Unemployment Causes More Foreclosures

January 27, 2011 by  
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High Levels of Unemployment Deepen the Foreclosure Crisis

The foreclosure crisis continues to get worse as a slow job market forces many homeowners into the worst financial situation of their lives.

In cities like Seattle, Houston and Chicago, who seemed to be dealing with the foreclosure bust quite well, are now having a more difficult time keeping up with their mortgage payments.  Many have already seen their homes repossessed by lenders.

All told, foreclosure activity jumped in 149 of the country’s 206 largest metropolitan areas last year, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

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Unemployment has been the main cause of foreclosures, rather than the time-bomb mortgages resetting to higher payments.

Just to show you a quick example of what I am talking about:

The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area in Texas saw its foreclosure rate jump 26 percent from 2009, the largest increase among the top 20 biggest metro areas, the firm said.

Still, foreclosure activity in many of the metro areas in these states actually declined last year.

Three California metro areas posted among the biggest annual drops in foreclosure activity: Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, down 20 percent; San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, down 17 percent; and, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, down 16 percent.

A large reason for the reasonable decline is that lenders took steps to delay foreclosure actions in these states as they sought to manage the flow of troubled properties coming onto their books. In the closing months of last year, several lenders went further, temporarily halting foreclosure activity to deal with allegations of improper evictions.

Currently many of the banks have resumed their foreclosure activity, and have begun taking action once again.  The pace of foreclosures is expected to pick up this year and most definitely outpace the rate of foreclosures from 2010.

We will most likely see the values of homes plummet even more so this next year.  More borrowers will be in negative equity this year, forcing more foreclosures.

About 2.4 million U.S. homeowners have only 5 percent or less equity in their homes, according to data from CoreLogic.

Lenders took back 1 million properties in 2010, and no metro area saw more homes repossessed by lenders than Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale in Arizona.

Some 55,372 properties were taken back by lenders there last year, up 17 percent from the year before.

The Chicago metro area was second, followed by the Detroit-Warren-Livonia metro area in Michigan. Its home repossessions rose 19 percent.

1 Million Homes Reposessed

January 17, 2011 by  
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1 Million Homes Reposessed in 2010

The number of foreclosures that we saw in 2010 was astronomical.  There were over 1 million people who lost their home! Realtytrac reported close to 2.9 million foreclosure notices.


Nevada has led the pact with foreclosures for the fourth year in a row.  One in every 11 homes received a foreclosure filing.

Overall, 2010 was a rough one for the mortgage industry. The big news was the robo-signing scandal, which erupted in the fall amid allegations that banks were foreclosing on homes without having read the documentation.

In the first quarter of 2010, eyes were still focused on Obama’s HAMP program, while many analysts were still optimistic about saving their homes.  But as time progressed it was quite obvious that the HAMP program was losing the fight against foreclosures.

Then the next shoe to drop came in June, with a report from Fitch Ratings that showed HAMP modifications re-defaulting at a high clip. The company forecast that three-quarters of all HAMP mods would ultimately fail.

The next few years are looking to be very difficult on the economy and the housing industry.   Some industry analysts, such as Laurie Goodman, head of Amherst Securities mortgage group, say that as many as 11 million mortgage borrowers are in potential danger of default.

However, Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac’s spokesman, predicted 4 million to 5 million and scoffed at quantifying the magnitude of the potential disaster, comparing it to “taking inventory of deck chairs on the Titanic.”

Only time will tell, but if you have any questions regarding your home and the position you are currently in, feel free to call us at 888-877-0078.

Innocent Bystanders

November 30, 2010 by  
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Innocent Bystanders

Monday November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST by Joshua Anderson, Lexington Realty Correspondent

Los Angeles—We have all heard the stories, a once vibrant neighborhood goes to the dumps because every other house on the block is either bank owned or currently in foreclosure. Everyone looks around and points fingers and asks who’s to blame?  Well from the top we of course by default blame Wall Street, the banks and the government. But by taking a more in depth look at the whole scenario, we realize there were a chain of events that eventually lead us to where we are today, and the unfortunate outcome, are those who suffered because of someone else’s mistakes.

Take 60 year old Sherrilynn Palladino, a ten year homeowner in the California community of Grover beach.  A responsible borrower who never missed a payment, Palladino could only stand by and watch as the price of her home plummeted until it was too underwater to do anything about it. This scenario had been played out over a million times in thousands of communities across the nation. It’s almost like a domino effect, one block falls, and sets off a chain reaction. Palladino had dreams of selling her home and cashing out. A home with good equity would have made for a secure retirement, but instead, the values declined. Between all of the underwater mortgages and rising rates, foreclosures were inevitable. In the case of Palladino though, she never missed a payment, even after being laid off from her job as an administrative assistant. Unlike her situation, most families could not afford to salvage the basic necessities just to keep up with the mortgage payment. This is where the real trouble began. Almost everyone who had an adjustable rate mortgage was bound to default at some point or another, and just as it was predicted, they did. On top of the defaulted loan, many homeowners lost there jobs, thus creating an even deeper financial burden.

