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Credit Reports: What You Need to Know

creditForeclosures, bankruptcies, and losses by credit card companies for non-payment of your bills will have an obvious negative impact on your credit score. There are numerous other matters that are taken into consideration by credit agencies concerning credit scores.

Making Minimum Payments on Your Bills

Creditors make a lot of money from consumers who make minimum payments on their credit card bills. However, making minimum payments can have a negative impact on your credit score. Nessa Fedis, the Vice President of The American Bankers Association, states “it suggests you’re under financial stress.” Try to pay more than the minimum amount on your credit card bills. Minimum payments can be interpreted that you’re in financial difficulty.

Co-signing

A friend, family member or child may require you to guarantee their debt. When you co-sign for their debt, their entire debt appears on your credit report. The debt will be considered yours. If the primary obligore under the agreement misses payments or makes late payments, it will have a negative affect on the credit score of the co-signer.

Short Sale of Real Estate

A short sale takes place when the bank agrees to allow the sale of a residence they have a mortgage on for less than the amount due and owing on the mortgage. This causes the financial institution to lose money. This will have a negative impact on your credit score. You should negotiate with the lender prior to the short sale. It is important you request that the lender not report that you paid less than the balance due and owing to the credit agency. If they report to the credit agency that you paid less than the balance due on the note and mortgage, it will have a significant negative impact on your credit score.

Numerous Inquires

When you apply for credit with a lender or other institution, an inquiry is made against your credit report. When the credit agency sees numerous inquiries, your credit score is impacted in a negative manner.

Having good credit is important if you seek to buy a house, obtain credit cards, lease a car or engage in other financial transactions.

foreForeclosure and Bankruptcy

Foreclosure and bankruptcy have a significant negative impact on credit scoring. Bankruptcy can act as an escape valve to prevent the loss of a home, stop foreclosure, eliminate a second mortgage and stop debt collection harassment. Your credit can be re-established after filing either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy One bankruptcy myth is that you will never receive credit again after filing bankruptcy. This is simply untrue.

Should you have questions or issues concerning your financial situation or are considering filing for bankruptcy, feel free to call the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo. We’ve been helping our clients for more than 30 years deal with foreclosure defense and bankruptcy matters. We can be reached at 1-80–344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350- 2802.

Foreclosure Proceedings are Devastating Communities Throughout the Country

The value of homes throughout the country has gone down. Many Americans live in homes that worth less then the amount of their mortgages. The high unemployment rate and the downsizing of jobs by many employers have robbed homeowners of the ability to make their mortgage payments.

Foreclosure on Long Island

Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island have some of the highest foreclosure rates in the State of New York. President Obama’s programs have not stopped foreclosure rates from rising.

It is estimated that it takes approximately 2 ½ years for lender to complete a foreclosure proceeding and take title to a home in New York State. Homeowners who are losing their homes lose motivation to maintain their property. This causes a blight on their neighborhood which has a negative effect on the surrounding homes in their community.

Loan Modifications

Lenders in the United States are doing a terrible job in processing loan modifications. The process is slow, painstaking and yes poorly managed by the financial institutions.

The housing problems in the United States are slowing down the economic recovery. More has to been done by financial institutions to modify mortgages and allow homeowners to stay in their homes.

Foreclosure Defense Lawyers In New York City and Long Island

Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represents homeowners whose homes are in foreclosure. We assist the homeowners with mortgage modifications. We litigate issues involving defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending, defective mortgages and real estate problems in general. Our attorneys are familiar with the federal laws involving foreclosure.

Sometimes the best way to deal with a foreclosure proceeding is to file foreclosure related bankruptcy. In these situations we file either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcies on behalf of our clients. These bankruptcies stop foreclosures, stop debt collections and allow our clients to obtain a fresh start. Feel free to call us for a consultation.

Bankruptcy Filings Are On The Rise

Bankruptcy filings on Long Island are on the rise. In March of 2011, more bankruptcies were filed on Long Island than any other time in the past two years.

Change In Bankruptcy Exemptions

There was a significant change in the bankruptcy exemptions in New York in January, 2011. Individuals now filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can exempt $150,000.00 in equity in their home. A couple filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can exempt $300,000.00 in equity in their home. This means a couple filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can discharge their debt and keep their home even if they have $300,000.00 in equity in their home. This is the
main reason why Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings have increased.

Let’s look at an example involving the bankruptcy exemptions. Let’s suppose you
have a home worth $500,000.00 and you and your wife have a mortgage of $250,000.00 on it. You also have $50,000.00 in credit card debt, you owe a doctor $10,000.00 and have a personal loan that you didn’t pay in the amount of $10,000.00. You can file a joint Chapter 7 bankruptcy with your wife, eliminate the $70,000.00 in personal debt, and keep your home. This is provided you are up to date on your mortgage at the time you file your bankruptcy and you continue making your mortgage payments on a timely basis. Filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy if you’re in financial difficulty may be a good idea!

Long Island and Queens County Bankruptcy Lawyers

If you have questions about filing bankruptcy, contact the bankruptcy lawyers at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo. We represent individuals filing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. We will discuss with you prior to filing bankruptcy, why bankruptcy may be the best route to resolve your financial problems and also explain the various types of bankruptcies available to you. At the end of the bankruptcy we’ll help you re-establish your credit. It is important to know that under Chapter 13 bankruptcies the lien created by second mortgages can sometimes be eliminated. Bankruptcies can help you stop foreclosure proceedings from moving forward and eliminate debt collection hassles. Call us for a free consultation.

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.

Foreclosure Defense in Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Baldwin, Malverne, Freeport, Oceanside, Long Beach, Elmont, Lakeview, West Hempstead, Hempstead, Merrick and Bellmore, New York

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