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Can the Bank Evict me from my Foreclosed Home without any Legal Process?

Question: We have been working with our bank on a loan modification for over a year. When we recently came home, all of our belongings were in the garage and workers were in the house painting. We were given no notice of a foreclosure sale nor were we given eviction papers. The workers also changed the locks, although we still have access to the property. We filed papers with the Attorney General to stop any foreclosure action. We are missing some of our valuable personal belongings and some of our property was damaged. We did not abandon the property. We were considering changing the locks back and making them evict us as the Sheriff was not notified. What can we do to stop the foreclosure action right now and get the workers out who are using the services we pay for?

Response: Were you in foreclosure? Foreclosure is a long, legal process and even while you are trying to modify the loan, foreclosure process can still occur unless the loan is in a trial plan or permanently modified. However, the court must first grant the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale, the bank then has to advertise the foreclosure sale in the newspaper for the next month and afterward, the sale property is sold off at an auction and goes to the highest bidder (most often to the bank itself). If someone is still occupying the property, the bank cannot just come in, change the locks but would rather have to evict the holdover tenant through Landlord/Tenant court. Unless the property was vacant, I can’t imagine someone getting so confused as to assume the property is not occupied. Being that the process takes quite some time, it is possible that it is not the contractors from the bank who are occupying the property but someone who noticed that the property has been vacant for some time and is taking advantage of the situation. Also, if the foreclosure sale did indeed take place, you would need to do a Motion to Vacate Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale. It can be rather complicated and I would suggest finding a professional attorney for help.

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

The information contained in the legal blog of Attorney Svetlana Kaplun is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a legal advice on any subject matter. Please read our full disclaimer or contact the Law Office of Svetlana Kaplun, P.C. by telephone at 718-444-1115 for more information.

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Foreclosure after Bank’s Refusal to Honor an Executed Loan Modification

Question: My bank refused to honor a signed loan modification offer that was presented about two years ago. We fulfilled all obligations, returned all paperwork and made payment via cashier’s check. We have not heard from the bank and now they claim the loan modification offer did not receive final approval and are threatening to start the foreclosure proceedings. We have made all payments on time. Do we need to retain an attorney and will we need to sue them?

Response: It is very likely that when you received a loan modification, it was given prior to stringent requirements that are taking place now. Banks used to give out loan modifications like candy and then deny everyone. Most people then had to reapply for a loan modification once the bank was able to verify all the necessary documents. Have you tried reapplying for a loan modification? It is likely that they could review you again and grant a loan modification this time around. If not, even if the bank commences a foreclosure action, you have good arguments for the court, which will most likely take your side and will exert pressure on the bank to enforce the loan modification or grant another one since the bank is not acting in “good faith.”

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

The information contained in the legal blog of Attorney Svetlana Kaplun is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a legal advice on any subject matter. Please read our full disclaimer or contact the Law Office of Svetlana Kaplun, P.C. by telephone at 718-444-1115 for more information.

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Can I File an Answer to Foreclosure Complaint Myself?

Question: I received a summons about foreclosure on my house. As of beginning of this year we were accepted into a Home Modification program (HAMP) and have already made a couple of payments. The servicer of our loan is telling us that this just crossed in the mail and is a matter of formality since we are in the trial payment period. I searched for a date and have just realized that the motion or the answer needs to be filed this week. I just want to file the motion. If anything additional should occur I would hire an attorney to handle this. Is this something I can do myself? I have contacted a number of attorneys to get more information on this.

Response: If you are in a HAMP trial period, the loan will convert into a permanent loan modification and the foreclosure will be discontinued by the bank’s attorneys. To be on the safe side, you should do a simple answer that would allow you to preserve defenses in case the loan modification option does not work out. You don’t need to do a motion especially since you are on the path of modifying your loan. Just keep making timely trial payments and the loan will be modified and the case will be discontinued.

