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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 20 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.

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.

The Federal Bailout of Banks Continues

Many of the largest banks in the country have been paying back the federal government for the loans given to them several years ago when they were in financial difficulty. However, this is not true of all financial institutions. More than 600 financial institutions still collectively owe the federal government more than $30 billion dollars. This amounts to about 13% of the $245 billion dollars that was given to banks by the federal government to bail them out.

SunTrust and KeyBank are two of the larger financial institutions still utilizing federal funds from the bailout. Some of the financial institutions have used the federal bailout money to buy other banks and to line their investment portfolios. This is not what the federal bailout funds were intended for!

When the federal government became involved in the bailout, there was no end game as to how to extricate themselves from loaning money to banks. The Troubled Asset Relief Program, commonly referred to as TARP, injected the federal funds into financial institutions to prop them up during the height of the banking crisis. The issue now is when does the government get this money back and when does the program end.

The Bailout Program is Profitable

The Treasury Department has indicated that they anticipate receiving a $12 billion dollar profit related to the funds loaned to banks under the bank bailout program. However, whether the federal government will ultimately make money or lose money depends on what happens with the 600 remaining banks that are still utilizing taxpayer funds. It should be noted that more than 140 banks have not been making their payments to the federal government. A substantial number of these banks will ultimately default on their debt to the federal government. Under the TARP program, the banks can hold onto their federal funds up to three years. The TARP program is also causing many small banks to merge to become more financially stable. Larger banks have access to capital, while smaller banks have greater difficulty obtaining capital. The intent to the TARP program was to render the banking industry in the United States healthy. Hopefully this program will be a continued success.

Long Island Foreclosure Defense Attorneys

The foreclosure defense and bankruptcy attorneys at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can help you with the following items: mortgage modifications, mortgage modifications that fail to meet your needs, foreclosure conferences, defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending issues, real estate problems, defective mortgages, bad faith by financial institutions, Chapter 7 bankruptcies, Chapter 13 bankruptcies, providing information concerning mortgage terms and foreclosure terms, discussing the types of bankruptcy that may be available to you, re-establishing credit after bankruptcy, eliminating second mortgages and stopping foreclosure.

You also may want to take a look at our foreclosure blog. Call us for a consultation for any of the aforementioned items.

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