Holiday Foreclosure Surprise: No Federal Income Tax on 2014 Short Sales

| December 30, 2014

Last week, before President Obama left the White House for his family holiday in Hawaii, he signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. This is now the law of the land, just in time for the end of 2014, and shockingly, it passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan approval and […]

New Conflict in Florida Foreclosure Law Related to Banks Ability to File a New Lawsuit After It’s First Case is Dismissed: Good News for Borrowers?

| December 23, 2014

From a legal perspective, Florida is divided into regions or “districts” that have mid-level review courts (appeals courts) set up to oversee and review the decisions and determinations of lower trial courts. The Florida Supreme Court sits as the highest court in the state, and its job is to oversee these reviewing courts in the […]

Can a Florida Bank File a New Foreclose Lawsuit 5 Years After Your Case Was Dismissed? When is a Florida Bank Foreclosure Lawsuit Barred by the Statute of Limitations?

| April 29, 2014

Last Update: 03/16/16 Last Friday, the case of U.S. Bank National Association vs. Patricia J. Bartram, et al was decided by the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeals, and it’s potentially very bad news for all the Florida homeowners who were hoping to fight their Florida foreclosure with an argument about the bank missing its […]

Comparing RealtyTrac and CoreLogic Foreclosure Reports for Florida: How Bad Is It in South Florida and Miami Today?

| December 24, 2013

The RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for October 2013 and the CoreLogic October National Foreclosure Report have been released to the public with some interesting insights about the real estate market today.  What can they tell homeowners and real estate investors about South Florida real estate and our Florida foreclosure bust? The Florida Foreclosure Numbers […]

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 […]

Filing Bankruptcy to Fight Foreclosure in Florida: Will a Bankruptcy Filing End Up Hurting You, Not Helping You, in Your Foreclosure Defense?

| September 3, 2013

More and more often, Florida foreclosure defense lawyers have the challenge of defending clients against foreclosure on their homes after these clients have already filed bankruptcy.  A lot of times, these clients file bankruptcy to stop a foreclosure based upon their own research or with the help of speedy bankruptcy consultation, without being aware of […]

Foreclosure Help Fraud: 5 Tricks to Spotting Foreclosure Relief Scams When You’re Fighting Against a Florida Foreclosure or Trying to Lower That Home Mortgage Payment

| August 27, 2013

Is it the sunny summer weather here in Florida or the record-breaking number of Florida foreclosures that is so tempting to fraudsters that they come up with so many different and creative ways to con Florida homeowners (homeowners who are trying to deal with their troubled mortgage) out of their money and maybe out of […]

July 2013 CoreLogic Report Shows Florida No. 1 in the USA for Foreclosures and Foreclosure Inventory with Florida Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Having Even Bigger Fight on Their Hands.

| July 30, 2013

Today, research and analysis company CoreLogic® released its June 2013 National Foreclosure Report and the numbers of foreclosures across the United States has dropped twenty percent in the past year while from May 2013 to June 2013, the number of completed foreclosures (where the owners have officially lost their homes) went up by 2.5%. The […]

Florida Foreclosure Defense: Another Home Owner Victory Against Bank Foreclosure Action – Where’s the Media Coverage? Florida Foreclosure Defense Victories Happen, But They May Not Make the News

| July 9, 2013

Judge Howard Harrison is one of the Senior Judges on the 15th Judicial District of Florida, described as those judges who “… are used for lengthy trials or special category cases; educational, professional or personal absence of a presiding judge; vacancies; and cases requiring out-of-circuit judges.” 2010 Ruling: Bank Affidavit Fails Test for Foreclosure Summary […]

Florida Vacant Foreclosure Homes: One-Third of U.S. Foreclosed Homes Sitting Vacant Sit in the State of Florida Per RealtyTrac Report

| July 2, 2013

Florida foreclosures are still making the record books: a new report from RealtyTrac reveals that the State of Florida has more than FIVE times the number of vacant foreclosure homes than the next 5 states if you added all those states’ vacant home totals together. Florida has 55,000+ vacant homes in foreclosure; Illinois, California, Ohio, New […]

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