The Housing Vultures – New Book Review

A Review by Francesca Mari

Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream by Aaron Glantz

“In an alternate reality, the one progressives wanted, the government wouldn’t have bailed out the banks during the 2008 crash. When mortgage-backed securities began catching flame like newspaper under logs, the government would have prioritized struggling homeowners instead. It would have created a corporation to buy back the

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No Martha this is an opportunity — not a tragedy — for the public to deal with mortgage “servicers”

Dear God – I love this post. And just before Good Friday and Easter – Thank you. Amen!

Living Lies: “If the investment banks and the investors are not losing money arising from “nonpayments”, forbearances sand moratoriums then who is losing money?

The myth is that servicers are losing money. That isn’t true. Mr. Cooper, Ocwen et al have no liability to investors. Who does?

It turns out that the investment banks have a theoretical discretionary liability to investors that they are only honoring because they are trying to sell more certificates. They have no obligation to actually make those payments because this is an “event” (in their contract with investors) that they could declare and thus temporarily or permanently reduce or suspend payments to investors.”

One Question, Mr . Cooper – Whaddah y’all do with the $29+ Trillion in Bailout money from the Federal Reserve from 2007-2010? http://www.levyinstitute.org/pubs/wp_698.pdf

Source: No Martha this is an opportunity — not a tragedy — for the public to deal with mortgage “servicers”

How Homeowners Can Weaponize Mediation Process

LIVING LIES: “The foreclosure mill lawyer should be pressed as to the identity of his client and whether he represents, for example, US Bank, or some trust or some “certificate holders.” The lawyer can’t answer because the answer is none of the above. The lawyer represents a servicer who is receiving instructions from an investment bank. The lawyer will give an evasive answer. The homeowner should object and request the mediator note that the appearance of the Plaintiff is in question and unresolved.”

Source: How Homeowners Can Weaponize Mediation Process

What Aggressive Discovery Looks Like and What Eventually Happens to Stonewalling Servicers and Banks

LIVING LIES: “But since hardly anyone persists, the banks continue to stonewall. Despite the fact that the foreclosure is a hoax, they win because homeowners either give up or don’t pay a lawyer enough money to really litigate the case for them. They want the result without paying for it. Our system doesn’t work that way…”

Source: What Aggressive Discovery Looks Like and What Eventually Happens to Stonewalling Servicers and Banks

Actual Fiction and Legal Fiction: Why the Big Settlements Are Not Reducing Borrower Debt

LIVING LIES: “It’s complicated. Giving the investors money was a pay down of the obligation owed by the investment Banks, not the Borrowers. It didn’t change anything in the trust.

But that begs the real question. The trust never owned anything to begin with. The trust does not exist as a legal person under any law of any jurisdiction simply because there is absolutely nothing in it. Therefore there is no law that could or would support any claim on behalf of a REMIC trust as a claimant in bankruptcy, a Plaintiff in judicial foreclosure or a beneficiary in nonjudicial foreclosure.

Yes it is that simple. But getting there is difficult particularly when dealing with widely held misconceptions of the facts. And failure to raise the point might in effect give the lawyers for “the trust” judicial standing for the purpose of that action in court.”

Source: Actual Fiction and Legal Fiction: Why the Big Settlements Are Not Reducing Borrower Debt

The Reason Why the PSA Becomes Part of the Loan Contract and Therefore the Borrower Has Standing to at Least Make Inquiries About the PSA Terms, Exhibits and Actual Workings of the Parties to It

LIVING LIES: “The bottom line is that every decision regarding payoff, collection, forbearance and foreclosure must satisfy the conditions of the alleged REMIC securitization.

The securitization is most often proffered in court in the form of a Pooling and Servicing Agreement (PSA) which in turn is supposed to have a Mortgage Loan Schedule (MLS) attached but the MLS is actually a fabricated document that didn’t exist when the PSA was created.

So if you want to settle a foreclosure, it must pass through several layers of approvals, and the authority for each level is in considerable doubt.”

Source: The Reason Why the PSA Becomes Part of the Loan Contract and Therefore the Borrower Has Standing to at Least Make Inquiries About the PSA Terms, Exhibits and Actual Workings of the Parties to It

Foreclosures and Evictions Grinding to a Temporary Halt

Besides giving the obvious relief to many homeowners facing dispossession from their homes, this provides homeowners with a unique period of time in which they can prepare to confront the participants who are pursuing schemes of illegal foreclosures. While most foreclosures and evictions will be suspended don’t make the mistake of thinking they are cancelled.…

Source: Foreclosures and Evictions Grinding to a Temporary Halt

The Real Story Behind Wells Fargo Scandals

So the question of the day is this: After tallying all of the Wells Fargo scandals why would anyone, much less a judge, accept the facial validity of documents knowing that the source of those documents had engaged in a long-term pattern of conduct that involved falsifying documents?

Why would any judge not insist on actual proof instead of allowing Wells Fargo to make use of presumptions based upon the apparent credibility of documents?

Good questions. So Judge, you follow this – can you answer these questions honestly? Are you compromised? Is (or was) your own mortgage with Wells Fargo? Are you invested in “preferred” (betting against the American Homeowners) MBS?

Source: The Real Story Behind Wells Fargo Scandals

Closely Watched Case on Disgorgement Could Have Effects on Foreclosure Litigation

There is nothing wrong with securitization. it has been the basis for capitalism for hundreds of years. You can argue about the flaws of capitalism but it is still the best system devised, so far, in human evolution. But theft is not capitalism.

Unfortunately the United States Supreme Court seems to be moving dangerously close the edge by allowing theft to prevail and the Securities and Exchange Commission is arguing with the court about it. For those concerned about the future of the country now i the time to start making calls to public figures and letting them know how you feel about this.

Source: Closely Watched Case on Disgorgement Could Have Effects on Foreclosure Litigation