Hurricane Readiness

HURRICANE READINESS AND SURVIVAL When comparing properties, it is obvious that masonry, especially cement block (or even solid concrete) construction is more resistant to hurricane-strength winds and other storm effects than frame houses. No matter how sturdy a home may appear, if the roof blows off in a storm, the likelihood that the structure will […]

Happy Birthday, CFPB!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turned three years old this month, and every American consumer should celebrate! For those who don’t know, the CFPB was originally proposed by (now Senator) Elizabeth Warren in 2007, and was passed as part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In the wake of the […]

Wells Fargo Foreclosure Manual

Wells Fargo foreclosure manual under fire By Danielle Douglas, The Washington Post Robo-Signing Revisited? In the course of defending a New York homeowner attorney Linda Tirelli says she found a 150-page manual instructing Wells Fargo lawyers how to process foreclosures when the endorsement to the note is missing. Lenders need endorsements to prove that they […]

Under Every Rock

In explaining the labyrinthine world of foreclosures to new clients, I always find myself explaining that “Under every rock you turn over (in mortgage foreclosures), you will find a snake.” And just about everyone (on the plaintiff’s side of foreclosures) gets to play the part of the snake.  The big Wall Street bankers played that […]

Schemes: Equity Stripping

Equity Stripping Another Common Rescue Scheme Equity stripping or equity skimming is a variation on lease-buyback and is one of the most common types of foreclosure rescue schemes.  In it, the perpetrator assumes ownership of the house while allowing the former owner to continue living there, provided that he or she pays rent to the perpetrator, who is the […]

Scheme: Lease-Buyback

Lease-Buyback Schemes A Classic and Widespread Scheme A lease-buyback scheme starts with an offer where the owner can turn the lease over to another, with an option to buy it back later. The owner is promised to be able to rent the property back, which will be counted toward an eventual buyback. These will almost […]

Video: A Moment for Humor

We’re Suckers for a Cute Dog! We spend a lot of time thinking about such heavy, complicated subjects as mortgage securitization, credit-default swaps, and advanced strategies for keeping people in their homes.  Once in a while, though, you just need to relax and enjoy a little simple humor.  In that spirit, meet Clark!