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Mortgage Loan Modification Profiles: In Trial Limbo

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by Karen Weise ProPublica, Download the audio. Listen to Michael and Concetta talk about the loan mod process. Last fall, Wells Fargo told Michael and Concetta Acevedo that after a three-month trial, they could get a permanent mortgage modification that would allow them to keep their Staten Island townhouse. Instead, 10 months later, the Acevedos are still making trial payments ... Read More »

    American Home Mortgage Servicing Sued by Texas. No Help Facing Foreclosure.

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    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today charged Coppell-based American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc. (AHMS) with using illegal debt collection tactics and improperly misleading struggling homeowners. According to state investigators, AHMS collections agents used aggressive and unlawful tactics to collect payments from Texas homeowners who had difficulty meeting their payment obligations. The defendant also failed to credit homeowners who properly submitted ... Read More »

      GAO Takes Closer Look at Home Loan Modification Scams

      The Government Accountability Office (GAO) comprised a report, Homeownership Preservation: Federal Efforts to Combat Foreclosure Rescue Schemes Are Under Way, but Improved Planning Elements Could Enhance Progress, based on “information available to federal and state agencies and nonprofit organizations, such as consumer complaints and the number of enforcement actions.” The report revealed two predominant schemes in this day and age ... Read More »

        Loan Modification Profile: Fed Up, Giving Up, and Moving On

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        by Karen Weise ProPublica, Today, 8:53 a.m. Download the audio. Listen to Wallace Farmer talk about the loan mod process. On a recent Friday morning, Wallace Farmer packed up and moved out of his Baltimore row house. After over a year of confusion and delays, JPMorgan Chase told Farmer that he made too much for a mortgage modification through the ... Read More »

          Government Mortgage Modification Programs Still Not Working

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          by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Today, 11:33 a.m. Each month, the Treasury Department releases new information about how homeowners in its mortgage modification program are faring. And each month, the numbers get bleaker. Take a look at our graphical rundown of the numbers, broken down by each bank or mortgage servicer participating in the program. Have you worked for a servicer ... Read More »

            Mortgage Loan Modification Companies Labeled Opportunists

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            Here is an excerpt from a great piece by Lauren Tara LaCapra for TheStreet.com. The piece is titled Opportunists Pounce Amid Mortgage Mess. Call them savvy entrepreneurs or shady wheelers-and-dealers, but small mortgage-workout shops have sprouted up across the country like wildfire, promising to deliver results in a speedy fashion. They often have names that evoke a mix of strength, ... Read More »

              Mortgage Loan Modification Problems. Delayed then Denied, Often Mistakenly

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              Loan Mod Profiles: Delayed then Denied, Often Mistakenly by Karen Weise ProPublica, Today, 10:09 a.m. Download the audio. Listen to David Moe talk about trying to get a loan mod. Retired pastor David Moe describes the process of trying to get a loan modification — only to be denied after more than a year — as nothing short of “The ... Read More »

                New York Jumps Ahead With Law Making Mortgage Companies Accountable on Loan Mods

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                by Paul Kiel ProPublica, 48 minutes ago New York regulators have crafted new laws to give the state authority to punish mortgage servicers — something the Treasury Department, in administering its struggling mortgage modification program, has so far failed to do. The new rules set clear standards for how servicers must handle homeowners seeking a modification. “We will not hesitate ... Read More »

                  Michigan Goes After 19 Foreclosure Rescue Companies

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                  Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox recently announced the filing of 19 criminal complaints and a total of 69 charges against illegal advanced fee “foreclosure rescue” operations accused of defrauding Michigan families of thousands of dollars. Nine Michigan mortgage companies are accused of illegally charging homeowners facing foreclosure upfront fees for mortgage modification assistance. The defendants claimed they would help homeowners ... Read More »

                    Indiana Goes After Foreclosure Consultants and Loan Modification Companies

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                    Infomercials, websites, radio advertisements, and word of mouth are being monitored by Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s Homeowner Protection Unit (HPU) are using to track down foreclosure consultant companies that may be operating illegally in Indiana or have failed to strictly comply with Indiana’s new laws meant to protect consumers. Zoeller today filed lawsuits against three for-profit foreclosure consultant companies claiming ... Read More »

                      Walk Away From Your Mortgage Without Bankruptcy and Prepare to Get Sued

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                      The L.A. Time ran a story citing that Fannie Mae plans to get tough on homeowners who can afford their mortgages but walk away from them in what is now called a “strategic default.” So tough in fact they plan to sue these homeowners that do that. Fannie Mae also states they plan to limit access to new home loans ... Read More »

                        Allied Home Mortgage Capital Still Around But Why With All the Complaints?

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                        As his competitors imploded one by one, Jim Hodge, the folksy founder of Allied Home Mortgage Capital, touted his sprawling Houston firm as a survivor. Not only was Allied still standing, Hodge told employees in a company newsletter in December, it was thriving. “The good news,” Hodge wrote, “is that even though we are all having to work harder, most ... Read More »

                          Is Your Mortgage Illegal, Violate the Constitution, Doesn’t Really Exist and is Unenforceable? Hint: B.S.

                          For so long I’ve heard the arguments that some claim that a mortgage is not a real document and violates all sorts of laws and arguments and can’t be enforced. People sell all sorts of crazy courses and make all sorts of claims to get money from people in order to show them how to “cancel” their mortgage. I’ve mentioned ... Read More »

                            More Arrests in Mortgage Refinance Scam in Calabasas, California

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                            This is an update on a previous article, Three Mortgage Brokers Arrested in Handcuffs from Mortgage Refinance Scam. In a continuing probe into a defunct Southern California mortgage brokerage, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the arrests of president and co-owner Sean McConville and two associates who used “deceptive promises and forged documents” to steal almost $1 million ... Read More »

                              What You Need to Know Before You Refinance Your Home to Pay Off Debts

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                              Consolidating your debt with the equity in your home can be a terrific money-saving strategy. The interest rate may be much lower than you’re paying on your other bills and, if you itemize on your tax return, you can usually deduct the interest you pay – making the effective rate of the loan even more attractive. But what seems like ... Read More »

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