Foreclosure Law Firm Holds Homeless-Themed Halloween Party — Complete with Employees Dressing Up as “Squatters”

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One law firm has taken the plight of foreclosed-on homeowners to new lows. According to photos allegedly leaked by an employee of the firm, the Buffalo, New York-based law firm of Steven J. Baum held a homeless-themed Halloween party last year.

And, there’s nothing funny about them.

Photos show employees dressed up as foreclosed-on squatters holding signs that say things like, “I lost my home and I was never served,  and “Will work for food.”

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If indeed true, this firm has given the legal profession yet another black eye and reason for many to say, “Lawyers are scum!”

One commentor summed up most of the sentiments beautifully, writing:

“Proof some people are born without souls.”

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Construction Management Company Seeks Field Contractors (Illinois Area Close to St. Louis, MO):  Scope of Duties: Lawn care, light janitorial duties, bid approval, rekeying/changing locks, trash and debris removal, etc. Two, 15-day pay periods per month (invoices on the 1st and the 15th).  Most contractors earn $200-$300 per day. Must have own tools and materials. Get full details on this property preservation job.

Real Estate Services Company Seeks Field Contractors (Ft Myers, FL):  Company works with bank-owned (ie, REO/foreclosed) properties. Scope of Duties: Perform residential property inspections consisting of weekly, emergency, repair and occupancy inspections. Paid per assignment; earnings — $400 to $600/week depending on available assignments. Must be insured (or be willing to get insurance). Get full details on this property preservation job.

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Construction Management Company Seeks Field Contractors (Frederick, MD and surrounding areas):  Scope of Duties: Winterizations, lawn maintenance, property inspections, etc. Get full details on this property preservation job.

Construction Management Company Seeks Field Contractors (Western MD):  Scope of Duties: Trash-outs, winterization, inspections, lawn maintenance, roof repair, boarding up of windows, securing properties, etc.  Must be licensed and insured. Get full details on this property preservation job.

City Bid Request (RFP) for Tree and Brush Removal (Geneva, IL). Scope of Services: The purpose of this bid solicitation is to establish a contract for the purchase of tree and brush removal at the Meissner Corron Forest Preserve. Pre-bid meeting: November 3. Deadline to Submit: November 16, 2011. Get full details on this city contract for tree and brush removal.

City Bid Request (RFP) for Landscaping/Maintenance of Cemetery (Pinckney, MI). Scope of Services: The purpose of this bid solicitation is to establish a contract for the purchase of warm weather maintenance of the Pinckney Cemetery from April thru November, 20102. Duties include, but are not limited to mowing, trimming, leaf and brush removal, recording/reporting damage, etc. Deadline to Submit: November 10, 2011. Get full details on this city contract for landscaping

City Bid Request (RFP) for Flooring Removal and Replacement (Piscataway, NJ). Scope of Services: The purpose of this bid solicitation is to establish a contract for the removal and replacement of flooring at Sterling Village Senior Residence. Deadline to Submit: November 10, 2011. Get full details on this city contract for flooring removal and replacement.

City Bid Request (RFP) for Kitchen Cabinets and Counter Replacements (Piscataway, NJ). Scope of Services: The purpose of this bid solicitation is to establish a contract for the removal and replacement of kitchen cabinets and counters Sterling Village Senior Residence. Deadline to Submit: November 3, 2011. Get full details on this city contract for kitchen cabinet and counter replacement

City Bid Request (RFP) for Tree and Brush Control (Home Glen, IL). Scope of Services: This project generally includes selective thinning of understory trees and invasive brush using basal bark or cut stump methods on 113 acres at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Homer Glen. This project may also include mechanical clearing of understory trees and brush on 15 acres. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on site on November 7, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Deadline to Submit: November 14, 2011. Get full details on this city contract for tree and brush control.