Now that we are somewhat nearing the tail end of this foreclosure mess, we need to have a better understanding of what got us here in the first place. Prices will still drop for the next couple of years and lenders are stepping up there foreclosure efforts. So before the smoke dissipates there will be even more collateral damage. Sherrilynn Palladino was just one case, but there are thousands more just like her. One of the best things you can do in a situation like this short sale. The process allows you to alleviate the negative debt and does minimal damage to your credit, pending your not severely in default. Upon completing the short sale you may be entitled to up to $3,500 from the Obama driven HAFA program. The benefits are endless; however the most significant is avoiding foreclosure. After just 18 months the homeowner can be eligible to take out a new home loan and take advantage while prices and interest rates are still historically low.

Being a victim of this housing crisis doesn’t mean you need to be a casualty, in many cases it takes risk and a small amount damage to rectify the situation, but in the end it may be worth it.

The Invisible Recession

November 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Short Sale/Loan Modification Blog

The Invisible Recession

“An in depth look into what really happened after the economic collapse”

Joshua Anderson. Lexington Realty Correspondent.

We have all seen the apparent signs of the big recession. First there was the mortgage crisis, the failed banks, the Wall Street scandals and of course the unemployment rate. All of this began when the housing market began to collapse and continued on a downward spiral. The more homes that were foreclosed, the less equity became available. Small businesses began to take a dive and within a matter of months the entire financial infrastructure of the United States was faltering at a record rate. As the smoke began to clear, massive layoffs ensued and corporate giants began to buckle.

One of the highlights in this crisis was the big Wall Street bailout. Stronger banks acquired the weaker banks and we all believed that we, the American people, were somehow going to benefit from this. The outcome, we didn’t, not at all in fact. The only noticeable signs we saw of this bailout was that Wamu’s became Chase and Merrill Lynch became Bank of America. Aside form the obvious acquisitions in the news; we were left waiting for a savior. Homeowners who were delinquent were expecting modifications that never came to fruition, and the unemployed waiting to be hired again. In the midst of this fiasco, several large banks were compensating there executives with skyrocketing incomes & bonuses.

While the rest of the economy was struggling to keep up, Bank of America CEO Thomas Montag received a total compensation of $29,930.431. This was considered only slightly larger that that of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf who made just over $21,000,000.  These numbers are astronomical and completely unfair to the American people who are barely able to stay in their homes. The most terrifying factor is that for those who are facing foreclosure thought they had a fighting chance. However, the Obama administration made it clear that stepping up foreclosures is the only way to stabilize the doomed housing market.

At this point in time, there are not many options available to those who are struggling. There is however some long term tips to keep in mind. Continuing education may be the best way to secure a great career and of course smart savings and investments. There may be a recession but as you can see there is a dramatic difference between those who are feeling the effects, and those who aren’t.

Foreclosures Crippling the Economic Recovery

October 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Short Sale/Loan Modification Blog

Home prices & sales are up but foreclosures are still crippling the economic recovery.

By Joshua C Anderson, Lexington Realty correspondent. October 26, 2010

Los Angeles-It’s been more than a few weeks since the major lenders have enacted the foreclosure moratorium. “We are looking intensively at the firms’ policies, procedures, and internal controls related to foreclosures and seeking to determine whether systematic weaknesses are leading to improper foreclosures,” said Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke. Many homeowners are still clinging on to the idea that they will not be foreclosed as a result of this investigation. The reality of the situation is that only ten percent of at risk homeowners will get out the situation there in.


Several key factors that are adding to the demise of the housing market include the fact that the housing recession is nowhere near over. Most of the nation’s communities have not yet bottomed out and optimistic speculation is merely opinion driven. Once the market does officially bottom out, prices will not rebound automatically. It will take quite some time for the rest of the economy to get up to speed, and even then it will be a long recovery. Another common misconception is that the worst is in the past. Rick Sharga from Realty Trac, an online foreclosure company, says he does not envision foreclosure activity stabilizing until late 2011. There are still those who will continue to believe that there loans will be modified, even though several reports from the top news and government agencies confirmed that it was a huge failure.  One of the realistic solutions in this market is to mitigate as much as loss as possible. Many of the homeowners who are facing foreclosure do have an opportunity to salvage what’s left of there credit and financial future by attempting a short sale.

