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Kevin Carter (aka Kevin Rasher) Finally In Jail for Defrauding Homeowners… But He Should be Indicted for Murder, Here’s Why

Kevin Carter (aka Kevin Rasher) Finally In Jail for Defrauding Homeowners… But He Should be Indicted for Murder, Here's Why

This story epitomizes why we as a nation needed to do more, not only to prevent foreclosures, but also to stop the scammers targeting those at risk of losing homes.... (Continue reading)

A Reverse Mortgage Ruined His Life?  Nonsense.  Not true.

A Reverse Mortgage Ruined His Life?  Nonsense.  Not true.

The reverse mortgage didn’t cause Mr. Feil any harm. In fact, it’s because of the HECM reverse mortgage that Mr. Feil was able to keep the home instead of losing it to foreclosure.... (Continue reading)

The Foreclosure Crisis is Dead.  Long Live the Foreclosure Crisis.

The Foreclosure Crisis is Dead.  Long Live the Foreclosure Crisis.

RealtyTrac's June foreclosure report puts the best possible face on the foreclosure crisis, instead of admitting that it's far from over... and that HAMP needs to be extended. ... (Continue reading)

What is Credit Damage and What Can You Do About It?

What is Credit Damage and What Can You Do About It?

Credit damage occurs when a bank, other debt collector or a credit reporting agency causes negative information to appear on your credit report.... (Continue reading)

Ex-Goldman Execs Now “Help” Foreclosure Victims Buy Homes at 10% (Homes they probably shouldn’t have lost in the first place?)

Ex-Goldman Execs Now

Shelter Growth Capital Partners, founded by ex-Goldman execs, buy foreclosed homes on the cheap and re-sell them for tens of thousands more at 10% interest rates. From the people who brought you the foreclosure crisis... get ready for the... (Continue reading)

FINALLY… Time Magazine Realizes New Reverse Mortgages May be a Good Idea

FINALLY… Time Magazine Realizes New Reverse Mortgages May be a Good Idea

My point is that Kadlec does a decent job writing about the new HECM reverse mortgage… not a great job, but one that’s better than most. And that’s encouraging.... (Continue reading)

Average Home Prices Are Irrelevant for You or Me

Average Home Prices Are Irrelevant for You or Me

Forecast are predicting home prices will fall over the next 2-3 years. Some say by 10 percent, others say as much as 20 percent. Either way, no credible source is saying averages will rise in the 2-3 years.... (Continue reading)

Why Foreclosures Won’t Be Stopping Anytime Soon

Why Foreclosures Won’t Be Stopping Anytime Soon

The reason foreclosures won't stop is that life events won't stop happening, and we're no longer able to borrow our way out of trouble.... (Continue reading)

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Attorney Mark Didak Who Wrote Amicus Brief in Yvanova v. New Century – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Attorney Mark Didak Who Wrote Amicus Brief in Yvanova v. New Century - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Los Angeles attorney, Mark Didak, who wrote an amicus brief in the Yvanova v. New Century Mortgage case, shares views and excitement related to the decision.... (Continue reading)

Richard Antognini, the Lawyer Who Took Yvanova to California’s Supreme Court – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Richard Antognini, the Lawyer Who Took Yvanova to California's Supreme Court - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Richard Antognini is the lawyer who took the Yvanova v. New Century Mortgage case to California's Supreme Court. Don't miss what he has to say about the case.... (Continue reading)

Max Gardner on Yvanova v. New Century Mortgage – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Max Gardner is one of the superstar lawyers of the foreclosure crisis. Here's a chance to hear his analysis of the recent California Supreme Court decision that everyone's talking about.... (Continue reading)

California Court’s Yvanova Decision Opens Door to Very Dark Room

California Court’s Yvanova Decision Opens Door to Very Dark Room

In Yvanova, the court didn’t say whether her claim that the trust didn't own her loan would prevail, only that a borrower now has standing to make that claim.... (Continue reading)

Max Gardner’s Consumer Defense Academy: Latest in Loss Mitigation – March 19th, Portland

Max Gardner’s Consumer Defense Academy: Latest in Loss Mitigation - March 19th, Portland

