Sales of Summer Homes Hit New Lows

Sales Of Summer Homes HitThe depressed real estate market in the United States reached a new low in July, 2011. Home sales fell 3.5% during that month. This brought home sales to the lowest point in the last 13 years. Home prices keep falling. This makes it harder and harder for individuals to sell their homes. The reduction in home values has been a driving force in the economic problems in the United States. Consumers who feel the value of their home is going down are disinclined to spend money on everyday purchases. There is a negative effect on the economy in the United States when consumers believe their homes are losing value.

Difficulties In Purchasing New Homes

Banks now require larger down payments before a new homeowner can purchase a home. In addition, lending rules have become very stringent. New home buyers are also concerned that the home they purchase will be worth less money in the future. The motto of many perspective home buyers is: why buy now if things will only get less expensive in the future? Instead, they sit and wait and watch the real estate market continue to decline. The wait and see approach by new home purchasers is causing the inventory of homes on the market to increase. As the inventory of new homes for sale on the real estate market increases, it creates a downward pressure on the sales price of these homes.

Appraisals Killing Home Sales

When a purchaser decides to buy a home, they must apply to the bank for a mortgage. The bank thereafter sends their appraiser out to appraise the home. In recent months, these appraisals are coming back with information indicating the homes are worth less than the prospective purchaser is in contract to pay for it. This often kills the real estate deal.

Home Prices Falling by More Than 5% in 2011

Economists have estimated that home prices will decline between now and the end of the year by an additional 5%. This is unfortunate. The ownership of a single family home was the American dream. The dream seems to be turning into a nightmare!

Call us for a free consultation, we will discuss whether filing bankruptcy may be in your interest and all other foreclosure related options. Our phones are monitored 24/7. Call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

New York Foreclosure Defense Lawyers

The New York City and Long Island foreclosure defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can help you if you have a foreclosure problem. Our foreclosure defense lawyers litigate defective mortgages, defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending and all other types of real estate related matters. We can explain the federal laws on foreclosure and how they affect you. We attend foreclosure court conferences for our clients.

In the appropriate situation, we will discuss foreclosure related bankruptcy issues, such as filing a Chapter 7 and a Chapter 13 bankruptcy with you. In bankruptcy situations, there is an automatic stay that goes into effect, ordered by the court, that stops foreclosure from moving forward. In some bankruptcy situations, we can eliminate second mortgages. At the end of the bankruptcy, we can assist you in re- establishing your credit. Feel free to set up a free consultation with us. We will discuss your foreclosure options with you.

New York Foreclosure Law Firm Fined Two Million Dollars

New York Foreclosure Law FirmSteven J. Baum, P.C. of Amhearst, New York, has been fined two million dollars for inappropriate foreclosure legal practices. Steven J. Baum, P.C. is the largest foreclosure law firm in the state of New York. Steven J. Baum, P.C. has agreed, in addition to paying the two million dollar fine, to re-vamp its practices with regard to the handling of pleadings, affidavits and mortgage assignments in New York State and Federal Courts.The Law Firm has agreed to implement a variety of internal controls regarding its processing and handling of foreclosure proceedings. They have agreed to review original promissory notes received from their clients or custodians of the notes, prior to filing new foreclosure lawsuits. These actions will bring the firm in compliance with the order issued by Chief Judge Jonathan Lipman, regarding attorneys representing lending institutions.

Mortgage Foreclosure Proceedings

US Attorney Preet Bharara, from the Southern District of New York, stated, with regard to settlements in mortgage foreclosure proceedings, that there are “no excuses for sloppy practices that could lead to someone mistakenly losing their home.” She stated further that “homeowners facing foreclosure cannot afford to have faulty paperwork or inadequate evidence submitted and today’s agreement will help minimize that risk.”

