By Sean Coffey, MPA, Program Manager of ForeclosureHelpSCC
As 2012 draws to a close, it’s worth taking a quick snap-shot of the past year. Pete Carey wrote earlier this week in the San Jose Mercury News about the reduction in foreclosures during the month of November, and we hope that this trend continues.
We also want to highlight a few blog postings written for homeowners by the certified housing counselors who staff the ForeclosureHelpSCC program:
Time Sensitive issues for homeowners:
Independent Foreclosure Review: The deadline for this program is December 31, 2012. To learn more about this program (eligible homeowners could receive $500 to $125,000 plus lost equity), visit our earlier blog postings:
- English: Independent Foreclosure Review Deadline is December 31, 2012. Learn How to Apply Here.
- Spanish: La fecha límite para La Revisión Independiente de la Ejecución Hipotecaria es el 31 de diciembre 2012. Aprender a aplicar aquí!
California Foreclosure Refund: Also designed for homeowners who dealt with an improper foreclosure, but this program is limited to the big five banks. The deadline for this program is January 18, 2013. For more information, read our blog on it: California Foreclosure Refund Program, Part of the Attorney General Settlement
Keep Your Home California: Unemployment Assistance Program. Aurora Olivares, one of the housing counselors who staffs the Foreclosure Help program, wrote an excellent overview of this program: “Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program, Part of Keep Your Home California: How Does It Work?” With recent estimates that 400,000 Californians could lose their unemployment benefits unless Congress extends them, it is particularly important for homeowners who are unemployed to get their applications in NOW while they are still receiving unemployment. A homeowner WILL NOT qualify for Keep Your Home California Unemployment Assistance program unless they are receiving or are approved for unemployment benefits.
Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act: This has not yet been extended, but we are hopeful that it will be tied into the current negotiations about the fiscal cliff. For more information about why this is so important, visit: “Foreclosures in San Jose and Sunnyvale: Three Reasons Time is Not on Your Side”
General Resources for Homeowners from our blog this year (A big THANK YOU to the certified housing counselors from Asian Inc, Neighborhood Housing Services of Silicon Valley, Project Sentinel, and SurePath Financial Solutions for writing these posts).
1) Credit Repair, Credit Issues, Rebuilding Your Credit, Pulling Your Credit Report:
- What is a Credit Report and Why is it Important to You?
- How Can the Consumer Financial Projection Bureau Assist You With Credit Reporting Issues? Our Blog Explains How.
- Rebuilding credit after a Foreclosure or Short Sale
- Mejorando El Credito Despues De Una Ejecución De Hipoteca O Venta Corta
- 1 in 5 consumers receive a different credit score than their lender
2) How to work with your bank when you are seeking a modification:
- Loan Modification: How To Be Successful
- Maggie’s Five Rules for Working with Your Bank or Servicer
- 5 Programas importante para los propietarios de California
- Refinance vs. Modification: What are the differences?
- New Mortgage Servicing Rules Proposed- What Does it Mean for You?
- New Mortgage Servicing Rules Proposed- What Does it Mean for You? Part 2 of 2
3. Advantages of Working with a certified housing counselor from a HUD-approved agency:
- ¿Por Qué Trabajar Con Un Consejero de Casa?
- Five Reasons Working With A Housing Counselor is Better Than “Going Alone”
- Nancy’s Nine Rules for an Effective Relationship With Your Housing Counselor
4) Renting after a foreclosure or short sale: Help with rental assistance after a foreclosure – What’s out there?
If you are a homeowner living in San Jose or Sunnyvale and are struggling with your mortgage, please contact ForeclosureHelpSCC, a program funded by the City of San Jose and the City of Sunnyvale at (408)-293-6000 or visit our website: www.foreclosurehelpscc.org. Our HUD-approved counselors can help you evaluate your options, learn more about federal and state programs that may help you with your mortgage issues, and will help you create a plan forward.
Please note: All content included in the ForeclosureHelpSCC blog is provided for information only and should NOT be considered legal or tax advice. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on our hotline: (408)-293-6000, or visit our website: www.foreclosurehelpscc.org or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Si usted es dueño de una casa en San José o en Sunnyvale y están luchando con su hipoteca, por favor póngase en contacto con ForeclosureHelpSCC, un programa financiado por la ciudad de San José y la ciudad de Sunnyvale, al (408) -293- 6000, o visite nuestro sitio: www.foreclosurehelpscc.org. Nuestros consejeros aprobados por HUD puede ayudarle a evaluar sus opciones, aprender más acerca de los programas federales y estatales que pueden ayudarle con sus problemas de hipoteca, y le ayudará a crear un plan para seguir.
Por favor, tenga en cuenta: Todos los contenidos incluidos en el blog ForeclosureHelpSCC se proporciona únicamente a título informativo y no debe ser considerada como consejo legal o fiscal. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en contactarnos a nuestra línea directa: (408) -293-6000, o visite nuestro sitio:www.foreclosurehelpscc.org o envíenos un correo electrónico: email@example.com.