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.
February 17, 2012 |
Certain rules about managing money are fairly obvious, and among the most basic is this one: "Don't get in over your head. " But things that seem like a good idea at the time - buying a house, for instance - can go horribly wrong. For evidence of that, just look at the last six years of record foreclosures in this country, which can be attributed to factors as diverse as folks being duped into taking on bigger mortgages than they could afford and to the waves of layoffs announced during and after the Great Recession.
October 3, 2013 |
The partial government shutdown is unlikely to disrupt the housing market in the short term, mortgage brokers and real estate agents said Tuesday. But the longer the shutdown lasts, they said, the greater the chance housing-finance and income-verification issues might slow the market's momentum. From a home buyer's perspective, "there are no immediate impacts to their mortgage as long as they are working with a lender who has delegated underwriting authority," said Mike Copley, head of retail money-out products for TD Bank.
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.
May 23, 2008 |
A former Bucks County prosecutor who went to jail 10 years ago for embezzling real estate settlement fees admitted in court yesterday that he had used his job as a mortgage broker to steal from clients again. Joseph James Scafidi, 53, of Warminster, pleaded guilty in Delaware County Court to felony counts of theft and forgery for stealing mortgage payments, writing bad checks, and fabricating an order from a county judge. Scafidi, who worked as a public defender and a deputy district attorney in Bucks County before he was disbarred in 1996, faces up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine for each of six charges.