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House passes foreclosure bills to help Colorado homeowners

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House passes foreclosure bills to help Colorado homeowners

A pair of bills meant to help homeowners avoid foreclosure passed in the Colorado House Tuesday morning.

HB14-1295, sponsored by Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver, prohibits so-called “dual tracking,” in which a lender negotiates with a borrower while simultaneously pursuing foreclosure.

The bill also requires a lender to establish a single point of contact for the borrower to communicate with the lender concerning foreclosure matters, ending the runaround reported by many homeowners involved in loan modifications.

It was sent to the Senate on a 38-27 vote, with Rep. Jared Wright, R-Fruita, joining the House Democrats in support of the bill.

During the debate, Rep. Spencer Swalm, R-Centennial, first railed against the $800 billion that the federal government spent bailing out Wall Street banks, but later said he liked the bill because he thinks it levels the playing field somewhat between banks and homeowners.

Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, joined him in support of the bill, saying that while she is leery of too much government involvement in private transactions, she thinks HB 1312 can give people who have lost a job or lost a spouse the temporary stability of not losing their home as they figure out their immediate future.

HB14-1312, sponsored by Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, delays the sale of foreclosed properties and passed 46-19. It will now go on to the Senate.

The bill continues the state’s foreclosure deferment program, which is scheduled to sunset at the end of the fiscal year.

Under the program, county public trustees are required to delay the scheduled sale of a foreclosed property for up to 90 days for homeowners who meet specific eligibility requirements.

Draper Heather (2014 March 25) House passes foreclosure bills to help Colorado homeowners Retrieved on March 30, 2014 From BizJournals.com