foreclosure http://wamc.org en Banks Will Have To Post Bond With Foreclosures To Secure And Maintain Properties http://wamc.org/post/banks-will-have-post-bond-foreclosures-secure-and-maintain-properties <p>Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts announced Monday they will begin enforcing anti-foreclosure regulations that survived a federal court challenge.&nbsp; An activist who had lobbied for passage of the new requirements more than two years ago lamented the slow pace of implementation.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 76007 at http://wamc.org Banks Will Have To Post Bond With Foreclosures To Secure And Maintain Properties Forclosures Way Down In Massachusetts, But AG Coakley Says Crisis Not Over http://wamc.org/post/forclosures-way-down-massachusetts-ag-coakley-says-crisis-not-over <p>For just over a year now, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has used money from the nationwide settlement with banks over unlawful foreclosures to help people hang on to their homes. Attorney General Martha Coakley highlighted the successful efforts during a forum today in Springfield.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:36:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 73060 at http://wamc.org Forclosures Way Down In Massachusetts, But AG Coakley Says Crisis Not Over NYS State Senator Touts Good Neighbor Bill http://wamc.org/post/nys-state-senator-touts-good-neighbor-bill <p>A New York state Senator will be in Poughkeepsie today to talk about his good neighbor bill.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 13:36:40 +0000 Allison Dunne 64715 at http://wamc.org NYS State Senator Touts Good Neighbor Bill Berkshires See Spike in Demand for Foreclosure Prevention Programs http://wamc.org/post/berkshires-see-spike-demand-foreclosure-prevention-programs <p></p><p><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:black">In the first quarter of 2013, the foreclosure crisis affecting Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires appears to be worsening despite national trends of an improving housing market. </span></p><p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:19:50 +0000 Lucas Willard 60300 at http://wamc.org Berkshires See Spike in Demand for Foreclosure Prevention Programs Springfield City Council Rejects Changes To Foreclosure Ordinance http://wamc.org/post/springfield-city-council-rejects-changes-foreclosure-ordinance <p>City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts have voted to reject a settlement with several banks over a foreclosure ordinance.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The vote means the city can implement the ordinance even if the banks continue to challenge its legality in the federal appeals court.&nbsp; The ordinance, passed in 2011, and upheld by a federal judge last year requires banks to post a$10,000 bond to maintain and secure vacant foreclosed property.&nbsp; City councilor Melvin Edwards said city taxpayers will no longer have to pay to eradicate the blight that results from foreclosure.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:27:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 60204 at http://wamc.org Springfield City Council Rejects Changes To Foreclosure Ordinance Changes Called For In Housing Policies http://wamc.org/post/changes-called-housing-policies <p>Community activists in several US cities are calling for changes in housing policies. They point to a shortage of affordable housing in the midst of a surplus of vacant, bank-foreclosed properties. One of&nbsp; the cities where anti-poverty activists point to what they see as a housing crisis is Springfield Massachusetts.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:22:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 60079 at http://wamc.org Changes Called For In Housing Policies Springfield City Council To Take Up Changes To Foreclosure Law http://wamc.org/post/springfield-city-council-take-changes-foreclosure-law <p>City Councilors in Springfield Massachusetts Monday night will consider changing a foreclosure ordinance to settle a lawsuit by several banks.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 09:58:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 59974 at http://wamc.org Springfield City Council To Take Up Changes To Foreclosure Law Activists Oppose Changes To Foreclosure Ordinance http://wamc.org/post/activists-oppose-changes-foreclosure-ordinance <p>The city of Springfield Massachusetts is considering changing a local ordinance that was hailed as a national model for addressing problems caused by foreclosures. Community activists, who championed the ordinance when it passed almost two years ago, accuse city officials of caving into the banks.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 59557 at http://wamc.org Activists Oppose Changes To Foreclosure Ordinance Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette http://wamc.org/post/morning-headlines-judy-patrick-daily-gazette-65 <p>WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Judy Patrick, editor of the Daily Gazette.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:59:21 +0000 David Guistina 50484 at http://wamc.org Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette MA House Passes Foreclosure Prevention Compromise Bill http://wamc.org/post/ma-house-passes-foreclosure-prevention-compromise-bill <p>The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a compromise bill designed to prevent unnecessary home foreclosures in the state by forcing modifications for certain mortgage loans. WAMC&rsquo;s Lucas Willard has more&hellip;</p><p>State representatives voted unanimously in favor of the conference committee&#39;s compromise bill Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate, which is expected to vote on the proposal during its Thursday session.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:06:01 +0000 Lucas Willard 43975 at http://wamc.org MA House Passes Foreclosure Prevention Compromise Bill