2014 Surprise for Florida Underwater Mortgages: Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act Tax Break Has Not Been Extended – Deficiency Will Be Taxed in 2014

| December 31, 2013

This time last year, we discussed how Congress was “kicking the can down the road” by passing federal legislation that extended the 2007 Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act’s tax break for one year as part of last year’s Fiscal Cliff legislation. (Read the details here, “Florida Short Sales and Florida Foreclosure Defense Deadline for Tax […]

July 2014 Deadline for Older Foreclosure Deficiency Judgments – Small South Florida Banks and Credit Unions Increasingly Aggressive on Deficiency Collection Efforts

| December 10, 2013

According to the new Florida Fair Foreclosure legislation, the deadline for a bank to sue a defaulting home owner for the amount left on a mortgage after a foreclosure (the deficiency) was changed from 5 years to 1 year, regardless of when the cause of action accrued. (See our earlier post for details.) Before this […]

Are Florida Short Sales a Favorite With Florida Lenders?: Florida Sellers Have Great Deals for Buyers – How Florida Short Sale Lawyers Can Help.

| August 20, 2013

In a recent news article, it was reported that there is a “stigma” surrounding the Short Sale option in buying a home these days. CBSNews reported with a story entitled, “Is there a stigma with home “short sales”?” (Read the coverage here). In fact, a Fort Lauderdale area realtor was interviewed for her perception in […]

Florida Deficiency Foreclosure Claims: Banks Now Have One Year Statute of Limitations Deadline to Pursue the Deficiency

| June 18, 2013

In Florida, when the mortgage balance is more than the sales price of a home in foreclosure, there is a “deficiency” – stated another way – the deficiency is the amount due the lender when the sale proceeds in a short sale are not enough to pay the loan balance. That “deficiency” can be the […]

Deficiency Judgments and Past Due Condo Association Payments

| June 4, 2013

In Florida, one result of the past few year’s foreclosure fraud crisis has been chaos for condo associations across the state as Florida condo unit owners have become delinquent in paying assessments. Often, strapped condo owners make arrangements with their lenders regarding deficiency judgments but fail to do the same with their condo associations.  It’s […]

css.php