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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, asof 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 over... (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?

You see, I don’t see the difference between Dave Ramsey scaring people away from reverse mortgages based on untruths, and some predatory lender who lies to seniors to get them to do something they shouldn’t. Why can't we just be... (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)

Was it worth it?  Yeah, to me it definitely was. (For you maybe the reverse is true.)

Was it worth it?  Yeah, to me it definitely was. (For you maybe the reverse is true.)

If you switch your traditional mortgage to a reverse mortgage and you miss a payment, no one cares… if you miss three payments, no one cares… want to take the whole year off and make no mortgage payments… perfectly fine…... (Continue reading)

I Don’t Care What the Media Says, Housing Market is Horrible, and Homeowners Still Suffering through the Loan Mod Process

I Don’t Care What the Media Says, Housing Market is Horrible, and Homeowners Still Suffering through the Loan Mod Process

I know what sorts of headlines run rampant through the media these days. It’s nothing new… it’s been going on non-stop since at least 2008. It’s also utter and complete nonsense.... (Continue reading)

Even with $2 million in the bank, you should still have a reverse mortgage

Even with $2 million in the bank, you should still have a reverse mortgage

Having saved $2 million in your retirement nest egg is a wonderful accomplishment, and if you’ve done so, you are to be commended. But, it does not mean that you have nothing to worry about when facing what could... (Continue reading)

U.S. News & World Report Presents 4 Alternatives to a Reverse Mortgage

U.S. News & World Report Presents 4 Alternatives to a Reverse Mortgage

If a company was misinforming seniors about reverse mortgages with deceptive advertising in order to sell them on reverse mortgages, everyone would be disgusted and demand that it stop. So, why would anyone be any less outraged with U.S.... (Continue reading)

The 2 Attorneys that Won $16 million Jury Verdict Against PHH Mortgage – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

The 2 Attorneys that Won $16 million Jury Verdict Against PHH Mortgage - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

This is not the first decision that punished a servicer for mistreating a homeowner in the loan modification process, in fact this past year there have been a dozen or more around the country. I think it's safe to... (Continue reading)

Meet the Lawyers who Won $16 Million for CA Homeowner – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Meet the Lawyers who Won $16 Million for CA Homeowner - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

The last thing I wanted to do, however, was write about the decision as being some sort of major victory for homeowners, only to find out that the decision was overturned on appeal next year, because frankly...... (Continue reading)

Helping a Homeowner Succeed with Bank of America/SPS Loan Mod is Like Mardi Gras in June!

Helping a Homeowner Succeed with Bank of America/SPS Loan Mod is Like Mardi Gras in June!

The homeowner below who wrote to me a couple of days ago to thank me for helping her get her Bank of America/SPS loan modified, is one of the homeowners that I hope I know forever. Because Margaret Saizan... (Continue reading)

Even on Some of the Most Progressive Porches in America, Foreclosures Not Well Understood

Even on Some of the Most Progressive Porches in America, Foreclosures Not Well Understood

Okay, so I decided that I would do it… I’d bring up the topic of the ongoing foreclosure crisis. These were my peeps and it’s not like I don’t know a thing or two about the subject matter… maybe... (Continue reading)

A San Clemente Homeowner Writes to Say Thank You for help with Bank of America Mortgage

A San Clemente Homeowner Writes to Say Thank You for help with Bank of America Mortgage

Thank you Martin in helping us to secure a favorable home loan modification with Bank of America by qualifying our intentions, commitment and ability to meet the new loan obligations as well as assist us to elevate our application to... (Continue reading)

New York Launches New Foreclosure Avoidance Program… Hundreds Could be Saved?

New York Launches New Foreclosure Avoidance Program… Hundreds Could be Saved?

The NYS MAP program will be available in Long Island only starting on September 15th, and elsewhere in the State of New York as of October 15th. Loans made under the program can, among other things, be used to... (Continue reading)

Tampa Bay Times: Stop Lying to My 78 Year-Old Mother!

Tampa Bay Times: Stop Lying to My 78 Year-Old Mother!

Doesn’t anyone think it’s bad form to misinform senior citizens… to scare older Americans away from a source of money that could easily be a couple hundred thousand dollars or more by feeding them inaccurate and misleading garbage disguised as... (Continue reading)

Hartford Beats Out Newark for Most Underwater Mortgages… What to Do, What to Do?

Hartford Beats Out Newark for Most Underwater Mortgages... What to Do, What to Do?

However, as it turns out, Newark’s housing market isn’t in the worst shape of any U.S. city. To visit the city with that distinction, you need to head north from Newark about 125 miles… and when you get to... (Continue reading)

HUD to Resolve Key Reverse Mortgage Issues Going Forward

HUD to Resolve Key Reverse Mortgage Issues Going Forward

How would you like to find out that no one had told you that you had easy access to several hundred thousand dollars, and so not knowing, you made other plans that you didn’t want to make and wouldn’t have... (Continue reading)

BREAKING NEWS: Newark Votes, Approves Use of Eminent Domain to Fight Foreclosures–First Domino Falls

BREAKING NEWS: Newark Votes, Approves Use of Eminent Domain to Fight Foreclosures–First Domino Falls

The program would allow homeowners trapped in certain type of mortgage, known as a Private Label Security or PLS Loans, to voluntarily participate in a program where the City purchases these mortgages from investors and repackages them at terms homeowners... (Continue reading)

Anyone Care to Bet? We’re in a Recession Now or Will Be Soon.

Anyone Care to Bet?  We’re in a Recession Now or Will Be Soon.

Can we connect these dots? Housing market takes a dive, consumer spending craters causing retail earnings to collapse, with underlying employment numbers somewhere south of ghastly.... (Continue reading)

Forced Into Foreclosure – Want to See How it Happens?

