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Florida Foreclosure Backlog Hits 5-Year Low

Florida foreclosure backlog dips below 300,000 for first time in 5 years Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post Florida’s foreclosure courts have 299,055 cases pending as of the end of August, the first time in five years that fewer than 300,000 cases were backlogged. According to a new report from the Office of the State Courts […]

Florida’s Hardest Hit Program Facing Audit By SIGTARP

Florida Housing Finance Corporation Under Fire For Funds Distribution Policy Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post Florida’s key foreclosure prevention program is facing a federal investigation after Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) raised concerns about who is receiving the money and how little of the $1 billion award has reached homeowners. The special inspector general for the […]

Florida Supremes Rule In Landmark Pino Case

by Kim Miller, Palm Beach Post Roman Pino settled with his lender so that he could keep his house, but the Supreme Court wanted to rule on the case anyway. A Florida Supreme Court ruling involving a Greenacres foreclosure allows banks to get away with fraud, as long as they voluntarily dismiss the case, attorneys […]

Florida Bar Pursues Disciplinary Action Against Foreclosure “King” David J. Stern

Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post The Florida Bar is seeking disciplinary action against Florida foreclosure baron David J. Stern, whose massive law firm collapsed in 2011 amid allegations that it mishandled the cases of the nation’s largest mortgage holders by filing forged and fraudulent court documents. Grievance committees found probable cause to pursue punishment in […]

Lenders May Pursue Floridians Homeowners For Deficiencies

Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post Floridians who lose a home to foreclosure may be more doggedly pursued for their unpaid mortgage debt after a federal audit that says lender losses can be recovered by demanding payback. That kind of collection process, called a deficiency judgment, is allowed in Florida, but has so far been rare. […]

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