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The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy -The new rolling statute of limitations

A recent ruling by the 5th District Court of Appeal has thrown into question longstanding case law that established a five-year statute of limitations on foreclosures, leaving many people wondering if the new ruling could apply to them. In short, the answer is maybe. The ruling pertains to foreclosures with a very specific set of circumstances. But given the number of foreclosures in which a lender files, and then dismisses a case because of faulty or incomplete paperwork, many are likely to have similar situations. Courts previously have relied on case law establishing the five-year statute of limitations, and in 2012, a ruling out of the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami, the...

Palm Beach County Bankruptcies Rise – but penalties are easing

They thought it was bad a year ago when there were 323 bankruptcies filed in Palm Beach County. The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that in September, 2013, the number is up 8.4 percent from a year ago to 350 cases. This is despite the unemployment rate dropping and foreclosure rates dropping. Chalk it up to one more sign of the selective recovery and a job market that still leaves employees struggling to pay their bills. Recent news from the Federal Housing Administration may lead more people to consider bankruptcy as an option out of a difficult financial situation. The new minimum guidelines for obtaining a FHA loan make allowances for economic events beyond the borrower’s control –...

A win – but potentially a big loss for homeowners

A recent decision out of the 2nd District Court of Appeals shows that courts in Florida still are more concerned with expediency than the rule of law. The foreclosure case of Deborah Focht v. Wells Fargo resulted in the appeals court reversing Focht’s foreclosure in late September. As in countless foreclosures throughout the nation, this case was overturned on the issue of whether the bank had the right to foreclose – whether it had standing. And as in countless other foreclosures, the bank did not produce the promissory note that establishes standing until months after it had filed foreclosure. While the trial court ignored the defense, the appeals court reversed the case....

Foreclosure filings slow down as fast-track law takes effect

Blame the requirement that lenders actually have proof of ownership! A report in Thursday’s Palm Beach Post says Florida’s new controversial fast-track foreclosure law actually is putting the brakes on foreclosure filings. This, according to The Post, is because the law that went into effect July 1 requires that lenders have paperwork in order – including proof of ownership. That doesn’t mean anything is slowing down in South Florida’s foreclosure courts. Chief Judges are doing what the fast-track law apparently isn’t. They’re setting for trial numerous old cases that neither lenders nor borrowers have pushed. Expediency has been the goal. Common sense would indicate that...

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...

Pushing the clog through the drain

The Florida House of Representatives approved the fast-track foreclosure bill this week, bringing it only a vote in the Senate away from reality. Stay tuned. The 2013 Legislative Session ends this week. The bill is expected to make it easier for banks to use “show cause” orders on non-homesteaded properties. In those cases, homeowners would have to prove why the judge shouldn’t enter an immediate foreclosure judgment if the bank’s paperwork is properly documented. But “properly documented” paperwork doesn’t prove that paperwork isn’t fraudulent, and the greatest harm is the removal for an owner to be able to examine and challenge the authenticity of that paperwork. The...

Korte & Wortman, P.A. – Foreclosure News – Foreclosures on Florida Mansions Taking Longer?

One of the more common foreclosures in the Florida area are mansions, but latest information shows that even the more well-to-do still have an edge over average middle class when it comes to those foreclosures. In fact, according to recent findings by a post in The Ledger, foreclosures on mansions in Florida take eight more months on average. Data created from a survey by Lender Processing Services showed that foreclosures on homes worth over $1 million have the homeowners living there rent-free for an average of 1,029 days. What do foreclosures on homes less than $250,000 get? About 248 days on average. So how come foreclosures are taking longer are higher valued homes? It has nothing to...

Corporate Whistle Blower Center to expand initiatives concerning mortgage servicing industry

The Corporate Whistle Blower Center or CWBC, a well-known consumer advocacy group in the country, has announced plans to expand its initiatives against irregularities and wrongdoings in the mortgage servicing industry. In a press release that was recently released by the group, the CWBC urged bank and mortgage servicing executives and other high-level employees with substantial proof of securities fraud to consider becoming a whistle blower and exposing such activities for the benefit of the larger community of homeowners. According to the press release, whistle blowers with significant and new information against fraudulent practices undertaken by banks and mortgage service providers...

Florida’s foreclosure courts threatened by dwindling funds

Decreased funding for Florida’s courts threaten to further delay and impede the foreclosure process in the next coming months and years. These delays could spell trouble for homeowners hoping to move on from their foreclosure and mortgage problems as soon as possible. According to this report, state funding for Florida’s courts have been fluctuating for the past five fiscal years. From $477.9 million in the fiscal year 2007-2008, annual state allocations for the courts plummeted to $433.2 million in the next fiscal year of 2008-2009, then slowly rose in the succeeding fiscal years. For this fiscal year, state funding for Florida’s courts stands at $458.1million. The courts have also...

Foreclosure scammer faces 25 years in Prison

A man convicted of scamming California homeowners through a foreclosure-rescue scheme was sentenced last week to spend twenty-five (25) years in prison. Jeff McGrue, 51, was convicted for defrauding about 250 California homeowners through a bogus company called Gateway International. The foreclosure scam sought out homeowners who were at risk of foreclosure or were facing difficulties with their mortgage, and recruited these homeowners into his “Gateway Program”. Victims were told that by enrolling in the Gateway Program, they could prevent banks from foreclosing on their mortgaged homes. A series of lies were told by McGrue to the homeowners in order to entice them into joining his...
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