Posts tagged "foreclosure"

Ad Firm Wants to Pay Your Mortgage For Ad Space

Ad Firm Wants to Pay Your Mortgage For Ad Space
Would you make your home a billboard? What if doing so allowed you to stay in your home a bit longer and avoid foreclosure? These are the questions some homeowners are asking themselves in light of the program launched by marketing firm Brainiacs From Mars, based in northern California. The company will offer to pay... Read more »

Madigan Joins National Mortgage Fraud Unit

Madigan Joins National Mortgage Fraud Unit
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Jan. 27 formally joined a national team tasked with holding lenders more accountable for acts that led to the country’s housing crisis. The group, President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, will closely investigate questionable lender acts. She joins U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Housing and Urban Development Secretary... Read more »

Under Water, Without a Paddle

Under Water, Without a Paddle
The  Chicago Tribune yesterday reported that data through June of this year shows that about 1 in every 4 Chicago homeowners is under water on a mortgage, or owes more on their loan than the value of the property. It’s consistent with first-quarter figures, but it’s still a remarkable ratio to see in print. The... Read more »
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Get Foreclosed, Get Paid?

Get Foreclosed, Get Paid?
Today’s typical foreclosure results in the property being sold at a sheriff’s sale for less — often, much less — than what the bank was owed on the previous mortgage. But that isn’t always the case. Although it’s rare, sometimes the sheriff’s sale fetches a sale price higher than the note, which results in a... Read more »

Foreclosed Properties Offer Incentives

Foreclosed Properties Offer Incentives
As the summer heats up, so too does competition for homes. Multiple offers on a property — a rarity in recent years — is more frequent today as the spring wave of home buyers starts to join up with the swarms of buyers getting antsy (Chicago Public School families, for example, looking to land a... Read more »

Foreclosure Audit Highlights Potential Bank Deception

The Huffington Post yesterday revealed information from a federal audit of five major banks. The data revealed to HuffPo sources shed more light on the problems related to America’s foreclosure logjam. Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Ally Financial and Wells Fargo engaged in misleading and potentially fraudulent behavior in its foreclosure proceedings, according... Read more »
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Bad Signatures the Least Concerning Foreclosure Trend

Over the last two weeks, the entire foreclosure industry has been turned upside down. Bank of America’s recent decision to put a halt to all of its foreclosure proceedings in the United States last week was the biggest shoe to drop, after weeks of other banks looking into their own potentially flawed foreclosure processes.  These... Read more »

Loan Modifications in the News

Today’s Chicago Tribune sheds some light on the much-criticized loan modification industry in Chicago and nationwide. It’s a piercing look at the predatory nature of the business, particularly the legal community’s involvement.  For those who haven’t read the piece, it discusses the role of attorneys in the loan modification process, and how often times it... Read more »

Returning Soldiers Get Foreclosure Reprieve

The Illinois General Assembly this week gave returning military personnel some extra time in the foreclosure process with the passing of Public Act 096-0901. The legislation gives military personnel returning from overseas a 90-day stay during foreclosure proceedings. The law covers anyone who is considered on active military duty within 12 months of the foreclosure filing. This... Read more »
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