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Bank of America fights contentious court battle over purge of nearly 2 billion bank records

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I am very proud that after years of fighting foreclosure fraud by Bank of America and months of investigation by CNBC.com, they have finally published an in-depth story about my work. “Miami attorney Bruce Jacobs, a former prosecutor, says the bank got rid of loan records that he claims may have contained evidence of fraud…. Read More »

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Mixed Credit Files Can Lead to Inaccurate Credit Reports

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There are many reasons why having good credit—or at least keeping your credit as positive as possible—is a good thing. It can be difficult enough keeping our credit healthy even in the best of circumstances. But when something shows up on our credit that isn’t ours, or that we don’t recognize, it can be… Read More »

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Wells Fargo Admits to Error That Cost Borrowers Their Homes

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When the economy tanked around 2007-2008, the government knew that something had to be done to help people keep their homes. One option that was created was the Making Home Affordable Program (also known as HAMP, or Home Affordable Modification Program). The HAMP Program The program was designed to modify home loans to a… Read More »

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What Happens When the Bank Issues a 1099-C on Your Home Loan? Maybe Nothing.

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As you may know, a judgment of foreclosure doesn’t just mean that your property can be taken from you. It also can mean a potential money judgment down the road, if you owe more than what the property is worth when its foreclosed on. The Effect of a 1099-C Many borrowers receive what they… Read More »

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Judge: Will Not Vacate Foreclosure Ruling Against Bank of America

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A federal bankruptcy judge who took Bank of America to task for its treatment of homeowners in a foreclosure case refused to rescind his scathing opinion in which he called the bank “heartless” for its conduct, despite the bank’s agreement to settle if the judge did so. In Sundquist v. Bank of America, the… Read More »

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Bank of America to Pay $6M to Couple Bankrupted, Evicted

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An eight-year dispute over allegations of debt harassment, illegal foreclosure and a resulting bankruptcy has been resolved, with Bank of America agreeing to pay $6 million to the couple affected. The proposed settlement has reportedly affected every aspect of the family’s life. While $6 million may sound like a lot, it’s far less than… Read More »

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Obama’s Failure to Mitigate the U.S. Foreclosure Crisis

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There are a number of commendable accomplishments by President Barack Obama during his eight years in office. These were recently detailed in long-form story called, “My President Was Black,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic. However, this profile of Obama is incomplete in one regard: It does not take into account his failure to… Read More »

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WSJ: National Mortgage Settlement Money Mostly Went to Gov’t

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The biggest banks in the country set in motion the events resulting in the mortgage crisis that would tailspin the nation into an economic depression. Millions of people conned into overpriced and risky mortgages lost their homes to foreclosure. Many also had to file for bankruptcy. To pay for this, the federal government finagled… Read More »

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Miami Rental Market Among Toughest in Nation

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Renters in Miami are being bled dry by a combination of sharply rising housing costs, stagnant wages and lower-than-average incomes. A report from the website apartmentlist.com, based on figures from the most recent 2014 U.S. Census, reveals that no other city in the county had as many renters as cost-burdened as those in Miami…. Read More »

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Judge: Money Rules America’s Court Systems

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The trial lawyers at Jacobs Legal have often noted the civil court system is skewed toward banks and other deep-pocketed entities. Even though courts are supposed to be one of those places where the playing field is even – justice being blind, and all that – there is much to suggest that is not… Read More »

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