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 Navy Tells Jonathan to Contact Me For Advice

Dear Steve, I’m a 30-year-old married man, 2 children. My wife lost her six-figure-a-year job in real estate. Since then, we have lost two homes to foreclosure, 1 vehicle repossessed, and 15 major credit cards maxed out and not paid for 2 yrs+. Everything is in the collection. We have about $1.2 million in unpaid … Read more

An Old Second Mortgage Holder is Now Suing Us Over a Foreclosed Property

Question: Dear Steve, Back in 2007 we had some investment properties, some we did short sales and one of them went into foreclosure; this one in the state of KS. The foreclosure took place in late 2008 or 2009. We received a letter from an attorney stating that his client may choose to take legal … Read more

Residential Credit Solutions Caused Consumers to Lose Homes Needlessly

Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Residential Credit Solutions, Inc. for blocking consumers’ attempts to save their homes from foreclosure. The mortgage servicer failed to honor modifications for loans transferred from other servicers, treated consumers as if they were in default when they weren’t, sent consumers escrow statements falsely claiming they … Read more

10 States Where Foreclosure Is a Huge Problem

Foreclosure activity in the U.S. declined 9.39% from February 2014 to February 2015, with one in every 1,295 housing units in some stage of foreclosure last month. That’s the lowest the national foreclosure rate has been since July 2006, according to RealtyTrac’s monthly report on the foreclosure market. The analysis looks at how many homes … Read more

CFPB Gives Borrowers With Troubled Mortgages a Guide

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a comprehensive guide to help troubled mortgage borrowers. The 104 page guide gives step-by-step directions on what you should expect from your mortgage company if you are struggling. You can read the guide here. The guide also clearly lays out the responsibilities of borrowers as well and … 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

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

My Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Discharged My Mortgage. Can I Stay and Keep the House? – Greg

“Dear Steve, Post 2 years Chapter 7 – credit report shows discharge of mortgage. Want to stay here and pay off the house and eventually get title… My Chapter 7 discharged unsecured debts more than 2 years ago. Unbeknownst to me it also discharged my primary residence mortgage. I have stayed current on the mortgage … Read more

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

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 … 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