Learn the most up-to-date loss mitigation & legal strategies, based on new state & federal statutes that have dramatically changed the playing field.... (Continue reading)

DOER ALERT: Support Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights – Extend Foreclosure Protections to Widowed Spouses

DOER ALERT: Support Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights - Extend Foreclosure Protections to Widowed Spouses

Senate Bill 1150... “clarify the responsibilities of a mortgage lender when a borrower dies and passes the home along to a survivor who wishes to assume the home loan.” Lenders say that widows and heirs, if not on the... (Continue reading)

Okay, so tell me why everyone who can doesn’t use a reverse mortgage this way.

Okay, so tell me why everyone who can doesn’t use a reverse mortgage this way.

Who wouldn’t want a line of credit that’s guaranteed to increase every year even if the home’s value remains flat or goes down. Nothing does what the HECM Line of Credit does.... (Continue reading)

More Crap Reporting on Reverse Mortgages – Joe Hernandez of Newsworks.com

More Crap Reporting on Reverse Mortgages - Joe Hernandez of Newsworks.com

The hardest part of trying to learn about reverse mortgages is wading through the misleading articles, often written by people under 40, who clearly don't know enough about the product or the market to be covering the subject matter.... (Continue reading)

Are You Overestimating Your Ability to Access Your Own Money in Retirement?

Are You Overestimating Your Ability to Access Your Own Money in Retirement?

I’ve found that most homeowners are dramatically overestimating their ability to pay off mortgages in retirement and/or access the equity in their homes once retired.... (Continue reading)

Nationstar: Servicer’s Stock Price Closes at New Low… Look Out Below!

Nationstar: Servicer’s Stock Price Closes at New Low... Look Out Below!

It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about mortgage servicing's latest disaster-in-the-making, Nationstar and today the company's stock sank to a new single-digit low of $8.99.... (Continue reading)

Nationstar: A Multi-billion Dollar Settlement over Foreclosure Practices Waiting to Happen

Nationstar: A Multi-billion Dollar Settlement over Foreclosure Practices Waiting to Happen

Just when I was sure that no servicer could be worse than Wells Fargo or HSBC... here comes Nationstar, a servicer seemingly dedicated to reaching new lows.... (Continue reading)

California No Longer Foreclosure Kingpin? Playing with the data… again.

California No Longer Foreclosure Kingpin? Playing with the data... again.

The headline in the OC Register about California no longer being the foreclosure kingpin is just flat out misleading.... (Continue reading)

Why Did Obama Wait Until December 2015 to Extend Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act?

Why Did Obama Wait Until December 2015 to Extend Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act?

I wonder how many people chose foreclosure last year because the Act had not been extended… only to find out now that Obama made the extension retroactive.... (Continue reading)

California Supreme Court Ruling is an Important Win for Homeowners

California Supreme Court Ruling is an Important Win for Homeowners

California's Supreme Court has ruled... assuming a purchase money mortgage, homeowners don’t have to worry about deficiency judgments regardless of whether foreclosure or short sale.... (Continue reading)

Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act Extended Again… and Again… and Again

Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act Extended Again… and Again... and Again

President Obama extended the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act through December 31, 2016. The extension is retroactive and covers mortgage debt cancelled in 2015. ... (Continue reading)

Measuring the Real Costs of Credit Damage

Measuring the Real Costs of Credit Damage

The question is how you can determine whether the damage done to your credit reaches the degree that it makes sense to try to recover monetary damages as part of a lawsuit.... (Continue reading)

Where did the billions go when banks settled with our government?

Where did the billions go when banks settled with our government?

What if there had been $50 billion to spend on helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. That would be more than we've spent to-date on foreclosure prevention. ... (Continue reading)

’Twas the Night Before Christmas 2015

’Twas the Night Before Christmas 2015

Again it's time for my annual holiday poem. I started writing it in 2007... it's a "year-in-review," read to the rhythm of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. ... (Continue reading)

11 Sale Dates in One Year… and then the bank modified his loan?

You don’t need to keep re-setting a sale date every month... unless you want to absolutely ruin someone’s credit report until it’s beyond recognition. It should show one sale date/Notice of Sale, and then a postponement as he awaited... (Continue reading)

SHOCKING: I just found out the hard way how dangerous Facebook can be.

