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South Florida Bankruptcy Filings Continue to Fall

South Florida bankruptcy filings were down substantially in the 2nd quarter, compared to last year; according to data released by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. Personal bankruptcy filings (Chapter 7 & Chapter 13) in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties totaled 7,194. This is from April through June of 2012; down 23% from 2011. Bankruptcy filings can be linked in large part to the rate

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Florida Grabs a Chunk of Foreclosure Settlement Money for State Budget

Out of $334 million in cash payments sent to Florida in a multibillion-dollar mortgage settlement with major banks, more than $33 million will help strengthen the state’s budget. In fact, Florida is one of several states taking a portion of the $2.5 billion in cash payments from banks. And, Florida is using it for programs not directly related to the foreclosure crisis. So, Florida’s total take in the $25 billion

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Lenders Prefer Short Sales to Foreclosures

Short sales are exceeding the number of foreclosure sales in South Florida. Broward County had 1,831 short sales in the first three months of 2012, compared with 1,476 foreclosure deals. On a quarterly basis, this is the first time short sales have outnumbered foreclosures in Broward since early 2008. Short sales also exceeded foreclosures in Palm Beach County and across Florida from January through March. Banks are more motivated to

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Voluntary Dismissals and Foreclosure Paperwork Irregularities Examined

The Florida Supreme Court got a request. It has to do with the prevention of lenders from escaping sanctions for using fraudulent documents by filing voluntary dismissals. The issue is whether courts have the authority to reject the voluntary dismissals of the cases. And, instead impose sanctions, including dismissing the foreclosures with prejudice. Attorneys asking for dismissal with prejudice argue. They state that the current system allows every party who

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Forced Placed Homeowners Insurance Policies

If you think your homeowners insurance is too expensive, then you would be interested to hear Mark Kunzelmann’s story. Mr. Kunzelmann is a 49-year-old network specialist. Just over a year ago, he let the policy on his four-bedroom, North Palm Beach home expire. But you would not believe what the oversight, which was later remedied, cost him, approximately $10,000 for a few months’ worths of coverage. If your home is

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Nationstar Buying up Mortgage Servicing Rights

Bank of America Corp. has released roughly $10.4 billion in residential mortgage-servicing rights to Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc.; as Bank of America looks to alleviate a portion of its mortgage-servicing obligations. This is only a small piece of more than $430 billion mortgage-servicing rights or MSRs. This then makes Nationstar the largest non-bank mortgage servicer in the U.S. Traditional banks, have removed themselves from the servicing business as regulatory scrutiny,

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TBE Pitfall in Florida Bankruptcy Law

In Florida, there exists an exemption in bankruptcy called Tenancy by the Entirety (TBE). TBE is a collection of property that can only exist between a husband and wife where both spouses own and control the entire collection. This property is exempt from creditors who own an individual debt in one of the spouse’s name. However, this property is not exempt from creditors who hold joint debts of both spouses.

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Lien Stripping on TBE Property in Chapter 13

When deciding whether to file a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy together with your spouse, there is a new interesting factor to consider. In a recent case, the next thing happened. Judge Cristol denied a Chapter 13 Debtor the ability to strip a lien off of his home. Lien stripping is a great benefit of Chapter 13. It allows an underwater property owner to knock off a second mortgage, provided it does

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Stripping an Unsecured 2nd Mortgage in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Can it be?

Previously, lien stripping was something that could only be done in Chapter 13. However, a recent opinion from the 11th Circuit has changed that rule. Here, a Chapter 7 debtor in Georgia sought to strip off a second mortgage that was totally unsecured. The 11th Circuit reversed the Bankruptcy Court. And, they found that the lien could be stripped off pursuant to the plain language of the Bankruptcy Code. It

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CoreScore goes into Effect

CoreLogic implemented its new CoreScore credit scoring model at the end of March. The CoreScore consists of 2 parts. The first is a report consisting of data that may not have appeared in conventional credit reports compiled by the top three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion). The second consists of a composite score based on the data in the CoreScore Credit Report combined with traditional credit bureau data and

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