New Mortgage Program to Give More Detroiters Access to Loans for Home Purchases, Renovations

(Source: City of Detroit) - NACA , Bank of America and Opportunity Resource Fund team up with the City of Detroit to create unprecedented mortgage program to strengthen city neighborhoods.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, along with representatives of Bank of America and National Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) today announced a ground breaking mortgage program that will directly address one of the key limiting factors to homeownership in the city of Detroit: the inability to obtain a mortgage.     (more…)

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Stockton Loan Officer Charged with Mortgage Fraud

(Source: FBI) SACRAMENTO, CA—A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment Thursday against Mark F. Friend, 60, of Stockton, charging him with six counts of bank fraud relating to a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. (more…)

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Washington AG Sues Student Loan Modification Firm

Scores of Washington consumers affected by fees of $132,000

(Source: Washington AG) SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced action against a student loan debt adjusting firm that exploited borrowers for financial gain.

Ferguson filed a lawsuit Monday charging StudentLoanProcessing.US (SLP) and its president James Krause with violating Washington’s Debt Adjusting Act and Consumer Protection Act, including charging illegal fees for debt adjusting and failing to inform customers of important rights as is legally required. The same services SLP offers are available — for free — through the U.S. Dept. of Education (DOE). (more…)

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Freddie Mac Executes Largest Ever Sale of Seriously Delinquent Loans From Its Investment Portfolio

(Source: Freddie Mac) - Freddie Mac announced last week it sold via auction 5,398 deeply delinquent non-performing loans (NPLs) from its mortgage investment portfolio on March 25th, 2015. The loans have an aggregate unpaid principal balance (UPB) of $985 million. The transaction is expected to settle in early May 2015. (more…)

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The CFPB Proposes to End Payday Loan Traps

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced today that they are considering plans to put an end to "payday debt traps" by requiring lenders to help make sure borrowers can repay their loans. The CFPB is also proposing to restrict how lenders can collect payments from debtors’ bank accounts, and rack up huge fees. These protections being considered would apply to payday loans, vehicle title loans, deposit advance products, certain high-cost installment loans and open-end loans. (more…)

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California Man Wanted in Connection With $44 Million Loan Modification Scam

Two weeks ago we reported that two Southern California men from the Inland Empire were arrested in an alleged massive loan modification scam that resulted in victims losing over $44 million dollars.

The two people taken into custody were disbarred California attorney, Stephen Lyster Siringoringo, 34, of Westminster, California, and Joshua Michael Cobb, 32, of Upland, California.

However a third suspect, Alfred Orn Clausen, 41, of Rancho Cucamonga, is still at large and wanted in connection with this massive fraud.alfred-clausen


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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to Streamline Loan Modifications for Struggling Homeowners

The  two Government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation), announced on Tuesday that they are changing the way they modify some mortgages.

The reason for the change is because many of the loans previously modified under the Home Affordable Modification Program or "HAMP" were often fixed for only five years. Many of these homeowners are now struggling, or simply cannot make their higher monthly mortgage payments once their rates had adjusted upward. (more…)

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Required paperwork needed to apply for a loan modification

When you apply for a loan modification, your mortgage servicer is going to review your entire hardship and financial situation to determine your eligibility for a modified payment. With that said, you will need to gather all the required paperwork and financial information required to begin the process.

Here’s a quick and simple list of items you will need to apply for a loan modification. Keep all these documentations in a folder that is easily accessable, and please keep in mind that you may have to send this paperwork many times to your mortgage servicer because they will claim they never got it, or you need to update it, etc. (more…)

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What is a loan modification?

A loan modification is a change to the loan contract which is agreed upon by the lender and the homeowner. The lender modifies the existing loan(s) in order to work with the homeowner because of a financial hardship. The purpose is to help make the loan(s) more affordable.

If you can afford their home but not your current mortgage, then you may be eligible for a loan modification. (more…)

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Southern California Lawyer and Accomplice Arrested in $44 Million Loan Modification Scam

Two Southern California men from the Inland Empire were arrested last Thursday for an alleged massive loan Stephen Siringoringomodification scam that resulted in victims losing over $44 million dollars.

The ringleader of the fraud was disbarred California attorney, Stephen Lyster Siringoringo, 34, of Westminster, California. He had operated the scam from his Siringoringo Law Firm, and was taken into custody along with his co-defendant, Joshua Michael Cobb, 32, of Upland, California. A third suspect, Alfred Orn Clausen, 41, of Rancho Cucamonga, is still at large and is suspected of leaving the country.

A criminal complaint filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court accuses the two of 24 felony counts of money laundering and 23 felony counts of grand theft for millions of dollars taken from victims who were seeking mortgage modifications.

According to San Bernardino D.A., the Siringoringo Law Firm had aggressively advertised on local radio and television, primarily in Spanish speaking media.

The defrauded victims were guaranteed that they would receive a mortgage modification that would be handled by a licensed lawyer. Instead, the files were handled by non-attorneys who are alleged to have falsified the numbers and collected upfront fees and monthly payments, which is illegal under the state law.

Both Siringoringo and Cobb remain in custody with bail set at $17.8 million. They have entered not guilty pleas and are scheduled for a court hearing this Friday.

If you have any information about this case or the defendants, you are encouraged to call the San Bernardino, California D.A.'s Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Unit at (909) 891-3519.

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HAMP Loan Modification and FHA Loss Mitigation Training for March-April 2015

Here is a list of the upcoming training calendar for March through April 2015 for HUD-approved Housing Counseling agencies, servicing lenders, nonprofits, and the Making Home Affordable Trusted Advisors. The links to training below will provide information on FHA Loss Mitigation tools and the Home Affordable Modification Program, (AKA) HAMP guidelines.  (more…)

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Newport Mortgage Relief – Possible Loan Modification Scam

Also doing business as:

  • First Choice Document Preparation
  • 1st Choice Leads LLC

(Source: Washington State Department of Financial Institutions) - A Washington State consumer has reported that he was solicited by Newport Mortgage Relief d/b/a First Choice Document Preparation d/b/a 1st Choice Leads LLC (Newport Mortgage Relief) for a loan modification. Newport Mortgage Relief was paid a fee for third party loan modification services that were not provided. (more…)

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Six people charged in nationwide $33 million loan modification scam

This past week, six people were charged with violations of federal law for an alleged nationwide loan modification scam that involved more than 10,000 victims with losses of more than $33 million, according to Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Carlie Christensen, United States Attorney for the District of Utah. (more…)

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