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Real Estate Investors to get Foreclosure Aid from Obama

The Obama administration will extend mortgage assistance for the first time to real estate investors. That is to those who bought multiple homes before the market imploded. Landlords can qualify for up to four federally-subsidized loan workouts starting around May; as long as they rent out each house or have plans to fill them. This will be done under HAMP. And, it will pay banks to reduce monthly payments by

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Student Loan Delinquency Reached $85 billion in the 3rd quarter of 2011

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York posted a report on their website recently regarding student loans. The following is some of their findings: About $85 billion in US student loan debt, or 10 percent of the outstanding balance, was delinquent; in the third quarter of 2011. Of the 37 million borrowers who have student-loan balances, 14%, or about 5.4 million people, have at least one past due student-loan account.

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High-End Mortgages Not Immune from Foreclosure

It has been five years since the housing market first began to crash and with many middle and working-class Americans still facing foreclosure; it may come as a surprise to know they’re not alone. Over 36,000 homes valued at $1,000,000 or more have been foreclosed on in 2011 alone. While this accounts for less than 2% of the foreclosures nationwide, it represents a historically huge increase in “upper class” foreclosures.

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CFPB Proposes to Add Greater Restrictions on Debt Collection Firms

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed rules to supervise large debt collectors and credit reporting agencies. The rule covers consumer debt collectors, including law firms, earning more than $10 million from the activity. This works out to 4 percent of consumer debt collectors; but about 63 percent of annual receipts from the debt collection market. Consumer credit reporting agencies with more than $7 million in annual receipts are subject

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2nd Mortgage Holders and HELOC Investors will Benefit from the AG Foreclosure Settlement

The banks that settled a nationwide probe of foreclosure practices last month will get a bonus from the deal. The bonus is protection for $308 billion of home-equity loans they hold. The banks that service about half the nation’s mortgages on behalf of investors will be able to share losses on their junior loans with bondholders. And, they will get credit toward the cash they pledged to spend in the

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Florida Foreclosure Bill Advances…

A bill to streamline the Florida mortgage foreclosure process has advanced in the House. Although, consumer critics said the measure might not leave homeowners time to respond to this Florida foreclosure notice before it goes before a judge. Furthermore, a major concern with the bill deals with the abandonment of property. In fact, homeowners who work two or three jobs and who let their yards get messy could have their

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Mortgage Servicers Set to Take Some Hits under the AG Foreclosure Settlement

Mortgage servicers said that they anticipate hardships from the $25 billion foreclosure settlement. The main problem for loan servicers is the discrepancy between the tight timeline that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set for servicers to foreclose on a loan and the now required additional time to negotiate loan modifications. Moreover, if a servicer doesn’t foreclose within the mandated time frame, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can charge penalties that

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Documents should be Closely Reviewed to Avoid Clerical Mistakes

Florida courts will allow correction of clerical mistakes, such as an incorrect party name, when the interests of justice require it. In the case of Lake Charleston Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Haswell, the attorney for the HOA named the wrong entity. In response, the association’s attorney took the position that the incorrect name resulted from a clerical error. And, they asked the court to correct it for purposes of the

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Student Loan Volume is a Drag on the Housing Market

As outstanding student debt approaches $1 trillion, it’s one more reason record-low interest rates aren’t doing more to boost housing. The tighter lending standards that have emerged in the wake of the recession weigh particularly on younger, first-time home buyers. 9 percent of 29 to 34-year-olds got a first-time mortgage between 2009 and 2011; compared with 17 percent 10 years earlier. These data suggest a large decline in mortgage borrowing

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Foreclosures to Climb before Settlement with Banks can Help

The $25 billion settlement with banks over foreclosure abuses may result in a wave of home seizures; inflicting short-term pain on delinquent U.S. borrowers while making a long-term housing recovery more likely. Lenders slowed the pace of foreclosures as they negotiate the $25 billion settlement. With an agreement reached, banks are likely to resume property seizures. A surge of home seizures may drive down values, at least for a while,

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