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In a briefing by Credit Suisse this week, the financial giant’s opinion was that reducing principal balances of underwater mortgages is a risky idea that has not been shown to keep underwater borrowers from later defaults.  In my practice as a Florida real estate lawyer, that opinion flies in the...
The clock is ticking until the expiration of the 2007 Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act expires on the last day of December this year.  Previously set to expire earlier, Congress extended the expiration date to end in effective January 1, 2013.  Will it be extended again?  Is it necessary?   The exte...
Here it is! The 2012 version of the much despised short sale addendum from Freddie Mac!  As reported in several preceding articles, thanks to the American Land Title Association and others, the "sting" of being liable for any other party's misdeeds in a short sale transaction has been more or les...
January 1, 2012 has come and gone and yet Freddie Mac servicers are still using the obsolete and highly objectionable Short Sale Affidavit.  I have been keeping Active Rain readers up to date on developments regarding the infamous Short Sale Affidavit – see SHORT SALE ARMS LENGTH AFFIDAVIT MAJOR ...

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