Forced Into Foreclosure – Want to See How it Happens?

All they wanted to do was save their home, which seemed to me to be a reasonable thing for them to want since there was no question that they had enough income to make their mortgage payment. They never... (Continue reading)

Here Come the Happy Housing Numbers, but Foreclosures Up Year-Over-Year

Here Come the Happy Housing Numbers, but Foreclosures Up Year-Over-Year

In other words, the housing market hasn’t recovered, and won’t recover because it can’t recover until the underlying fundamentals change, and that won’t happen for a long, long time. It certainly won’t happen as long as we refuse to... (Continue reading)

House committee votes to prohibit FHA from financing homes taken using eminent domain

House committee votes to prohibit FHA from financing homes taken using eminent domain

So, if you take the property legally, you cannot use FHA… but if you foreclose illegally and sell it to a bona fide third party, that buyer certainly can use FHA. And if that makes any sense whatsoever to... (Continue reading)

What’s WRONG with Richard Cordray of the CFPB? Tell Me How Can This Happen?

What's WRONG with Richard Cordray of the CFPB?  Tell Me How Can This Happen?

So, why does Cordray make it sound like he’s describing a problem with reverse mortgages when he’s actually not? Why is he scaring seniors away from a reverse mortgage, when it could transform their lives, or save their homes,... (Continue reading)

Major Media Misinforms, Scares Seniors on Reverse Mortgages

Major Media Misinforms, Scares Seniors on Reverse Mortgages

I can’t help but wonder how many seniors have made less favorable decisions as a result of biased and wholly inaccurate reporting on reverse mortgages, but it’s impossible for me to believe that it’s not quite a few. How... (Continue reading)

The blogger, lawyer, banker and borrower: A letter from home thanks to Bank of America.

The blogger, lawyer, banker and borrower: A letter from home thanks to Bank of America.

All we ever wanted was a fixed loan. Between Martin and Nathan Fransen's time and dedication to my family we received a loan modification. The part that to this day will bring tears to my eyes is... (Continue reading)

What Loan Modifications Have to Do with Leaving Money on the Table and Knowing the Value of a Dollar

What Loan Modifications Have to Do with Leaving Money on the Table and Knowing the Value of a Dollar

We need programs that stop foreclosures and provide reasonable resolutions for borrowers faster than one at a time. I don’t want to see another optimistic forecast, like the ones I’ve been shown every single year since the crisis began,... (Continue reading)

Motley Fooled by Reverse Mortgages – New York Times No Better

Motley Fooled by Reverse Mortgages - New York Times No Better

If you’ve seen one article about the “risks" or "perils" or "nightmares," associated with reverse mortgages, you’ve quite literally seen them all. It feels almost like one writer started a chain letter on the subject, and the rest of... (Continue reading)

CNBC’s Diana Olick makes sure no one understands reverse mortgages, I make sure they do.

CNBC's Diana Olick makes sure no one understands reverse mortgages, I make sure they do.

I’m constantly amazed at the negative press and misconceptions surrounding reverse mortgages, because the bottom-line is they are an absolutely wonderful product that almost everyone over 62 years old should have, and yet in a year of talking to seniors... (Continue reading)

A Visit to the Front Lines: Richmond, California, Eminent Domain & Mortgage Resolution Partners

A Visit to the Front Lines: Richmond, California, Eminent Domain & Mortgage Resolution Partners

So, I went to visit Richmond, California, so I could see what the town looked like, and to sit and talk face to face with the CEO of Mortgage Resolution Partners. Join me below and I'll take you on... (Continue reading)

We All Agree: We want to keep people in their homes if possible… sort of.

We All Agree: We want to keep people in their homes if possible… sort of.

So, if Wells Fargo was now willing to allow Arthur to sell the home he’d built and lived in since 1988 for $375,000… why not sell the home to Arthur for $375,000, and Arthur would use a reverse mortgage for... (Continue reading)

Why Does Ocwen Want to Modify Loans? Answer: Because they profit by doing so.

Why Does Ocwen Want to Modify Loans?  Answer: Because they profit by doing so.

The thing is that no one wants to think that the horror show we’ve all witnessed these last five years hasn’t been part of a nefarious plot to steal homes and take over the world somehow. That would at... (Continue reading)

Mortgage Resolution Partners’ Chairman, Steven Gluckstern Says Eminent Domain Plan will Go Forward – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Mortgage Resolution Partners' Chairman, Steven Gluckstern Says Eminent Domain Plan will Go Forward - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Steven Gluckstern is the Executive Chairman of Mortgage Resolution Partners ("MRP"), the company that has been advising cities and municipalities all over the country, and most notably Richmond, California, in their use of eminent domain to take over underwater loans... (Continue reading)

Tom Deutsch of the ASF on Eminent Domain & Loan Modifications – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Tom Deutsch of the ASF on Eminent Domain & Loan Modifications - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

If Professor Robert Hockett is the man behind the plan to use eminent domain to take over underwater loans and write them down for homeowners, Tom Deutsch is his arch nemesis. This is an opportunity to hear how the... (Continue reading)

How to Handle the Increased Costs We’ll All Pay Under ObamaCare

How to Handle the Increased Costs We'll All Pay Under ObamaCare

ObamaCare's out of pocket maximums established by the IRS for 2014 are $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family… so that means that we’ll all pay coinsurance, copays and deductibles up to those out-of-pocket limit amounts… $6350 for... (Continue reading)

It was an honor to help him get his loan modified…

It was an honor to help him get his loan modified...

It was an honor to help Arlie Matthews get his loan modified with Bank of America. At the times when I sit and wonder why I've done what I've done, and how I can possibly continue doing it for... (Continue reading)


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