Baum Law Firm Released from Civil Liability

The Baum Law Firm, upon payment of the two million dollar fine and the imposition of new internal procedures will be released from potential civil liability under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989. The Baum Law Firm

“acknowledges that it occasionally made inadvertent errors in its legal filings in state and federal Courts, which it attributes to human error in light of the high volume of mortgages and foreclosures it handled throughout the state of New York in the wake of the national subprime mortgage crisis.”It should be noted that this is a settlement. It is not a finding of wrongdoing by the Baum Foreclosure Law Firm. The Baum Law Firm has also agreed to have experienced attorneys supervising all aspects of the preparation of documents and reviewing of documents before they are filed with the courts. In addition, they are implementing a one to two-year training program for their attorneys to bring them in compliance with the rules regarding bringing foreclosure proceedings in the state of New York.

Hopefully, this law firm will live up to its responsibilities in dealing with foreclosure proceedings. Taking from a family, its home and putting them on the street is a sad end to the American dream. These proceedings should be handled in a manner that protects the homeowner’s rights and sees to it that homes aren’t wrongly foreclosed upon.

Foreclosure Defense Attorneys

We can fight your foreclosure. We litigate predatory lending issues, defective foreclosure lawsuits, and defective mortgages. We attend foreclosure court conferences for our clients. We draft mortgage modifications and deal with mortgage modification programs that fail to meet our clients needs.

We also litigate foreclosure related bankruptcies, whether they’re a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We also assist our clients in re-establishing credit after filing a bankruptcy. We can help stop your foreclosure from moving forward! Call us and we will provide you with a free consultation. We will discuss all of your foreclosure options.

Why Banks Foreclose

Why Banks ForecloseOur Law Office deals with families whose homes are being foreclosed upon each and every week. We are continually asked by our clients why financial institutions simply don’t reduce the amount of the loan to coincide with the equity in their home, instead of foreclosing on their homes and selling it at auction for less than half of its real value. Unfortunately, it is extremely rare for a bank or other financial institution to reduce the principal in the mortgage to bring it back into conformity with the actual value of the house. Banks do not usually change their practices. Dropping principal balances to the amount of the actual indebtedness on the mortgage would be a departure from usual bank procedures. Banks simply do not wish to explain why the value of their mortgage portfolio on their financial statements are incorrect.

Banks Are In the Business of Making Money

Lenders don’t wish to write down the balance of defaulting loans because they do not see any upside for them in engaging in this practice. Banks are interested in making as much money as possible. Writing down loans does not accomplish this.

Writing Down Loans Will Not Avoid Default By Homeowners

Lenders do not believe that writing down mortgage loans will reduce the likelihood homeowners will default. Banks studies have shown individuals whose homes are underwater (there is a negative equity in the homes) will most likely be unable to pay their mortgages, even if the mortgage is renegotiated to the value of their home.

Mortgage Departments at Banks Are Understaffed and Undertrained

Most financial institutions want to deal with mortgages that are current and on which they are making money on. They look at servicing mortgages that are in default as a financial burden. This causes banks to be chincy on the amount of workers they hire to handle these loans and to skimp on the training of these employees. Mortgages servicing companies tend to be short-staffed and don’t have a lot of motivation to hire more employees on money losing loans.

Mortgage Problems and Solutions

Hopefully you are up to date on your mortgage, but should you be having financial problems and/or your mortgage falls behind, we may be able to help you obtain a mortgage modification. Should a mortgage modification not be available for you, we can represent you in a foreclosure proceeding and keep you in your home! Our foreclosure defense lawyers attend foreclosure court conferences for our clients. We meet with our clients and discuss foreclosure options, such as foreclosure related bankruptcy filings. We litigate, in New York State Courts, foreclosure defenses such as defective mortgages, violations of truth in lending laws, predatory lending and defective foreclosure lawsuits. We also can assist you in other real estate related problems.

Should bankruptcy filing be the appropriate way to deal with your foreclosure problem, we can file either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy for you. Upon meeting with us, we’ll discuss the types of bankruptcies that are available to you and why filing bankruptcy may help you. Filing a bankruptcy stops foreclosures from moving forward and can stop all debt collection activity. Call us for a free consultation. We appreciate your visiting our foreclosure blog.

Why are Mortgage Modifications Denied?

