Monday, October 04, 2010

Help for Bank of America Customers

As of August 2010 over 2 million homes are listed as foreclosed which shows there is still a great need for mortgage companies to work with homeowners to help them stay in their homes. Bank of America has decided to delay foreclosing on homes in 23 states while the company determines if they rushed too soon to foreclosure on some homes.

The states affected are: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.

In some cases employees signed foreclosure documents without verifying the information. GMAC and JPMorgan Chase have also made the same mistake. This issue may lead to lawsuits due to homeowners contesting foreclosures that may not be valid. Pressure is being added to mortgage industry professionals by state attorney generals who are working hard to enforce foreclosure laws.

In some states, mortgage lenders can foreclose quickly on delinquent homeowners. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stated that they are informing mortgage companies to follow proper procedures.

It is uncertain how this decision will affect homeowners. If you are a Bank of America mortgage customer call the company at the 800 number provided on your mortgage statement to get information about your foreclosure or pending foreclosure.

In the future, go with your gut if you feel you have not been treated fairly by your mortgage company or you feel that proper procedures have not been followed. You can also contact HUD or a certified housing counselor to get a second opinion on any housing paperwork or issues that you are concerned about or have questions about. You can also file a complaint against your mortgage company with the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau or your state attorney general's office. If you have a FHA mortgage loan you can file a complaint with HUD.

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