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HAFA Could Help You Get You $10,000 and Avoid Foreclosure

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Monday, February 29, 2016

If you need help with your mortgage, there are government programs out there that may help you. But when it's all new to you, the programs can sound like an alphabet soup of acronyms that confuse and frustrate. For example, you may be able to use HARP or MHAs HAMP, but your RMA is likely to be denied if you DIY. All those letters leave me SMH (shaking my head), but before you LOL, get the 411 on one more.

HAFA, the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program, is meant to help borrowers who are not able to keep their home with a HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program) or other modification. Mortgage loan modifications are a great option for borrowers who have the income to afford their home with a reduced payment.

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Topics: HAMP, hamp loan modification, foreclosure, refinance, HAFA

What is a Request for Mortgage Assistance (RMA)?

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Friday, February 26, 2016

If you need help with your mortgage, you're not alone. Millions of Americans have experienced hardships caused by factors beyond their control that made their mortgage payment unaffordable.

If that's happened to you, there is assistance available that can help you keep your home and avoid foreclosure. But to get that assistance, you'll need to complete a Request for Mortgage Assistance.

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Topics: loan modification lawyer, loan modification, HAMP, hamp loan modification, loan modification help

Falling Oil Prices Means Rising Foreclosure In Some States

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Anyone who drives a car has noticed that gas prices are dramatically lower than they've been in years due to lower oil prices. While we're all happy that filling up our tanks is easier on the wallet, there is a down side: cheap oil can cause people who make a living in the oil industry to lose their jobs, and their homes to foreclosure.

When the price of oil plunges, companies in the oil business or businesses that service or support them, lay off some workers or pay them less. Those workers are more likely to be unable to afford their mortgages payments and fall into foreclosure. The oil business is employs a lot of people, so when it suffers, a lot of workers can suffer.

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Topics: loan modification lawyer, foreclosure, foreclosure grief

Why You Aren't Getting the Help You Need to Avoid Foreclosure

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Monday, February 22, 2016


Some problems in life are too tough to handle on your own. They're too complex and are outside of your areas of expertise. To address those problems you have to get help from someone who understands your issues from the inside out. Nowhere is that more true than for homeowners facing foreclosure.

But how do you even know what type of help you need, what options to pursue, and who to turn to? Many do it by trial and error...

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Topics: stop foreclosure, loan modification lawyer, loan modification denied, loan modification help

Goldman Sachs To Pay $5.1 Billion To Settle Mortgage Scandal Claims

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Friday, February 19, 2016

Goldman Sachs recently announced that it has reached an agreement in principle to pay $5.1 billion to settle an investigation by the government into its activities involving residential mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.

$1.8 billion of the money is supposed to go to providing consumer relief. Goldman's press release states:

"The consumer relief will be in the form of principal forgiveness for underwater homeowners and distressed borrowers; financing for construction, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable housing; and support for debt restructuring, foreclosure prevention and housing quality improvement programs, as well as land banks.”

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Topics: loan modification, HAMP, foreclosure

Should You Sue Your Mortgage Lender?

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

If you're like many homeowners fighting foreclosure, you may have wondered if you can sue your mortgage lender. After all, it's been proven that the banks have lied, forged documents, deceived people in desperate need of help, and broken countless laws. It's happened with loan origination, servicing, and in the foreclosure process. If you can't sue for that, then what in the world can you sue for?

Technically speaking, you can sue. You can pretty much sue anyone for anything. All you need is the money to pay the attorney's fees. The question is whether you should. Is it worth the considerable time, effort, and expense? Every situation is different, so the answer will have to be decided on a case-by-case basis, but there are some things everyone should look into before they decide to file a lawsuit against their mortgage lender.

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Topics: foreclosure grief

Force-Placed Insurance: What It Is And What You Need To Know

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

If you've never heard of force-placed insurance, consider yourself lucky. If everything goes perfectly with your home and mortgage, there's a lot you'll never hear much about, like default, deficiency judgment, request for modification assistance, or deed in lieu of foreclosure. But things don't always go perfectly, and a lot of things that used to be rare are more common now because of the housing market crash and recession.

What Is Force-Placed Insurance?

Force-placed insurance (also called creditor-placed or lender placed) is an insurance policy a lender or loan servicer places on a property when the owners' insurance is insufficient or nonexistent. The lender does this not to protect your investment, but theirs. Without insurance, a fire, flood, or accident could cause damage to or destroy the property, and it wouldn't be covered. A home is worth too much, and insurance is required, so the lender will get coverage if you don't.

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Topics: loan modification, force-placed insurance

Why Fed Interest Rate Hike Doesn't Matter To Your Mortgage

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Federal Reserve Bank announced plans to raise interest rates in December 2015, but that doesn't mean mortgage rates will be high any time soon.You've probably heard that the Federal Reserve Bank announced plans to raise interest rates in December 2015 for the first time in nearly a decade. But that doesn't mean mortgage interest rates will be high anytime in the near future. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

The two words that have most commonly, and most appropriately, been used to describe mortgage rates in recent years are historically low. How low is historically low? They're currently at about 4%. The lowest they've ever been is about 3%, and they couldn't realistically go much lower. So, yes, very low.

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Topics: loan modification, refinance, mortgage rates

“The Big Short” Explains Foreclosure Crisis With Humor

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The movie “The Big Short” was released over the holiday season to large audiences and critical acclaim. It tells the true story of some colorful traders and hedge fund managers who believed that the market in mortgage debt was set to collapse and of their quest to profit from it.

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Topics: foreclosure, mortgage, the big short

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