Shouldn’t Facebook have a big WARNING label on it telling people about their webcams being on even when not in use... and the risks associated with posting personal information and family photos on their pages? Here's what happened to... (Continue reading)

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Does the GOP Want to Win the Presidency in 2016?

Does the GOP Want to Win the Presidency in 2016?

I don't believe that the GOP wants to win the upcoming election. Oh, they want to hold onto their majority in the House, but beyond that I think they like having a democrat to blame.... (Continue reading)

Thanks a lot Volkswagen… 

Thanks a lot Volkswagen... 

Personally, I would rather see VW forced to pay the $18 billion to the people who bought their poison spewing cars... and they could give the EPA let’s say... $100,000. That’s more than the agency deserves for doing such... (Continue reading)

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SIGTARP Report Says 70% Denied for HAMP Loan Modifications – What’s Going On Here?

SIGTARP Report Says 70% Denied for HAMP Loan Modifications - What’s Going On Here?

It’s unconscionable that the loan modification process be allowed to go on as is. The latest SIGTARP Report to Congress makes it clear that servicers need to be made better, or it is likely that HAMP will be with... (Continue reading)

Attorney & Author Dale Wiley Reads from his latest book, Kissing Persuasive Lips

"Kissing Persuasive Lips" is the story of a former banker, Mick Lord, who cashed out when he sold his bank, but after losing his wife to a tragic accident, is finding out the hard way that there are quite a... (Continue reading)

JUST RELEASED: Kissing Persuasive Lips, a Novella by Foreclosure-Fighting Attorney, Dale Wiley

JUST RELEASED: Kissing Persuasive Lips, a Novella by Foreclosure-Fighting Attorney, Dale Wiley

In the tradition of John Grisham, Dale Wiley’s new novella, Kissing Persuasive Lips, introduces anti-bankster hero, Mick Lord. It's a thriller everyone who reads Mandelman Matters will want to read.... (Continue reading)

Hillary wants prosperity, Fonda joins Greenpeace, Yellen Says Crisis “Set to Fade,” and other annoying nonsense.

Hillary wants prosperity, Fonda joins Greenpeace, Yellen Says Crisis “Set to Fade,” and other annoying nonsense.

Have we lost 10 million homes to foreclosure yet? Does anyone even care?... (Continue reading)

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Getting a Mortgage Modified Today – A Real Life Case Study in Crazy

Getting a Mortgage Modified Today - A Real Life Case Study in Crazy

The foreclosure crisis is not getting better, as many would have you believe… in fact, it’s getting worse once again… as its done many times over the last 6 years. ... (Continue reading)

Mandelman’s Best Home Buying Advice for 2015 and Beyond

Mandelman’s Best Home Buying Advice for 2015 and Beyond

There are three ways to increase the equity in a home you own. Two are within a homeowner's control and one is not. And if you're over 62, for heaven's sake, downsize and hold onto your cash for... (Continue reading)

OCC Clamps Down on 6 Banks for Noncompliance with 2011 Consent Orders

OCC Clamps Down on 6 Banks for Noncompliance with 2011 Consent Orders

Servicers were cited for failing to respond to borrower requests for loan modifications, not making a good-faith effort to prevent foreclosures and not having systems in place to track progress.... (Continue reading)

More Consumers Confused by Role of CFPB than Reverse Mortgage Ads

More Consumers Confused by Role of CFPB than Reverse Mortgage Ads

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently conducted a focus group at which they showed reverse mortgage ads, concluding the ads are misleading... but, so what? ... (Continue reading)

What Congress Learned From TARP is Causing the Foreclosure Crisis to Continue

What Congress Learned From TARP is Causing the Foreclosure Crisis to Continue

HAMP is guaranteed to do no more than it has done to-date, and that new defaults and re-defaults will continue to perpetuate the crisis, causing millions more Americans to lose homes unnecessarily.... (Continue reading)

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Foreclosures are UP and Back in the Headlines Again

