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Big Foreclosure Compensation, But Only for the Right Wrongs

by Paul Kiel ProPublica Can you put a price on the damage caused by a wrongful foreclosure? Banking regulators have. And it’s $125,000. Or $60,000. Or $15,000. Or2026 it’s unclear. Last November, banking regulators launched a process to force the big banks to compensate homeowners victimized by their foreclosure abuses. Many crucial details remained unclear, … Read more

California Passes Protections for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

According to the L.A. Times, California legislators have passed new laws that now await Governor Brown’s signature. These laws would provide the toughest protections for consumers facing problems with the mortgage. “The legislation would make California the first state to prohibit lenders from “dual tracking,” the practice of negotiating with clients to modify a mortgage … Read more

Mortgage Modification Company Owner Shmuckler Sentenced to Prison

Howard R. Shmuckler, 68, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced yesterday to 90 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for running a fraudulent mortgagerescue business that received substantial fees but actually modified clients’ mortgages in only a few cases. The court ordered that this sentence be served consecutive to a 75 … Read more

Good News for California Mortgage Holders

California attorney Kristen Crone from UFAN Legal Group wanted me to share this recent case result with readers who might be California mortgage holders. She labels it as good news for some. “New case just decided in California that essentially says, “When original lender holding both first and second deeds of trust securing signle residential … Read more

Reader Makes Claims and Raises Issues About Fieldstone Law and National Advocacy Law Center

I received the following tip from a reader below about Fieldstone Law and National Advocacy Law Center. If you know anything that might be helpful, please post it in the comments section below. I have verified that [National Advocacy Law Center] was fieldstone law and law offices of frank barilla. If you visit www.Nationaladvocacylawcenter.com you … Read more

Forensic Mortgage Loan Audit Scam Kicked in Nuts by FTC

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation that allegedly preyed on financially vulnerable homeowners, convincing them to pay $1,995 or more by holding out bogus promises that they could help them avoid foreclosure and renegotiate their mortgages. The complaint was filed against Consumer Advocates Group, Paramount … Read more

The Effect of Bankruptcy on Your Mortgage.

What most residential mortgage borrowers do not understand is the a bankruptcy only discharges personal debt. A bankruptcy will not eliminate a security interest in property. In reality, a bankruptcy discharge may have no effect whatsoever on a borrower in relation to the mortgage if the debt is a non-recourse debt. To truly understand the … 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

Billion Dollar Foreclosure Settlement Money Goes Elsewhere

by Paul Kiel and Cora Currier ProPublica States have diverted $974 million from this year’s landmark mortgage settlement to pay down budget deficits or fund programs unrelated to the foreclosure crisis, according to a ProPublica analysis. That’s nearly forty percent of the $2.5 billion in penalties paid to the states under the agreement. The settlement, … Read more

Mortgage Modification Company Former Owner Facing 80 years in Jail

Isaak Khafizov, a former owner of American Home Recovery (AHR), a mortgage loan modification business, was found guilty yesterday in Manhattan federal court of conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud distressed homeowners and lenders. Khafizov was convicted after a ten-day jury trial presided over by U.S. District Judge … Read more