Mortgage Fraud Task Force announces September 29-30 housing workshops

by Dave on September 27, 2010

On September 29th and 30th, Delaware homeowners are invited to attend free statewide housing workshops sponsored by the Delaware Attorney General’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force, in conjunction with the Delaware State Housing Authority and the Office of the State Bank Commissioner. The free workshops are offered to facilitate loan modifications, reduce foreclosures, and provide educational information to help resident stay in their homes and manage debt.

The September 29th and 30th workshops are offered amid continued record-setting foreclosure filings in Delaware, which surpassed 6,000 in 2009.

“Our Mortgage Fraud Task Force is offering these workshops to reduce foreclosures, combat housing scams, and help homeowners stay in their homes,” Attorney General Biden stated. “We urge homeowners who have missed mortgage payments or are concerned about losing their homes to foreclosure or housing fraud to attend these free workshops and get the free help they need and deserve in one location.”

For 2010, Delaware foreclosure filings continue at a record pace, in the range of 500-600 filings a month. March and May saw the most filings to date, with a total of 591 filings per month, and it is projected that the number of mortgage foreclosures statewide will again reach 6,000 filings this year. Since the Attorney General’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force was established in April 2009, it has sponsored, in all three counties, 10 housing workshops with mortgage lenders. More than 650 consumers have attended these workshops, and a recent survey indicates that they have helped over 250 Delaware families avoid foreclosure.

Homeowners who are worried about missing a mortgage payment, are facing foreclosure, or suspect foreclosure fraud are urged to attend and receive immediate on-site help from housing professionals. At each workshop, mortgage servicers, state employees, and HUD-certified housing counselors will discuss mortgage modifications, the Delaware Mortgage Assistance Program (DEMAP) and other government homeowner programs, and foreclosure rescue scams.

Walk-ins are encouraged. Workshops will take place as follows:

Date: Wednesday September 29
Time: 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Location: Warren L and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
Mortgage lenders/loan servicers attending: GMAC, Bank of America, Citimortgage
Housing counselors attending: CCCS of MD & DE, DCRAC, Interfaith, NCALL

Date: Wednesday, September 29
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Outlook at the Duncan Center, 500 West Loockerman St., Dover, DE
Mortgage lenders/loan servicers attending: GMAC, Bank of America, Citimortgage
Housing counselors attending: CCCS of MD & DE, DCRAC, HOND, Interfaith, NCALL

Date: Thursday September 30
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chase Center On the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Mortgage lenders/loan servicers attending: PHH, GMAC, Chase, Bank of America
Housing counselors attending: West End Neighborhood, CCCS of MD & DE, DCRAC, HOND, Hockessin Community Center, Neighborhood House

Homeowners who wish to meet on-site with their mortgage servicer are encouraged to bring information about current income and details about their current mortgage, including loan number, monthly payment, interest rate, and loan balance.

For more information about the September 29 and 30 housing workshops, call the Attorney General’s Foreclosure Hotline at 1-800-220-5424 or visit www.deforeclosurehelp.org or www.attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/mortgageforeclosure.

Media interested in attending these workshops should contact Jason Miller at the Delaware Attorney General’s Office at (302) 577-8949.

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