Three Defenses That Can Stop Foreclosure (Plus 1)


Proper Foreclosure Procedures Were Not Followed

A lender seeking to foreclosure a home has to follow strict
foreclosure procedures set by the Connecticut Supreme Court. If these procedures and steps are not followed, the borrower can challenge the foreclosure. If the problem is serious, the case can be dismissed and the lender forced to start the foreclosure over. Connecticut does have a rule that absent some fraud or mistake, once the foreclosure is completed, it is done aunt here inso going back.

You Are An Active Member Of The Military

If you are an active member of the military serving our country, no foreclosure can proceed. The lender has to certify to the Court that they have investigated whether or not you are an active service member before they re allowed to obtain a judgment of foreclosure. Military members can utilize the protections afforded by the
ServiceMembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which offers assistance to members of the military facing foreclosure.

Mortgage Terms Are Deemed To Be Unconscionable

Unconscionable mortgage terms presents a rarer defense to foreclosure. The mortgage's terms may be unfair or illegal. If you were not represented by a lawyer or otherwise unable to make an informed decision about the mortgage loan, a court could refuse to enforce the mortgage at all.

The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

Connecticut, like many states, has a
mediation procedure that offers homeowners a chance at working out the mortgage problems. If requested, the Court will refer the case to an impartial mediator who will facilitate communication between the parties to see what resolution can be made. Solutions include a temporary or permanent reduction in the interest rate, an extension of the life of the loan or a temporary forbearance in the payments. There are also several government programs available, but they are not expected to last after the end of the year.

Attorney Melchionne Quizzed On Increase In Completed Foreclosures

Remember all those foreclosures filed in November and December 2013? Well they have completed now and banks have repossessed houses in Connecticut in record numbers last month. The statistics kept by RealtyTrac showed that Connecticut suffered a 44% increase in homes Read the newspaper article where Gene Melchionne was quizzed on the reason for the increase here.

Attorney Melchionne Profiled in Article on Foreclosure Assistance Program

The State of Connecticut has a new program in Waterbury offering free information and advice from lawyers for consumers in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. The Waterbury Judicial District is the latest additional to he program which has been holding sessions in Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford and New London. Attorney Melchionne is one of the volunteers recruited by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. The Waterbury a paper talked to him in an effort to get the news out that this free program is available to all without regard to income qualification. Review the article here.

Attorney Melchionne Interviewed on Increase in Foreclosure Filings

Filings of new foreclosure cases spiked in November leading to a huge increase in the numbers of families who stand to lose their homes The statistics kept by RealtyTrac showed that Connecticut suffered an unusual increase in foreclosures right before the holidays and the Waterbury newspaper wanted to know why. Read the article here.