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  • Arizona Mortgage Settlement - How Will Settlement Dollars Get To Homeowners?

    Arizona Mortgage Settlement - How Will Settlement Dollars Get To Homeowners?* On February 9, 2012, an historic joint state-federal settlement was reached between Arizona and 49 other states, the federal government and the country’s five largest residential mortgage loan servicers—Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. The settlement will provide as much as $25 ...
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  • Federal tax relief for loan modifications, short sale, and foreclosures on primary residences is only good through 2012.

    While the long-term housing outlook is beginning to look up, 2011 is projected to be the peak year for foreclosures during this market cycle. Distressed homeowners who are on the brink of a short sale, loan modification or foreclosure should be aware that normally, any mortgage balance on a primary residence that is wiped out by one of these outcomes is taxed as what the IRS calls Cancellation of ...
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  • MARS Rule - Does The New FTC Regulation Apply To You?

    The Federal Trade Commission recently imposed a new rule on those companies providing mortgage relief to homeowners through short sales, loan modifications, and other mortgage relief options. The FTC issued the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS), Rule 16 C.F.R. 322, to prevent consumer abuses by sham companies claiming that, for a fee, they will negotiate with the homeowners' lender to ...
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