Florida Legislature Annual Session Begins Today: Proposed Laws That Impact South Florida Home Owners In a Big Way Are on the Table

| March 5, 2013

Today, the 60-day annual session of the Florida Legislature begins, and the entire country is watching.  The next nine weeks are going to be a very important time for Floridians, especially Florida home owners. Things began with Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State address (read it here) but for Florida home owners and Florida […]

Florida Supreme Court Rules Against Florida Home Owners in Pino v. Bank of New York: Bad Day for Florida Foreclosure Defense, Great Day for Fraudulent Filing Banks

| February 21, 2013

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled against Florida homeowners –  and for the foreclosing banks –  in Roman Pino v. the Bank of New York.  The opinion came down on February 7, 2013, and you can read the entire thing online at Google Scholar.   Pino Caught the Bank Filing Fraudulent Assignment of Mortgage and […]

South Florida Foreclosure Defense Lawyers’ New Nemesis is The Robo-Witness: Bank Custodian of Records Without Personal Knowledge of the Loan Documents is Giving Hearsay Testimony

| February 14, 2013

Today, RealtyTrac is making the national news again with its report that the State of Florida has more than twice the number of foreclosure actions as any other state in the country.  According to its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for January 2013 (released this morning), in January 2013 Florida saw its foreclosure activity increase on an annual […]

Florida Served With Foreclosure Papers: Florida is No. 1 in USA for Foreclosure Filings in 2012, Will You Be Served with a Florida Foreclosure in 2013?

| January 17, 2013

This morning, RealtyTrac issued its Year-End 2012 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report and, in what is no surprise to most Florida foreclosure defense lawyers particularly those dealing with foreclosures in the Miami-Dade and Broward County areas, Florida broke the record in the RealtyTrac Foreclosure Market Report as Florida was first in the nation for foreclosure filings […]

Zombie Titles in Florida and the United States: What They Are, and How Zombie Titles Hurt Home Buyers and Home Owners, and Ways to Protect Against Zombie Titles

| January 10, 2013

Now, word is spreading around the country about a rising new horror in the Foreclosure Fraud crisis and Robosigning mess, which the country (and especially South Florida) has been reeling from for several years now; the ZOMBIE TITLE. That’s right: the Zombie Title, similar to the earlier warning we gave about the Zombie Note scare […]

Florida Short Sales and Florida Foreclosure Defense Deadline for Tax Benefits is Now December 31, 2013 After Fiscal Cliff Legislation Signed Into Law Today

| January 3, 2013

When you hear the talking heads discuss how Washington has “kicked the can down the road,” for Florida home owners and those Floridians interested in short sales or mortgage foreclosure defense this means one thing: they’ve got one more year to get their property sold. According to the Fiscal Cliff legislation that was signed into […]

Florida Homeowners’ Associations Filing Foreclosure Lawsuits Against Florida Banks: Foreclosing on Banks Defaulting on Florida Community Association Fees

| December 27, 2012

Florida banks are getting sued again, and this time it’s pretty interesting.  Why?  This time, the banks are in the role of defendants in Florida foreclosure lawsuits filed in the bottle necked Florida judicial system. That’s right: the banks are having to mount a foreclosure defense strategy.  Lenders are having to file answers and appear […]

Foreclosure Lawsuits and the Rocket Docket of Foreclosure Cases: Miami-Dade County Is Setting Old Foreclosure Cases for Trial and Pushing Foreclosures Forward

| December 20, 2012

Foreclosure lawsuits are proceeding to trial here in Miami, and it’s being reported that the Miami-Dade Circuit Court, with its foreclosure docket,  is the busiest circuit court in the entire state.   According to the Miami-Dade Clerk: there have been 24,289 foreclosure filings this year (not counting December 2012); there were 16,672 foreclosure filings in […]

Florida Foreclosures in Miami-Dade and Broward County: What’s Happening Now with Foreclosures and Short Sales – In 2013?

| December 18, 2012

Here at year-end, let’s consider some numbers for the Miami-Dade and Broward County areas that are important to Florida home owners, including those in South Florida facing foreclosure or considering a short sale (also including those considering a strategic default because of a financial hardship or because they have an underwater mortgage); According to the […]

Florida Foreclosure Rate Highest in the U.S. For 3rd Month in a Row: Many Florida Home Owners Are Still Fighting the Banks in Foreclosure Defense under Florida Law (Including Tools of Short Sales and Loan Modifications)

| December 13, 2012

Real estate market analyst RealtyTrac has released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for November 2012 and once again, the experts find that Florida has the highest foreclosure rate in the country – and Florida has had the most mortgage foreclosures out of any state in the United States for the third month in a row.  Florida […]