The Manhattan District Attorney’s office indicted 13 people and a mortgage origination company for allegedly perpetrating a mortgage fraud scam that ran for four years and cost lenders more than $100m.
The indictments and convictions come after a 10-month investigation of the Garden City, Long Island-based AFG Financial Group and 19 of its mortgage transactions. In the indictment, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau alleges the defendants targeted distressed residential properties in New York City and surrounding counties.
Long Island-based Lend America announced Tuesday it had not only successfully saved a borrower's home from foreclosure as the California-area authority stood at the door ready to evict the residents, but the mortgage bank had made a hefty new year's resolution for 2009 -- saving 10,000 U.S. homes from foreclosure.
After surging in August, pending home sales swung into a decline based on contracts signed during September, according to a report released Friday by the National Association of Realtors. The pending home sale index - which measures sales based on offers accepted by sellers although no deal has yet closed - declined 4.6 percent to 89.2 from the upwardly revised reading of 93.5 taken in August.
“Nearly every part of the real estate process has been transformed by technology except for home financing. Getting a mortgage is still manual, frustrating and confusing,” said Nick Stamos, CEO and founder of Sindeo..
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