Banks Delaying Foreclosure Proceedings

Banks Delaying Foreclosure ProceedingsThe number of foreclosures in the Metropolitan New York area has been going down for approximately six months. This has been caused by massive delays in financial institutions processing foreclosure proceedings. Banks and other financial institutions have been hurt by the negative publicity concerning robo signers and improper and illegal foreclosure practices. They are now carefully reviewing each and every case before they send it out to their attorneys to initiate foreclosure proceedings. They are reviewing all of the mortgage related documents in each file to make sure that they have been handled in an appropriate manner before initiating a foreclosure litigation. There were 9% less foreclosures in April of 2011 than in March of 2011. In the United States, there were 219,258 foreclosures initiated during April of 2011. In addition, banks seized 70,000 homes in April. A representative of Reality Trac stated, “the slow down continues to be largely the result of massive delays in processing foreclosures, rather than the result of a housing recovery that is lifting people out of foreclosure.”

Foreclosure Proceedings Taking Longer

Each foreclosure proceeding in New York initiated during the first quarter of 2010 took more than 400 days from inception to completion. This is an increase of 60 days from the 340 days this process had taken in 2009. In 2007, it took approximately 150 days to move forward, from start to finish, with a foreclosure proceeding. As the number of foreclosure proceedings has dramatically increased in New York, the time for these proceedings to make their way through the courts has been increasing. It is estimated that new foreclosure proceedings could take as long as 2 ½ years to be concluded.

Home Prices Falling

Home prices are still falling through most of the country. In April of 2011, home prices fell below the March 2009 levels. This is the lowest point home prices have been in the past two years. Unfortunately, real estate experts do not feel the downward trend in home values will be ending in the near future.


The real estate market in the United States is in a sad state of affairs. Unless the real estate market comes back, the economy in the United States will continue to suffer.

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The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo provides foreclosure defense for clients in the Metropolitan New York area. We attend foreclosure court conferences for our clients. We litigate defective mortgages, predatory lending and defective foreclosure lawsuits. We deal with all types of foreclosure and estate problems. We educate our clients concerning foreclosure related bankruptcy proceedings, including Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings.

We advise and assist our clients concerning mortgage modifications and how to deal with mortgage modification programs that fail to meet the needs of the public. We can provide you with a free initial interview and we will discuss all of your foreclosure options and how to stop foreclosures from moving forward. Thank you for visiting our foreclosure blog.

Bad Neighbors Hurt the Value of Your Home

Bad Neighbors Hurt The Value Of Your HomeIf your neighbor is a slob, a sex offender or he maintains his property poorly, it can have a negative impact on the value of your home. Bad neighbors are individuals who lack the common courtesy, consideration and social values that are considered normal by the rest of the community. Business or governmental entities can also fall under the category of bad neighbors.

Neighbors Whose Homes are Foreclosed Upon

The largest single negative factor that drives down the value of single family homes is the foreclosure of other homes on the street. A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has concluded that if neighbors homes are foreclosed on, it can bring the value of any home in the area down by as much as 27%. Federal Reserve Governor Joseph Tracy recently stated, “the growing inventory of the defaulted mortgages continues to weigh down any recovery in the housing market… problems in the housing market can impact on economic growth.”

Although homeowners don’t intentionally allow their homes to go into foreclosure, the fact that their homes are being taken back by the bank impacts on everyone in their locality. It is unfortunate that a family’s single largest investment can be negatively effected by other families in their area.


The foreclosure crisis hurts everyone in a community. It has a general impact on the home values of all homeowners in the surrounding area. It slows down economic growth, destroys equity and for the unfortunate families whose homes are foreclosed upon, it causes them to end up without a place to live.

