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Category: Florida Short Sales

Divided States of America: Judicial vs Non-Judicial Foreclosure

Roy Oppenheim’s commentary was originally published on Yahoo! Homes and is being redistributed on South Florida Law Blog with their permission. According to some analysts, whether or not your state is on its way to a housing recovery depends on whether you live in a state that requires judicial foreclosure or one that does not. What is the difference? In […]

Foreclosure Mills, Bank Fraud and the Housing Market — 2011's Top Headlines Pt. 2

Continuing our list here’s Pt. 2 of our Top 10 stories for 2011 — #5 — Foreclosure Fraud Files Released As 2011 got underway we were presented with a fascinating yet disturbing report by the Florida Association of Court Clerks called “Unfair, Deceptive and Unconscionable Acts in Foreclosure Cases”. It brought these horrible practices into the harsh light of day. […]

Foreclosure, Short Sales, Deficiency Judgments — 2011’s Top 10 Headlines: Pt.1

In our last blog we talked about the stories that resonated with Roy Oppenheim in 2011, but what stories mattered to you? We reviewed the most popular stories on the South Florida Law Blog this year and came up with our list of the top 10 posts for 2011 # 10 — Florida Deficiency Judgments FAQs . . . By […]

Oppenheim Law Reports Short Sales Up, Saves Homeowners Millions

In an official Florida real estate news release, Oppenheim Law reports about 80 percent of its Florida foreclosure clients had deficiencies completely waived once they closed their short sale, also known as a pre-foreclosure sale, saving homeowners more than $16 million dollars in 2010/2011. The lesson learned: by working with the banks, homeowners can craft their own real estate bailout […]

3 Tips on Florida’s New House Rules and the American Dream

Is homeownership still part of today’s American Dream? A recent article in the Wall Street Journal shared some old school advice on buying a home in today’s economy, more along the lines of Depression Era thinkers versus Baby Boomer spenders. 1. Buy what you can afford without scrimping on other needs. If you need to save for retirement or college, […]

Second Mortgages Lead to Misery or Modification for Florida Homeowners

Nearly 40% of homeowners who took out a second mortgage are underwater on their loans, but the news surrounding second mortgages isn’t all doom and gloom for Floridians, says Florida foreclosure defense attorney Roy Oppenheim. Second mortgages refer to any loan taken out on a property that is subordinate to the first mortgage, and include home-equity loans or lines of […]

Florida Foreclosure Help Coming Statewide, Oppenheim Law Says Go For It!

Florida foreclosures and good news all in one story? Yes, it is true. A new federally funded program is now accepting applications for mortgage assistance payments in Florida. The Florida Hardest-Hit program pays an applicant’s mortgage for up to six months to help them to focus on finding a job. There is a maximum, however, of $12,000. Also, the program […]