November 6, 1992 |
Home-mortgage refinancers, equity-line borrowers and home buyers and sellers will get important new consumer protections when they apply for a loan beginning next month. The fiscal 1993 federal housing bill, signed into law late last month by President Bush, closes two legal loopholes that have denied some consumers accurate disclosures about mortgage terms. Under the law, a huge segment of the home-finance market - refinancings, home equity loans and lines of credit - will for the first time be subject to federal disclosure and anti-kickback rules.
July 18, 2010 |
An acquaintance told me that he was taking an offer to modify his mortgage, and that changing his loan from a 30-year to a 15-year fixed rate would cost him just $800. I make it a habit not to pry into the financial affairs of friends, but I was astounded by this one's use of the word modify , since it's become synonymous with desperate borrowers. Permanently modifying a loan can forestall foreclosure, which is a good thing. But the downside is it affects your credit detrimentally.
July 3, 2005 |
It's a mystery worthy of Hollywood: In February, $4 million suddenly appeared in the checking account of a suspended Philadelphia lawyer. Who wired it? And why? Is it, as Homeland Security officials in Dallas allege, an effort to launder money? Could it be, as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia suspects, part of some complex international criminal fraud? Or is it, as the lawyer insists, all quite innocent - simply a surprise investment from an old client who wants to help him make major motion pictures?
April 20, 2010 |
In the beginning, the six-story, 10-unit condo project at 257-59 N. Second St. was to be called Blu, for the color of its exterior panels. Architect Jay Tackett was hired by 257-59 Development L.L.C., and "they even built a scale model of it and had pictures of what the units would look like," said Realtor/mortgage broker Fred Glick, the original listing agent. But completing the project was a hurdle the developer - hamstrung, observers say, by a general contractor who went out of business midstream - couldn't clear.
March 18, 2014 |
They don't necessarily like the term flea market for a new shopping, entertainment, and food venue coming in May to the grounds of the historic Atlantic City Race Course. If the Mercato Market resembles a flea market at all, say husband-and-wife creators Dirk DaCosta and Dina Guzzardo, it's one on a strong dose of steroids. They plan a weekly scene of musical acts, carnivals, and food-truck caravans to round out the offerings of 600 to 800 vendors. "I would say it is the outdoor market reinvented," DaCosta, 51, a business consultant by trade and a native of London, said last week as he and Guzzardo, a former mortgage broker, finalized plans for the mammoth undertaking.
July 15, 2011
Mortgage fraud alleged John C. Lucidi Jr., 30, of Las Vegas, who once worked in West Chester, was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office yesterday in a $7-million mortgage scheme to defraud seven financial institutions. Authorities said Lucidi, who formerly worked as a mortgage broker for companies in West Chester and Newtown Square, found buyers, some of them family members, to buy homes - primarily in North Wildwood - for inflated prices in exchange for kickbacks of between $30,000 and $50,000 at closing.
October 14, 1988 |
We plan to sell our home next month, and we must get top dollar for it. What suggestions do you have to make our home sell for the highest price, as we can't afford to remodel it before selling? The cheapest and most profitable home improvement is fresh paint. Paint your home inside and outside to make it sparkle. Most homes can be painted for a few hundred dollars if you do it yourself. But the return in extra dollars can be thousands. In addition, your freshly painted home will probably sell much faster than if you don't paint it. The next profitable improvement to make at practically zero cost is to clean up your home and yard.
July 2, 2008 |
A former Bucks County prosecutor who had pleaded guilty to stealing mortgage payments, writing bad checks, and forging a judge's signature was sentenced to prison by a Delaware County Court judge yesterday. Joseph James Scafidi, 53, of Warminster, was sentenced to serve 18 to 36 months in state prison and five years on probation, ordered to pay $42,000 in restitution to the homeowners, and forbidden to work in the mortgage or any other financial business. Scafidi, who was working as a mortgage broker when he was arrested, also pleaded guilty yesterday to new charges, including perjury.
September 8, 1989 |
Ferdinand "Frenchy" Risco, a mortgage broker who was convicted of bilking poor Philadelphians out of money due them from sheriff's sales of their homes, was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison. U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak also ordered Risco to pay restitution to 16 victims who were defrauded of $52,275 between August 1985 and January 1986 by Risco and his partner, Reginald D. Lundy Sr., a former real estate broker who had pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution.
July 22, 1992 |
A federal judge in Philadelphia yesterday entered an $18.7 million civil judgment against several area businessmen and their associates for engaging in fraudulent mortgage transactions on residential properties. U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro found that the defendants had defrauded MortgageLinq Corp., of Voorhees, N.J., and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co. of more than $7 million. After deducting nearly $800,000, the estimated proceeds of mortgage foreclosures, the judge found the defendants liable for trebled damages, $18.7 million, under provisions of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Shapiro said the mortgage scams were devised in 1990 and 1991 by three businessmen, Richard Gottfried and his father, Leonard, both of Wynnewood, and Donald Steerman, of Atlantic City.