Bill designed to speed up Florida foreclosures reaches governor | Bedford Real Estate

A bill designed to speed up the foreclosure process in Florida passed the state Senate Friday and is now heading off to the governor for final approval, Naples Daily News reported.

The publication explained how the bill is designed to expedite the default process in a state that continues to deal with foreclosure backlogs and issues stemming from the housing meltdown.

The legislation expedites the process by requiring a judge to immediately review any foreclosure filings in chambers without a hearing, before asking the parties to show cause why a final judgment should be entered.

That process allows the judge to enter a final judgment quickly if the lender feels the borrower has no defense. But if a homeowner believes he or she has a case, a judge will be required to hear the homeowner’s case.

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