CAMBRIDGE -- Southern Middlesex District Register of Deeds Maria C. Curtatone is working with the Attorney General's office and the Massachusetts's HomeCorps to provide Middlesex County homeowners facing foreclosure with information about the HomeCorps Loan Modification Initiative. The program, funded from a portion of the $44.5 million paid to Massachusetts under the settlement of a lawsuit against five major national mortgage lenders for unlawful foreclosure practices, offers borrowers facing foreclosure referrals for loan modification and legal assistance.

"We have had a number of homeowners come in to our Registry of Deeds looking for information and assistance in dealing with a pending foreclosure of their home," Register Curtatone explained. "While we cannot provide direct legal assistance we can now provide those homeowners with contact information from HomeCorps and a list of legal services providers in Middlesex County who, through the program, provide legal assistance at no cost to qualified borrowers. If a homeowner can modify their loan and remain in their homes, it helps not only the homeowner but the community as well by reducing the number of vacant properties that can attract crime and perpetuate blight".

Curtatone, the newly elected Register of the southern district of Middlesex County, the largest district in the state, has made a number of improvements at the registry office in Cambridge, including a newly reconstructed Welcome Center where the public can obtain the HomeCorps informational pamphlet and the list of legal service providers.


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The Middlesex South Registry of Deeds, open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, is located at 208 Cambridge St., Cambridge, near the Lechmere MBTA station.

For information, contact Edward M. Wheeler, assistant register, at edward.wheeler@sec.state.ma.us or call 617-679-6319.