Maui Business

State Launches Mortgage Foreclosure Dispute Resolution Program

October 4, 2011, 3:50 PM HST
* Updated October 5, 6:58 AM
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Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Courtesy photo.

By Sonia Isotov

Starting Monday, owner-occupants of residential property that find themselves in non-judicial foreclosure will have increased opportunities to resolve mortgage issues.

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) today unveiled the Mortgage Foreclosure Dispute Resolution (MFDR) program. It is designed to offer owner-occupants of residential property in non-judicial foreclosure the opportunity to meet directly with their lenders to modify their loans or work out an alternative to the foreclosure process.

“The Mortgage Foreclosure Dispute Resolution program came to be through the collaborative efforts of all three branches of government – executive, legislative, and judicial,” said Keali’i Lopez, Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, in a written statement Monday. “In addition, the program is a key feature of the Abercrombie administration’s ongoing commitment to invest in the people of Hawai’i and may help prevent homeowners from losing their homes.”

Deidre Teagarden, Governor Neil Abercrombie’s Representative on Maui, announced today on her Facebook page that Kealii Lopez will be her guest on the “Governor, Maui and You” radio talk show tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5 at 7:06 a.m. on KAOI 1110AM. Lopez will discuss the Mortgage Foreclosure Dispute Resolution program and take caller questions.

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The MFDR program is the primary component established under Act 48 (Session Laws of Hawai’i 2011) which sought to implement a comprehensive strategy to reform the foreclosure process in Hawai’i. The program will be funded by fees paid by participating lenders and owner-occupants. Under Act 48, MFDR was required to commence on October 1, 2011, and will continue until September 30, 2014.

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Starting today, lenders may begin submitting non-judicial foreclosure notice filings through the program’s website, http://mfdr.ehawaii.gov. To use the electronic filing system, a required subscriber account may be obtained by registering at http://portal.ehawaii.gov/subscriber-services.html.

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