Guest Essay: Foreclosure behind us; wish that were true

By Bob Murray

East Naples – I’ll bet a lot of folks think the foreclosure issue is just about behind us all; wish that were true!

For many reasons the matter of too many people in jeopardy of losing their homes remains one of the most challenging in our community today. Since January 2007, Collier County has been hit with over 20,000 foreclosures, and although new filings dropped by more than 50 percent, experts believe that the pace will quicken in the second half of 2011.

According to the TransUnion Credit Agency, in February approximately 14.5 percent of all Florida homeowners were 60 days in arrears in their mortgage payments and affected homeowner and condominium associations. Read more …

Extension to Stay in U.S. Offered to Haitian Earthquake Refugees

Federal authorities are permitting Haitians who fled their impoverished country before and after last year’s devastating earthquake more time to stay in the United States.

Haitian nationals who were already living in the U.S. before the earthquake and who were granted temporary protection status can apply for an 18-month extension to remain, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.

About 48,000 Haitian nationals fall into this status and their temporary protection was due to expire July 22, which was a “great concern,” said Maureen Kelleher, managing attorney for the Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Now they can apply to stay until Jan. 22, 2013. Read more …