HOMEOWNERS SHARE THEIR MORTGAGE SITUATIONS AND HOW KEEP YOUR HOME CALIFORNIA HELPED

Will you be the next success story? Over 600 homeowners in Santa Clara County have already benefited from Keep Your Home California. (Conserva Tu Casa) The Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program gives you breathing room by paying your mortgage for up to 9 months if you are receiving unemployment. Contact Keep Your Home California (888-954-5337) to learn more.

Keep Your Home California

Keep Your Home California has helped almost 25,000 hard-hit families, from out-of-work homeowners to those who are in need of principal reduction and lower monthly payments.

The state-run program recently launched a new website (link to www.KeepYourHomeCalifornia.org), with several real homeowner success stories featured on the homepage. Click on their photos and you will learn more about Abigail, Curtis, David, Wayne and a few other real homeowners and their situations.Image

They are just like many of the thousands of other Californians who call the counseling center every day, worried about their homes and looking for a solution. Perhaps they are like you.

Keep Your Home California appreciates these homeowners and their willingness to share their experiences, something that is not easy for many. But these individuals understand the need to educate and encourage more homeowners to apply for the $2 billion program – and help save their homes.

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Check the Facts, Figures and How Keep Your Home California is Helping Homeowners

Have you heard about Keep Your Home California? It’s an important program to consider if you’re struggling with your mortgage, especially if it’s due to unemployment- their Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program can help keep you on your feet by paying your mortgage for up to 9 months.

Keep Your Home California

Transparency has become a critical issue for government. It’s a phrase – and practice – Keep Your Home California takes seriously.

In fact, our new website (www.KeepYourHomeCalifornia.org) is all about being transparent.

Whether you’re looking for county-by-county data – including how many homeowners have been helped and money allocated – or quarterly update reports to U.S. Treasury, the new website makes it easy to find. You can even check how many applications are approved or the total dollar assistance provided by quarter.Image

In short, we want Californians – from cash-strapped homeowners to those critical of government help – to have access to the mortgage-assistance program’s facts and figures. And the numbers are solid.

Keep Your Home California has provided mortgage payment assistance to almost 25,000 homeowners since the $2 billion, federally funded program started in February 2011. Some other facts and figures on the Reports & Statistics page (

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NEW WEBSITE OFFERS 12 QUESTIONS THAT HELP HOMEOWNERS TO DETERMINE IF THEY MIGHT QUALIFY FOR AS MUCH AS $100,000 IN MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

Have you heard about Keep Your Home California‘s new tool on their website?  Answer 12 questions to determine your eligibility for one of the four programs.

Spanish version: Conserva Tu Casa

Other Keep Your Home California Resources that may be helpful:

Keep Your Home California

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Asking for financial help is never easy, regardless of how much you need it. So, Keep Your Home California wanted to create a much easier-to-use website that asks a dozen questions and serves as the first step in applying for the mortgage assistance program.

It’s a big step forward for the federally funded, state-run program with almost $2 billion available for hard-hit homeowners in California. Program officials hope it makes the program more accessible for homeowners and eliminates those fears about seeking help, especially when it comes to finances.

With the new website (www.KeepYourHomeCalifornia.org), homeowners can learn in just a few clicks – and a few minutes (it could possibly take you seconds) – if they might qualify for the program and, if so, which programs will likely meet their needs. If homeowners make it through the 12 questions and are considered “pre-eligible,” then we encourage them to pick up…

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California Homeowners have Received $16.8 Billion in Relief from National Attorney General Settlement

$16.8 Billion Provided to California Homeowners Under AG Settlement

By Sean Coffey, Program Manager of ForeclosureHelp

Joseph Smith, the Monitor for the national Attorney General settlement, released a report (Ongoing Implementation: February 21, 2013) today about the amount of relief the five banks (Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citi, and Ally) have granted to homeowners as part of the AG settlement.

According to the report, from March 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012, $45.8 billion in relief has been provided to homeowners.  This includes: (national figures)

  • $6 billion in first lien modification forgiveness
  • $1.3 billion in relief for pre 3/1/2012 forbearance
  • $2.2 billion in “estimated consumer relief of refinances”
  • $3.4 billion in active trials in process
  • $11.5 billion in second lien modifications and extinguishments
  • $19 billion in short sales completed/deficiencies forgiven,
  • $1.6 billion in “other programs”

154,243 borrowers in California have been assisted, with an average amount of $109,527 of relief/benefit to the borrower.  The amount of relief offered to homeowners, varies widely by bank especially as measured by the category “Completed 1st lien modification forgiveness” (defined as “finalized first lien principal reduction permanent modifications [including trial modification).

