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Congress Extends Tax Relief for Forgiven Mortgage Debt Into 2013

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A reader sent in this great news for those that might be short selling their homes or have a tax liability due to forgiven mortgage debt. The previous tax forgiveness program was due to expire at the end of 2012. Apparently Congress continued it for one more year. “Of most interest to real estate, the bill would extend mortgage cancellation ... Read More »

    How to Modify Your Mortgage for Free

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    I’ve seen and covered so many mortgage modification scams that I wanted to show you how you can save yourself from being scammed, save thousands and modify your mortgage for free. Before you launch into paying anyone thousands for mortgage modification assistance you should explore your free options first. It’s important to know there is no law that requires any ... Read More »

      National Relief Hotline – Not What You Think

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      Early this morning I was watching television when the same commercial for National Relief Hotline began running over and over. It caught my attention. It’s important for consumers who see the commercial for National Relief Hotline to understand what exactly it is. The commercial promotes the company can assist consumers who are dealing with: Foreclosure Denied Loan Modification Missed Mortgage ... Read More »

        Chase Bank Alleged Fraud Executive Responsible for Foreclosure Victim Compensation

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        by Paul Kiel ProPublica An executive who the Justice Department says facilitated a scheme to defraud Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is now spearheading JPMorgan Chase’s role in the government’s program to compensate victims of the big banks’ abusive foreclosure practices. The executive, Rebecca Mairone, worked at Countrywide and Bank of America from 2006 until earlier this year, when she ... Read More »

          Crazy Ass Lawsuit Filed by Spire Law Group on Behalf of Consumers Against Alleged Bank Conspirators

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          As an investigative journalist and consumer reporter I’ve read a number of lawsuits, probably in the thousands at this point. But a suit sent to me this morning by a tipster (send in your tips here) has to be among one of the strangest I’ve seen. The underlying legal foundation of the case might be sound and the Plaintiffs might ... Read More »

            Consumer Cries Foul Over Mortgage Reduction Mailer

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            A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a mailer they just received from the Administrative Offices of Payment Reduction Service. Whatever that is? Their concern was that the mailer was unsolicited marketing for a mortgage they no longer have. That caused them to investigate the mailer further. The mailer does not identify who the sender is but does ... Read More »

              Doubts Spread About Independent Foreclosure Reviews

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              by Paul Kiel ProPublica The idea behind the Independent Foreclosure Review seems simple. During the peak of the foreclosure crisis, the banks broke laws and made errors that hurt homeowners. In response, the government mandated they compensate the victims. But there is growing evidence some banks are playing a major role in identifying the victims of their own abuses, raising ... Read More »

                California Bar Nails Another Attorney Collecting Fees for Loan Modifications

                The State Bar of California has filed disciplinary charges against a Garden Grove attorney accused of taking illegal advanced fees from distressed homeowners and partnering with non-lawyers in a large-scale loan modification scheme. Stephen Lyster Siringoringo [Bar # 264161] has been charged with 25 counts of misconduct including collecting advance fees for loan modification services, forming a partnership with a ... Read More »

                  U.S. Attorney Charges Wells Fargo With Mortgage Fraud

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                  A loyal reader sent in a tip about a recent suit by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney against Wells Fargo Bank over mortgage fraud. Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Helen Kanovsky, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), and David A. Montoya, Inspector General of HUD, announced today ... Read More »

                    ProPublica Raises Concerns Over Bank of America’s Foreclosure Review Process

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                    by Paul Kiel ProPublica Late last year, the country’s bank regulators launched a massive program to evaluate millions of foreclosure cases and compensate homeowners who fell victim to the banks’ flawed or illegal practices. Regulators dubbed it the “Independent Foreclosure Review” to emphasize that the banks would not be making key decisions about loans they had made or serviced. But ... Read More »

                      Washington State Goes After 40 Companies in Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue Fraud

                      Thanks to a reader we learn about the State of Washington taking an aggressive and bold step against companies selling mortgage foreclosure rescue assistance. This action includes a number of actions against attorneys which are apparently not licensed to practice in the state. “Since 2009, DFI has charged an ever-increasing number of unlicensed businesses with preying upon desperate homeowners who ... Read More »

                        New Life Financial Solutions, 1st United Consultants, and Expense Management America Exposed by Get Out of Debt Guy and Nailed by FTC

                        As far back as early 2011, the GetOutOfDebt.org site has been publishing information about and warning consumers about suspicious and concerning practices by a number of interrelated companies promising financial help and foreclosure relief. These schemes were not uncovered by the site alone. Readers and insiders also sent in critical information that led to the unraveling of the operations. From ... Read More »

                          Mortgage Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Companies Hammered by FTC

                          The Federal Trade Commission has announced some sweeping actions to protect homeowners that have been harmed by companies promising mortgage assistance but who allegedly only took money and ultimately didn’t deliver the help and outcomes promised. Prime Legal Plans/Reaching U Network. The FTC alleged that from at least mid-2010, the defendants behind this scheme marketed mortgage relief services in English ... Read More »

                            California Man Arrested Who Had Consumers Deed Property to Trust to Lower Mortgage

                            Alan David Tikal, 44, of Brentwood, Contra Costa County, Calif., was arrested on Friday at his home on a complaint charging him with mail fraud for masterminding a multistate scam that defrauded distressed homeowners, announced the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin ... Read More »

                              Realty Attorney Group APC and Realty Group & Consulting Seized in California

                              The State Bar of California announced today it has shut down the operations of an Ontario lawyer who allowed his name and law license to be used in a scheme to defraud distressed homeowners. The bar obtained a court order (attached) this morning to assume jurisdiction over the law practice of Gary David Tracy, 50, (bar # 167212). His firm, ... Read More »

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