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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to go After More Strategic Defaulters

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to go After More Strategic Defaulters

The LA Times recently reported that Frannie Mae and Freddie Mac are going after more strategic defaulters.
Now this should not really be a surprise. According to the reports for Frannie Mae and Freddie Mac:

From January 2010 through June 2012, Fannie Mae had 595,128 foreclosures o [...]

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Castle Law Group Featured in Attorney At Law Magazine

Castle Law Group Featured in Attorney At Law Magazine


Ben Hillard and the team at Castle Law Group are featured in the latest issue of the Attorney At Law Magazine – Great Tampa Bay Edition.
In the article (which starts on page 15) Ben describes the politics, economics, and personalities behind the 2008 economic crisis. Which include [...]

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Ben’s Perspective on Freddie’s LIBOR Suit

Ben’s Perspective on Freddie’s LIBOR Suit

Mar 25, 2013 in In The News, Libor
Freddie Mac is accusing the big banks of rigging lending rates. While this news broke last year, now Freddie has filed suit against 15 big international banks.
What Do the Lawsuit and LIBOR Mean?
This new lawsuit is just more evidence of bad conduct on the part of the lenders. Ironically [...]

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What Happens When You Default on a Mortgage: Strategic Default from the Bank’s Perspective?

What Happens When You Default on a Mortgage: Strategic Default from the Bank’s Perspective?

Aug 23, 2012 in Vital Information
Most people who are considering strategic default, think about it from their perspective.  However, it is helpful to also understand how lenders view strategic default.
First: Understand Loss Reserves & the Bank’s Pain
Because deposit accounts in banks and thrifts are partiall [...]

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Ben’s Take on Strategic Default

Ben’s Take on Strategic Default

Definitions of Strategic Default
Wikipedia defines strategic default as:
the “decision by a borrower to stop making payments (i.e., to default) on a debt despite having the financial ability to make the payments.” It goes on to say that strategic default is typically associated with [...]

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The Relationship of Average Home Prices to Average Income

The Relationship of Average Home Prices to Average Income

Nov 11, 2011 in Vital Information
Analysis Concerning Tampa Bay Real Estate
The chart below represents the relationship between average incomes and average home prices in the Tampa Bay area.  Historically, average home prices hovered at nearly three times average income. In other words, if average income was $33,000.00, the a [...]

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Ben Hillard of Castle Law Group to Speak at the September 27, 2011 Pinellas Realtor Organization Meeting

Ben Hillard of Castle Law Group to Speak at the September 27, 2011 Pinellas Realtor Organization Meeting

Former banker turned foreclosure defense attorney, Ben Hillard, will be the featured speaker at the Pinellas Realtor Organization (“PRO”) September 27, 2011 meeting.  The event runs from 10:00 am to noon.  Ben is a foreclosure defense attorney with Castle Law Group, P.A.  Ben has conducted lo [...]

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FORMER BANKER TURNED FORECLOSURE DEFENSE LAWYER

FORMER BANKER TURNED FORECLOSURE DEFENSE LAWYER


Benjamin “Ben” Hillard, Esq., JD/MBA
I have spent most of my career as an investment banker and consultant conducting residential and commercial loan acquisitions due diligence; essentially buying loans from other banks. I’ve conducted loan purchase due diligence on literally bil [...]

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Castle Law Group Principal, Ben Hillard to Speak at June 28, 2011 GTAR Meeting

Castle Law Group Principal, Ben Hillard to Speak at June 28, 2011 GTAR Meeting

The Greater Tampa Association of Realtors (“GTAR”) is featuring Benjamin “Ben” Hillard at their June 28, 2011 meeting. Ben is a former banker turned foreclosure defense attorney with Castle Law Group, P.A. Ben has conducted loan acquisitions work for Ocwen, Goldman Sachs, L [...]

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How Long Will It Take to Resolve a Foreclosure Suit?

How Long Will It Take to Resolve a Foreclosure Suit?

How long will it take to resolve a foreclosure suit? How long will it take to attempt to accomplish reasonable foreclosure defense litigation objectives? On average, our office has historically seen the process take around 18 months from the filing of a suit to resolution of the same. A side effe [...]

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