• Report: #787456

Complaint Review: Foreclosure Defense Law Center

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  • Submitted: Tue, October 11, 2011
  • Updated: Wed, October 12, 2011

  • Reported By: Jennifer — White Plains New York United States of America
Foreclosure Defense Law Center
1136 SE 3rd AVENUE 2nd FLOOR Ft. Lauderdale, Florida United States of America

Foreclosure Defense Law Center Took My Money and Did Nothing but put me in FORECLOSURE Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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When I started having trouble paying my mortgage, I searched on the internet for an attorney that handled loan modifications as the urging of my bank.  I was contacted by Mark Harris of the Foreclosure Defense Law Center.

He seemed nice and understanding and offered to contact my mortgage company to see if they would be willing to work with me on a loan modification. He called me back a day or so later and said that he spoke to them and they are willing to work something out.  He sent me all of the paperwork I needed to fill out and a spreadsheet of all of there successes.

I shelled out $2000.00 and got nothing but a notice from my mortgage company saying that they were starting foreclosure proceedings.  The FDLC had advised me not to make any more payments on the mortgage during the negotiations so that is what I did.

I followed their instructions to a fault - no payments, don't speak with mortgage company because it will mess up negotiations and when I received a foreclosure notice they said not to worry - you have a lot of time the bank is only doing that to protect their interests as long as we are in negotiations nothing will happen.

Well, I have had to hire another lawyer and am still fighting the foreclosure but the bank keeps saying I was wrong to stop making payments even though that is what these scam artists advised me to do.

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AUTHOR: Dave - (USA)

Not knowing how far into the foreclosure process or how far past due you are here is some information that may help.

If you have been in contact with your mortgage lender ask them to send you the application to apply for a loan modification.

While you are being reviewed for a loan modification the legal process does not stop.  Your mortgage lender can however suspend a sheriff sale if it appears that you would be approved for a loan modification.

Keep in mind just applying for a loan modification doesn't mean you would be approved.  There are several factors that would be considered.  One of the factors for an invested loan (Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac) is your mortgage payment would have to be over 31% of your gross income.  If it's not the modification would be denied.

If it's a bank originated loan the guidelines are generally different and allow for more flexibility.  One of the biggest factors is if you would have enough surplus to support a loan modification.  If you do not have sufficient income even at a lower payment the modification will be declined. The reason is because a loan modification is intended to be permanent solution to your problem not a temporary one where you would just end up in foreclosure again.

If you don't qualify for a modification the only other options (other than foreclosure) that may be available would be a short sale or deed in lieu

Hiring another lawyer may delay the foreclosure process but it really is not going to help.  All you would be doing is wasting more money which you could be using to make trial payments if you were to be approved for a modification.

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