City Bid Request (RFP) for Landscaping/Grounds Maintenance (Central Point, OR). Scope of Services: The purpose of this bid solicitation is to establish a contract for grounds maintenance at the 138 West Vilas Road. Duties include, but are not limited to mowing, edging, pruning, brush removal, pressure washing, mulching, weed control, etc. Contract is for one year.  Deadline to Submit: November 15, 2011. Get full details on this city contract for landscaping/grounds maintenance

Property Preservation Company Seeks Lawn Maintenance Crews Sought (Portland, OR): Geographic area covered – Portland-Vancouver-Gresham-Beaverton. Scope of Work: Lawn care professionals needed. Get full details on this property preservation / landscaping job.

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Did You Know that Local Police Dept’s Get Paid to Evict Foreclosed On Homeowners?

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The Occupy Wall Street movement has been called a liberal, “rich people hating,” group of ne’er do wells that just “want something for free.” Whehter you agree with this assessment or not, the movement has brough the economic pain of “The Average Joe” to the forefront  in a way that few things have done recently.

Recently, we discussed here how Occupy Wall Street (OWB) had a hand in helping a homeowner stop foreclosure.

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So, what does this have to do with police getting paid to evict foreclosed on homeowners. Well, a New York journalist gives his view of why Occupy Wall Street angers so many — on both sides of the political aisle. In the Rolling Stone article, OWS’s Beef: Wall Street Isn’t Winning – It’s Cheating, he discusses a litany of reasons ordinary Americans are so angry with corporate America.

And, when you read the section on the how millions of banks got bailed out by the tax dollars of ordinary citizens, while those same ordinary citizens are losing their homes to foreclosure — with the help of local law enforcement who are paid every time they help evict a foreclosed-on homeowner — well, it just might make you want to pick up a placard and march with these “liberal no goods who just want something for free.”

Just like the guys on Wall Street, no?

Note: If you don’t want to read the whole article (which is highly recommended to understand just how stacked the deck is against “The Average Joe”), then scroll down to the sections entitled “STUPIDITY INSURANCE,” and “GET OUT OF JAIL FREE” which directly addresses foreclosures.

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Large Property Preservation Company Seeks Property Inspectors and Other Professionals for REO Work (Treasure Coast, FL): Scope of Work: Photographing properties to determine if occupied/unoccupied; winterizing, lawn maintenance, rekeying/changing locks; doing lite renovations as needed/requested by lender, etc. Get full details on this property preservation job

Company Seeks Foreclosure Trashout Specialists (Denver, CO): Contractors needed for trashout services. Duties include, but are not limited to: lawn maintenance, trash and debris removal, providing janitorial/cleaning services, changing/rekeying locks, perform general lite contracting repairs, winterizing properties, etc. Must have own equipment, ie, own vehicle, tools as required for repairs, digital camera to take before/after photos, access to computer and the internet. Get full details on this foreclosure clean up job.

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Expanding Company Seeks Property Preservation Contractors (Auburn, AL): Equipment Needed: Your own lawn equipment, cleaning supplies, generator, air compressor, digital camera and HUD 67767 key code. Get full details on this property preservation job.

Lawn Maintenance Property Preservation Crews Sought (Daytona Beach, FL): Geographic area covered – Brevard and Volusia Counties. Scope of Work: Lawn care professionals need to cut grass, and perform general “janitorial refresh” duties. Must be able to put together a bid to secure jobs on vacant/foreclosed properties. Get full details on this property preservation job.

Snow Plow Subcontractor Wanted (St. Paul, MN): Subcontractor needed this winter season to shovel our St. Paul Residential route. Route is roughly 20 residential accounts in and around Highland Park. Must be available for entire winter season, and preferably have your own  4×4 vehicle, snow blower and shovel (note: this is  NOT a necessity). If you don’t own one, we can arrange for you to use one of ours. Get full details on this snow plowing subcontracting job

Growing Home Renovation Company Seeks Contractors (Chantilly, VA): Scope of Duties: Remodel / repair old houses.  Duties include, but are not limited to: repairing drywall, painting, installing various types of flooring (wood, tile, laminate), installing windows, doors, light fixtures. Esp in need of those who are knowledge about electrical, plumbing and HVAC. Rate of pay: $120 – $250 daily. Get full details on this home repair/remodeling subcontracting job

Employment Agency Seeks Property Preservation Contractors (Valdosta, GA): Scope of Work: Photographing properties to determine if occupied/unoccupied; trash and debris removal; clean vacant foreclosed homes, rekey/change locks; winterizing; doing lite renovations as needed/requested by lender, etc. Get full details on this property preservation job.

