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Bank of America may owe you money

Let’s face it, when money is tight, it can trigger all kinds of unintended consequences, including overdraft fees. But some banks made sure to take every opportunity to help themselves to fees, including the practice of posting transactions to trigger additional overdraft fees. Bank of America in 2011 settled a class action lawsuit for $410 million to compensate people who got hit with more in overdraft fees because of their practice. They’re still looking to compensate everyone believed to be owed money, and Senior U.S. District Judge James King has said the attorneys in the case need to work harder to find those owed money. If between Jan. 1, 2001 and May 24, 2011 you had a Bank of...

Banks make bad neighbors

Recent news reports say Palm Beach County has 25,702 homes that are empty, bank-owned, but not on the market. The so-called shadow inventory is 78 percent higher than it was during the first quarter of 2012, according to RealtyTrac. Banks are holding the properties off the market so they won’t have to record their real value on the books when the sale is considerably lower than the recorded mortgage.  But banks are not good neighbors. Reasons to care if your neighbor is struggling: Unpaid taxes, unpaid HOA fees. Reasons to care if your neighbor’s house is part of the shadow inventory: Unpaid taxes, unpaid HOA fees, unkempt yard, vandalism, potential squatters. It is in everyone’s...

Large Banks and Firms Submitted Proposals to Rent out Foreclosed Homes

About 439 proposals were reportedly submitted to the Federal Housing Finance Agency last September in response to the agency’s call for detailed proposals to rent out homes foreclosed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Earlier this year, we took note of a call for proposals issued by the federal government through the FHFA, which sought out suggestions and proposals from interested parties on how to transform the government’s massive volume of foreclosed residential properties into rental units. The deadline for proposals came and passed, and we hardly heard anything more about those proposals until this week when the FHFA released its list of received proposals. Responding to a Freedom...

Independent Foreclosure Review Making Progress, says OCC

Banks and mortgage servicers participating in a nationwide independent foreclosure review are making progress in their efforts to reach injured homeowners, the federal agency supervising the review program announced today. The Office of the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency has just released an interim report on the independent foreclosure review program being undertaken by banks and mortgage servicers. According to the report, outreach efforts have been made by banks and their independent review consultants in coordination with the OCC to disseminate information regarding the independent foreclosure review. Both the OCC and the mortgage servicers are said to have conducted meetings with...

LPS: More Than Half Of Distressed Homeowners in Florida are 2 Years Overdue

A new report released by market research firm LPS Applied Analytics has just revealed that more than half of Florida homeowners in default are more than two years overdue on their mortgage payments. These latest statistics place the Florida average higher than the national average where about 39 percent are said to be overdue by two years or more. According to LPS’ latest report using data from September, 56 percent of homeowners facing foreclosure in Florida are two or more years behind on their loan payments. An astounding 84 percent, on the other hand, are overdue by more than 18 months. These numbers are a far cry from that of last year where only 24 percent of mortgages in Florida...

California Pursues Investigation Against Mortgage Lenders

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has not only pulled out of the nationwide settlement talks with the country’s biggest banks, but is also reportedly pursuing a separate investigation on the irregular foreclosure practices carried out by such banks. Last Friday, the lady attorney general announced that her office will be launching an independent investigation of bank foreclosure practices in the state. This decision was said to have been prompted by several factors, foremost of which were the state’s mounting foreclosure rate and the sudden resurgence of home foreclosures in August and September. The past six months saw the state climb in rank as the second hardest hit state...

California AG pulls out of nationwide settlement talks

It seems like all the news these days is gravitating towards the Golden State. After several articles came out to press this week about California homeowner groups putting pressure on the state legislature as well as the state’s attorney general, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris dropped the bombshell yesterday when her office announced their withdrawal from the nationwide foreclosure settlement talks with the country’s biggest banks. In what is seen as a serious blow for the ongoing settlement process, Harris sent a letter yesterday to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perrelli explaining her decision to withdraw from the settlement...

Homeowners fight back in California

For many homeowners, the foreclosure process can seem like an intimidating burden, one made even more difficult by the absence of a valuable support system to lean on. In California, however, many distressed homeowners have banded together to face the foreclosure crisis as a united front. Peter Drier of the Huffington Post posted an extremely interesting article today that details the mounting force of these homeowner groups in California that have banded together against abusive lenders and irregular foreclosures. A champion among them Juggling with two jobs and facing foreclosure herself, Rose Gudiel has emerged as the champion of distressed homeowners in California. She’s often at...

Mortgage suits and faulty foreclosure filings have cost banks $66 Billion

Bloomberg came out yesterday with an interesting news item about the expenses that have been incurred by banks so far in battling court claims against defective mortgages and irregular foreclosure practices. According to the report, the country’s five biggest banks have already spent a total of at least $65.7 Billion in battling court suits related to their faulty mortgage and foreclosure practices. The amount is expected to grow by even twice that amount as new suits are filed by disgruntled borrowers and investors. Paul Miller, an analyst for FBR Capital Markets & Co. projects the total costs to go up to more than $121 Billion. Among the five biggest banks, Bank of America Corp....

Iowa AG Tom Miller Denies Full Release for Banks

In the midst of various concerns being raised by different groups concerning a nationwide foreclosure settlement with the country’s biggest banks, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has denied that the banks will enjoy a full release from all liability for irregular foreclosure practices. According to Miller, the criticisms that have been raised against the nationwide foreclosure settlement are all based on the “false notion” that banks would be released from all liability, including criminal liability, for their irregular foreclosure practices. Miller, who heads the government panel that’s negotiating the settlement with the banks, denied such notions and said that the settlement...
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