  • Ally Bank: 231 borrower assisted, average amount: $152,904
  • Bank of America: 7,509 borrowers assisted, average amount: $214,748
  • Citi: 408 borrowers assisted, average amount: $122,833
  • Chase: 3,375 borrowers assisted, average amount: $167,828
  • Wells Fargo: 4,383 borrowers assisted, average amount: $114,006

To see the detailed analysis of relief offered to California homeowners, click here: Appendix IV State Consumer Relief Information California, Program to Date

Are you a homeowner here in San Jose or Sunnyvale, California, and are you struggling to pay your mortgage, or worried about foreclosure?   Has somebody contacted you about doing a short-sale and you want to make sure you are examining all of your possible options?  If so, give us a call and we can set up an appointment with a certified foreclosure prevention counselor from a HUD-approved agency.   We have an office in downtown San Jose (across the street from St. Joseph’s Cathedral) and we also offer Saturday hours at our satellite office, located across the street from Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.   Pick up the phone and give us a call: 408-293-6000, or send us an email: help@foreclosurehelpscc.org.

If you are struggling with foreclosure in San Jose or Sunnyvale, please give us a call. The sooner you pick up the phone, the sooner we can help, and the earlier you start in the process, the more options you will have to create a plan forward.

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 us: 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: help@foreclosurehelpscc.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: help@foreclosurehelpscc.org.

Nếu bạn là một sinh hoạt chủ sở hữu nhà ở San Jose hoặc Sunnyvale và đang đấu tranh với nợ nhà, xin vui lòng liên ForeclosureHelpSCC, một chương trình được tài trợ bởi thành phố San Jose và thành phố của Sunnyvale ở (408) -293-6000 hoặc truy cập trang web của chúng tôi: www.foreclosurehelpscc.org.

Nhân viên tư vấn của chúng tôi đã được HUD chấp thuận có thể giúp bạn đánh giá các lựa chọn của bạn, tìm hiểu thêm về các chương trình của liên bang và tiểu bang có thể giúp bạn với các vấn đề thế chấp của bạn, và sẽ giúp bạn tạo ra một kế hoạch phía trước.

Xin lưu ý: Tất cả các nội dung trên Blog ForeclosureHelpSCC được cung cấp thông tin duy nhất và không nên coi là hợp pháp hoặc tư vấn thuế. Nếu bạn có bất cứ câu hỏi , xin vui lòng liên hệ với chúng tôi qua đường dây nóng: (408) -293-6000, hoặc truy cập vào trang của chúng tôi: http://www.foreclosurehelpscc.org hoặc gửi email cho chúng tôi:help@foreclosurehelpscc.org.

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101 Banks and Servicers are now participating in Keep Your Home California. Learn more about how these 4 programs can help:

1) Catch up your late mortgage payments;
2) Pay your mortgage while you’re unemployed;
3) Have your principal reduced;
4) Receive money to help with your transition out of your home:

http://keepyourhomecalifornia.org/

Keep Your Home California

Keep Your Home California has reached the century mark, well, actually, the 101 mark.ID-10075420

Keep Your Home California now has 101 mortgage servicers participating in the federally funded, state-run program.

The big-name banks – Bank of America, Chase Home Finance, CitiMortgage, GMAC and Wells Fargo – are on board. So are many midsize and small banks as well as credit unions. These mortgage servicers handle more than 90% of the mortgages in the state.

The participation of servicers – the companies that handle your mortgage – is critical to helping homeowners with their payments and to the success of the $2 billion Keep Your Home California program. Basically, we need all servicers to participate in the program, since they have to be participating so we can help homeowners with their mortgages. (You can check the complete list of servicers at www.KeepYourHomeCalifornia.org/participating.htm.)

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Great news from Keep Your Home California- Wells Fargo is also participating in the Principal Reduction Program!

Keep Your Home California

ImageWelcome, Wells Fargo.

The banking giant – best known for its decades-old stagecoach marketing campaign – has joined Keep Your Home California’s Principal Reduction Program, which offers homeowners as much as $100,000 to reduce their mortgage principal and monthly payments.