Foreclosures are UP and Back in the Headlines Again

RealtyTrac just reported that, “bank repossessions hit a 27-month high in April at 45,168, up 50% from a year earlier.” Uh oh... that doesn't sound like it's over, does it?... (Continue reading)

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25 Ways You Know You’re a Guy Over 50…

25 Ways You Know You’re a Guy Over 50...

I just turned 54 and the event caused me to consider what's changed about my thinking and my life since turning the big 5-0. Is it just me, or am I not alone?... (Continue reading)

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I’m Fed Up With Almost Everything in this Country

I’m Fed Up With Almost Everything in this Country

Tweet I’m fed up with, essentially everything.  First of all, we live in a country that, politically speaking, is so comically deadlocked as to be incapable of doing anything.  We’re like a quadriplegic, completely paralyzed from the neck down, pretending... (Continue reading)

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Bank of America Report: Housing to Start 3-Year Price Decline in 2017

Bank of America Report: Housing to Start 3-Year Price Decline in 2017

A Bank of America analyst has published a report predicting the U.S. housing market will experience “three straight years of “modest” declines starting in 2017.... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court Rules… Homeowners Can’t Strip Underwater Seconds in Ch. 7 Bankruptcy

Supreme Court Rules… Homeowners Can't Strip Underwater Seconds in Ch. 7 Bankruptcy

If you have a second that’s underwater, the Supreme Court has ruled that there’s no more getting out of it through bankruptcy. ... (Continue reading)

Counting on Working Past 65 is Statistically, Being Overconfident

Counting on Working Past 65 is Statistically, Being Overconfident

The point is… if the HECM reverse mortgage for purchase makes sense for you then there are some major advantages to using it during your retirement years. If it doesn’t, then don’t do it. But, know the facts... (Continue reading)

Michael “Air” Jordan Sees $15 Mil Disappear into Thin Air

Michael

New home sales are down. They're only a small part of the much larger housing market, but their numbers are important to the U.S. economy in terms of job creation along with being a strong indicator of builder confidence... (Continue reading)

Not Surprisingly, HAMP & HARP Programs Extended Once Again

Not Surprisingly, HAMP & HARP Programs Extended Once Again

The FHFA has announced that it has extended Fannie and Freddie's participation in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) for an additional year, until the end of 2016.... (Continue reading)

Wells Fargo Got the Message from Mandelman’s DOERS… 72-year-old with Alzheimers Will Die at Home

Wells Fargo Got the Message from Mandelman's DOERS... 72-year-old with Alzheimers Will Die at Home

Thank you to my DOERS who DID SOMETHING to let Wells Fargo know how they felt about what was about to happen to Linda Normand. And thank you to Wells Fargo for DOING the RIGHT THING for Linda... (Continue reading)

Wells Fargo is Evicting a 72 Year-old Woman with Advanced Alzheimer’s – Will you try to help stop this from happening?

I don’t know why the bank wants to evict a 72 year-old woman with advanced Alzheimer’s. I don’t know why there aren’t laws to prevent such a thing from happening. ... (Continue reading)

Judge Rules Wells Fargo Failed to Comply with 2010 Settlement – Many homes lost unnecessarily.

Why wouldn’t every homeowner demand Wells Fargo be severely punished for disregarding a legal settlement, and for allowing people to lose homes unnecessarily?... (Continue reading)

Credit Scoooooooooore! By Tom Lewis of DailyImpact.net

Fair Isaac, the FICO score company, announced that they're introducing a new higher score to get people borrowing again. But will we fall for it this time?... (Continue reading)

THE HOMEOWNERS’ ANTHEM – 2015

THE HOMEOWNERS' ANTHEM - 2015

Here lies the body of Mary Lee; tried to modify her loan when she was 33. For over five years she fought to keep her sanity; didn’t tell a soul as a matter of vanity. ... (Continue reading)

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Saxon Settles HAMP Class Action for $4.5 Million… A win for homeowners, LOL

Saxon Settles HAMP Class Action for $4.5 Million… A win for homeowners, LOL

Tweet A class action law suit filed against Saxon Mortgage Services/Morgan Stanley alleged that the servicer improperly denied thousands of California homeowners loan modifications through the federal Home Affordable Modification Plan (HAMP), and as a result, some lost their homes... (Continue reading)

Leave Octogenarians at Home – Stop Evictions after 80.

