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Florida Judge Invokes Classic Movie in Bank Beat Down

A Florida appeals court judge invoked the classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life in a foreclosure ruling this week that sent the bank packing. In the two-page judgment issued Wednesday, 4th District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Gross says in It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey makes loans to his neighbors in Bedford Falls.

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Foreclosure Filings Down By Almost Half – Are We Recovered?

The Palm Beach Post reported this week that foreclosures are down 49 percent from last year and 9 percent from January. For some, that’s a sign that the real estate industry has improved. But if you’re the person still going through a foreclosure, it likely doesn’t matter what the numbers say. When it’s your home in foreclosure, it doesn’t matter whether the rest of the economy has rebounded, it doesn’t matter whether the courts are clogged, and it doesn’t matter that others have “recovered.” The new numbers make it easy for the general public to believe that troubles are over for the housing industry. That would be naïve. Several other sets of numbers show a...

Korte & Wortman, P.A. – Foreclosure News – Government Opens Up New Fines for Faulty Foreclosures

Settlements for faulty foreclosures have been surrounding the United States news for a while, but they are far from over. Now, federal regulators are seeking eight different lenders who used sloppy, forged or inaccurate documents for foreclosures on homes in the United States as well. According to a report in The New York Times, a representative from the Federal Reserve has recommended more fines for several additional firms who were not previously part of the federal lawsuit earlier this year. This was prompted by homeowners, judges and even attorneys who filed complaints that the foreclosure issue has not stopped when it comes to shoddy paperwork and robo-signed documents. Some of the...

Florida Courts Shelve Foreclosure Mediation Program

Florida has just said goodbye to the mandatory foreclosure mediation program of its courts. According to the Miami Herald, a letter signed by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady confirmed that the program was terminated after its implementation for the past two to three years was reviewed and found unsuccessful. The program was established in 2009 in an effort to promote foreclosure settlements between banks and distressed homeowners. During its implementation, lenders that were involved in a foreclosure case were required by Florida courts to participate in a mediation process with the affected homeowner before they could be allowed to proceed with repossession. But the...

October Foreclosure Activity Highest in 7-Month Period

The rise in foreclosure activity first observed in August of this year continued on to the month of October, resulting in the highest recorded level of foreclosure activity for the past seven months. This was revealed last week by recent data from foreclosure listing firm Realty Trac. October activity rose in practically all foreclosure indicators. Default notices rose by 10% between September to October, totaling to 77,733. Incidences of foreclosure auctions also rose in the same month, as well as the number of homes repossessed by banks. The same old states previously listed in the list of ten states hardest hit by foreclosure found themselves still included in the list this October,...

Foreclosed Homes in Florida Neighborhoods: Abandoned Eyesores Left Behind

Walking by certain parts of a neighborhood in Tampa, Florida, you’d think the place was a ghost town.  At 5402 N. 52nd St, in Tampa’s Grant Park neighborhood, the grass has grown up to the top of the steel fence.  The leaning mailbox looks like a slight wind will blow it over, and there’s evidence that someone has been sleeping in the abandoned house. It’s the picture of a foreclosed property that used to be an investment home, and as recent as 2003, was in the middle of a flourishing community.  Ever since 2007, when the last tenant moved out, the home has been empty.  And when the lender never took it back after the bank filed for its foreclosure in 2009, it’s simply...

Lawmakers Propose to Take Courts Out of Florida Foreclosure Process

Florida homeowners should pay attention to some new developments that are taking place inside the hallways of Senate and Congress, particularly a proposal by some lawmakers to take foreclosures out of the courtroom. Florida Governor Rick Scott, along with House Speaker Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos are reportedly pushing for new legislation that will transform Florida into a non-judicial foreclosure state, thereby allowing banks to proceed with foreclosures without any approval or review by a court judge. Supporters of the proposed changes are saying that such changes will help get the housing market back on track by speeding up foreclosures. Florida is one among...

Foreclosures Rose During August in Hardest-Hit States

Compared to July, a significant increase the number of foreclosure filings was observed for the month of August in the country’s hardest-hit states. According to the foreclosure database of RealtyTrac, a total of 78,880 homeowners received mortgage default notices in August, up by about 33 percent from the previous month. This is the highest number of default notices in one month for the past nine months. Other important indicators are also pointing to a resurge in foreclosure in the next coming months. The total foreclosure filings, which include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions, also rose by 7%. Scheduled auctions also increased in Colorado, Georgia, Arizona...

New Foreclosure Legislation proposed for Florida

Florida lawmakers are expected to file and discuss a proposed legislative bill intended to streamline the state’s foreclosure process. According to news reports, Representative Kathleen Passidomo of Naples is already passing around the draft version of a bill among other lawmakers in the Sunshine State. The draft bill, tentatively entitled the Florida Fair Foreclosure Act, is expected to speed up Florida’s foreclosure process. Many, especially foreclosure defense attorneys, however, are concerned that it may effectively transform Florida into a non-judicial foreclosure state where banks will no longer have to go through the courts in order to foreclose on a distressed homeowner. The...

Foreclosures related to worsening health

Losing your home to foreclosure has always been considered to be an extremely stressful event but a recent research has just given us a clearer idea of its impact on the health of homeowners. The Wall Street Journal came out with a report today regarding the results of a research conducted by two economists that measured the health impact of the foreclosure crisis on the hardest-hit area of the country. Janet Currie of Princeton University and Erdal Tekin of Georgia State University have released new research results that show a direct correlation between higher foreclosure rates and higher health incidents in the states of Arizona, California, Florida and New Jersey. In a paper published...
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