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Foreclosure Rates Dip In November 2010

November 2010 marked the lowest level of foreclosure activity in the United States in the past eighteen months! This is not an indication that the economy is coming back, or that people are earning more money and homeowners are making their mortgage payments. The significance of lower foreclosure rates is most likely caused by a number of the largest banks in the country freezing their foreclosure process due to the fact that they are being investigated by attorney generals in all fifty states. The investigations concern the improper handling of foreclosure proceedings.

In the month of November 2010, 67,428 homes were taken back by lenders. This is the lowest rate since May 2009; however, as of the end of November, 980,000 homes in the United States have been lost in foreclosure sales. This is the largest amount of homes being taken in foreclosure since 2005.

Rick Shark, a senior vice president at Realty Tarc stated “It’s almost impossible to imagine we won’t break a million” (referring to foreclosed homes this year). He further stated, “Unfortunately, it’s a record that we’ll probably break next year.” Had there not been a problem with improper foreclosure procedures, it was likely that banks would have taken back 1.2 million homes in 2010.

Due to the problems seen in the courts and the investigations by attorney generals in all fifty states, banks temporarily ceased taking legal action against their borrowers who were behind on their mortgage payments. Some banks thereafter indicated they would proceed with the foreclosure process, but there are still a number of large banks who are not moving forward with foreclosures at this time.

Foreclosure Problems to Continue in 2011

Many of the factors that have been involved in this foreclosure crisis will still exist in 2011. High unemployment, falling home values and difficulty in obtaining new mortgages are several of the factors that are contributing to the current mortgage crisis.

It is estimated that almost 11 million homes, or 22.5%, of all homes that have a mortgage, were under water for the July through September quarter of 2010. This is according to housing data by the firm CoreLogic.

During November 2010, 262,339 homes received at least one foreclosure notice. Utah is now the number two state in foreclosures on a per-capita basis in the United States. It is estimated that 1 out of every 220 households in Utah received a foreclosure notice in November 2010. This is more than twice the average in the United States. Other states with very high foreclosure rates are California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Idaho, Illinois and Colorado. The foreclosure rate in New York is high, but not as high as some of the aforementioned harder hit states.

Foreclosure Defense Lawyers

If you’re behind in your mortgage or have been turned down for a mortgage modification, you need to think about foreclosure defense. The foreclosure defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been assisting their clients in dealing with foreclosure problems for more than twenty years. We also help our clients with mortgage modifications. We represent our clients in court appearances and foreclosure conferences in court. We stop the foreclosure from going forward!

We deal with defective foreclosure lawsuits, bad faith bank practices and predatory lending issues. If you have a foreclosure problem, call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802. We can help you!

Foreclosure Crisis: A Problem for President Obama & the Democrats

Posted by Elliot S. Schlissel, Esq.

The foreclosure crisis in the United States is now reaching the highest office of the land. President Obama is being backed into a corner, forced to protect the banking industry from allegations of fraud, misrepresentations, improper lending practices, defective foreclosure lawsuits and predatory lending issues.

Senior democrats have been calling for a moratorium on foreclosures in the United States. They seek to punish the banking industry for their improper actions.

Recently, Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, made the following statement: “irresponsible banks need to be held accountable, but if we have not found a problem with a bank’s process, we do not believe that we should impose a moratorium that can hurt the market and hurt the individual buyers.”

The Obama Administration has taken the position that if we hurt or damage the financial industry, in the long run, it is the public who feels the pain when the economy continues to erode.

The banking industry is arguing against the moratorium on foreclosures. They claim that the moratorium would have a long term negative effect on the economy in the United States. The Obama administration shares this concern. Recently, David Axelrod, a senior White House advisor, stated “There are in fact valid foreclosures that probably should go forward.” The Obama administration’s position is that people who don’t pay their mortgages should be held accountable in foreclosure proceedings. In the alternative, homeowner advocates claim there has been a pattern of abuse in the banking industry regarding foreclosures. The Obama administration wants to play this issue both ways. They are expressing concern for homeowners’ whose homes are in foreclosure, but they do not want to take any steps that may have a negative affect on the banking industry because they feel it will have long term negative economic impact in the United States.

Protecting Homeowners From Foreclosure

Our law firm assists homeowners in foreclosure defense. We handle mortgage modifications. We deal with defective foreclosure lawsuits and predatory lending issues. In appropriate situations, we utilize Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies to assist our clients in stopping foreclosure proceedings from moving forward. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Housing Crisis Has Nightmare Scenarios

Foreclosure DefenseThere is currently a national scandal involving the “robo-signing” of foreclosure documents by personnel of financial institutions. There is concern that the foreclosure predicament resulting from the mortgage crisis in this country may destabilize the American financial system.

The Troubled Asset Relief Program, more commonly referred to as TARP, was set up to deal with the bank crisis in the United States related to the banking industry over-extending itself concerning residential mortgages. The Congressional Oversight Panel is the watchdog agency designed to monitor the TARP program. Recently, the Congressional Oversight Panel has been issuing warnings that the problems involving the servicing of foreclosures in the United States could create global economic problems.

The Congressional Oversight Panel is concerned that banks may not be able to prove they own the mortgage loans that they seek to bring foreclosure proceedings on.

In recent months, foreclosure proceedings have actually gone down. This is not related to homeowners making their mortgage payments; it is instead related to lenders temporarily stopping their foreclosure proceedings due to allegations of mishandling and fraud in thousands of cases.

Homeowners being unable to make their mortgage payments and the huge volume of foreclosures in the United States are significant factors in preventing the United States from having an economic recovery. The foreclosure crisis relates to banks giving mortgages to hundreds of thousands of individuals who basically could not afford to make the payments on their mortgages.

About Our Law Firm

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo is a general practice law firm that has extensive experience in handling foreclosure defense. In addition to foreclosure defense, our office handles litigation concerning defective foreclosure lawsuits. We also assist our clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies as well as preparing and submitting mortgage modifications> on their behalf. Should you have a problem, feel free to contact us. Our phones are answered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our phone numbers are 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Home Ownership Hits Lowest Level in a Decade

There is weak demand for purchasing homes in the United States.  At the same time, banks have taken a very conservative approach with regard to giving new mortgages to perspective home owners.  There are also record amounts of homes going into foreclosure in the United States.Currently, 66.9% of the households in the United States own their own home.  This is the lowest percentage of home ownerships in the United States in the last 10 years.

There are currently approximately 19 million homes, or 14.4% of all homes and apartments in the United States, that are unoccupied.  During the past five years, there has been a significant increase in the amount of homes that have remained unoccupied.

Foreclosure Crisis

The foreclosure crisis in the United States has significantly added to the number of homes that are either unoccupied, in foreclosure or have been taken over by the bank.  The real estate market in the United States is based on supply and demand.  There is currently a large supply of homes that people seek to sell or that have been taken over by banks in foreclosure situations.  The demand by individuals to purchase these homes is not in sync with the supply.  This causes a reduction in the prices of houses being sold.

About Our Law Firm

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo is a general practice law firm that has extensive experience in handling foreclosure defense.  In addition to foreclosure defense, our office handles litigation concerning defective foreclosure lawsuits.  We also assist our clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, as well as preparing and submitting mortgage modifications on their behalf.  Should you have a problem, feel free to contact us.  Our phones are answered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Our phone numbers are 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802, or contact us by email.

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