Leave Octogenarians at Home - Stop Evictions after 80.

Over the last few weeks I’ve learned that we’re a country that actually doesn’t care about people in their 80s that run into financial difficulties. In fact… and as incredible as it may seem, WE EVICT THEM.... (Continue reading)

Study Shows Foreclosure-related Suicides Doubled, 2006 – 2010

Tweet Well, finally, (at least as far as I’m concerned) the American Journal of Public Health has published the results of a comprehensive study on foreclosure- and eviction-related suicide, which it should come as little surprise, shows has more than... (Continue reading)

How & Why I Fell in Love with the Reverse Mortgage

How & Why I Fell in Love with the Reverse Mortgage

Nothing else does what a reverse mortgage does. There’s no real alternative because any other type of home equity loan would require you to make monthly payments, and you can’t retire with high monthly payments or you could end up... (Continue reading)

As Goes California’s Housing Market, So Will Go the Nation’s.

Home sales volume and home prices in Southern California are falling… precipitously. As in… both volume and prices are going down. There are two things I would add to this fact: 1. It’s not just happening here. 2. It... (Continue reading)

The Foreclosure Crisis is Behind Us? Where?  Who says?

Maybe the mainstream media has simply gotten tired of the foreclosure crisis. It’s not like they’ve ever had a particularly good handle on what’s going on in real life when it come to foreclosures and loan modifications in general.... (Continue reading)

Motley Fool’s 10 Reasons Not to Get Reverse Mortgage is So Wrong… but Some Right

Yet another example of shoddy reporting on reverse mortgages. Some of what Bennett writes is correct, but much of it is slanted and the rest is just plain wrong.... (Continue reading)

Republicans Want to Kill HAMP – Are they right or wrong?

Are Republicans monumentally insensitive and inconceivably delusional about loan modifications, as their statements might lead many to conclude? Or are Republicans right about HAMP?... (Continue reading)

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – 2014 (A Political & Social Year-in-Review)

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – 2014  (A Political & Social Year-in-Review)

Yes... usually, I post my annual political and social year-in-review poem (read to "Twas the Night Before Christmas") on the actual night before Christmas, but although I wrote it on December 24th... here I am posting it on January 18th.... (Continue reading)

REALITY CHECK: “Reverse Mortgage Realities” According to The New York Times

REALITY CHECK: “Reverse Mortgage Realities” According to The New York Times

The latest example of bad information on reverse mortgages is by Lisa Prevost, The New York Times, who promises to present “realities of reverse mortgages.” And then doesn't.... (Continue reading)

Love Them or Loathe Them? It helps to understand them. Ron Lieber on Reverse Mortgages.  

Love Them or Loathe Them?  It helps to understand them.  Ron Lieber on Reverse Mortgages.  

Ron Lieber has had years to learn about reverse mortgages, so unless we’re dealing with some sort of learning disability here there's no excuse for him writing this kind of article.... (Continue reading)

Top 10 Most Extreme Sports (that haven’t been invented yet.)

Top 10 Most Extreme Sports (that haven’t been invented yet.)

Type “extreme sports” into YouTube’s search bar today and you may not even believe what you see. There’s no question that extreme sports have gotten way more extreme than they’ve ever been in the past. In fact, some of what... (Continue reading)

Exceptional Insight of Barry Sacks, Esq. on Reverse Mortgages – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Exceptional Insight of Barry Sacks, Esq. on Reverse Mortgages - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Do you think you already know enough about reverse mortgages? Well, I promise... you don't. Listen to this and learn things you can't learn anywhere else. ... (Continue reading)

RealtyTrac: Land mines threaten housing recovery, could trigger surge in defaults.

RealtyTrac: Land mines threaten housing recovery, could trigger surge in defaults.