Knowing that are very few positive solutions to this crises, it would behoove homeowners to seek out reputable companies, attorneys and accountants. By doing adequate research, the average homeowner can avoid fraud and even foreclosure. According to the California department of real estate, companies that are conducting modifications, loans, short sale and forensic loan audits, arte required to be registered and certified with the department. It is up to the homeowner to seek out this information and make the right decision based on there situation.

Bank of America Resumes Foreclosures

October 19, 2010 by  
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Bank of America Resumes Foreclosures

On Monday, Bank of America stated that, after having reviewed 102,000 foreclosures in 23 states where courts must sign off on proceedings, they are now resuming the process on said cases.

B of A stated that the first of the new affidavits are scheduled to be submitted by October 25, 2010, and will continue reviewing in 27 other states soon after. According to a B of A spokeswoman, no errors were found during their review, and less than 30,000 foreclosure sales across all 50 states will be delayed as result of the investigation. The announcement came one day before the banks third quarter earnings report, the news sending B of A’s shares up 36 cents to $12.34 or 3.01%. B of A stated that the review process, “has been an important step to give customers confidence they are being treated fairly.”State Attorneys General have stepped up pressure on banks recently after it was revealed that some bank employees had signed foreclosure affidavits without verifying that the documents were accurate, also known as “Robo-signing”.


October 1st was the initial launch of review for B of A, and October 18th is said to be the day the bank will expand its document probe to all 50 states. The bank says that their initial assessments in the remaining 27 states show that the basis for their foreclosure decisions were indeed accurate.

So far at least five other major mortgage servicers have announced their own document review process. 1.8 million Loans are in foreclosure in the 23 judicial states, while 1.3 million are pending in other parts of the country, according to a Morgan Stanley analyst report.

Foreclosure Freeze Loosens Up

October 19, 2010 by  
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Foreclosure Freeze Loosens

The foreclosure freeze that has been threatening to paralyze the housing market recently may be coming to an end. Two of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders Bank of America and GMAC Mortgage announced on Monday, plans to resume foreclosure cases, despite concerns about document processing.

B of A will resume processes for claiming 102,000 homes along with GMAC who did not specify how many homes they will be claiming. Renewed foreclosure efforts are a part of the movement to demonstrate that regardless of some procedural issues, the majority of foreclosure and evictions are in fact legitimate, and that the banks have the paperwork to prove it.


February 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog, Lender

A lender is a private or public entity which loans money to borrowers.

Deficiency Judgement

February 11, 2010 by  
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A deficiency judgment is a judgment is when a lien is held against a borrowers.  This happens when the foreclosure sale does not produce enough money for the mortgage to be paid in full.  Generally, the lender may come after you for this deficiency depending on whether or not this is a non-recourse loan.

Loan Modification


Loan Modification is a process whereby a homeowner’s mortgage is modified and both lender and homeowner are bound by the new terms. The most common modifications are lowering the interest rate, reducing the principal balance, ‘fixing’ adjustable interest rates, increasing the loan term, forgiveness of payment defaults & fees, or any combination of these.

  • HousingAssist.com will assess  your ability to pay your mortgage through the analysis of wage statements, investment accounts, bank accounts and tax returns, among other data.
  • Then we will make a detailed proposal to your lending institutions for restructuring of mortgage terms in a fashion that will enhance the likelihood of repayment.
  • HousingAssist.com will negotiate on your behalf.
  • We have built strong relationships with all lenders.
  • We are also hired by these lenders to help salvage troubled loans.
  • Mortgage Companies have an interest in offering concessions to troubled borrowers because of the extremely high cost of foreclosures.
  • Lenders do not want to take possession of illiquid real estate, especially in falling markets.

The loan modification plan focuses on people who are behind in their payments or are at risk of default.
Federal officials clarified the definition of “at risk” as those: suffering serious hardships, declines in income or increase in expenses; facing an interest rate hike; having high mortgage debt compared to income; owing more than their house is worth, or demonstrating other reasons for being close to default.
To participate in the loan modification plan, borrowers must:

  • have obtained their mortgage before Jan. 1, 2009;
  • have a primary mortgage of less than $729,500;
  • live in the property;
  • fully document their income by providing tax returns and pay stubs;
  • sign a statement of financial hardship;
  • go for counseling if their total household debt – including auto loans, credit cards and alimony – totals more than 55% of their income.

The modification program will be in effect until the end of 2012, but loans can only be adjusted once.

Call HousingAssist.com Today @ 888-877-0078 for a FREE analysis of your situation.

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