Saturday, December 23, 2017

Latest Mortgage & New York Foreclosure News - 12-23-2017

The Federal Housing and Finance Agency Changing Credit Models To Expand Homeownership Opportunities
FHFA’s request for input is a step forward towards creating a marketplace where credit scoring models can be judged on their predictiveness, innovation and inclusivity instead of the status quo where the government has created a de-facto monopoly for FICO,” said Barrett Burns, VantageScore Solutions president and CEO. “Monopolies never benefit markets or consumers and they create the opportunity for pricing power unchecked by competition. Read More at HousingWire.

New Foreclosure in NYC Up 79% in 3rd Quarter 2017
The number of first-time foreclosures in NYC surged 79% year-over-year in Q3 2017 – 859 homes were scheduled, compared to 481 in Q3 2016. After a peak in foreclosure activity in Q2 2017, with 911 new foreclosures scheduled across all 5 boroughs, Q3 2017 brought a slight slowdown in the number of cases. This translates into a 6% decrease quarter-over-quarter, following a trend we’ve noticed when tracking foreclosure data as Q3 is usually slower than Q2. By property type, single- and two-family homes have seen the highest increases in Q3 2017. Read More at Property Shark

Monday, October 2, 2017

Latest Student Loan News - 10-2-2017

Half all Millennials would Give up Their Right to Vote to have Their Student Loans Forgiven
It's not news that millennials are in debt. 42.3 million Americans owe a total of $1.33 trillion in federal student loans, according to the U.S. Department of Education. 20-somethings pay on average $351 a month, reports the Federal Reserve. The median monthly payment for that age range is $203. Now a survey from Credible, conducted through Pollfish, offers insight into just what millennials would be willing to do to be free of those loans. The most popular answer the 500 respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 chose for what they would be desperate enough to sacrifice: suffrage.Half of them said they would give up the ability to vote in the next two presidential elections. Read more at CNBC

From - The Complete List of Student Loan Forgiveness Programs and Options

Have you ever wished your student loans would just go away? While there’s no way to snap your fingers and have your student loan debt magically disappear, there are ways to get it forgiven. There are various student loan forgiveness programs out there for people who work in public service, education, and other areas. Some states are even helping debt-saddled graduates pay off their loans. Whether you’re struggling with six-figure debt or looking for “free money” to pay off your student debt, student loan forgiveness could save the day.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Latest Student Loan News - 7-18-2017

As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away
Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing.
The troubled loans, which total at least $5 billion, are at the center of a protracted legal dispute between the student borrowers and a group of creditors who have aggressively pursued them in court after they fell behind on payments.
Judges have already dismissed dozens of lawsuits against former students, essentially wiping out their debt, because documents proving who owns the loans are missing. A review of court records by The New York Times shows that many other collection cases are deeply flawed, with incomplete ownership records and mass-produced documentation... Read More at NY Times
Your Student Loans Might Be Forgiven Thanks to Some Lost Paperwork
Ah, student loans. The first of many bad decisions you made in college. At the time, they seemed like a great idea. After all, how could you be expected to get a job in the modern world without a four-year degree in English literature? It's not like they're going to let you make money in this world if you don't have an informed opinion on Shakespeare's comedies! But now that years have passed and you've realized that you could probably have the exact same career that you have right now if you just started interning after college while picking up bartender shifts on the side, the $60,000 you owe is beginning to look a little ridiculous. Throw in all the recent news stories about Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration's plans for the Department of Education, and the picture begins to look a little terrifying. Well, have I got some potentially good news for you! According to a new report from The New York Times, a combination of lost paperwork and the shady way in which private student-loan debt is handled has conspired to potentially wipe away your loan debt... Read More at GQ

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Latest New York Foreclosure News - 5-9-2017

New York homeowners are in default mode — again. The city leads the nation in repeat foreclosure filings and the winner in all this is the residential mortgage servicing industry, which collects monthly payments and cashes in on fees for every homeowner’s misfortune. The number of repeat foreclosure filings in New York City far outstrips that of other major cities like Los Angeles, while New York state is No. 1 for repeat foreclosures, outpacing every other state and the US as a whole. In a report prepared exclusively for The Post, Attom Data Solutions found that in New York City last year, roughly 4,900 — or more than half of all new foreclosures filed — were repeats, up from just 5 percent in 2008. Read More at NY Post

QUIET TITLE NY - Mortgage Eliminated and Removed from Property Due to Acceleration of Mortgage Loan and Statute of Limitations. 

In a pair of decisions in which lenders lost the right to foreclose a New York Supreme Court judge and a New York Appellate Court each decided that the 6 year statute of limitations prevented the lender from collecting the mortgage loan. In Augustine Diji v. Deutsche Bank, a judge for the New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, wrote a decision eliminating the plaintiff, Diji's, mortgage. The judge ruled that Diji's mortgage loan was accelerated in 2007 and after 2 failed foreclosure cases Deutsche Bank's time ran out to file a foreclosure. Based upon Deutsche Bank's failure to file in time the mortgage was removed from the property. In a highly watched case, the Appellate Court in Beneficial Homeowner Service Corp. v. Tovar, ruled that the lender's foreclosure case must be dismissed because the statute of limitations had passed. The Appellate justices said that even if a homeowner is not served with foreclosure papers a lender's acceleration of a mortgage loan still remains valid.          

CoreLogic: Foreclosures sink to lowest level since 2007: Serious delinquency rate remains relatively high on East Coast
Serious delinquencies and foreclosures continue to drop, hitting near decade lows in February, according to the Loan Performance Insights Report from CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. Mortgages delinquent by 30 days or more, including those in foreclosures, made up 5% of the market share in February, a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from the year before, according to the report. “Serious delinquency and foreclosure rates continue to drift lower, and are at their lowest levels since the fourth quarter of 2007,” CoreLogic chief economist Frank Nothaft said. “Moreover, the past-due share dropped to 5%, the lowest since September 2007.” Read More at Housingwire.

Brooklyn court moves to dismiss thousands of foreclosure cases: Lawyers say homeowners will be negatively affected by the action
The court said it planned to dismiss all cases filed before Jan. 1, 2016 that have seen no court activity after Sept. 30, 2016. It quietly published a notice of the administrative dismissal in the New York Law Journal on Thursday, April 27, giving parties until Monday, May 1 to contact the court to keep their cases alive. Foreclosure defense lawyers say that while it might seem like a good thing for foreclosure cases to be dismissed, it would in fact be extremely negative for homeowners battling lenders. For one, all of the motions a homeowner had filed taking issue with the lenders' claims would be lost. In addition, many of the delays could be due to the lenders dragging their feet, lawyers say, but dismissing the case without fault to either side would allow the lenders to relaunch their case with a blank slate. Read more at DNAInfo.