Posts Tagged ‘FHA’

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)

We’ve Solved a National Foreclosure Crisis Before, Why Not Now?

We’ve Solved a National Foreclosure Crisis Before, Why Not Now?

A large part of this protracted recession it said is due to households trying to reduce their debt levels, which in turn leads to less spending in the economy, driving the recession deeper and further.... (Continue reading)

HUD Revises the Rules Related to Reverse Mortgages

HUD Revises the Rules Related to Reverse Mortgages

HUD’s new rules related to reverse mortgages are just a part of those changes made in the wake of the financial crisis and resulting economic meltdown, and in fact, relative to changes made that affect other areas of mortgage finance,... (Continue reading)

If FHA’s losses are due to bad economy, why is Fannie blaming borrowers in lawsuit against Bank of America?

If FHA's losses are due to bad economy, why is Fannie blaming borrowers in lawsuit against Bank of America?

Of course, what Bachus fails to mention is that if our government had done ANYTHING RIGHT in terms of dealing with the economic crisis that started in 2007… if even ONE of the programs that have been implemented over the... (Continue reading)

LBO AMERICA with Catherine Austin Fitts, A Mandelman Matters Podcast

LBO AMERICA with Catherine Austin Fitts, A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Catherine Austin Fitts has perspective on the housing and mortgage meltdown like no other. Under President George Herbert Walker Bush, she was Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at HUD, where she basically ran the Federal Housing... (Continue reading)

A Letter to Brian Stevens at TBWS: We Need More Houses?

A Letter to Brian Stevens at TBWS: We Need More Houses?

Just to make sure I understand what you said there… the problem is that there aren't enough homes for people to buy? We're having a shortage of houses for sale, are we? Wow… you know, I was sleeping... (Continue reading)

MM PODCAST: From Fannie Mae to FHA – Edward Pinto Wants Government Out of Housing Finance

MM PODCAST: From Fannie Mae to FHA - Edward Pinto Wants Government Out of Housing Finance

On this Mandelman Matters Podcast, I ask Ed about the results of his extensive research into the FHA, which he refers to as the "new sub-prime," and "the next bailout." His extensive study of the FHA's data in terms... (Continue reading)

Nothing Goes Down in a Straight Line

Nothing Goes Down in a Straight Line

But, the structural problems we face have NOT changed, so I see no possibility that we aren't going to see some continued weakening in the housing market in the years ahead, and I don't care whether we're talking Phoenix, or... (Continue reading)

Frank & Brian in Arizona for Spring Training: Think… Not, Work… Not.

Frank & Brian in Arizona for Spring Training: Think... Not, Work... Not.

Who knows... trying to pick the bottom has long since proven itself to be a fool's errand anyway, right? It certainly should have by now. My advice would be to buy on the way up. Missing the... (Continue reading)

HUD Investigation Shows Banks Covered Up Widespread Illegal Acts – Government offers to bring them their check and validate their parking

HUD Investigation Shows Banks Covered Up Widespread Illegal Acts - Government offers to bring them their check and validate their parking

According to Shahien’s story in HuffPo, the secret investigations were initiated in response to last year’s reports, which indicated that large lenders were improperly accelerating foreclosure proceedings… or, in other words… look who just figured out that robo-signing affidavits and... (Continue reading)

Foreclosures Increase 11.2% in Third Quarter over Second Quarter of 2010. And that means…

Foreclosures Increase 11.2% in Third Quarter over Second Quarter of 2010. And that means...

Oh joy! Foreclosures should be peaking next year! Well there’s something to look forward to, wouldn’t you say? Why will they be peaking next year, you may wonder? Well, I’m forecasting they based on the current... (Continue reading)

Foreclosure Fraud: Tough Issues With Which to Grapple

Foreclosure Fraud: Tough Issues With Which to Grapple

Just in case any children are reading this, and one never knows about such things, forgery and perjury are never found on the right path to follow when attempting to cover up, flagrant and immeasurable fraud and massive malfeasance, boys... (Continue reading)

Report Shows Treasury Disagrees With Loan Mod Decisions at Chase, Wells & BofA – Requires Servicers to Make Changes Going Forward

Report Shows Treasury Disagrees With Loan Mod Decisions at Chase, Wells & BofA – Requires Servicers to Make Changes Going Forward

Well, in the August HAMP Report, which is published monthly by Treasury, is a chart that shows that Treasury has disagreed with a higher than average number of the decisions being made by CHASE, Wells Fargo and Bank of America.... (Continue reading)

Podcast: Mandelman in the Morning – Labor Day

Podcast: Mandelman in the Morning - Labor Day

1. Lehman Bros. CEO says bankruptcy wasn't Lehman's Fault. 2. Stimulus is folly. 3. Call it a depression. 4. Geithner's happy about HAMP. 5. Foreclosures breed foreclosures. 6. AZ's loan mod program won't work. ... (Continue reading)

Care to Guess How Many NEW Homes Sold Over $750,000 in June and July?

