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 withRead More
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; comparedRead More
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 propertyRead More
Freddie Mac Bets Against Homeowners and Refinancing
A new report claims that Freddie Mac betrayed American homeowners. That is after placing multibillion-dollar bets that will pay off if homeowners remain shackled by costly mortgages with interest rates well above current rates. Interest rates now reach as high as seven percent. The company does not want borrowers to default on their mortgages. However,Read More
Will Student Loans once again be Dischargeable in Bankruptcy?
In May 2011, a U.S. Representative from Tennessee introduced a bill called the Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2011. The bill proposes to make private student loans generally dischargeable in bankruptcy (like they were before the revisions in 2005) as a way of addressing the mounting student loan crisis. The bill proposes toRead More
Will Student Loan Debt be the Next Bubble?
With student loan debt now topping U.S. credit card debt and few or no options available for distressed borrowers, America faces the very real possibility of another major economic threat. The threat that is on a par with the devastating home mortgage crisis. As bankruptcy attorneys, we have seen an increase in the last three-fourRead More
Do Black Americans Face Bias in Bankruptcy?
A study has found that blacks are twice as likely as whites to wind up in Chapter 13Read More
The Debate Over Mortgage Principal Reduction
Mortgage principal reduction is an idea that could be helpful to or cause more default among borrowers. Some experts feel that widespread mortgage principal reduction may drive defaults much higher. Also, taking this step may tighten lending by forcing banks to offer “price protection” to borrowers. Moreover, the data shows there is essentially no differenceRead More
Beware the Impacts of the New "CoreScore" Credit Report
Beware the Impacts of the New "CoreScore" CreditRead More
HOA Prodding Resistant Banks to Act on Distressed Condo Units
In addition to homeowners, Home Owner's Associations (HOA) are victims of the foreclosure crisis as well. When homeowners stop paying maintenance fees or assessments, associations start facing serious problems. Some associations have more than 50% of their units delinquent. Under Florida law, HOAs can foreclose on owners for the delinquent fees and can take aRead More