Have you applied for a mortgage modification? If you have, you may have experienced a long, arduous process. The processing agency or financial institution may request your paperwork on three, four, or as many as six different occasions. Some New Yorkers who have come to our law firm have suggested that the mortgage processing companies are hiring imbeciles.

Long Delays

Why does the process have long delays? The reason for the long delays is the banks have failed to hire sufficient employees to properly process mortgage applications. The banks also didn’t take into consideration the length and depth of the financial crisis facing this country. The high unemployment rate, the down sizing of jobs and the recessionary problems in the United States have caused thousands and thousands of Americans to apply for mortgage modifications. The banks simply did not take into consideration the volume of mortgage modification applications they would be receiving.

Mortgage Modification Denials

There are a variety of reasons why your mortgage modification may be denied. The single largest reason for denying mortgage modifications is the financial institutions claiming you didn’t provide them with all the necessary paperwork. This is the most frustrating denial, especially when you provided the paperwork to them on several occasions and they simply lost or misplaced it. A second reason for denying mortgage modifications is that you have too much debt. If the financial institution feels you already have more debt that you can handle, they will turn down your mortgage modification application.

Insufficient Income

Another reason why many mortgage modification applications are denied is the failure to have sufficient income to support your financial obligations.

Bankruptcy

You can discharge debt through filing bankruptcy proceedings. You can go through the bankruptcy process and thereafter file a mortgage modification application. At the end of the bankruptcy, you will have eliminated your debt and you therefore may be a superior candidate for a mortgage modification at that time.

Second Mortgages

There are situations where a family’s mortgage modification application on their first mortgage is approved. However, they may still have a non-performing second mortgage. In these situations, you may be able to discharge your second mortgage by filing bankruptcy. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy can eliminate your second mortgage.

Foreclosure Lawyers

We can fight your foreclosure. We litigate predatory lending issuesdefective foreclosure lawsuits, and defective mortgages. We attend foreclosure court conferences for our clients. We draft mortgage modifications and deal with mortgage modification programs that fail to meet our clients needs.

We also litigate foreclosure related bankruptcies, whether they’re a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We also assist our clients in re-establishing credit after filing a bankruptcy. We can help stop your foreclosure from moving forward! Call us and we will provide you with a free consultation. We will discuss all of your foreclosure options.

Mortgage Modification Scams

There are companies advertising on the internet that they assist homeowners with mortgage modifications. Sometimes these companies are run by charlatans who are engaged in mortgage modification scams. These companies target the elderly, minority members, and individuals with bad credit.

Sometimes the mortgage scam companies request the mortgage holder to make their payments to them and not to their financial institution. They claim they will take care of the problem at their end. This is always a mistake. If you are going to pay your mortgage, pay it directly to your financial institution.

Another mortgage scam involves the submitting of an application to your mortgage company showing you have a higher income then you actually have. If you can’t afford the mortgage to begin with, you’ll not be able to make your mortgage payments. This will result in your home ending up in foreclosure. This is a route you should not start down.

Mortgage Modification ScamsInterest Only Mortgage Payments

Obtaining a mortgage that requires that you, for a period of time, only make interest payments is also not a wise choice. These type of loans sometimes have balloon payments. In a balloon payment situation, after a period of time you must make a lump sum payment or refinance. Under this type of scam the scammer will tell you that down the road things will be better and you’ll be able to refinance at a lower rate and obtain a better quality conventional mortgage. Don’t bet on it!

Mortgage Modification Attorneys

Under the appropriate circumstances, we assist clients in submitting mortgage modification applications. We also defend our clients in the event their homes go into foreclosure. We attend foreclosure court conferences on behalf of our clients. We litigate issues involving defective foreclosure lawsuits, bad faith on behalf of financial institutions, defective mortgages, predatory lending and other real estate related issues. We maintain a foreclosure blog which is updated regularly concerning various issues related to foreclosure, mortgage modification and real estate matters.

We review our client’s situations carefully and, when appropriate, we file either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcies on their behalf. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

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