CITY OF SPRINGFIELD BEGINS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UPDATED VACANT AND FORECLOSING PROPERTY REGISTRATION ORDINANCE
Springfield, MA – October 21, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the beginning of the implementation of the City of Springfield’s updated ordinance requiring the registration of vacant and foreclosing properties to protect and preserve public safety, security, and the quiet enjoyment of occupants, abutters, and neighborhoods.
AG Coakley Sues Alleged Foreclosure Relief Groups for Soliciting Illegal Fees, Taking More Than $350,000 From Homeowners
BOSTON – October 16, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — A group of businesses that advertised themselves as non-profit foreclosure prevention organizations was sued for allegedly soliciting and spending more than $350,000 in illegal advance fees from distressed homeowners, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today
BOSTON – May 14, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley today issued the following statement in response to a study from The Warren Group reporting a significant decline in Massachusetts foreclosures during the month of March, and crediting the state’s new loan modification law as one of the major reasons for that reduction:
BOSTON – May 10, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — In an effort to help Massachusetts municipalities with high rates of distressed and vacant properties turn the corner on the foreclosure crisis, Attorney General Martha Coakley today opened the application period for a $1 million grant program designed to identify and return bank-owned properties to productive residential use
AG Coakley Reminds Homeowners Eligible for Loan Modifications Under New Law to Seek Assistance Through HomeCorps
BOSTON – April 26, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Thousands of Massachusetts residents at risk of foreclosure are receiving notices in the mail alerting them to their eligibility to request a loan modification, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. Homeowners with questions can seek immediate assistance through the AG’s HomeCorps program, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary today.
BOSTON – April 12, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — In an effort to increase the rehabilitation of distressed and abandoned properties in Massachusetts, Attorney General Martha Coakley today opened the application period for a $5 million grant program. Utilizing funds recovered through the nationwide state-federal settlement over unlawful foreclosures, the Abandoned Housing Initiative Receivership Fund (AHI Fund) will assist local communities in mitigating the impacts of the foreclosure crisis.
AG Coakley Targets Financial Companies for Predatory Loan Practices, Warns Homeowners About Foreclosure Relief Scams
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 8, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — AG’s Office Obtains $20,000 Settlement with iMod Corporation, Files Lawsuit Against Pinnacle Financial for Soliciting Massachusetts Consumers with Foreclosure Relief Scams
Foreclosure Prevention Initiatives Provide Free Services to Struggling Borrowers as Part of AG Coakley’s HomeCorps Program
BOSTON – February 15, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Initiatives established as part of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s HomeCorps program have provided hundreds of struggling homeowners with a range of foreclosure-prevention efforts that include free legal services, financial counseling and eviction prevention across the state.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 14, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Please find below powerpoint presentations and handouts from the February 12th training in Boston and for the February 28th training in Springfield, and important links to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation/Division of Banks website
LOWELL – February 14, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Martha Coakley today joined Lowell Mayor Patrick Murphy, City Manager Bernard Lynch and local housing advocates for a roundtable discussion on foreclosure prevention efforts, including the AG’s first-in-the-nation HomeCorps program, which was established after the $25 billion national mortgage settlement was announced one year ago this week.
One Year Later: National Mortgage Settlement Brings Millions of Dollars in Relief to Massachusetts Homeowners
BOSTON – February 11, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Thousands of Massachusetts homeowners on the brink of foreclosure have received assistance in the year since Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a $25 billion national settlement with the five major lenders over their servicing and foreclosure practices. This success has been driven in large part by the AG’s first-in-the nation HomeCorps program which her office created and launched last April and has already directly assisted more than 4,600 borrowers in Massachusetts, more than a thousand of whom have now received permanent loan modifications.
AG Coakley Reminds Qualified Borrowers of Deadline for Foreclosure Settlement Claims Under National Settlement
BOSTON, MA – January 14, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Martha Coakley today reminded qualified borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure that Friday, Jan. 18 is the deadline for filing claims for a one-time payment under the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement.
Decision by FHFA to Forbid Principal Reductions Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of Families Facing Foreclosure and Could Cost Up to $1 Billion in Potential Savings
Washington, DC – August 1, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman John Tierney today released the following statement in response to the decision by Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Ed DeMarco to forbid Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from reducing principal on mortgages even though utilizing principal reductions could save Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as much as $3.6 billion, save U.S. taxpayers up to $1 billion on a net basis, and help up to 497,000 homeowners. The Department of the Treasury also issued a letter today calling on FHFA Acting Director Ed DeMarco to reconsider his decision.
Metro Credit Union works with the City of Boston to prevent foreclosures and provide homeownership opportunities
October 26, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Metro Credit Union was recently approved as a lending partner for the Boston Home Center. Metro will collaborate with the Boston Home Center to develop and enhance mortgage programs aimed at placing homeowners in the most sustainable mortgages
Tierney Continues to Press Administration to Ensure that Homeowners Receive a Fair-Shake From Mortgage Lenders and Servicers
Washington, DC – October 10, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congressman John Tierney (MA-06) will join a group of lawmakers in a meeting with Acting Director Edward DeMarco of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to discuss President Obama’s proposal to allow more American families to refinance their mortgages at historically low interest rates. The meeting is the result of increased pressure from Tierney and a group of his Democratic colleagues on the FHFA to discuss quick implementation of the proposal President Obama mentioned during his recent address to Congress.