City Bids Requested for Trash Removal and Recycling Services (Washington, DC): The Contractor shall furnish all necessary labor, materials, tools, equipment and supervision to provide refuse removal and recycling services at Washington Dulles International Airport and the Dulles Toll Road. Estimated Value of Contract: $500,000 – $1,000,000 annually. Deadline to submit: November 15, 2011. Get full details for this city bid request for trash removal services.

City Bids Requested from Cleaning Companies for County Facility (Nags Head, NC): Cleanup after events held at Jennette’s Pier. Duties include trash removal, mopping, sweeping, breakdown/storing chairs/tables, vacuuming, etc. Option to renew contract for two additional 12-month periods. Deadline to submit: November 9, 2011. Get full details for this city bid request for cleaning services.

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Foreclosures Set to Skyrocket Again: 1.5 Million Homeowners Scheduled to Be Foreclosed on Next Year

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With Moody’s, an economics research firm, predicting that foreclosures will reach 1.5 million in 2012, the Obama administration is taking another stab at stabilizing the housing market. Unfortunately though, their hands are pretty much tied and they’re going to have to depend on the common sense and good graces of banks and several federal agencies (ie, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) to work together.

Not to be a gloomy gus, but all this means is that another colossal failure is almost definitely on the way. But, following are the details of what the administration wants to happen.

Prevent Foreclosure: The Latest Efforts from the Obama Administration 

As stated in the LA Times article, Obama administration ramps up mortgage refinancing effort, following are a couple of things the administration’s doing this go round to shore up the housing market.

Make It Easier to Refinance: In order to make it easier for many homeowners to refinance under the Home Affordable Refinance Program, the administration wants to raise the loan-to-home value ratio cap more. Right now, it’s at 125%, but many homeowners are much more underwater than that.

Many are underwater by 30, 40 and sometimes 50% or more, which makes them ineligible to refinance – even if they have are making timely payments (but are struggling).

Streamlining the Process: The one beef that many homeowners have when trying to refinance – whether it’s through HAMP, HARP or even with their lender directly – is that the process is so convoluted, ie: paper gets lost and has to be submitted multiple times; you can never speak/work with the same counselor throughout the process; you call one day and someone tells you one thing and you call the next day and a different person tells you another thing; etc. 

Many homeowners simply give up or don’t know where to turn out of sheer frustration.

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How Millions of Homes Could Be Saved from Foreclosure: The Best Solution Offered Yet 

We’ve long said it on this blog – the best things banks can do to prevent foreclosure – for millions! – is to reduce the principal balance. Now, a Harvard professor, who is an economic advisor to the president, is championing the same thing in The Los Angeles Times article, Obama administration ramps up mortgage refinancing effort:

A far more ambitious proposal is offered by Martin Feldstein, a Harvard professor and top economic advisor to President Reagan: Reduce the principal on the mortgages so that the loans are no more than 110% of the value of the properties. . . . Banks would absorb half the cost of the principal reduction, and the government the rest.

Stopping Foreclosures: Why the American Public (Many of Them Homeowners) are Their Own Worst Enemies

The main reason so many in power are resistant to giving principal reductions is that the American public is screaming: 

Why does my neighbor Joe get a reduction in his principal balance when he can’t afford his mortgage and I did everything right and I’m not getting one? You’re punishing hard working me, while giving this louse who can’t pay his bills a break.

This is called cutting off your nose to spite your face.

First, no one said life was fair. And second, if your neighbor Joe loses his home to foreclosure, YOUR property value decreases almost immediately (by how much depends on many factors); but it does decrease. And, the longer Joe’s foreclosed on home sits vacant, the more property values in your neighborhood as a whole continue to decline.

And not for nothing, once Joe loses his home, you don’t know if your new neighbors are going to be renters who don’t give a squat about your neighbor, or the pyscho neighbor from hell. You know Joe, you’ve lived next to him for the last 7 years; he’s a decent fellow, even if you hate the fact that he lets his grass get a little out of control before mowing.

