South Florida homeowners holding adjustable rate mortgages are among a new wave of property owners seeking to avoid foreclosure. A rising number of commercial property owners are also seeking ways to stop foreclosure.
Hiring a Miami foreclosure defense attorney is the first step for a homeowner or business owner looking for foreclosure help in Miami. As we have reported on our Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog, mandatory mediation, default judgments and damaged credit are just a few of the obstacles to consider when determining the best course of action for your situation.
The Miami Herald reports that the number of foreclosures in Miami-Dade has fallen 38 percent so far in 2010, to 18,327 from the 29,674 reported last year. But a new wave of struggling owners are emerging as the economy catches up to commercial property owners — where vacancies are reaching new highs — and those holding adjustable rate mortgages — which are resetting to higher rates on properties worth just a fraction of their original purchase price.
The three judicial circuits in South Florida hope new mediation requirements will help keep cases off crowded court dockets. Miami-Dade started required mediation last summer. Broward and Monroe began their programs on July 1 under a statewide order from the Florida Supreme Court. Still, court personnel report that challenges remain as bank representatives show up unprepared. Hiring a South Florida attorney experienced with mortgage foreclosures can help ensure a homeowner is prepared to act in their own best interest at mediation.
The high-value of many commercial properties give banks a real stake in working with property owners to make sure the debt is ultimately satisfied. Unfortunately, banks often seem as disorganized in dealing with commercial loans as they do on the residential side. A commercial property owner needs to hire aggressive and experienced legal representation to protect their rights.
For homeowners with adjustable-rate mortgages, the stakes are just as high. Having survived the downturn, they are now facing rising interest rates and payments on properties that are typically worth far less than what is owed. We have written extensively about the risks and hassles of loan-modification and having an attorney on your side is well worth the cost when fighting for your rights as a homeowner.
If you are facing foreclosure in the Miami area or are seeking home-loan modification in South Florida, contact Barakat, Jacobs & Associates for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call (305) 350-5055.