Loan Modifications Mortgages

Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist... more +
Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist borrowers in meeting their obligations and avoid foreclosure. Such mortgage loan modifications may include reduction of principal amount or interest rate, lengthening of loan term, and monthly payment caps. less -
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CFPB and Florida AG Obtain Judgment Against Law Group and Corporate Affiliates for “Mass-Joinder” Foreclosure Relief Scam

On May 29, a final order was entered against a law group and its corporate affiliates in an action brought by the CFPB and the State of Florida. The July 2014 complaint alleged that the law group and its affiliates violated...more

Can a Foreclosure be “Wrongful” if the Debtor is Underwater?

In most successful “wrongful foreclosure” cases (challenging an already-completed trustee’s sale), the debtor’s most obvious source of damages is the lost equity in the wrongfully sold security property....more

California Foreclosure Law: Plaintiff May Recover Tort Damages For A Claim Of Wrongful Foreclosure

In a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit, the plaintiff may recover tort damages – i.e., any damages proximately caused by the foreclosing defendant, the Fourth District Court of Appeal held last week. Miles v. Deutsche Bank...more

NJ Borrowers under HAMP May Pursue State Law Claims

It is well-established that the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) does not offer borrowers a private right of action to allege a lender or servicer violated HAMP. However, the New Jersey Appellate Division...more

Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam....more

Borrowers Don’t Have Private Right of Action Under HAMP but May Pursue New Jersey State Law Claims

Action Item: To avoid possible state law claims related to denial of loan modifications, trial modification offers should clearly define the requirements a borrower must fulfill to receive a loan modification, and lenders and...more

FTC Settles with Texas-Based Mortgage Company Over Mortgage Relief Scams

On March 5, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas approved a settlement agreement between the FTC and a Texas-based mortgage relief company and its owners (Defendants) to resolve allegations that they...more

Treasury and HUD Announce Changes to Making Home Affordable Program

On December 4, Treasury and HUD announced changes to Making Home Affordable (MHA) to better assist struggling homeowners. The changes are designed to motivate homeowners in MHA to continue making timely mortgage payments. The...more

HAMP and Section 75-1.1, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, we discussed when a lender’s failure to comply with guidelines under the federal Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) might violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 as well. We analyzed a very recent federal...more

Mortgage Modifications: Senior Loans May Become Not So Senior

Sperry Assoc. Fed. Credit Union v. US Bank Nat’l Ass’n (In re White), 514 B.R. 365 (Bankr. E.D.N.Y. 2014) – A junior mortgagee sought to subordinate the senior mortgage loan based on an argument that modification of...more

California Retroactively Extends Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief, But Only For 2013

At the end of July, the California state legislature enacted an extension of its modified conformity to federal mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief for 1 year, through 2013. The law allows exclusion of income realized as a...more

Freddie Mac Updates Alternative To Foreclosure Requirements, Other Servicing Policies

On July 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-14, which announced a new automated settlement process for mortgage modification settlements. Effective December 1, 2014, servicers must submit the required settlement data for a...more

New York Adopts Shared Appreciation Mortgage Regulations

On July 9, the New York DFS announced that it finalized a rule that allows for shared appreciation mortgage modifications, which permit banks and mortgage servicers to reduce the amount of principal outstanding on a...more

New York DFS Unveils Shared Appreciation Mortgage Rule

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), in accordance with Section 6-F of the New York Banking Law, recently adopted regulations authorizing shared mortgage appreciation modifications in limited...more

Aurora Resolves Mortgage Modification Class-Action Lawsuit for $5.3 Million

A former goliath of the non-prime lending market, Aurora Loan Services, LLC (“ALS”), recently resolved a class-action lawsuit alleging that it fraudulently induced distressed California borrowers to enter into purported...more

Fannie Mae Updates Delinquency Management, Default Prevention Policies

On May 16, Fannie Mae announced through Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-07, that for a borrower who submits a complete Borrower Response Package (BRP) or incomplete documentation 37 days or less prior to a foreclosure...more

Borrowers File Petition for Writ of Certiorari Related to Permanent Loan Modification Under HAMP

Citing a circuit split among the Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh circuits and the “great importance” of settling the question, the borrowers filed a petition writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court asking the Court to determine...more

Appellate Court Notes - Week of April 21

SC18877 Concurrence - Sarrazin v. Coastal, Inc. - Foreman for a plumbing contractor sued the company claiming he was entitled to overtime for traveling to job sites all over the state as he had to do so in a company...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 27, 2014

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this...more

Fannie Mae Issues Numerous Servicing Policy Updates

On January 24, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcements SVC-2014-01 and SVC-2014-02, and on January 29 issued SVC-2014-03. Effective April 1, 2014, the first announcement revises Fannie Mae’s requirements for borrower...more

NY Issues Shared Appreciation Mortgage Proposal for Underwater Borrowers

New York's Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued proposed regulations that authorize shared appreciation mortgages (SAMs) to be made to borrowers who are "underwater" on their mortgages. Under a SAM, the mortgage...more

Massachusetts Amends Debt Collector and Third-Party Loan Servicer Regulations

The Massachusetts Division of Banks recently amended 209 CMR 18, "Conduct of the Business of Debt Collectors and Loan Servicers." The final amended regulations clarify and establish new standards of conduct for debt...more

New California Court of Appeal Decision Reaffirms General Rule that Residential Lenders Owe no Duty to Borrowers, Including in the...

In a recent decision, Lueras v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 886, the California Court of Appeal returned to the general rule that, absent unique circumstances giving rise to a duty of care, lenders do...more

Fannie Mae Announces Servicing Policy Changes

On October 30, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2013-22, which describes various servicing policy updates. First, effective on or after February 1, 2014 for condominium insurance policy renewals, Fannie Mae...more

National Mortgage Servicing Settlement Monitor Adds Enforcement Metrics

On October 2, Joseph A. Smith, Jr., the Monitor of the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement announced four new metrics his office will use to measure the settling servicers’ compliance with the agreement’s servicing...more

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