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Deficiency Cases by Dyck O'Neal

Our law firm represents clients who are being sued by Dyck-O'Neal for deficiency claims. Dyck-O'Neal has recently increased their collection efforts to pursue former property owners for ...
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Renewal of The Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Relief Act

We are finally able to report some good news about the renewal of the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Relief Act. The Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Relief Act provided tax relief for homeowners who had mortgage ...
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The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon):  Florida Foreclosure and Strategic Mortgage Default

Do you owe more on your Bank of New York Mellon mortgage loan than your property is worth? Do you wish you could just walk away? You can! The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) is one of the largest ...
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LEGAL ALERT:  Scam Targets Florida Homeowners Urging Lawsuits Against Lenders

A new scam is targeting homeowners across the country. Homeowners are contacted by mail or telephone by someone claiming to be a lawyer or representative of a law firm. These scam artists illegally ...
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Fannie Mae (FNMA): Foreclosure, Strategic Mortgage Default and Deficiency Judgments

Many Florida homeowners have mortgages that are owned by Fannie Mae, but they make their mortgage payments to a loan servicer like Green Tree or Ocwen. Hundreds of thousands of these property owners ...
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Mortgage Servicers Ordered to Refund $125 Million

Ocwen Financial, one of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers, was ordered to refund $125 million to borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure. Federal and state authorities accused Ocwen ...
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In Establishing A "Lost Note" What Does a Lender Need To Prove?

During the housing bubble which peaked in 2004 to late 2005, promissory notes were often sold or transferred from one lender to another. The promissory note is the legal instrument that can prove a ...
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Are You Sure You Want A Short Sale?

Short sales may seem like a great alternative to foreclosure and a much healthier hit on your credit score than a foreclosure but is that really true? Do short sales really work out or do banks make ...
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Foreclosure Remains A Crisis Situation For Florida Homeowners

During the months of November and December 2013, housing prices declined 0.1 percent in both Sarasota and Manatee counties. This statistic reinforces the prior forecast that the region’s housing ...
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What Does The Expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act Mean for Florida Homeowners?

Congress has started off the new year by making things tougher for struggling homeowners. A federal law called the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act (“the Act”) that was initially ...
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9.3 Million U.S. Homeowners Still Have Underwater Mortgages

While real estate prices, sales trends and the total number of homes going into foreclosure do seem to be improving, don’t be so quick to jump to the conclusion that real estate troubles are ...
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Should A Short Sale Be Your First Option?

Are you struggling to make your mortgage payments on time? Is your mortgage more than the value of your home? Does this leave you feeling stuck with no option to sell or refinance your home? Are you ...
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Skyrocketing Flood Insurance Premiums Cause Many Florida Homeowners to Walk away from Their Homes

Florida homeowners are facing a new real estate crisis in 2014 caused by skyrocketing flood insurance premiums. In 2014, many Florida homeowners who are required to carry flood insurance will see ...
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Where Does Florida Fall On The Foreclosure Scale?

The housing market does seem to be looking up in some regions across the nation, however foreclosures reached a three-year high as 2013 came to a close. RealtyTrac, a real-estate data firm, reported ...
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Home Foreclosure Rates Worse Than Great Depression

Home Foreclosure Rates Worse Than Great Depression Americans are suffering from foreclosures of their homes at a rate worse than during the Great Depression. Although it is difficult to obtain precise ...
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Foreclosure Stats: Mortgages originated before 2009 account for 86% of delinquencies

Foreclosure Stats: Mortgages originated before 2009 account for 86% of delinquencies Mortgages that were handed out by banks and mortgage lenders during the "real estate boom" during the ...
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Success Story: Suntrust Foreclosure and Strategic Default in Sarasota

Success Story: Suntrust Foreclosure and Strategic Default in Sarasota Timothy A. first called me for a consultation in 2009. He had stopped making the mortgage payments on his property located in ...
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Should You Keep Making the Payments on your Mortgage Modification?

Should You Keep Making the Payments on your Mortgage Modification ? If you are making payments to the bank under the terms of a mortgage modification, when does it make sense to stop paying and ...
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Florida Supreme Court authorizes judges to appoint foreclosure magistrates

Florida Supreme Court authorizes judges to appoint foreclosure magistrates Some lawyers who represent homeowners are criticizing an order by the Florida Supreme Court that authorizes chief judges to ...
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Watch out for Foreclosure Rescue Scams!

Watch out for Foreclosure Rescue Scams! Florida homeowners must be very careful when dealing with anyone who is not a licensed Florida attorney who promises to assist with a foreclosure or strategic ...
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Bank of America Foreclosures: #1 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners

Bank of America Foreclosures: #1 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners In this blog series, I provide a look at the ten banks that are responsible for the most foreclosure ...
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Wells Fargo Foreclosures: #2 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners

Wells Fargo Foreclosures: #2 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners In this blog series, I provide a look at the ten banks that are responsible for the most foreclosure cases ...
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J.P. Morgan Chase Foreclosures: #3 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners

J.P. Morgan Chase Foreclosures: #3 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners In this blog series, I provide a look at the ten banks that are responsible for the most foreclosure ...
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U.S. Bank Foreclosures: #4 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners

U.S. Bank Foreclosures: #4 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners In this blog series, I provide a look at the ten banks that are responsible for the most foreclosure cases ...
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Deutsche Bank Foreclosures: #5 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners

Deutsche Bank Foreclosures: #5 on our Report on the 10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homeowners In this blog series, I provide a look at the ten banks that are responsible for the most foreclosure ...
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