Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reminds homeowners who are in the midst of struggling to pay their mortgage or are facing a foreclosure that there are consumer programs available to help them out.
Register O’Donnell stated, “While the eastern Massachusetts economy has been robust, some of our neighbors have faced economic hardship. To help those having difficulty paying their mortgage, my office has partnered with reputable agencies by promoting their services when it comes to mortgage modification and foreclosure issues. Consumers can contact either the Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 or Neighbor Works Southern Mass at (508) 587-0950. Another option would be the Massachusetts Attorney General’s HomeCorps program at (617) 573-3333. These agencies provide a range of assistance from helping with the mortgage modification process to providing legal services to stave off a foreclosure as well as offering several forms of credit counseling. Additional information can be found on the Registry’s website, www.norfolkdeeds.org under the Support tab.”
The Register also had a cautionary warning for consumers. “Please be careful and utilize the right source for your needs such as a non-profit or state agency as cited above. Unfortunately, foreclosure rescues and mortgage modification relief are becoming a growing scam. Some unscrupulous private companies look to charge consumers outrageous prices for services and make unrealistic promises to them.”
Generally, during the past several months, a statistical review has shown foreclosure activity has been trending downward, particularly Notice to Foreclose Mortgage filings – the first step in the process. “With that said,” noted O’Donnell, “we realize that while Norfolk County is a destination location to both live and work, there are still some of our neighbors facing economic hardships. During the month of May, there were 22 foreclosures recorded at the Registry and 60 Notice to Foreclose mortgage filings initiated against homeowners.”
Register O’Donnell concluded, “The Registry is proud of its commitment to helping those facing a mortgage delinquency or foreclosure by directing them to the appropriate agency that can hopefully put them back on the road to financial recovery. I urge people who feel that they need such services to contact the agencies referenced above.”
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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.