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Wells Fargo Settles Foreclosure Suit with Justice Department for $1.2B

In February, Wells Fargo & Co., the world’s largest bank, agreed to settle a mortgage-lending lawsuit for $1.2 billion. That, however, isn’t even the largest penalty the bank has paid: in 2013, it paid more than $5 billion in settlements and nearly $2 billion in violations. Wells Fargo is just one of many banks fined… Read More »

What Should You Do When You Fall Behind on Your Mortgage Payments?

Falling behind on your mortgage payments can be an incredibly frightening thing. You may wonder how you will catch up, whether you will be able to keep your home or even if you might end up on the street. From the time you notice yourself falling behind on payments, you should begin to take action…. Read More »

When Should You File for Bankruptcy if You Face Foreclosure?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure often go hand in hand. Mortgage debt is one of the most common causes of bankruptcy, so if you know you face foreclosure and also know you are planning on filing for bankruptcy protection, you must decide whether you will file for bankruptcy before or after the foreclosure. In most… Read More »

Filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Still Best Bet for Stopping Foreclosure

What started as a tidal wave of foreclosures is slowing to a steady stream. But that doesn’t mean the foreclosure crisis is over. Just because fewer homes are being foreclosed upon doesn’t mean more people are paying the mortgage. It simply means that more people have already lost their homes to foreclosure – and now… Read More »

New Federal Legislation Makes it Easier to Get a Mortgage After Bankruptcy

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA)’s new “Back to Work” lending plan shortens the waiting time required to secure a mortgage after bankruptcy or foreclosure to 12 months. FHA mortgages have always been a great option for first-time or lower-income borrowers because they require only a 3.5 percent down payment. In the past, borrowers had to… Read More »