Foreclosure Rates for All 50 States in June 2021

This is up roughly 41% from June last year when foreclosure activity remained at an exceptionally low level due to the pandemic-related moratorium on foreclosures. The Biden administration’s final extension of the moratorium ends on July 31, 2021. (Note: The deadline to request mortgage payment forbearance has also been extended to September 30, 2021.) It … Read more

Covid Delayed Foreclosures to Begin But CFPB Softens the Blow

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced new rules to assist homeowners to attempt to avoid foreclosure now that the protections against forclosing have phased out. CFPB Acting Director Dave Uejio. “An unchecked wave of foreclosures would drain billions of dollars in wealth from the Black and Hispanic communities hardest hit by the pandemic … Read more

The Insanity of Coronavirus Payment Relief and The Massive Pain That is Coming

Yesterday I answered a reader question regarding the credit report impact of falling behind or skipping payments. See Will Credit Reports Take a Hit Because of Coronavirus? Today I learned about a paper published by Pamela Foohey (Indiana University Maurer School of Law), Dalié Jiménez (University of California, Irvine School of Law; Harvard Law School … Read more

625 People Denied Mortgage Loan Modifications and 400 Foreclosed On Because – Wells Fargo

In a recent government filing, Wells Fargo admitted to a very disconcerting set of facts. The SEC document says “An internal review of the Company’s use of a mortgage loan modification underwriting tool identified a calculation error that affected certain accounts that were in the foreclosure process between April 13, 2010, and October 20, 2015, … Read more

California Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Fed Prison for Foreclosure Rescue Scam

Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, today announced that Alan David Tikal, 46, formerly of Brentwood, Calif., was sentenced on Thursday by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 24 years in federal prison for … Read more

Are Colorado Law Firms Overcharging People in Foreclosure?

Are people being charged inflated legal fees when they get foreclosed on? Well the Colorado Attorney General would like to know more and has filed suit for law firms to fess up. The Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is apparently concerned about law firms that handle foreclosures in the state. While fees are allowed to … Read more

Bank of America Employees Allegedly Rewarded for Foreclosing

Paul Kiel ProPublica Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure, according to sworn statements by former bank employees. The employee statements were filed late last week in federal court in Boston as part of a multi-state class … Read more

Foreclosure Rescue Scammers Plead Guilty to Fraud

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) today announced that Mark S. Farhood, 49, formerly of San Diego, Calif., and Jason S. Sant, 37, of Lecanto, Fla., pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy charges in connection with their operation of a nationwide online foreclosure rescue scam that went … Read more

CFPB Rolls Our New Mortgage Rules to Help Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has just announced new rules that are aimed at mortgage servicing companies from lessons learned during this most recent mortgage meltdown crisis we are living through. While smaller banks and credit unions are exempt from these rules, the big loan servicing companies, those that service 5,000 or more loans, will … Read more

Billions Now Available for Foreclosure Victims. Banks to Notify Consumers.

Ten mortgage servicing companies subject to enforcement actions for deficient practices in mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing have reached an agreement in principle with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board to pay more than $8.5 billion in cash payments and other assistance to help borrowers. The … Read more

Time Running Out for Free Foreclosure Review and Possible Compensation

People who were foreclosed on in 2009 and 2010 may be eligible for financial compensation from a settlement fund a number of banks have participated in. The problem is that with a December 31, 2012 deadline to get claims in for review, many may not be aware of this program. According to the official website … Read more

Ward Indicted for Fraud and Identify Theft in Nationwide Foreclosure Rescue Scam

Federal authorities have charged a former Los Angeles man with aggravated identity theft and having operated a foreclosure-rescue scam in Southern California and elsewhere that promised to postpone foreclosure sales for more than 800 distressed homeowners. Glen Alan Ward, 47, of Canada, was indicted today in the Central District of California on two counts of … Read more

Foreclosure Victim Guide on How to Get Compensation You Are Entitled To

by Paul Kiel ProPublica, If you’re a victim of banking abuses during the foreclosure crisis, the government says it’ll make sure you receive compensation from your bank. It’s a simple idea. But for victims, determining who’s eligible, how to apply, and when you might get a check in the mail isn’t simple at all. So … Read more

Foreclosure in America. The All Too Common Story of How Dreams Turn to Dirt.

by Paul Kiel ProPublica Sheila Ramos’ grandsons, 10 and 13, started crying. They wanted to know where the house was. There wasn’t one. There was only a tent. They had flown from Florida, after Ramos had fallen hopelessly behind on the mortgage for her three-bedroom home, to this family-owned patch of rural land on Hawaii’s … Read more

Were You Foreclosed on in 2009 or 2010? If So You Might Be Due Some Money.

The Federal Reserve announced recently that there is a new program available that consumers who were foreclosed on in 2009 and 2010 can use to get a free review of their situation and may receive money for the harm they suffered. The Federal Reserve Says The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced that borrowers who … Read more