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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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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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Student Loan

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 to strike subpart B of Section 523(a)(8) of the Bankruptcy Code which makes general education-purpose loans

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Student Loan Debt

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-four years. That is an increase of potential bankruptcy clients with student loan debt. Further, few

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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 difference in re-default rates among delinquent borrowers, given only payment reductions. And, those also offered smaller

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