RealtyTrac has been telling the country about housing recovery and that there’s no bad time to buy a home… now they sound a lot like Mandelman Matters.... (Continue reading)

How and Why Congress Changed the Reverse Mortgage in 2008

How and Why Congress Changed the Reverse Mortgage in 2008

Congress recognized the important role that reverse mortgages play so in HERA they offered greater protections and increased utility to homeowners.... (Continue reading)

Want to Know What I Just Heard About Reverse Mortgages?

Want to Know What I Just Heard About Reverse Mortgages?

“I heard they cost $112,000.” I’m dumbfounded at how many talk about a reverse mortgage without mentioning that they don’t know what they’re talking about. ... (Continue reading)

Exit, Stage Right – Fed to Stop Bond Buying, Uncharted Waters Ahead

Exit, Stage Right – Fed to Stop Bond Buying, Uncharted Waters Ahead

The Fed has unquestionably made it clear that quantitative easing is coming in for a landing, so get ready everyone. Buckle your seat belts because we’re going to experience some turmoil ahead.... (Continue reading)

Views on Reverse Mortgages from Around the World

Views on Reverse Mortgages from Around the World

Tweet   It’s utterly amazing how this country has managed to adopt such a warped view of reverse mortgages. Somehow, we’ve managed to take a government insured mortgage that doesn’t require monthly payments and turn it into a bad thing.... (Continue reading)

California Homeowner Loses $16.2 Million Awarded by Jury

California Homeowner Loses $16.2 Million Awarded by Jury

What’s the worst case for Mr. Linza at this point? His loan was around $240,000 plus the arrearages, which I suppose could amount to six figures… but still. He can’t be more than $158,000 behind, right? So, assuming that’s true,... (Continue reading)

LATE START STRATEGY: Creating retirement income to last a lifetime… even if you haven’t saved a nickel.

LATE START STRATEGY: Creating retirement income to last a lifetime… even if you haven’t saved a nickel.

Is it even possible to be financially prepared for thirty years of living without getting a paycheck from work? The answer is simple: INCOME. And even without savings it can be done.... (Continue reading)

SAY WATT? Fannie & Freddie Encourages Sub-Prime Lending, Can Mean Only 3% Down

SAY WATT? Fannie & Freddie Encourages Sub-Prime Lending, Can Mean Only 3% Down

FHFA director Mel Watt, not ironically speaking while in Las Vegas, offered government’s desperate response to help housing… the only thing they can think of to do at this point. ... (Continue reading)

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AMERICA’S BILLIONAIRES: Aristocracies that are sure to be with us for a very long time.

AMERICA’S BILLIONAIRES: Aristocracies that are sure to be with us for a very long time.

We have 97 billionaires, each with over $5 billion. After this generation is gone, that number will likely double. We creating aristocracies. Inequality USA.... (Continue reading)

GAO REPORT SAYS IT AGAIN: Treasury NEEDS to improve HAMP Data Analysis

GAO REPORT SAYS IT AGAIN: Treasury NEEDS to improve HAMP Data Analysis

Latest GAO Report once again has recommended that Treasury improve its capability to track and analyze data related to HAMP loan modifications. Again and again.... (Continue reading)

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Foreclosures Rising 1st Time in 3 Years, Says RealtyTrac. So, is that good or bad?

Foreclosures Rising 1st Time in 3 Years, Says RealtyTrac.  So, is that good or bad?

We have to take steps to put an end to foreclosures caused by the meltdown… not slow them down with another bandage, but actually make a commitment to stop the bleeding. We have to come to realize what’s still happening... (Continue reading)

Bank of America: Lending Tight as Ever and Won’t Change Soon

Bank of America: Lending Tight as Ever and Won't Change Soon

What compelled me to write after reading the Origination News article was that it told a story that I’ve longed to read for a long time… finally, the mortgage industry was taking over my job these last six years, by... (Continue reading)

Future SHOCK for Older Homeowners: You Won’t Get a HELOC, a Second, or Refi based on your Equity

Future SHOCK for Older Homeowners: You Won’t Get a HELOC, a Second, or Refi based on your Equity

If you’re over 62, you have to ask yourself what you’d do in the event your income dropped or your expenses rose unexpectedly? You could tap your savings, but that's not something you want to do because spending your nest... (Continue reading)

Dear Bloomberg & Financial Advisors: They can’t get a HELOC & don’t want to sell their homes.

