Apr 18

COVID-19 Protections Available for Fannie Mae Mortgages

Many mortgages are held by Fannie Mae.  Although you make your payments to another company – called the mortgage servicer – Fannie Mae, which is a quasi-governmental entity, holds the mortgage.  In response to the CARES Act, Fannie Mae has issued instructions to the servicers of its mortgages. Treinen Law Office PC is happy to […]

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Family car with dad and son Apr 13

Auto Insurers Are Reducing Premiums, Giving Refunds and Promising Not to Cancel for Non-Payment

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused business shutdowns.  It has caused reduced income for many Americans.  Stay-at-home orders have cleared traffic from roads across the country.  Eleven of the largest auto insurance companies say they will give back a portion of premiums to policyholders because they have fewer accidents to cover.  Other companies will likely follow. […]

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Apr 11

New Mexico Acts to Protect Renters and Consumers

In these difficult COVID-19 times, many are out of work or working fewer hours through no fault of their own.  Promised stimulus checks have been held up or will come too late.  Things are tight.  New Mexico has put in place protections for renters and consumers. Sheriffs have been directed to NOT serve eviction orders.  […]

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Apr 11

Be Wary of COVID-19 Scams

Be wary of COVID-19 scams.  They are out there.  Many of the scams involve calls related to the stimulus checks issued by the federal government.  Scammers may try to get your confidential personal information or confidential banking information.  This information can be used to steal your identity, sell your confidential personal information on the dark […]

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Apr 07

Banks and Mortgage Servicers Must Report Mortgage as Current if Mortgage in COVID-19 Relief Plan

Under the CARES Act, banks and mortgage servicers must provide COVID-19 relief plans that allow homeowners to skip up to six months of payments.  The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, a federal agency charged with enforcing consumer rights, recently clarified that banks and mortgage servicers must report any mortgage that is in a COVID-19 Relief Plan […]

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Graduation hats thrown in air Apr 03

COVID-19 Relief for Federal Student Loan Borrowers

If you have a federal student loan, you can stop paying it at no penalty until September 2020.  If you are unsure whether the loan you have is a federal student loan, rather than a private student loan from a bank, please call us.  Sometimes it is hard to tell.  We are happy to help […]

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money on envelope Apr 02

COVID-19 Stimulus Checks Are Partially Protected From Garnishment

In these COVID-19 times, many families will fall into financial trouble.  Many wage earners will not be working.  Since most New Mexican families do not have much in the bank to fall back on, and instead live paycheck to paycheck, they will not be able to make it without help.  Aware of these realities, the […]

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Mar 27

Protecting Your Family Financially in COVID-19 Times

In these COVID-19 times, it has become shockingly clear that we are all interconnected.  And that we do best when we help each other.  Stuck at home with our families, we are reminded that the little things are really the most important.  Cooking and eating together.  Art projects in the garage.  Going outside to experience […]

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Feb 10

Corporate Mortgage Servicers Are Not Set Up to Help Homeowners

It has been a long time since the corner bank loaned locals money to buy a home, kept the loan in-house and then worked with families through hard times. In today’s world, loan originators bundle mortgage loans into investment vehicles composed of thousands of loans and sell those bundles to investment banks or hedge funds.  […]

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Wooden Gavel on Book with Golden Scale on Table Jan 30

Consumer Reports Explains How Forced Arbitration Results in Defective Consumer Products

This great Consumer Reports article explains the dangers for the marketplace that result from forced arbitration. https://www.consumerreports.org/mandatory-binding-arbitration/forced-arbitration-clause-for-concern/

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