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Thursday
Jun022011

Thousands of Homeowners Turn Out for Loan Modification Expo

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- More bad economic news is not welcomed for thousands of suffering homeowners camped outside the "Save the Dream" loan modification expo in Los Angeles.  Heading in to meet one-on-one with their lenders, many people are frustrated, angry and hoping this will be their chance to be heard.

Hosted by the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), "Save the Dream" lasts for five days and helps homeowners with loan modifications that could prevent possible foreclosures.  NACA provides these services free of charge.

The pressure of the economy and worry about losing her home has one woman named Versia asking for help.  She says keeping her head above water in this economy is a daily battle.  She's tried to get her loan modified repeatedly, but so far has had no luck for two years.  Now in danger of losing her home, she comes here to see her lender face-to-face.  
 
One look at the crowd at the expo in Los Angeles, and it's clear the economy is still in trouble.

Another woman in danger of losing her home, Kim, has tried to modify her loan for over a year -- ignored by her lender every time.  She says she sees no real signs of hope in the economy, with prices dropping and gas in California still hovering around $4 a gallon.

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Friday
Oct012010

Thousands Line Up for 'Save the Dream' Program, Hoping to Prevent Foreclosure

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Thousands of people have gathered in Los Angeles in a last ditch effort to keep their homes from going into foreclosure. 

Men and women from all over the country stood in line Thursday for a program called "Save the Dream," hoping that an advocacy group can help them renegotiate their mortgages.

The turnout highlights the nation's high foreclosure rate. Some 24 percent of all home sales in the second quarter of this year were foreclosure homes, according to RealtyTrac. These homes, reclaimed by the bank, typically sell at more than a 25 percent discount. Since the recession started in 2007, 2.3 million homes have been foreclosed. The spike is coming down, but just last month, 340,000 homes received a foreclosure notice.

In Los Angeles, hundreds of people began camping out on line at noon Wednesday, like teenagers hoping for concert tickets. But there's a lot more at stake -- all of the people gathered are at risk of losing their homes.

Shirley McCoy became the 1,117th person in line when she arrived at 6:10 a.m. She's a widow with cancer on a fixed income, and she bought her home with more than 50 percent down.

"I'm never late, I make every payment, but I still get denied," said McCoy.

Wachovia Bank has rejected her twice for refinancing, but she vows to continue to fight as long as she can.

The organizers of the "Save the Dream" event put people like McCoy in direct contact with bank representatives. They held exactly the same event in 2009, but more people are showing up this year, even though the recession is now technically over.

California is one of the states that has been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. One out of 10 homes that have been foreclosed upon nationwide are in Los Angeles County.

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