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An expired federal tax break that benefited scores of struggling Southwest Florida homeowners may be revived for another two years. THE ACT Under the law, homeowners did not have to pay federal income taxes on mortgage debt forgiven by lenders on
Phony loan modification offers are surfacing across Southwest Florida from scammers posing as Wells Fargo Bank officials, part of a scheme to collect thousands of dollars in up-front fees from unsuspecting borrowers. The modifications sent through
Without the waiver, homeowners will have to pay income taxes on any mortgage amount forgiven by the lender, including a foreclosure. Homeowners also will have to pay tax on mortgages that are unpaid because of a short sale or a loan modification,
Two Broward County men are accused of defrauding hundreds of homeowners and pocketing a collective $3.5 million from them by promising mortgage loan relief that never came, authorities said. Because of the fraud, some people lost their homes, the
A Coral Springs-based foreclosure-rescue firm that Florida's attorney general is suing over unfair trade practice allegations has taken over nearly a dozen distressed properties from borrowers in Southwest Florida, records show. Attorney general Pam
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Fresno The federal government is giving struggling homeowners more time to fight off foreclosure by extending the Making Home Affordable program...I'm ecstatic about it," said John Shore, executive director of the Community Housing Council of Fresno.
Banks aren't living up to pledges they made in last year's landmark government settlement of mortgage servicing and foreclosure abuses, according to an advocacy group's survey of California housing counselors and lawyers. The California Reinvestment
Attorney General Martha Coakley warned consumers today about potential scams that attempt to take advantage of struggling homeowners, following separate actions brought by her office this week against two financial companies and a law partnership.
The consumer financial watchdog on Monday warned mortgage servicers that they must extend legal protections to customers when transferring their loans to another company, and said it will pursue enforcement actions against those who do not comply.