Beginning this month, hundreds of thousands of Floridians are expected to receive foreclosure-restitution checks through federal agreements with banks. The fear is that the letters might be mistaken for a scam or junk mail and will be thrown out. It is estimated that approximately $3.6 billion will be awarded to 4.2 homeowners nationwide who were facing foreclosure in 2009 and 2010. Those who are eligible for the cash should have received a postcard in late March alerting them that they would be receiving a check worth between $250 and $125,000. The postcards were sent out by Minneapolis-based Rust Consulting, the firm contracted by federal regulators to disburse the checks. Homeowners have been wary of the postcards and checks due to already being overwhelmed with foreclosure-related mailings.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency offered agreements with 13 financial institutions to compensate for foreclosure-related abuses and replace the Independent Foreclosure Review. Homeowners were asked to apply to have their foreclosure inspected and receive compensation based on the findings. However, few people signed up for the review. In November of last year, approximately 3.8 percent of Floridians who were sent letters about the program had applied. This proves that homeowners are so uneasy about anything foreclosure-related, they are willing to miss out on compensation for foreclosure abuse.
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 website, Kingcade & Garcia, P.A.