Better to stick with the devil you know, no?

Turning “Owner Neighborhoods” into “Renter Neighborhoods”

One thing the aforementioned article notes is that private investors have been buying up homes and renting them out. The government has even solicited investors to buy foreclosed homes and turn them into rentals.

This could turn into a nightmare that no one is really addressing right now. How? Renters don’t care about property like homeowners do. That’s just a simple fact. And, who are these investors likely to rent to. Section 8 tenants – because it’s guaranteed money.

So, when owners see their neighborhoods turning into primarily low-income renters – from primarily working or middle-class homeowners, this changes the complexion of the neighborhood. 

How long do you think many of those homeowners left behind are going to continue to struggle to pay mortgages they can barely afford if this starts happening on a large scale? 

For more on this read Foreclosure Crisis Lessons: How Foreclosures Affected One Neighborhood. So while in theory it may seem like a good idea for investors to come in and swoop up properties and rent them out, what about the long-term consequences?   

The best thing to do is to work with existing homeowners to help them stop foreclosure and hang on to their homes. It’s better for the neighborhood, better for property values, and in better for the housing market as a whole in the long run. 

And, if it means giving a principal reduction – then do so for heaven’s sake. In the long run, so much more can be lost and it can take years – years – for a neighborhood (and hence the market) to recover. 

Why is this so hard to see?

The Foreclosure Crisis: Why the End Is Nowhere in Sight

The aforementioned LA Times article notes that some 1.5 million homes are scheduled to be foreclosed on next year. And, one things is for sure, with so many homeowners remaining jobless/underemployed and this number could be even higher if this crisis continues to drag on with no REAL solutions put forth.

The bottom line is — while it may not be “fair” that some homeowners receive help to hang onto their homes (ie, get principal reductions), in the long run no one is served when a home is foreclosed on – except the lawyers and realtors who make money on real estate deals.

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Field Service Management Company Seeks Foreclosure Cleanup Subcontractors (Boston, MA): Field service management company with Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac contracts seeks subcontractors to perform various duties associated with maintaining and securing vacant / foreclosed residential properties. Scope of Work: Duties include, but are not limited to, foreclosure trashouts, board ups, landscaping, winterization, snow removal, lock changing, etc. Must document by taking before/after pictures with digital camera. Must be licensed and insured. Get full details on this property preservation / foreclosure clean out job.

Large Property Preservation Company Seeks Property Assessors and Lawn Maintenance Professionals (Binghamton, NY): The first need is for a professional property assessor to go in, secure the property and report on any rehab work that needs to be done. Scope of Work: Rekey locks, take photos. The second need is for lawn maintenance crews. Company has a backlog of properties that need regular (eg, bi-weekly) maintenance. Need digital camera/smart phone to take before/after photos. Get full details on this property assessment / lawn maintenance job lead.

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Large Property Preservation Company Seeks Skilled Contractors to Perform Various Jobs on Homes (Lake Charles, LA): Scope of Work: Need professionals who can board up windows and doors, tarp roofs, remove trash and debris, provide lawn maintenance/landscaping services and perform minor repairs on foreclosed/vacant properties to prepare them for market resale/rental. Contractors must be able to travel up to 70 miles, as needed. Must have ability to take and transmit before/after photos (eg, digital camera/smart phone needed).  Must be licensed and insured. Get full details on this property preservation subcontracting job lead.

Large Property Preservation Company Seeks Skilled Subcontractors for Landscaping and Other Duties (Williamsport, PA): Subcontractors will be working on bank repossessed (ie, REO) properties. Tools/Equipment Needed: Digital camera/smart phone; computer to receive/send orders; license and insurance. Scope of Work: Lawn maintenance (eg, cutting grass); trash and debris removal; winterization; boarding of windows/doors; roof tarping; rekeying locks; etc.  Compensation: Paid on a set “per fee schedule.”  Get full details on this property preservation subcontracting job lead.