Care to Guess How Many NEW Homes Sold Over $750,000 in June and July?

The biggest question I have about the real estate market is… why are we all pretending that there’s a real estate market at all. There’s no real estate market in this country, hasn’t been one since July 10, 2007,... (Continue reading)

Mandelman on the News Dissector Radio Show

Mandelman on the News Dissector Radio Show

My goodness, I've been doing quite a few radio programs on the foreclosure crisis and loan modifications and the economy lately, have you noticed? I really like doing the radio show thing, it's a lot easier than writing long,... (Continue reading)

Barofsky’s Report: Taxpayer Support for Financial Sector Now $3.7 Trillion

Barofsky’s Report: Taxpayer Support for Financial Sector Now $3.7 Trillion

Taxpayer support for the financial system grew by $700 billion last year, and has now reached roughly $3.7 trillion, including TARP, Federal Reserve programs, asset guarantees and federal bank deposit insurance, among other commitments. ... (Continue reading)

Ratings Agencies Panic: New Financial Reform Bill Means Expert Liability

Ratings Agencies Panic: New Financial Reform Bill Means Expert Liability

Perhaps most notably, but least mentioned, the bill requires the credit rating agencies, Moody’s, Fitch, and Standard & Poors, to not only be more transparent, but also potentially liable for issuing “bad ratings” on bonds. The role of the... (Continue reading)

JPMorgan Chase Blows Away Analysts’ Estimates, Lies Beyond Expectations

JPMorgan Chase Blows Away Analysts’ Estimates, Lies Beyond Expectations

But, I suppose as long as Geithner doesn’t make the mega-bank write down any losses in the future, everything will work out just fine and dandy. What, me worry? No chance of that. Besides, I don’t know... (Continue reading)

Elizabeth Warren on the Foreclosure Crisis

Elizabeth Warren on the Foreclosure Crisis

Elizabeth Warren: "It's about respect. I believe that the American people ought to be part of the conversation about what's happening in our economy, and what's happening in Washington D.C. and what's happening on Wall Street. I truly... (Continue reading)

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For Bankers of Failed Financial Institutions… the Pain Is Not Over Yet

For Bankers of Failed Financial Institutions… the Pain Is Not Over Yet

Shiela! There you are! Where the heck have you been girl? Last I heard, Hank Paulson sent you for coffee, and you’ve been standing in Geithner’s shadow ever since. It’s about damn time, girl! ... (Continue reading)

Optimism is Hard Thing of Which to Let Go – The Car Sales Recovery Surprise

Optimism is Hard Thing of Which to Let Go – The Car Sales Recovery Surprise

Tell you what WSJ people… next time feel free to call me on stuff like that. I don’t depend on automakers breaking things out, I actually have functioning eyes and ears and I use them pretty much all the... (Continue reading)

I Guess Nobody Wants to Read Bad News: Fed Chair Ben Bernanke’s Testimony to Congress

I Guess Nobody Wants to Read Bad News: Fed Chair Ben Bernanke’s Testimony to Congress

People… we have to stop the foreclosures. They breed more foreclosures. They reduce spending and lower tax receipts. They cause increased unemployment. They cause more bonds to default. They make our banks insolvent. They... (Continue reading)

Books That Matter: Crisis Economics, by Nouriel Roubini & Stephen Mihm

Books That Matter: Crisis Economics, by Nouriel Roubini & Stephen Mihm

Roubini explains things I didn’t previously understand, such as the details of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s and Treasury Secretary Geithner’s response to the meltdown. Oh, I knew some of what those two had done, but not enough in terms... (Continue reading)

FHA-HAMP Helped 171 Homeowners Nationwide in April

FHA-HAMP Helped 171 Homeowners Nationwide in April

The HUD Neighborhood Watch Website shows 171 FHA-HAMP modifications for the month of April 2010. What? Did they have to win a drawing?... (Continue reading)

Obama Administration to Announce Expansion of HAMP – Principal Reductions and Help for Unemployed

Obama Administration to Announce Expansion of HAMP – Principal Reductions and Help for Unemployed

On Friday, the White House is expected to announce an expansion of the president’s Making Home Affordable loan modification program to include reducing the mortgage loan balances for some homeowners, and providing additional temporary assistance to unemployed homeowners. ... (Continue reading)

MANDELMAN’S MONTHLY MUSELETTER ISSUE 6.0

MANDELMAN'S MONTHLY MUSELETTER  ISSUE 6.0

1. Obama Administration touts success with housing. 2. Quotes about Goldman Sachs. 3. HAMP Waiver 4. FHA is Going Down 5. Florida Bankers Draft Legislation... (Continue reading)


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