Florida Foreclosure Backlog – Still Lots of Problems With Florida Foreclosures as Florida AG Reminds Florida Courts to Protect Florida Homeowner Rights in Foreclosure Proceedings

| September 19, 2013

Last Update: 02/24/16 All experienced Florida foreclosure defense lawyers know that the national Foreclosure Mortgage Settlement Agreement contains a provision that mandates that lenders not go forward with a foreclosure if there is an alternative in the works for that home loan (for example, a loan modification or short sale is being negotiated). You may […]

Florida Foreclosure Help Scams and Mortgage Relief Fraud: Con Artists Prey on Florida Homeowners and Borrowers Promising to Help Fight Foreclosure – Don’t Be a Victim

| August 13, 2013

Updated: 9/11/18 Florida foreclosures are still a big problem for Florida borrowers; Florida homeowners; Florida lenders; and everyone else in the State of Florida impacted by the Florida housing industry or Florida real estate market. Yes, that’s pretty much everyone here in Florida. Enter the fraudsters: con artists who see borrowers in a foreclosure situation […]

HAMP Trial Period Plan Lawsuits: Borrowers Sue Banks for Failing to Do the Right Thing in TPP Loan Modification as Lenders Fail To Follow HAMP Requirements

| April 30, 2013

Florida homeowners, and borrowers across the country, are no longer considering HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program) to be the big success that it was touted to be by the Treasury Department when it debuted back in 2009.  HAMP, as you may recall, was a part of the MakingHomeAffordable program which describes itself as: The Making […]

FHFA Refinance Report Released Today: Over Half of Florida Refinances Done Through HARP in Janaury 2013

| April 9, 2013

Today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its January 2013 Refinance Report which provides information on loan modifications and refinancing during the first month of this year, not just through the federal HARP option for homeowners (Home Affordable Refinance Program), but through other re-financing alternatives available through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, too. The refinancing of […]

Loan Modifications Are About to Get a Lot Easier: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Toss Out the Paperwork in New “Streamlined Mortgage Initiative” Program Debuting July 1

| April 2, 2013

Last Wednesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced big changes for those seeking to modify their home loans: for loan modifications of mortgages connected to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, things are going to be much easier in a few months.  Weeks, really. What is FHFA Doing About Mortgage Loan Modifications? Both Fannie Mae […]

Florida Judicial System Needed for Fairness in Florida Housing Crisis: Bad Acts Demonstrate Need for Courts, Not Reason to Throw Out Established Florida Legal Standards

| February 5, 2013

Yesterday, Florida’s foreclosure situation hit the national news again, as NPR picked up WUSF reporter Robin Sussingham’s story, “Foreclosure Process Hammers Florida’s Housing Market,” where the impact of Florida’s judical process – and our state’s judicial foreclosure system – is considered as a contributing factor to Florida having the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, […]

5 Things To Consider With the Deed In Lieu of Foreclosure for Underwater Mortgages Offer by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac That Debuts March 1, 2013

| January 31, 2013

On Tuesday, we discussed the details of the new Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac offering that becomes effective on March 1, 2013: both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin taking Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure for mortgages guaranteed by their programs that are underwater and where the home owners are current on their mortgage […]

New CFPB Federal Regulations Will Help Florida Home Owners and Florida Short Sales, Florida Foreclosures: Help Will Arrive in 2014, Too Late to Help Many Florida Borrowers Dealing With Bank Problems Now

| January 22, 2013

For Florida short sales to succeed, and for Florida homeowners trying to avoid a foreclosure on their home, it’s important that there is mortgage financing available.  Seems obvious, but it’s not discussed as much as it should be.  The reality is that if home loans and mortgages aren’t available for Florida residential real estate, then […]

Borrowers Sue Banks More and More: Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules for Home Owner – Foreclosing Bank Loses, Had No Standing to Foreclose on Borrower

| January 15, 2013

Borrowers are starting to file lawsuits against their mortgage lenders and banks are not only finding themselves as defendants in courtrooms across the country, they are also finding judges more than happy to rule against them and in favor of home owners and home loan borrowers. Which is what happened this week in Massachusetts, when […]

Will Florida Home Owners Get a Home Loan Mortgage From Walmart? Walmart, Paypal, CostCo and Others Moving into Banking Business: Will Florida Law Protections Be There for You Too? Maybe Not.

| December 11, 2012

People in Florida, particularly South Florida, have learned a lot about how banks work just by reading their newspaper or watching the news.  There have been countless stories written and so much other media coverage of the banking industry related to foreclosure hijinks, including robosigning and mortgage fraud.  This media coverage has exposed more than […]