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Too Poor to File Bankruptcy – a New Class of Americans

Ten years after the passage of the “new” bankruptcy law we find a new class of Americans “the permanently insolvent”.    You won’t find reference to this group in any financial magazine.  But, hundreds of thousands of Americans are in a position of being hounded mercilessly by debt collectors, but unable to afford to file for […]

Another Loan Workout Nightmare, plus Resources for Saving Your Home: Arizona

Yet another loan workout or modification scam.  I am disgusted by the number of calls we receive every week detailing a company or lawyer who takes someone’s hard earned money and fails to deliver on their promise to modify the home mortgage.

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Bankruptcy stays on your credit report even if dismissed

I just received an e-mail from a gentleman who filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy, but later decided to dismiss his bankruptcy.  He was wondering if the Bankruptcy Court could instruct the credit reporting agency to remove the bankruptcy from his credit report.  Unfortunately, the answer is an absolute and resounding “NO”.  A bankruptcy will stay […]

CFPB Issues Guidance on Housing Counselor Requirements

Housing counselors can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. Advice from housing counselors can be provided at little or no cost to consumers.

CFPB Launches Massive Lawsuit – Debt Collectors, Payment Processors and others

Why is this “ground breaking”?  This is the first time that payment processors are held to the same standard of responsibility as the debt collectors. 

Fannie Mae Auctions “Sour” Mortgage Loans

According to Bloomberg News: Fannie Mae will begin bulk auctions of mortgages, including some sales targeted for non-profit groups and small investors, as Fannie Mae moves to reduce the number of non-performing loans “sour mortgages” on its books.

A Student Aid Bill of Rights – March 10, 2015

On March 10, 2015 the White House announced that President Obama would  sign a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Education and other federal agencies to work across the federal government to do more to help student loan borrowers afford their monthly loan payments

Garnishment of Wages – Administrative Actions

Many people ask whether or not a student loan company or SBA creditor can garnish their wages without first obtaining a court order.  The answer is “yes”.

CFPB vs Morgan Drexen – fraudulent debt “relief” assistance

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)  filed its lawsuit in August 2013, against debt-relief services company Morgan Drexen.  The CFPB alleges, among other things, that  Morgan Drexen deceived consumers into paying unlawful up-front fees for debt relief services by disguising them as fees related to “sham” bankruptcy services. According to an article by Joanna M. Zdanys […]