Keep Your Home California is anticipating the bank’s participation will lead to many more homeowners applying for mortgage assistance and allow them to get the help they need. If approved for the program, homeowners can save hundreds of dollars every month and tens of thousands of dollars over the life of their mortgage.

Wells Fargo joins several other major banks, including Bank of America and Chase participating in the Principal Reduction Program.

Keep Your Home California has made some big changes to the Principal Reduction Program, all in an effort to attract and make it easier for homeowners and mortgage servicers.

Most notably, the program eliminated the dollar-for-dollar match requirement…

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Five Important Policy Updates For California Homeowners and Tenants in 2013 Related to Foreclosures, Short Sales, and the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights

New Laws in 2013 for California Homeowners

By Sean Coffey, MPA, Program Manager of ForeclosureHelpSCC

1) Independent Foreclosure Review: The New York Times broke the news on December 31 that the Independent Foreclosure Review may be replaced.  The article explains that regulators and banking officials have been meeting in hopes of designing a less cumbersome, less expensive way of compensating homeowners who were improperly foreclosed on by their banks or servicers.  During the few weeks leading up to the December 31st deadline for the Independent Foreclosure Review, we received an increase in phone calls and google searches which went to our blog pages explaining how to apply for the Independent Foreclosure Review.

However, we were also very concerned about the many shortcomings of the review (read our compilation of media reports at a previous blog posting: “7 Reasons to Postpone the Independent Foreclosure Review”), and so we created a petition on Change.org asking regulators to postpone the deadline until after they had released the results of at least 215,000 cases.   The regulators in charge of the program have not yet released any information about their plans, and we suggest that homeowners and former homeowners continue watching the news, checking our blog, and checking the website for the Independent Foreclosure Review for any updates.

2) Mortgage Debt Forgiveness: Housing Wire reports that the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act was extended for another year.  This is an important policy win for homeowners who are struggling with their mortgages because without this extension, debt forgiveness from a modification, short sale, or foreclosure would have been taxed in 2013. For more information, visit our previous blog: Foreclosures in San Jose and Sunnyvale: Three Reasons Time is Not on Your Side

3) Unemployment benefits were also extended as part of the Fiscal Cliff negotiations.  Homeowners in California who are struggling to pay their mortgage should consider applying for the Keep Your Home California Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program.  More information at our previous blog here: “Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program, Part of Keep Your Home California: How Does It Work?”

4) The California Foreclosure Refund deadline is fast approaching- it’s January 18, 2013.  As part of the Attorney General Settlement, there is a foreclosure refund for homeowners who were improperly foreclosed on by one of the large five banks (Ally/GMAC (800-766-4622), Bank of America/Countrywide (877-488-7814), Citibank (866-272-4749), JPMorgan Chase (866-372-6901) and Wells Fargo/Wachovia (800-288-3212).  For more information, see our previous blog: “California Foreclosure Refund Program, Part of the Attorney General Settlement”

5) Homeowner’s Bill of Rights:  This set of laws went into effect on January 1, 2013, and are designed to address the many loan servicing abuses that homeowners have experienced since the foreclosure crisis began.  These include “dual-tracking” (processing a foreclosure while a modification request is also being considered), having to speak with multiple people at their bank or servicer (banks and servicers are now supposed to provide a single point of contact), and other provisions.  In addition, when a person purchases a foreclosed home in California, if there are existing tenants, the new owner must give them a 90 day eviction notice.  This is an additional 30 days more than the previous 60 day requirement.  For more information, visit the Attorney General’s website: California Homeowner Bill of Rights.

I wrote my master’s thesis on similar legislation enacted in North Carolina, and one of the big “take-aways” from my research is that these types of laws are only effective to the extent that homeowners know about their rights under the law, and have the knowledge to complain to regulators when the law isn’t being followed or the ability to hire an attorney and sue their bank or servicer.  So, ForeclosureHelp will be making strong efforts to educate homeowners about their rights under this new legislation.

California Homeowners should also know that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is also proposing mortgage servicing regulations, nicknamed the “no run-around” rules.  Homeowners can also file a RESPA request if they are seeking information from their bank or servicer, or if there is a dispute about payments being credited, etc.  For more information, see our previous post: “New Mortgage Servicing Rules Proposed- What Does it Mean for You? Part 2 of 2”

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: help@foreclosurehelpscc.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: help@foreclosurehelpscc.org.