Property Preservation Company Seeks Skilled Subcontractors for Landscaping and Other Services (North MS): Scope of Work: Need professionals who can board up windows, doors and pools;  tarp roofs; remove trash and debris; provide lawn maintenance services; and perform minor repairs on foreclosed/vacant properties. Contractors must be able to travel up to 70 miles as needed. Must have ability to take and transmit before/after photos (eg, digital camera/smart phone needed).  Must be licensed and insured. Get full details on this property preservation subcontracting job lead.

Company Seeks Skilled Subcontractors for Lawn Maintenance Other Services (Texarkana, TX): Scope of Work: Perform winterizations; rekey/change locks; lawn maintenance; and provide other property preservation services as needed.  Must have ability to take and transmit before/after photos (eg, digital camera/smart phone needed). Large area needs to be covered, so specify what areas you can handle. Get full details on this property preservation job lead.

Property Preservation Company Seeks 2 Subcontractors for Landscaping and Other Services (Myrtle Beach, SC): Scope of Work: Must be able to winterize properties; change/rekey locks; perform lite repairs and give estimates. Need own tools, computer/internet access and digital camera/smart phone to take before/after photos. Get full details on this property preservation subcontracting job lead.

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Home Foreclosure News of the Day: Bought a Foreclosed Property? You May Not Be the Legal Owner — Details

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The housing market has been in a tailspin since the forclosure crisis started in earnest in the U.S. in the fall of 2007. And, many have been snapping up deals — buying foreclosures cheap.

But . . . hold on there buddy, you may not be the legal owner of that property.

If you’re thinking, “Say what?! How can this be?”

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A recent article entitled, SJC puts foreclosure sales in doubt, on Boston.com lays it out this way:

Last winter, the high court [Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court] upheld a contentious ruling from the Massachusetts Land Court that challenged how banks had traditionally seized properties without having all the necessary paperwork.

In that case the high court overturned foreclosures of two properties in Springfield by U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo after the banks could not prove they owned the mortgages they foreclosed on. Yesterday’s decision was a follow-up to that ruling.

The court’s decision could have major repercussions because it raises the specter that anyone else who purchased foreclosed homes with questionable paperwork may not actually own those properties.

The bottom line is, until legislative challenges like the robosigning scandal has been settled, it pays to make sure that all your legal i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed before you move ahead with purchasing a foreclosed property.

Although this may be a rarity, it just highlights how the changes in the housing market in the last few years has meant that everyone from realtors specializing in REO’s to banks, to investors, to banks have to be careful — extra careful — when dealing with buying/selling a foreclosed property.

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Homeowner Saves Home from Foreclosure by Staging Protest: Can This Organization Help You Do the Same?

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Desperate homeowners trying to save their homes from foreclosure are getting more organized. They’re no longer one person/one family operations. They have help.

Who?

Stopping Foreclosures: Homeowners Now Have Help 

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement. What exactly is this movement? According to the website, OccupyWallSt.org:

Occupy Wall Street is a horizontally organized resistance movement employing the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to restore democracy in America. We use a tool known as a “people’s assembly” to facilitate collective decision making in an open, participatory and non-binding manner.

 Hence, the movement is not just about helping homeowners facing foreclosure, but can be described as one that helps every day Americans fight for their rights against large corporations (eg, homeowners against banks/lenders trying to foreclose on “The Average Joe Homeowner).

So, just how did Occupy Wall Street help one homeowner save her home foreclosure?

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According to TheRoot.com article, Occupy Wall Street Helps Homeowner Avoid Foreclosure?, following is how it played out:

Gudiel [the homeowner] hunkered down in her home, squatting after the bank foreclosed on the property. Dozens of homeowner advocates and friends surrounded them, hoping to stave off forcible removal. Instead of a confrontation, Fanny Mae canceled the eviction notice and offered the Gudiels a loan modification that could enable them to keep their home. 

Nonprofit advocates say that the change of heart was in response to a series of bold protests — with reinforcements from the Occupy Wall Street movement — and a spate of media interest, which put Gudiel in the limelight and forced the banks to back down.

Stopping Foreclosure: 3 Things You’d Be Surprised That Can Happen during the Process

Following are some interesting things from The Root article to note that may surprise you if you’re a homeowner trying to stop foreclosure:

I. Some banks won’t accept payment – even those just a few days or weeks late – and will try to force you into a home loan modification program. Note: See related article, Stopping Foreclosure: What to Do When the Bank Refuses to Accept Your Mortgage Payments & Tries to Escalate the Home Foreclosure Process, for some specific info on how to handle this. 