Foreclosure Help

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can help you with foreclosure issues. We can prepare mortgage modification applications and assist you with mortgage modification programs that fail to meet your needs. We litigate defective mortgages, defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending and all other foreclosure and real estate related issues. We attend foreclosure court conferences for our clients. We draft and file foreclosure related bankruptcies. These bankruptcies can either be a Chapter 13 bankruptcy or Chapter 7 bankruptcy. At the end of the bankruptcies we assist our clients in re-establishing credit.

Our job is to stop foreclosures in their tracks. We have dozen of cases throughout the Metropolitan New York area pending and numerous satisfied clients. If you call us for a free consultation, we will meet with you at no charge and discuss your foreclosure options. Feel free to call us. We can help you! We look forward to seeing you again on our foreclosure blog.

Aid for Home Buyers Coming to an End

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the federal agencies that are responsible for the large majority of mortgages in the United States. The Obama Administration plans on eliminating these two programs and replacing them with new programs.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac subsidized 90% of the home mortgage loans in the United States in the year 2010. Under the new programs suggested by President Obama, the percentage of loans sponsored by federal agencies by the end of the decade will be only 10%.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Freddie and Fannie’s programs were established in the United States after the great depression. The intent of these programs was to assist Americans in the purchase of single family homes. For decades, Freddie and Fannie were successful in helping Americans fulfill the American dream of home ownership.

These programs attract investors by guaranteeing repayment of mortgages even if the homeowners default. The investors accept relatively lower interest rates under these programs due to the government guarantees. This enables both Freddie and Fannie to create a pool of mortgage money for lenders at low cost, which in turn allows the borrowers to obtain relatively low interest rates on their mortgages.

Tax Payers Back Freddie and Fannie

The problem with Freddie and Fannie is that the system only works because the United States Treasury backs the system. In the year 2008, the Federal Government was forced to take over these companies. Since then, the government has spent $135 billion dollars in honoring mortgage loan guarantees.

Freddie and Fannie To Be Dissolved By The Obama Administration

The Obama Administration plans on gradually phasing out Freddie and Fannie. They plan on doing this by reducing the number of loans that they guarantee and charging higher prices to the private lenders. Higher down payments will also be required for the perspective homeowners to obtain mortgages.

Thirty Year Fixed Rate Mortgage

The thirty year fixed rate mortgage is the most common mortgage given in the United States. This mortgage would never have existed without government support under the Freddie and Fannie programs.

Three Options to Replace Freddie and Fannie

The first option would be the complete elimination of all government guarantees for mortgages. The second option would offer some guarantees to investors, but only at times when the economy is not doing well or the real estate market is in financial distress.

The third option would involve the government guaranteeing various types of mortgages, but only if lenders first purchased a guarantee from a private insurer. Although this would limit the government’s exposure, it would also impact interest rates. The third option is a similar option to what exists today under Freddie and Fannie.

Affordable Housing

Conservatives blame Freddie and Fannie for causing the mortgage crisis in the United States. Housing advocates say the Obama Administration is making a mistake in trying to kill Freddie and Fannie. They point to the fact that these programs have been successful for decades in the past.

John Taylor, the president of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, stated that “instead of cleaning up where Freddie and Fannie went wrong we’re eradicating a proven system that worked very well for most of it’s history.”

The ownership of a single family home is truly the American dream. I strongly believe the government should assist Americans in fulfilling this dream. However, I also believe the dream should be smaller and less expensive!

Foreclosure Help

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo provides foreclosure defense for homeowners. We litigate all aspects of foreclosures, including defective mortgages, defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending and bad faith issues. We attend foreclosure court conferences on behalf of our clients and we provide our clients with the various options available to them in foreclosure matters. We also assist our clients with mortgage modifications and deal with mortgage modification programs that fail. We file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies on behalf of our clients for the purposes of stopping foreclosure actions from moving forward. In some situations, we can eliminate second mortgages by filing bankruptcies for our clients. We also assist our clients in re-establishing credit after filing for bankruptcy. Thank you for visiting my foreclosure blog. Free feel to call us should you need legal assistance at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

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