Surging Foreclosures on Long Island

foreclosure defense attorneysAs the mortgage crisis is fading in many parts of the United States, it is still heating up on Long Island. More than 1,300 foreclosure cases have been filed in the first eight months of 2013. This is more than a 50% increase during the same eight month period of 2012. Foreclosures have been increasing on Long Island even while there have been significant drops in foreclosure proceedings brought in other areas of the country.

Darren Blomquist, the Vice President of RealtyTrac, recently stated “we’re definitely seeing the Long Island area buck the national trend when it comes to foreclosure activity.” Long Island has more than double the national average of mortgages that are significantly behind on their payments. In July of this year, more than eight percent of all homes in Suffolk County and six percent of all homes in Nassau County were either in foreclosure or moving towards being sued in a foreclosure proceeding.

Why Foreclosure Persists on Long Island

There are numerous reasons why Long Island has had a higher level of foreclosures than the rest of the country. The foreclosure process is long and drawn out in the State of New York. Long Island was an area that had more than the national average of high risk home mortgage loans. Long Islanders also lost many high paying jobs. The new jobs that have been created in the past few years on Long Island tend to be minimum wage or low wage positions.

Mortgage Modification Problems

Long Islanders are facing similar problems to homeowners in other states facing foreclosure. The mortgage modification process does not work well. There are approximately 45,000 homes facing foreclosure on Long Island. For those families, the recent rise in the sales price of homes is not helping them out of their financial difficulties.assistance for homeowners

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