California Takes a Tough Stand on Improper Mortgage Practices

Stand On Improper Mortgage PracticesThe Attorney Generals from all 50 states, as well as the Federal Government, have been in negotiations with large financial institutions over their improper and fraudulent mortgage practices. The Justice Department has been trying to work out a settlement with these institutions for almost a year. California is one of the states that has large numbers of homeowners who have had financial problems related to the collapse of the housing market in the United States.

Kamala D. Harris, the Attorney General for the state of California, has pulled out of negotiations with the 49 other states and the Justice Department. She claims that the proposals being circulated to settle with the large banks are inadequate for California homeowners. Although billions of dollars in penalties are being discussed, she feels this would still be inadequate to deal with the problems the large financial institutions have caused California residents.

New York Attorney General With Settlement Proposals

Eric T. Schneiderman, the Attorney General for the State of New York, has been removed from the committee negotiating with the large banks. He was removed from this committee because he was critical of the deals being circulated to settle with the banks. He has recently stated he hopes a resolution can be worked out. It is extremely unlikely that there will be an overall settlement unless California comes back to the negotiating table. “The banks aren’t going to be interested in settling unless it removes future liabilities”, were remarks made by Jeffrey Harte, a bank analyist who works with Sanderler O’Neil.

High Foreclosure Rates in California

Even if there is a settlement, the monies received as part of the settlement would be distributed among the 50 states. California, being one of the hardest hit states, would want a significant portion of the settlement funds. Mrs. Harris has pointed out that during the one year of discussions with the banks, more than five hundred thousand homes in the State of California have gone into foreclosure. California now has eight cities listed among the top ten highest foreclosure rates in the United States.

Foreclosure Legal Help

Are you facing foreclosure? Have you applied for a mortgage modification and been rejected? Have you been served with a summons and complaint in a foreclosure proceeding? If you answer is yes to any of the above questions, you need an experienced, dedicated foreclosure defense lawyer. The foreclosure defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have more than 45 years of experience in dealing with foreclosure related problems. We attend foreclosure court conferences on behalf of our clients. We litigate issues such as defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending, defective mortgages and other significant real estate related defenses. We’ve developed an expertise concerning federal laws and foreclosure.

Bankruptcy Lawyers

We can also help you deal with foreclosure-related bankruptcy issues. Filing either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be necessary to deal with the foreclosure on your home. If you file bankruptcy, you can eliminate second mortgages in some situations, stop foreclosure, stop other debt collections practices and at the end of the bankruptcy, action can be taken to re-establish your credit. Feel free to call us for a consulation. Our phone numbers are 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350- 2802. Thank you for visiting our foreclosure defense blog.

Solution to the Mortgage Crisis: Make Home Loan Modifications Mandatory

Make Home Loan Modifications MandatoryCongress should pass a law forcing financial institutions to make mandatory home modifications to deserving homeowners. Unfortunately, the banking industry has a lot of friends in Congress and it is very unlikely a bill of this nature would be passed by Congress.

Sub Prime Loans

Many of the loans given by financial institutions were called “sub-prime loans”. The sub-prime loans basically duped prospective homeowners into believing that they could afford to buy homes that were, without question, out of their financial reach. Many of the subprime loans had initially interest only payments that increased to include principal over time.

Since the homeowner could barely afford the mortgage-only payment when the mortgage amount increased to include interest or a balloon payment became due, they had no possibility of making these payments.

New Bankruptcy Law in New York

On January 22, 2010, a new bankruptcy statute went into effect in New York State. This allowed individuals filing bankruptcies to keep up to $150,000 of the equity in their home. For a home owned by a couple, up to $300,000 in equity in their home can be kept while the parties file bankruptcy and discharge their debts.

Home ownership and the fair value of real estate provides economic stability to millions of Americans. In the event the economy in the United States were to stabilize, the real estate market also must be stabilized. Homeowners should not be forced to watch the value of their greatest single asset, their home, falling in value each and every month.

Mortgage Modification Assistance

We can help you with mortgage modification issues. Should your home go into foreclosure, the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can see to it that the foreclosure is stopped in its tracks and you are not thrown of your home. We litigate foreclosure proceedings. We attend court conferences on behalf of our clients. We litigate bad faith loan practices by financial institutions, predatory lending practices, as well as defective foreclosure lawsuits issues. We also maintain this foreclosure blog to help educate the general public. Should you have mortgage modification or foreclosure issues, call us at 1-800-344-6431; 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802. The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo responds to emails and our phones are monitored 24/7.

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