Dear Bloomberg & Financial Advisors: They can’t get a HELOC & don’t want to sell their homes.

Okay, Ben you blew it on reverse mortgages, but I feel certain that you’ll try very hard not to let it happen again. It’s important, because if you get it wrong, you might end up writing something that ends... (Continue reading)

HOMEOWNER ALERT: Mortgage Investors Fraud Recovery’s 50-2-40 Program & CFLA’s Quiet Title, Audits and Experts

HOMEOWNER ALERT: Mortgage Investors Fraud Recovery’s 50-2-40 Program & CFLA’s Quiet Title, Audits and Experts

MIFR and Group Trust are clearly scamming homeowners, and should be shut down. And what CFLA’s website claims about their people and their audits, and what can be found out about their performance in the real world are as... (Continue reading)

How are you feeling and what are you thinking? A Mandelman Matters Survey.

How are you feeling and what are you thinking?  A Mandelman Matters Survey.

I really want to know how you're feeling and what you're thinking. If you wouldn't mind taking a few minutes to answer these 12 questions, it would really help me understand what's going on out there. And I'd... (Continue reading)

Percentage Over 65 Still Paying a Mortgage Doubles to 40%

Percentage Over 65 Still Paying a Mortgage Doubles to 40%

Tweet   According to a new report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, as of 2010, “40 percent of households 65 and up were still paying a mortgage.”  In 1992, according to the report, there were only about 18 percent... (Continue reading)

Do I Qualify for a HAMP Loan Modification?  Does it Really Matter?

Do I Qualify for a HAMP Loan Modification?  Does it Really Matter?

Do you qualify for a HAMP loan modification? It’s worth noting that prior to 2008, I would have to say that the question of qualifying for a loan modification had never been asked of anyone, because for all intents... (Continue reading)

Downsizing and Downgrading… Requirements for Retirement

Downsizing and Downgrading… Requirements for Retirement

More and more Americans are finding retirement more of an impossible dream than an American one. Baby boomers are delaying retirement or working through it, and most are woefully short of the amounts they'd need to retire. But... (Continue reading)

Understanding The Black Swan… Thy Name is Retirement

Understanding The Black Swan… Thy Name is Retirement

Reverse mortgages can help us deal with the Black Swan event we’re most familiar with today... the meltdown in home prices that began in 2007 and left tens of millions of American homeowners “underwater,” or in other words, owing more... (Continue reading)

Court Rules Against the Robinson’s in Quiet Title Case  (You can’t file for quiet title and not invite MERS to the party.)

Court Rules Against the Robinson’s in Quiet Title Case  (You can’t file for quiet title and not invite MERS to the party.)

Or, let’s be honest about this… a more accurate way to describe what happened here, would be to say that the Robinsons didn’t want to notify MERS, because they wanted the default judgment that was likely to result from only... (Continue reading)

RealtyTrac’s Blomquist: The Foreclosure Crisis is Well Behind Us.  Mandelman: Oh, Shut-up Daren. 

RealtyTrac's Blomquist: The Foreclosure Crisis is Well Behind Us.  Mandelman: Oh, Shut-up Daren. 

Frankly, I’m both tired of being proven right and shocked that it hasn't happened sooner and by someone with even more intellectual prominence. Derwood Blomquist just assured the nation that the foreclosure crisis was… what were the exact words... (Continue reading)

Why Can’t Dave Ramsey Get his Facts Straight on Reverse Mortgages?

Why Can't Dave Ramsey Get his Facts Straight on Reverse Mortgages?

Reverse mortgages are an extremely important financial tool for millions of Americans... and more and more every day. When Dave Ramsey writes about them, he needs to be accurate... and he's not. And that's a problem. ... (Continue reading)

University Professors Research Reverse Mortgages, Set Record Straight – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

University Professors Research Reverse Mortgages, Set Record Straight - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Professor Johnson was actually primarily motivated to study and write about reverse mortgages by the the media's horribly slanted and generally inaccurate coverage of reverse mortgages, and he shares some examples that will make you cringe. A GREAT INTERVIEW FOR... (Continue reading)

Patience is more than just a virtue… it could save your home from foreclosure.

