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When it Comes to Real Estate, Congress Can’t Find Their Way Out of the Bag

Blog posts   •   Dec 16, 2014 10:43 EST

So here we have it: Congress is passing a law that is retroactive that provides no guidance whatsoever to the future conduct of an individual.

The economy is up, foreclosures are down but re-foreclosures are also up

The economy is up, foreclosures are down but re-foreclosures are also up

Blog posts   •   Jun 11, 2014 20:22 EDT

As the Florida real estate and general economy are improving, with average sales prices increasing, the number of foreclosures dropping and unemployment also increasing a funny thing happened as we continue through this recovery: re-foreclosures are up. Re-foreclosures you ask? That’s right.

4 Biggest Takeaways in Foreclosure Law

4 Biggest Takeaways in Foreclosure Law

Blog posts   •   Oct 18, 2013 03:00 EDT

Roy Oppenheim, keynote speaker at “A View from the Bench" conference with the Daily Business Review (DBR), was able to interact with judges, attorneys and homeowners regarding the state of foreclosure law.To lay out the most important things to remember (feel free to quote, tweet or share)here are the 4 Biggest Takeaways From “A View of the Bench” Regarding Foreclosure Law Matters.

The New Glacial Pace of Foreclosure Law

The New Glacial Pace of Foreclosure Law

Blog posts   •   Aug 23, 2013 22:46 EDT

Banks fear courts’ ruling on negotiability of promissory notes

Banks fear courts’ ruling on negotiability of promissory notes

Blog posts   •   May 30, 2013 08:46 EDT

The banking industry has been asking courts to declare Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac promissory notes negotiable instruments. If they can't convince the courts to do so, then it will be a lot more difficult for them to foreclose on homes.

As the space race slows, the race to break up America’s biggest banks gains speed

As the space race slows, the race to break up America’s biggest banks gains speed

Blog posts   •   May 17, 2013 18:15 EDT

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's rendition of David Bowie's Ground Control to Major Tom from the International Space Station has gained the space program a whole new group of fans. What does his adventurous spirit have to do with the financial sector? Read on.

"Banks force-placed insurance practices under microscope"

"Banks force-placed insurance practices under microscope"

Blog posts   •   Mar 31, 2013 09:45 EDT

More "too big to fail, too big to jail" with force placed insurance. It is a bank insurance product that essentially force homeowners to purchase if they either allow their own policy to lapse – often the result of financial difficulties – or if the lender determines the what the homeowner has is insufficient. Last week, Assurant Inc. received $14 million slap on the wrist....

Florida Foreclosure legislation invites bank fraud

Florida Foreclosure legislation invites bank fraud

Blog posts   •   Mar 25, 2013 05:50 EDT

Florida proposed legislation - HB 87 and SB 1666 - which backers claim will clear the backlog of foreclosure cases in Florida instead invites bank fraud and creates more problems by putting speed ahead of justice.

Is The Housing Market Actually Rebounding? The Shadow (Inventory) Knows!

Is The Housing Market Actually Rebounding? The Shadow (Inventory) Knows!

Blog posts   •   Aug 27, 2012 11:14 EDT

Is the shadow inventory truly something to fear? Real estate attorney Roy Oppenheim says banks are in no rush to eliminate it, but things are improving.

The American Dream — Alive and Well

The American Dream — Alive and Well

Blog posts   •   Jun 07, 2012 18:45 EDT

We can restore the American dream and fix the US housing crisis, believe it or not, by looking outside our borders.

Era Of The Short Sale Has Arrived. Hallelujah!

Era Of The Short Sale Has Arrived. Hallelujah!

Blog posts   •   Apr 17, 2012 18:15 EDT

Short sales have are no longer a pie-in-the-sky dream for distressed underwater borrowers, and numbers from Lender Processing Services prove it.

Saturday Round-Up; Mortgage Debt Relief Extended?; NY Foreclosure Dismissed; Foreclosure Crisis in A Quilt

Saturday Round-Up; Mortgage Debt Relief Extended?; NY Foreclosure Dismissed; Foreclosure Crisis in A Quilt

Blog posts   •   Mar 31, 2012 13:15 EDT

The Mortgage Relief Debt Act could be extended, and the foreclosure crisis told through a quilt in this week's roundup.

From Project X to Project Rent: Bank Of America To Test Lease Program

From Project X to Project Rent: Bank Of America To Test Lease Program

Blog posts   •   Mar 23, 2012 17:59 EDT

I think we have Project X to thank for a new program Bank of America is now testing to keep borrowers in their homes by turning them into renters.

Friday Round-Up — Bank Of America Makes Deal; Return of Rocket Docket?; Foreclosed Military To Receive Pay Day

Friday Round-Up — Bank Of America Makes Deal; Return of Rocket Docket?; Foreclosed Military To Receive Pay Day

Blog posts   •   Mar 09, 2012 16:40 EST

Bank of America borrowers and active military could see windfalls because of the mortgage settlement, while we could be seeing the return of Florida's rocket docket.

Want To Buy a Home On Short Sale? What You Need to Know

Want To Buy a Home On Short Sale? What You Need to Know

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2012 16:17 EST

Short sales are great for sellers, but what if you're buying a home. If you're going to purchase a home on short sale, there are things you need to know.

Friday Round-Up; Still No Settlement; Schneiderman Looks at REMICs, Judge Loses Cancer Battle

Friday Round-Up; Still No Settlement; Schneiderman Looks at REMICs, Judge Loses Cancer Battle

Blog posts   •   Mar 02, 2012 17:43 EST

We're no closer to seeing the final mortgage settlement, plus we hear Eric Schneiderman could focus on REMICs, and we say goodbye to a great judge.

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Thinking of Doing a Short Sale? Better Act Fast!

Blog posts   •   Mar 01, 2012 16:43 EST

If the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act is not renewed, you could be hit with a massive tax bill if you do a short sale on your home.

Politicians and Banks At It Again! Bring It On!

Politicians and Banks At It Again! Bring It On!

Blog posts   •   Feb 28, 2012 20:58 EST

The Florida Fair Foreclosure Act is one step closer to law, and I couldn't be happier.

Florida Fair Foreclosure Act? Fair to Whom?

Florida Fair Foreclosure Act? Fair to Whom?

Blog posts   •   Feb 24, 2012 16:19 EST

The Florida Fair Foreclosure Act may be targeting abandoned homes, but it doesn't do nearly enough to protect good homeowners.

Settlement Or No Settlement; Homeowners You Must Stand Your Ground!

Settlement Or No Settlement; Homeowners You Must Stand Your Ground!

Blog posts   •   Feb 21, 2012 16:46 EST

With the mortgage settlement done and foreclosures back on the rise in 2012, it is more important than ever that homeowners stand up to the banks.

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