Foreclosures on First Mortgage Still Plague Homeowners

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on May 6, 2013

Bank frontSome homeowners face a unique dilemma. They got help on their second mortgage, but are still facing foreclosure on their first. One year has passed since  state attorney generals in 49 states reached a settlement deal with the nation’s five biggest banks, but not every homeowner got a share large enough to end their struggles.

There have only been about 71,000 borrowers, or 13 percent of the total borrowers received assistance on their primary mortgage, which was the main source of defaults and foreclosures. Another 170,000 homeowners received assistance on their second mortgage, which typically is a home equity line of credit that borrowers can tap for cash.

While homeowners have appreciated help on either mortgage, when they do not get help on the primary mortgage, it leaves them still at risk of losing their homes. Banks say they are working to assist homeowners and to fulfill all their obligations under the settlement, but foreclosures in some areas, like South Florida are setting records for the number of new foreclosure filings.

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