Foreclosure Rates Climb On Long Island

foreclosure defense for homeownersForeclosure filings rose by almost 20% in Nassau County in July of 2012. This took place even though foreclosure rates fell in this same month by 43% as compared with July of 2011.

Financial institutions were busy in Nassau County in July. They filed to 469 foreclosure cases. Many of the new foreclosure cases filed in Nassau County involved homes that are recent defaults in mortgage payments. During this same time, there were only 216 filings for foreclosure proceedings in Suffolk County.

Barry Smolowitz, the founder of the Suffolk County Pro Bono Foreclosure Settlement Project, recently stated Suffolk County has “a more decentralized” way of processing foreclosure court cases than Nassau. There are a larger number of judges hearing cases in Suffolk County then there are in Nassau. This has had an impact on the administrative process involving foreclosure cases in Suffolk County.”

David Schwartzberg, the foreclosure counsel to the Huntington based Advantage Title, recently stated the foreclosure process is “much more onerous” for banks than it used to be because there are much stricter Federal and State oversight and then there has been in the past.

Early in 2012, the nation’s five largest mortgage lenders reached a $25 billion dollar settlement with both Federal and State agencies dealing with alleged foreclosure improprieties.

Fewer Foreclosed Homes Being Listed For Sale

Real Estate brokers who handle the sales of foreclosed homes have indicated there are fewer foreclosed homes being listed for sale on the market in Long Island. John Fitzgerald, the President of Realty Connect USA, located in Suffolk County stated “we’ve seen a lot less foreclosed homes enter the marketplace then they have in the past.”assistance for homeowners facing bankruptcy

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