II. Even when you’re still making payments while the bank is considering a modification, you can still be turned down – and usually you won’t know for months. Note: See related article,  Foreclosure Advice: Should You Continue to Pay Your Mortgage While You Wait for a Home Loan Modification?, for some insight into this.

III. Home loan modification programs can hurt your credit rating, because on-time payments are not reported to credit agencies. While a homeowner is being considered for a modification, even though they may be making timely payments, their account will show as delinquent.

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Home Foreclosure News of the Day: Some Neighborhoods around the Country Seeing Bidding Wars Again — Yes, Bidding Wars!

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Even though the foreclosure crisis far from over – and in fact foreclosures are ramping up again – some communities around the country are starting to see a recovery.

Bidding wars (yes, bidding wars) for properties are starting to happen again. While they’re not at the frenzy they were at the height of the market a few years ago, there are places where sellers can expect several offers if the house is priced appropriately. 

Proof?

In the NPR.org article, Housing Recovery At Various Stages Around The U.S., a DC associate real estate broker states: 

In 2011, we’re seeing a lot of first-time buyers re-entering the market. Bidding wars have once again returned; they’re just not as frenzied as they once were . . . You might have two or three people bidding instead of 25. You might have an increase of $10- or $15,000, rather than hundreds of thousands . . .

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While DC may be somewhat of an anomaly because of the plethora of secure government jobs that kept the foreclosures from hitting it as hard as other areas around the country, other areas are experiencing turnarounds as well – from the south to the west (eg, Charlotte and East Los Angeles).

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Celebrity Foreclosure News of the Day

Comedian Chris Tucker’s $6 million Florida home is apparently in foreclosure.

According to the website SunshineSlate.com, Tucker’s foreclosure problems stem from his tax problem. He reportedly owes the IRS over $11.5 million in taxes from multiple years. The site states:

Last year, the Internal Revenue Service filed papers indicating that Tucker owes $11,571,909.26 in federal taxes for multiple years (2001, 2002, 2004-2006) . . . To show how serious they were, they even slapped a lien on his Orlando-area mansion. Now that same home is in foreclosure.

 If true, its sounds like foreclosure is the least of Tucker’s problems.

We wish him the best!

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Home Foreclosure News of the Day: It Ain’t Pretty — Foreclosures Mount Again, Driving Down Existing Home Prices

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When it comes to the housing crisis, the American market can’t seem to catch a break. Foreclosures are mounting again, the Obama administration is taking the heat and experts are left waiting and wondering, “What now?”

Anyone ready to face the real solution to the foreclosure crisis yet?

Foreclosures Start to Mount Again

From Reuters, New wave of foreclosures to push prices lower

The paralyzed U.S. housing market is once again up against an obstacle it has seen before — mounting foreclosures. And a fresh drop in home prices is likely to result.

Banks have stepped up the pace of home seizures after a year-long slowdown brought on by the “robo-signing” scandal in which banks were accused of seizing properties without a proper review of loan documents.

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Obama Administration Feeling Heat of Home Foreclosure Crisis Dragging On

From The San Francisco Chronicle, California Dems blast Obama on foreclosure crisis

California House Democrats ripped the Obama administration Wednesday for inaction on home foreclosures, saying the president could pass all the jobs bills he wants but that won’t fix the economy until the housing sector recovers.

What Now? Housing Experts Waiting on Washington to Help with Foreclosure Crisis

From DSNews.com, Senators Call for Immediate Action to Help Homeowners Refinance

Market watchers have their eyes peeled for word from Washington that officials will relax the rules of a government refinancing program to allow underwater homeowners with loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to take out new mortgages with lower interest rates. . . . The senators pressed for changes that would eliminate loan-to-value (LTV) ratio caps – a move they say would provide the most at-risk borrowers an alternative to simply walking away from their mortgage.

And the Average Joe Homeowner? He waits along with the experts to see if there’s any help coming down the pike for him.

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