• Foreclosures Represent 29 Percent of Home Sales in the First Quarter

    Almost 30 percent of all homes sold in Illinois during the first quarter were foreclosures. This number is down considerably from the first quarter of 2010.

    The 5,529 homes were sold as foreclosures during the first three months of the year, ending in March. This number is down 38 percent from the previous year and down 6 percent from the last quarter of 2010. Illinois is still one of the states with the best deals for buyers.

    The average price of a foreclosed home for the first quarter is $132,983, a nearly 41 percent discount from the sales prices of non-foreclosed homes. Bank owned or repossessed properties sold for 48 percent off the sales price of non-distressed homes. Homes that are in default but not yet repossessed by lenders averaged 19 percent off the average non-foreclosure price. Short sales are not included in the data.

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued its quarterly house price index on May 25, 2011. The data shows how foreclosure sales are dragging down overall home values. According to FHFA, Chicago are home prices are down 5 percent as compared to the final quarter of 2010, 9.5 percent from the period one year ago, and 26 percent from five years ago.

    If you are in need of foreclosure help, contact a Chicago foreclosure lawyer for more information.

  • Illinois Attorney General Expands Probe of Foreclosure “Robosigners”

    The Illinois Attorney General’s office is expanding its probe of alleged “robosigning” of mortgage foreclosure documents. On May 25, 2011, the office announced subpoenas to two Florida-based mortgage servicing support providers that had not previously been under investigation.

    Subpoenas were issued against Lender Processing Services Inc. and Nationwide Title Clearing Inc. Both firms handle document preparation and management for lenders who are foreclosing on mortgages. Some of the documents requested by the subpoena are every affidavit used in an Illinois foreclosure or bankruptcy case since January 1, 2007. Also requested are the names of all employees who signed affidavits since then. The Attorney General is seeking lists of all current and former employees and information on the companies’ overall loan servicing processes including default servicing and loss mitigation.

    Both companies have until June 16 to respond to the subpoena.

    The probe is investigating foreclosures only. Short sales are not involved in the “robosigning” scandal.

    Illinois is one of many states that have been investigating questionable procedures used to foreclose on consumer’s homes by mortgage loan servicers. The Attorney General’s office had demanded information from 26 mortgage loan servicers in the state, but Madigan’s office stated that it was “turning our attention to third-party vendors that support the servicers in order to drill down to a greater degree in the servicing process.”

    If you are seeking foreclosure help, contact a Chicago foreclosure lawyer. You can learn about the options that are available for your situation through a foreclosure attorney.