Patience is more than just a virtue… it could save your home from foreclosure.

Here are my 12 RULES for Contacting Servicers... Getting your loan modified is easier today than its ever been… that’s a fact. But coming to the table with the baggage of whatever happened last time will only increase the... (Continue reading)

How & Why to Retire South of the Border (at least Part-Time)

How & Why to Retire South of the Border (at least Part-Time)

If you’ve been reading what I’ve been writing about reverse mortgages over this past year, it should be becoming clear that they are incredibly flexible and can be used for many purposes… from protecting a home from foreclosure in the... (Continue reading)

Loan Modification Misinformation or Lies… I Just Can’t Take Much More of This 

Loan Modification Misinformation or Lies… I Just Can’t Take Much More of This 

It’s been six years since this crisis began, and it’s shocking how far we haven’t come as far as loan modifications are concerned. But, at this point it’s not the servicers that are causing most of the problems… it’s... (Continue reading)

Why Doesn’t Every Realtor in the Country Know About This?

Why Doesn’t Every Realtor in the Country Know About This?

Now, you tell me… why doesn’t every single Realtor in the country know about this older-buyer assistance program from HUD? I know it’s relatively new… since 2009… but that’s still five years ago. How long should it take... (Continue reading)

And Here’s to You Mr. & Mrs. Robinson – Will Quiet Title Hold Up in California?

And Here’s to You Mr. & Mrs. Robinson – Will Quiet Title Hold Up in California?

I just want to point out that California homeowners should not be in any sort of hurry to follow in the footsteps of Robinson v. MERS. While I understand why many homeowners would describe this case in positive terms…... (Continue reading)

IF YOU’RE  62+ AND STILL PAYING A MORTGAGE… Here are 7 Reasons You Can End Up in Foreclosure and How to Protect Your Home Now

IF YOU'RE  62+ AND STILL PAYING A MORTGAGE... Here are 7 Reasons You Can End Up in Foreclosure and How to Protect Your Home Now

Now, I’m not saying that anyone should have known about any of this. The fact is that his article, and others I’ve written in the recent past, appear to be the first in the country to propose switching to... (Continue reading)

Mortgage Originations Are Down by 60-70% Year-Over-Year… But Everything’s Okay

Mortgage Originations Are Down by 60-70% Year-Over-Year… But Everything’s Okay

So, the mortgage industry has seen originations fall in a single year by 60-70 percent, but the housing markets are okay, in fact they’re recovering all around us every day, and prices are up. ... (Continue reading)

Use a Reverse Mortgage to Prevent Foreclosure and to Leave Your Home to the Kids Free and Clear

Use a Reverse Mortgage to Prevent Foreclosure and to Leave Your Home to the Kids Free and Clear

In fact, by doing it with a HECM mortgage, you increase your chances of being able to leave your home to your kids free and clear because you’ve eliminated the risk that you’ll end up in foreclosure because you couldn't... (Continue reading)

Why the Media Misinforming Seniors on Reverse Mortgages is Wrong and Even Dangerous

Why the Media Misinforming Seniors on Reverse Mortgages is Wrong and Even Dangerous

And reverse mortgages keep homes safe from foreclosure, and millions of seniors have lost homes from foreclosure over the last five years. Many were denied loan modifications because they had equity in their homes. I can’t help but... (Continue reading)

Finally, Florida & Connecticut AGs Shut Down Mass Joinder Lawsuit Scams

Finally, Florida & Connecticut AGs Shut Down Mass Joinder Lawsuit Scams

The real danger of mass joinder lawsuit scams is that the homeowners wouldn’t find out for several years that they’d been scammed, when finally a court dismissed their suits, and they were harder for authorities to police and shut down... (Continue reading)

Gifts From My Father… And Mom Let Him Live.

Gifts From My Father... And Mom Let Him Live.

But, make no mistake about it… that evening back in the late 60’s… Mom let him live. She let him off with a song about a Kenmore dishwasher from Sears… a song that sounded a lot like “Home on... (Continue reading)


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