Category Archives: Real Estate Law

CALIFORNIA HOMEOWNER BILL OF RIGHTS

The California Homeowner Bill of Rights became law on January 1, 2013 to protect California homeowners from the wrongful foreclosure. This law was a direct response to the many homes that were wrongfully foreclosed upon while homeowners were processing a loan modification and/or short sale with the mortgage servicers.

The laws are designed to guarantee basic fairness and transparency for homeowners in the foreclosure process. Key provisions include: Continue reading CALIFORNIA HOMEOWNER BILL OF RIGHTS

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau / Dodd Frank Act Imposes Stricter Requirements on Servicers

On January 10, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued new mortgage servicing rules designed to protect borrowers when it comes to mortgage loans. The new rules require servicers to send period billing statements containing specific information, promptly credit mortgage payments, respond quickly to pay off requests, provide options to avoid forced-placed insurance, quickly resolve errors and respond to requests for information. These rules prohibit the servicer from rejecting partial payment. For instance, the servicer is required to place partial payment into a special account called a suspense account. Once the suspense account has sufficient funds to make a full payment the servicer must credit the account. Continue reading Consumer Financial Protection Bureau / Dodd Frank Act Imposes Stricter Requirements on Servicers

Foreclosure Filings Fall to Lows

In April 2011, Foreclosure filings in California fell to lows not seen since the fall of 2008. Notice of Default filings dropped 25.8 percent, and Notice of Trustee Sale filings fell 10.9 percent from March. Is this an indicator that the US Economy is improving?

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Prosecutors in California are investigating allegations that Lender Processing Services Inc.

Prosecutors in California are investigating allegations that Lender Processing Services Inc., one of the nation’s largest mortgage processing companies, engaged in illegal practice of “robosigning”- signing thousands of foreclosure docs without checking their accuracy. Lender Processing is one of 16 banks and servicers the federal gov’t last month ordered to reimburse homeowners who were improperly foreclosed upon.