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Case Requires Bank to Show Compliance with FHA Requirements

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For the most part, every mortgage and note are generally the same (at least in Florida, and if we’re talking about first mortgages on residential property). That is, they use the same basic language, with the same requirements imposed on the lender and the borrower. FHA Loans But FHA loans are a little different…. Read More »

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Foreclosure Starts Spike in South Florida in July

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Anyone who remembers the wave of foreclosures that crashed over Florida a decade ago must be disturbed by a new study from Attom Data Solutions. The study shows that foreclosure starts spiked in South Florida for July, well over the levels of a year prior. In fact, the foreclosure rate for Florida was higher… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court to Rule on Important Case Involving Attorney’s Fees

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The Florida Supreme Court is set to decide an important case on attorney’s fees. While the issue of attorney’s fees may not seem like one of great importance to your everyday consumer, this one is. Despite the fact the case is a foreclosure case, it could have striking ramifications for many kinds of consumer… Read More »

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Elizabeth Warren: Sign Petition, Protect CFPB From GOP

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren has firmly stated she will not run for President in the 2016 general election. However, she is still vying to keep her U.S. Senate seat, and she is continuing her staunch advocacy for consumer protections. Among these efforts is to preserve the agency she helped start – the Consumer Financial Protection… Read More »

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Study: Banker Ethics Sharply Decline

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One might have thought we had seen the worst there was in terms of bankers’ greed at the height of the housing bubble. Banks were recklessly packaging toxic mortgages to unsuspecting investors, saddling homeowners with unrealistic mortgages and generally cutting whatever regulatory corners they had to in order to make a buck. Since then,… Read More »

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Citi to Record $7B Fine in Mortgage Settlement Agreement

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For its role in hawking defective mortgage investments during the subprime housing boom, Citigroup Inc. has agreed to fork over $7 billion, in a combination of cash and consumer relief, to settle numerous state and federal investigations. Our Miami foreclosure lawyers understand this could mean relief for those who are on the verge of… Read More »

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Scams Target Homeowners, Increase Foreclosure Risk

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Reports of a declining national foreclosure rate may be of little comfort to many who are still facing a Miami foreclosure amid stagnant wages, stubborn unemployment and rising prices for just about everything. In fact, Florida continues to have the highest rate of foreclosures in the country. While the national rate fell to a… Read More »

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U.S. Homeowners Continue to Struggle with Foreclosure as Iceland Launches Debt Relief Package

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The United States government has tried to take steps to help homeowners who are facing foreclosure, but the federal legislative efforts have provided only limited assistance. The Making Home Affordable Program makes it possible to lower payments on first and second mortgages and even refinance homes that are underwater, but it does not provide… Read More »

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Wall Street Scandal Again Ignored By Mainstream Media

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Malfeasance on Wall Street is apparently nothing new to the country’s largest news outlets – none of which apparently saw fit to call out a U.S. private equity firm for an incredibly shady credit default swap that it paid another firm to trigger. The news was broken by Bloomberg, but no other print or… Read More »

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Could Eminent Domain Be a Solution to Help Stop Foreclosures?

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Eminent domain occurs when the government takes private property for public use. The owner of the property must be compensated but cannot refuse the sale to the government of the property. Eminent domain was traditionally used when a city or state needed land to build a highway or accomplish another similar goal to help… Read More »

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