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Predatory Lending

Predatory Lending

Predatory lending refers to misleading, fraudulent and/or unfair mortgage practices that financial institutions sometimes engage in during the loan origination process. When financial institutions engage in these practices it can create loan terms with the homeowners which are unreasonable and benefit the financial institution at the expense of the homeowner. Predatory lending involves practices which take advantage of the homeowner and financially benefits the lender.

Low Income Borrowers, Minorities and the Elderly

Low income borrowers, the elderly and minorities are more often at risk for predatory lending practices involving subprime loans than other potential homeowners. Sometimes predatory lending involves charging excessive and unnecessary fees and expenses. In other situations, predatory lenders may add on unnecessary insurance to the cost of the mortgage loan. Excessive pre-payment penalties also are a type of predatory lending practice.

Victimized by a Predatory Lending Institution

If you and your family have been victimized by predatory lending practices you may be entitled to legal relief. It is strongly suggested you contact a foreclosure lawyer to review the circumstances involved regarding your mortgage and advise you whether you have a basis for legal action to deal with this issue.

The law office of Schlissel DeCorpo LLP has been litigating predatory lending issues and other foreclosure defenses for more than 30 years. We offer free consultations and can be reached at 516-561-6645, 718-350-2802 or 631-319-8262. We can be e-mailed at Elliot@sdnylaw.com.

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Predatory Lending as a Defense in Foreclosure Proceedings

Notice of Foreclosure and House Keys

Predatory lending refers to a variety of unfair or deceptive practices sometimes engaged in by financial institutions. Financial institutions that engage in predatory lending often target low income individuals, the elderly, and minority individuals who are concerned they will not be able to secure a mortgage. Predatory lending is against the law in the State of New York.

Tactics Used by Predatory Lenders

There are a variety of indicators that an individual has been a victim of predatory lending. The following is a list of some predatory lending tactics:

  • Guaranteed loan approvals without credit checks;
  • Pressuring homeowners to sign documents without giving them enough time to carefully review these documents;
  • Door-to-door solicitations.

Predatory Lending a Defense to Foreclosure Cases

If you have been the subject of predatory lending you may have a legal defense in the event your home goes into foreclosure. The courts in New York have dismissed foreclosure cases based on lenders being involved with predatory lending tactics. The New York Banking Law prohibits lenders from engaging in: “High cost home loans”.

Fighting Predatory Lending Mortgages

The foreclosure lawyers at of Schlissel DeCorpo LLP for more than 3 decades have been representing homeowners who have been the subject of predatory lending. Feel free to contact our Nassau, Suffolk or Queens offices at the following phone numbers to discuss your situation: 516-561-6645, 631-319-8262 and 718-350-2802. My e-mail address is: Elliot@sdnylaw.com.

Foreclose Action Dismissed and Mortgage Cancelled!

People negotiating a contract.

In a case from upstate New York Justice Phillip Rumsey sitting in the Supreme Court entered an order dismissing a foreclosure lawsuit brought by Citibank. In addition, he removed the mortgage from the homeowners’ property.

Citibank had initiated a foreclosure lawsuit against the Bravos. The homeowners claimed as their defense that Citibank did not have standing to bring this lawsuit because they were not the holder of the note on their property. Justice Phillip Rumsey had granted an order precluding Citibank from offering any evidence at trial of the homeowners’ indebtedness. In addition, he also precluded them from offering evidence they were the current holder of the note.

Citibank Appeals

Citibank brought an appeal to the Appellate Division. The Appeals Court found that Citibank had engaged in a pattern of conduct giving rise to an inference of willfulness sufficient for Judge Rumsey to impose a preclusion sanctions order.

The Homeowners Strike Back

Attorney Elliot SchlisselThe homeowners thereafter moved for summary judgment dismissing Citibank’s foreclosure lawsuit and they asked that the court discharge and cancel the mortgage by Citibank against their property. The homeowners claimed the preclusion order would prevent Citibank from establishing evidence necessary to allow Citibank’s foreclosure to move forward. Justice Rumsey noted the defendants’ argument was correct. Citibank would be prevented from establishing the material elements necessary in their mortgage foreclosure case. They could not establish their ownership of the debt.

Justice Rumsey granted the homeowners’ summary judgment motion and dismissed the foreclosure lawsuit. In addition, he granted the homeowners’ request for an order removing the mortgage from their home.

Conclusion

Justice Rumsey is a judge from upstate New York who punishes banks who act improperly in their dealings with homeowners regarding their mortgages.

Foreclosure Sale Set Aside

House for sale

In a case in Westchester County Justice Lawrence Ecker, sitting in a Supreme Court foreclosure part, ruled due to a mistake a party’s home was sold and the sale should be set aside.

