt-reynolds-bottoms-florida-foreclosure/story?id=14324008
http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/17/real_estate/burt_reynolds_foreclosure/index.htm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/18/burt-reynolds-facing-foreclosure_n_930443.html

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.

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Decline in Foreclosure Filings Pushes Florida Court System into Deficit

Florida’s court system is facing a $72.3 million deficit as a result of a decline in foreclosure filings. The State Courts Revenue Trust Fund, established in 2009, is currently incurring the debt. Of the $462 million court system budget, about $370 million is currently funded by the trust fund.

Recently released data suggest that foreclosure filings may not increase any time soon. Although Florida holds the largest shadow inventory in the U.S. at more than 441,000 properties, the average home sits delinquent for 638 days, according to the National Association of Realtors.

It’s been recommended that an emergency plan be created to provide funding to the Florida court system. A temporary transfer of $28.5 million to the State Courts Revenue Trust Fund from the court’s Mediation Arbitration Trust Fund and Court Education Trust Fund is being scheduled to help alleviate the deficit.

To read more on this story, visit: http://www.housingwire.com/2011/03/23/decline-in-foreclosure-filings-pushes-florida-court-system-into-budget-deficit

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.

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Foreclosure Filings Drop Nationwide as Officials Raise Questions over Process

A recent article in the Washington Post reports foreclosure filings fell to about 260,000 last month nationwide, 17 percent lower than in January 2010. In areas where judges and law enforcement have taken aggressive actions against faulty foreclosures, the drop was even sharper.

In Maryland, where Wells Fargo and Ally Financial last month dismissed pending foreclosures because they were approved by a “robo-signer,” foreclosures fell by 70 percent from last January. In Massachusetts, where the state Supreme Court in January invalidated some foreclosures and called into question many others, there was a 66 percent fall.

In Florida, where law enforcement officials are considering criminal charges in foreclosure cases, there was a 54 percent decline. January was also the third straight month in which the number of foreclosure filings fell under 300,000. The trend comes after filings reached above 300,000 for 20 straight months, according to a report released Thursday by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac.

The number of foreclosure filings began to drop last fall after large mortgage servicers such as Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and Ally put some foreclosures on hold after admitting that some of them had been improperly prepared. Much of the slowdown is expected to be only temporary, until the reviewing of procedures, resubmitting of paperwork and federal investigation is complete.

To read more on the story, visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/10/AR2011021007496.html

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.

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Foreclosure Firms Face Action from the Florida Bar

This month, the Florida Bar investigated 43 reports of foreclosure fraud involving 32 lawyers. The investigation prompted the Florida Bar to add a new category solely for foreclosure fraud complaints. To find new cases, the head of the Florida Bar is asking judges around the state to report lawyers who break the rules, pointing specifically to news coverage of claims about foreclosure suits. Judges have been asked to send in copies of any orders they write that mention misconduct, in foreclosures or anywhere else.
Florida Attorney General, Bill McCollum’s office opened investigations of three high volume South Florida foreclosure firms which included: the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, the Law Offices of David J. Stern, and Florida Default Law Group. It’s reported that fraud arguments are still rare in foreclosures, but recently Florida is seeing more defense lawyers trying them. It’s argued that for some, the goal is just to delay a foreclosure, not resolve the debt. Bad documentation isn’t evidence of fraud as much as a sign that law firms are trying to handle a lot of work fast and cheap.
To read more on this story, visit http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2010-11-15/story/foreclosure-firms-facing-action-florida-bar.
 If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure, please feel free to contact foreclosure defense attorney, Timothy Kingcade at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.