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How to Know if You’re a Victim of Housing Discrimination

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Housing discrimination practices can often be hard to spot. Sometimes even when you know you’re experiencing discrimination, it may be difficult to pin-point the specific discriminatory actions you are facing, but there are certain red flags to be aware of.   Identifying – and fighting back against – housing discrimination is essential to protecting… Read More »

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What is Housing Discrimination?

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Housing discrimination is an illegal practice that applies to nearly all housing situations, including private housing, public housing, and housing that receives federal funding. These housing rights are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, which was passed by President Lyndon Johnson as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.      … Read More »

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Can Foreclosure be Reversed?

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In Florida, there are legal pathways to stop a foreclosure even after the foreclosure auction has taken place through what is called the “Statutory Right of Redemption.”   Pursuant to Fla. Stat. §45.0315, a homeowner is permitted to reverse a foreclosure sale after the property has been sold at auction if they are able… Read More »

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Is It Ever Too Late to Stop Foreclosure?

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As a judicial state for foreclosures, Florida foreclosure law requires that a bank or mortgage servicer must receive approval from a judge prior to foreclosing on a home.   Because of this, as well as other factors in a foreclosure, the foreclosure process itself can be a long one; however, this is good news… Read More »

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What Constitutes Squatting in a Foreclosed Home?

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Homes that have been foreclosed upon sometimes sit empty for a period of time, and when they do, it presents a perfect opportunity for squatters to take up residence in the home – and to live there rent-free.   If they stay long enough they may, over time, be able to gain ownership rights… Read More »

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How Many Payments Do You Have to Miss Before Your House is Repossessed?

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Having your house repossessed means your mortgage lender or servicer has taken back your property after you have defaulted on payments. Homes can be repossessed because mortgage loans are a type of secured debt in which the lender has an ownership stake in the borrower’s property. Contractually, the bank is allowed to take back… Read More »

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Strategies for Fighting a Foreclosure If You Want to Keep your Property

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Never face a foreclosure without a fight.   As we repeatedly tell our clients, you always have options no matter where you are in the foreclosure process. Whether you want to fight to keep your property or choose to sell it in order to avoid foreclosure, put yourself in the driver’s seat. At Jacobs… Read More »

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What It Means When a Lis Pendens is Filed

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Lis pendens, which is Latin for “suit pending,” is a notice declaring that a lawsuit has been filed in regards to land or property. If you are facing a Florida foreclosure and receive a notice of default followed by a notice of lis pendens at the beginning of the foreclosure process, it means that… Read More »

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What is a Complaint from Your Mortgage Lender?

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Foreclosure is a long process, and in it there are a series of documents your lender is required to complete in order to pursue a mortgage foreclosure in Florida. Among the first documents that a homeowner facing potential foreclosure will receive is the “Notice of Default.” This notice informs you that you have failed… Read More »

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Should I Do a Mortgage Forbearance?

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We’ve heard a lot about mortgage forbearance this past year during the coronavirus pandemic, but many people may not fully understand what mortgage forbearance is and how it can be used by homeowners who are struggling financially. Before deciding if forbearance is right for you, it’s important to fully understand your options and obligations… Read More »

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