Referee Sells the Property

The sale of the property was conducted by a Referee. The homeowner had spoken to the bank’s lawyer and was under the impression the sale was not going to move forward. However, the sale did move forward and the referee sold the property to the successful bidder. The bidder provided the referee with a deposit. However, a deed was not yet provided to the successful bidder.

Communication Issues

Justice Ecker found the mistake was not related to a one-time communication. There had been communications over a two-month period and the homeowner’s attorney was assured the scheduled sale would not be moving forward. The reason for the sale not moving forward was the bank had acknowledged the homeowner had completed all the steps required for the reinstatement of the mortgage.

Justice Ecker found as a matter of equity and good conscious, the sale should be set aside. Justice Ecker also ruled the purchaser should be entitled to a refund of his deposit plus interest.

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Conclusion

Even after a home is sold it is still possible to bring a motion to the court where the foreclosure lawsuit is pending, to set the foreclosure sale aside if good cause can be presented to the court.

Foreclosure Case Dismissed

House keys and foreclosure notice

In a case in Orange County, New York before Supreme Court Justice Maria Vasquez-­Doles a foreclosure lawsuit was commenced against homeowners. Aschmoneit was the only defendant who submitted a written answer to plaintiff’s summons and complaint. Foreclosure conferences were scheduled and plaintiff’s counsel appeared at the conferences. He stated he was unable to obtain an affidavit of merit from the plaintiff for the purpose of making a timely application for a summary judgment motion. Justice Vasquez-Doles as a result of counsel’s statement dismissed the lawsuit. Thereafter plaintiff moved to vacate the dismissal and asked for a summary judgment against Aschmoneit, the defendant.

The original lender on this case was First Federal Savings and Loan Association. Counsel for the plaintiff claimed the dismissal by Judge Vasquez-Doles was improper because an attorney for the plaintiff has appeared at the foreclosure court conference and therefore the court did not have the discretion at that conference to dismiss the case.

Bank’s Arguments Without Merit

Judge Vasquez-Doles found plaintiff’s counsels argument to be meritless. In her decision she stated at foreclosure mediation court conferences counsel for plaintiff has to both appear and be ready to proceed. In this situation plaintiff’s counsel failed to obtain/an affidavit of merit from his client. He therefore could not make a timely motion for summary judgment. She further went on to hold the dismissal was proper. There was no documentary evidence of the assignment of the mortgage provided to the court. The financial institution could not show they had a meritorious claim against Aschmoneit. Aschmoneit should have received a copy of the certificate of merit from counsel for the plaintiff when she was served with the summons and complaint. Since she was not served with this document, the dismissal of the case was correct.

Conclusion

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Foreclosure cases can be dismissed based on the financial institution’s attorneys’ failing to comply with the myriad of rules, regulations, statutes and court ordered responsibilities they have.

Elliot S. Schlissel and his associates have been representing homeowners sued in foreclosure cases for more than 3 decades.

Evictions After Foreclosure Sales

Eviction notice and gavel on a table.

An individual or corporation that purchases a property at a foreclosure sale can bring a landlord/tenant proceeding to evict the individuals who reside at the residence.

Exhibiting the Deed

Before bringing a landlord/tenant proceeding the owner of the property which was purchased in a foreclosure sale must deliver a copy of the deed to the residents of the dwelling showing they purchased the property. The copy of the deed served on the individuals residing in the premises must be a certified copy.

10 Day Notice to Quit

Prior to bringing the landlord/tenant eviction proceeding, the individuals residing in the house must receive a 10 day notice to leave the premises. In the event a copy of the deed is not properly served on the individuals residing in the house, the landlord/tenant case and 10 day notice are defective and an application can be made to the court to dismiss the Attorney Elliot Schlissellandlord/tenant proceeding based on this defect.

Elliot S. Schlissel and his associates are foreclosure attorneys. They defend homeowners whose homes have gone into foreclosure, they provide legal assistance in obtaining mortgage modifications and, if necessary, they also can file bankruptcy for you to stop the foreclosure from moving forward.

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Penalizing Banks for Foreclosure Irregularities

Wells Fargo and Company, the fourth largest bank by assets in the United States, Bank of America, the largest lender in the United States and Citigroup the third largest

8lender in the United States expect to be sanctioned by the United States government for bad foreclosure practices.

These banks are accused by federal regulators of abusing borrowers and illegally foreclosing on homes. A federal probe has been underway for many months. Federal investigators have found widespread deficiencies in the manner in which home loans are serviced, payments are collected, how loan modifications are processed and the foreclosure process itself on loans.

