Loan modification redefaults growing

troubled homeowner's foreclosure notice

Loan modifications for troubled borrowers under the Home Affordable Modification program have come under criticism from the inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. "Already, 398,222 homeowners have not been able to keep up with their mortgage payments even though payments were lowered by HAMP," the report states. "Overall 29 percent of homeowners in HAMP have already fallen out of the program. However, the bulk of homeowners in HAMP who started participating in the program in … [Read more...]

Finding help with HAFA short sales

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HAFA is an improved short sale program that has standardized and streamlined the process, offering new incentives for servicers, protecting homeowners from deficiency claims, and providing $3,000 in relocation assistance. The program has been extended updated many times and is currently available through Dec. 31. HAFA short sales in California are streamlined for success; you just have to be with the right team for success. If you or your loved one is facing a financial crisis over your … [Read more...]

Solutions to tax forgiveness on short sales

short sale sign: forgiveness tax relief

Los Angeles property owners facing foreclosure are concerned about tax forgiveness on short sales. Homeowners who are concerned about their future do all they can avoid foreclosure. Fortunately for some, California has special provisions for those facing foreclosure. In preparing for a short sale, the sellers often ask: Are there exemptions from the taxation of cancellation of debt income? According to the California Association of Realtors, there are four circumstances under which the … [Read more...]

Loan modification: A bad report card

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HAMP, the government-sponsored entity put in place to help troubled borrowers, is not doing its job for homeowners facing foreclosure. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) has issued a report sharply criticizing mortgage servicers for failing to keep up with the volume of applications for mortgage modifications through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) -- as well as the Treasury Department for failing to do a better job of … [Read more...]

Update: Federal taxes on forgiven short sales

Update: Federal Taxes on Short Sales Forgiven in CA 2014   Since the Mortgage Debt relief act of 2007 expired in December 2013 there has been much confusion over the issue of the IRS tax on short sales in California.  Although we do not have a law currently in place defining the forgiveness of Federal Taxes on Short Sales in California for  2014 we do have a documented opinion from the IRS thanks to Senator Barbara Boxer. “The Internal Revenue Service Will Not Penalize California Families … [Read more...]