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CS/HB 643 Florida Foreclosure Fraud - Protecting Homeowners in Lakeland Florida

CS/HB 643 Florida Foreclosure Fraud - Protecting Homeowners in Lakeland Florida 

First of all, I am not an attorney and therefore this blog is for your information only. If you are facing foreclosure, it is important that you seek an attorney, who specializes in foreclosure.  

What is Foreclosure?

Foreclosure is an action by the lender to take back your property. If you have been served with a foreclosure complaint, in the State of Florida you and/or your attorney have 20 days to respond to this notice. It is critical that you hire an attorney, who specializes in foreclosure.  You still have the right to fight foreclosure, however hiring an attorney is essential. There are steps you can take when you cannot make or have already fallen behind on your mortgage payments.

  •   Contact your lender immediately
  •   Work out a prepayment plan with your lender
  •   Modify your current mortgage by extending the length of your loan
  •   Piggy back past due amounts

Another option would be Forbearance. Your lender may allow you to delay payments for a short period of time, with the understanding that another option will be used afterwards to bring the account current.

Did you know that your foreclosure notices (Lis Pendens) are public record?

This is the most vulnerable time of your life and scam artists just waiting for you to fall for it with all kinds of tricks up their sleeves:

Lease-Back or Repurchase Scams - they simply try to convince you that they will continue paying your mortgage and renting the home back to you by signing the deed over to them. You could be out of your home and still be held responsible for your mortgage. Don't be fooled!

Bait and Switch - posing as mortgage brokers or lenders offering to refinance your loan with affordable rates and payments by con you into signing over home ownership instead of refinance documents. Don't be fooled!

Phantom Help - charges you high fees upfront for work you as a homeowner could do yourself.  Don't be fooled!

Foreclosure Prevention Specialist - phony counselors, if it is too good to be true turn the other way. Don't be fooled!

Don't sign any documents, such as your deed to your home. The Federal Trade Commission's web site has some valuable information regarding avoiding foreclosure as well as info for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help you spot, stop, and avoid them.  

On October 1, 2008 the Florida Foreclosure Fraud protecting homeowners will go in effect.

In 2007, an estimated 150,000 foreclosures were filed in the state of Florida. Unfortunately, this created for scam artists and criminals a niche market by defrauding homeowners making false promises to save homeowners from foreclosure. Foreclosure rescue consultants and/or equity buyers are prohibited from starting services without first executing a written agreement with you, the homeowner, and charging upfront fees before completing or performing all services as agreed. There are further protections with regard to cancellation of such agreement, and other prohibited acts of offering or providing foreclosure related services you should read in this bill.

 

 

 

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CS/HB 643 Florida Foreclosure Fraud - Protecting Homeowners in Lakeland Florida 

Petra Norris - Realtor®

 Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.

P.O. Box 92050 - Lakeland, FL 33804-2050  

Telephone (863) 618-6919

Authored by Petra Norris 

 

Petra Norris - REALTOR®, SFR
Managing Broker - CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.
 
CDV TransAtlantic Inc
(863) 619-6918
 
Lakeland Florida Home Search
 
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