201203.16
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Stay the Short Sale Course if you can’t afford your mortgage payments

Under the pressure of yet another round of demands from Congress to ease the requirements for mortgage modifications and principal reduction modifications, the “GSEs” or quasi-governmental mortgage clearinghouses for mortgages – FNMA and FDMC (Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac) have rationalized their steadfast refusal to grant principal reduction modifications. http://www.dsnews.com/articles/fhfa-criticized-for-arguments-used-against-principal-reduction-2012-03-15. The rationale for disallowing 100%…

201203.07
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Where is the Cavalry?

How much help can Veterans and potential FHA refinancers expect from the latest program announced by President Obama at his recent (3-6-2012) press conference? For a good summary of the new program see an article in Bloomberg Business (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-unveils-housing-initiatives-for-military-fha-families/2012/03/06/gIQAjW1mvR_story.html) “the administration has struck an agreement with various banks and lenders to conduct a review of…

201203.05
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Keeping the Dogs at Bay

Many of you have emailed us to ask for more information on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). A copy of this consumer legislation can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf. You can also use your web browser and get a shorter summary. One of the main problems with defending yourself against collection agents trying to…

201202.17
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After you Fight the Good Fight and Finally Succumb to Foreclosure What is the Worst Case Scenario (WCS)?

After you Fight the Good Fight and Finally Succumb to Foreclosure What is the Worst Case Scenario (WCS)? Having suffered through financial hardship, failed modification attempts and/or attempts to short-sell your home and/or bankruptcy filings or attempts to get injunctive relief against illegal or fraudulent or legally deficient foreclosure auctions, what remains to be done…