Banks to Be Penalized

Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Citibank have all been accused of improper and illegal foreclosure practices. There have been reports that federal regulators may demand as much as thirty billion dollars from some 14 mortgage companies regarding improper foreclosure and mortgage practices.

Bank of America is responsible for the most mortgage loans in the United States. It handles 2.1 trillion dollars in home mortgages. Bank of America besides being investigated by federal regulators has been subject to a variety of private lawsuits concerning their mortgage foreclosure practices. Bank of America had temporarily suspended all foreclosure proceedings in 2010 to conduct a review and investigation of its foreclosure and mortgage practices. Bank of America has recently re-instituted foreclosure proceedings. They claim they have dealt with all of their internal problems concerning the processing of mortgages and handling of foreclosure.

Long Island Foreclosure Defense Lawyers

If your home is in foreclosure or you need a mortgage modification we can help you. The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been assisting consumers and homeowners with problems concerning debts to financial institutions for more than two (2) decades. We prepare mortgage modification documents. We can help deal with mortgage modification programs that fail to meet the consumers needs. If you are in foreclosure, we will attend foreclosure court conferences on your behalf.

We litigate defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending issues, defective mortgages, bad faith on behalf of financial institutions, and other related real estate proceedings.

In situations where we feel a filing of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is appropriate we file these proceedings with the United States Bankruptcy Court on behalf of our clients. We also assist our clients in reestablishing credit after filing for bankruptcy. We can help stop foreclosure in its tracks. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Long Island’s Economy Is Not Recovering

Real Estate Problems Create Continued Economic Problems on Long Island

More and more homeowners on Long Island are falling behind on their mortgages. Rising unemployment has forced more Long Island residents onto the welfare rolls. Long Island continues to lose jobs to other areas of the country.

The Recession on Long Island Continues

Although Nassau County is among the weathiest counties in the United States, its future does not look promising. At one time, Nassau County was a hub of National Defense related industries. Among these many industries was Grumman Corporation, which was the largest employer in Nassau County. With fewer and fewer jobs available, Nassau County now finds itself in financial difficulty.

With the loss of jobs, the devaluation of real estate, and newer companies hesitant to move to Long Island due to high taxes and expensive property values, the future for Nassau County looks bleak. Even beyond that, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has had the county’s finances taken over by the State appointed organization known as “NIFA” (Nassau Interim Finance Agency). What is a county such as Nassau County – considered a mature and economic county – to do about rising its prospects for the future? Innovative programs must be developed to bring new industries into the county, and tax breaks may be necessary to entice these industries.

When homes fall behind in their mortgages and are taken over by banks, they shouldn’t be sold. The continued selling of foreclosed homes results in creating an over supply of homes for sale on the real estate market, driving home prices down, and further creating losses for everyone. Instead, these homes should be rented to their former homeowners, who should be given the possibility of purchasing these homes down the road. The cost of maintaining the infrastructure of Nassau County needs to be reduced. Nassau County Police Officers are among the highest paid in the United States. A combination of their wages, pensions and fringe benefits are beyond what the county can afford to pay. Only aggressive action by the politicians and the business community can save Nassau County.

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For those who are behind on their mortgage, a mortgage modification may be the best way to keep their home. Unfortunately, however, banks are approving fewer and fewer mortgage modifications. Should your home go into foreclosure, you need the best foreclosure defense lawyers to help you and your family stay in your home. The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo has been providing legal assistance to homeowners and keeping them in their homes for more than 20 years. Our law firm represents clients concerning mortgage modifications, and deals with the problems involving mortgage modifications that fail to meet our clients needs. When our clients are sued in foreclosure, we submit the appropriate documents to the court in order to defend them. We attend court conferences regarding the foreclosure, and we try to persuade both the court and the bank attorneys to put pressure on the bank to approve mortgage modifications. We submit formal Answers to foreclosure lawsuits. When appropriate, we include in our answers legal defenses such as defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending, defective mortgages and numerous other types of real estate related legal defenses.

Our law firm has extensive experience in dealing with the Federal laws and foreclosure. In some situations filing either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the best route to deal with foreclosure and other financial issues. Filing a bankruptcy will stop foreclosures from moving forward, stop debt collection, and in some situations, eliminate second mortgages. At the end of the bankruptcy filing, we also advise our clients with regard to reestablishing their credit.  There are many myths about bankruptcy that are simply not true. Call us for a free consultation. At this first meeting we will discuss your foreclosure and bankruptcy options and how we can keep you in your home. Thank you for visiting the Elliot S. Schlissel, Esq. foreclosure blog.

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