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

The information contained in the legal blog of Attorney Svetlana Kaplun is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a legal advice on any subject matter. Please read our full disclaimer or contact the Law Office of Svetlana Kaplun, P.C. by telephone at 718-444-1115 for more information.

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HAMP Loan Modification and Credit Report

Question: Will getting a HAMP loan modification be reflected on my credit report?

Response: Yes, if the loan is permanently modified under HAMP, the bank will report that to the credit bureaus and your credit report will state loan modified under HAMP or under a government program. Initially, the credit score will drop but once you begin making timely payments again, the credit score will start increasing.

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

The information contained in the legal blog of Attorney Svetlana Kaplun is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a legal advice on any subject matter. Please read our full disclaimer or contact the Law Office of Svetlana Kaplun, P.C. by telephone at 718-444-1115 for more information.

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What’s Less Costly: Foreclosure or Short Sale?

Question: I have a mortgage with one bank and an equity line of credit with another bank. If I let my home go into foreclosure, can the bank sue me for the equity amount? How does this work? My mortgage balance is slightly lower than the value of my house. With the real estate prices down, if I put my home on the market for its market value, with all the additional fees and closing costs, I would have to make an investment into having it sold via a foreclosure.

Response: You are better off doing a short sale than letting it go into foreclosure. Foreclosure should always be the last alternative as it will most adversely affect your credit. Based on your description, both loans are secured by equity in your home, i.e., if the house sells for its market value or even less, both lenders will be able to obtain what is due and owing to them. However, if you are concerned about putting money out-of-pocket, then consider a short sale since the bank will pay for all sale-related expenses and even offer you money to do a short sale, if the house is your primary residence. However, to answer your question specifically, the lender that gave you an equity line is unlikely to go after you because based on the description you provided, they will likely get their money (ex: if the house sells for its market value, the first lender will get what is owed to them, the balance will go to the second lender, and if anything is remaining, you can even claim the rest).

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

The information contained in the legal blog of Attorney Svetlana Kaplun is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a legal advice on any subject matter. Please read our full disclaimer or contact the Law Office of Svetlana Kaplun, P.C. by telephone at 718-444-1115 for more information.

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Negotiating Time with a Bank to Move from Foreclosed Property

Question: My house is supposed to be authorized for foreclosure by the court tomorrow. How much time do I have to get my things out? I have tried HARP in the past and failed as I was unemployed for some time.

Response: After foreclosure takes place, the bank or whoever purchases the property will become the new owner and you will become a holdover tenant if you remain on the property. Oftentimes, the bank will offer money to a holdover tenant to leave or will have to bring an eviction proceeding in the landlord/tenant court to get you out. It is likely that you would be able to negotiate with the bank that you need a certain amount of time to leave and they will let you to avoid additional legal expenses.

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

The information contained in the legal blog of Attorney Svetlana Kaplun is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a legal advice on any subject matter. Please read our full disclaimer or contact the Law Office of Svetlana Kaplun, P.C. by telephone at 718-444-1115 for more information.

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Stopping Foreclosure by Reinstating the Mortgage

Question: We were served with foreclosure papers last week, is there any way to stop the foreclosure? We have a way to obtain the past due amount. We thought the payments were getting automatically withdrawn and did not receive the notifications due to the wrong email address the bank had for us. We tried to call the mortgage company, but instead were told to contact the attorney that filed the papers.

Response: Request the reinstatement amount from the bank’s attorneys, reinstate the loan, and they will discontinue the foreclosure action. Foreclosure is a lengthy process and before the bank can even proceed with a residential foreclosure, you will attend a mandatory settlement conference, where you too will have an opportunity to try to work out an option to save your home, i.e., loan modification, reinstatement, short sale, etc.

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

The information contained in the legal blog of Attorney Svetlana Kaplun is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a legal advice on any subject matter. Please read our full disclaimer or contact the Law Office of Svetlana Kaplun, P.C. by telephone at 718-444-1115 for more information.

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