Posts Tagged ‘trial modifications’

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Christopher Whalen Quotes Me on HousingWire, Then Tom Cox Slams Me and Whalen on HousingWire

Christopher Whalen Quotes Me on HousingWire, Then Tom Cox Slams Me and Whalen on HousingWire

Tweet   So, here’s how my day went today… It started with Christopher Whalen quoting me in his article on HousingWire.  Chris had told me yesterday that he was planning on quoting me in an article, but I didn’t know... (Continue reading)

Following in the Rich Tradition of Appraisal Fraud, Servicers Using Zillow® for Home Values

Following in the Rich Tradition of Appraisal Fraud, Servicers Using Zillow® for Home Values

Using a Zestimate to determine a home’s value is almost like trying to make your mortgage payment using Monopoly money. And yet, homeowners and others involved in loan modifications from around the country have confirmed being told by Chase,... (Continue reading)

Is Eminent Domain for Underwater Loans Good for Homeowners? A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Is Eminent Domain for Underwater Loans Good for Homeowners?  A Mandelman Matters Podcast

The man who wrote the plan to use eminent domain to take over underwater loans and write them down for homeowners that started in Richmond in earnest, but is now being considered in one form or another by something... (Continue reading)

Effectiveness of Government Plan to Create Foreclosures to Increase as Rates Rise

Effectiveness of Government Plan to Create Foreclosures to Increase as Rates Rise

HAMP modifications are about to start seeing rates reset higher, and Treasury says more foreclosures will be the result. ... (Continue reading)

POWER TOOLS for Investor Denials, the NPV Discussion, and Pushing a Servicer to Modify a Loan

POWER TOOLS for Investor Denials, the NPV Discussion, and Pushing a Servicer to Modify a Loan

Unfortunately, as so many homeowners have learned the hard way, it’s not easy to figure out what’s right and what’s not about your loan modification application, and so many homeowners fail when they could have succeeded had they known what... (Continue reading)

Underwater and Unsolvable – A Lifetime of Homeowner Mortgage Debt

Underwater and Unsolvable – A Lifetime of Homeowner Mortgage Debt

There should be no question in anyone’s mind that because our housing markets have not recovered neither has our economy. It’s not that we need jobs to improve the housing markets, it’s that we need to fix housing in... (Continue reading)

What I Know About Loan Modifications – 2014

What I Know About Loan Modifications - 2014

I see loans get modified every day, and the people I see haven’t paid anyone for anything, or if they did, it was hundreds, not thousands of dollars. At the same time, I’ve seen people who absolutely needed someone... (Continue reading)

GUEST POST: Mortgages, now in the hands of specialty servicers, means trouble for homeowners and investors.

GUEST POST: Mortgages, now in the hands of specialty servicers, means trouble for homeowners and investors.

During the past 12 months, the rights to service millions of home loans have been shifted from large banks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Chase to specialty loan servicers like Ocwen Home Loan Servicing, Nationstar and SPS,... (Continue reading)

All the News that Can Confuse – Housing Market News Up and Down at the Same Time

All the News that Can Confuse – Housing Market News Up and Down at the Same Time

On any given day, the numbers of contradictory headlines about housing markets and foreclosures are enough to present a serious health risk to anyone reading them. ... (Continue reading)

Homeowner Loan Mod Success Story with JPMorgan Chase… and Mandelman Matters

Homeowner Loan Mod Success Story with JPMorgan Chase... and Mandelman Matters

And I have to admit that when I received the letter below, it brought a few tears to my eyes... and felt really good to know I had been able to help, but the credit really belongs to JPMorgan Chase... (Continue reading)

FDIC Shared Loss Agreements Did NOT Pay Off Your Loan (No Matter What AZ Court Seems to Think)

FDIC Shared Loss Agreements Did NOT Pay Off Your Loan (No Matter What AZ Court Seems to Think)

It’s remarkable, if you think about it, how many people are supposedly trying to pay off your underwater mortgage once you’ve stopped making your mortgage payments. It’s like there’s a rush to pay off your mortgage once you default on... (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)

Good News About Housing Recovery… Your Kids Will be Living With You for a Long Time

Good News About Housing Recovery... Your Kids Will be Living With You for a Long Time

So, if you add it all up, there's only one way that U.S. housing markets are recovering… Magical thinking!... (Continue reading)

Homeowner Alert: Scammer Masquerades as Bank, Offers Fake Loan Mods

Homeowner Alert: Scammer Masquerades as Bank, Offers Fake Loan Mods

Now there are scammers masquerading as banks, offering FAKE LOAN MODIFICATIONS... and if that weren't bad enough, the fake mods require homeowners to pay thousands of dollars for nothing.... (Continue reading)

Uncertainty in the Loan Mod Process is Barrier to U.S. Economic Growth

Uncertainty in the Loan Mod Process is Barrier to U.S. Economic Growth

Once a mortgage is underwater… should you get hit with a life event such as a divorce, illness, injury, job loss or income reduction… you can’t sell your home… and you can’t borrow against it to help you get through... (Continue reading)

Why Can’t We FIX Something About the Loan Modification Process?

Why Can’t We FIX Something About the Loan Modification Process?

I’ve seen my government fail at lots of things over the years, but this failure is too important and too costly to allow it to continue. We’ve lost more than five million homes to-date… and recent forecasts show we’re... (Continue reading)

Our Housing Market’s Recovery is Eminent… Get It?

Our Housing Market’s Recovery is Eminent… Get It?

Despite some very nasty threats of retaliation from Wall Street and Washington, something like two dozen new cities are now reportedly joining the efforts to potentially head off home foreclosures by using eminent domain to seize mortgages and write them... (Continue reading)

Who Doesn’t Need a Back-Up Plan for a Secure Retirement?

Who Doesn’t Need a Back-Up Plan for a Secure Retirement?

Maybe the wealthiest retirees can get by without taking out a reverse mortgage as a way to protect their financial futures, but for the rest of us… not having funds from a reverse mortgage available is what’s risky. And... (Continue reading)

Testimony to Martin Andelman from Homeowner with Bank of America Loan

Testimony to Martin Andelman from Homeowner with Bank of America Loan

Martin’s blog is the place to go for the hard cold facts surrounding the housing crisis. He does not sugar coat reality, which sometimes make his articles hard to swallow. Even so, his blog is a vast well of... (Continue reading)

I have the best readers in the world… I am humbled by their words.

I have the best readers in the world... I am humbled by their words.

Mr. Martin Andelman is providing a much -needed function to humanity with his unfailing actions and skills as a media spokesman and intermediary to the banking/loan-servicing agencies. He needs to be acknowledged and compensated in kind for the work he... (Continue reading)

The Year is New… But the Housing Hype is the Same Old Thing

The Year is New… But the Housing Hype is the Same Old Thing

Is the foreclosure crisis coming to an end... not a chance. RealtyTrac latest report is utter nonsense. The year may be new, but the B.S. is all too familiar.... (Continue reading)

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – 2013

'Twas the Night Before Christmas - 2013

'Twas the Night Before Christmas 2013 is an Annual Political and Economic Year in Review I write every year... I've been doing it since 2007, so this year makes it seven years in a row. If you want to... (Continue reading)

Borrowers Facing Foreclosure Should be Dancing in the Streets Over ‘X’ and ‘Z’ and Here’s Why

Borrowers Facing Foreclosure Should be Dancing in the Streets Over ‘X’ and ‘Z’ and Here’s Why

So, there you have it… a solid check mark in the “WIN” column for consumers over the interests of the banking industry. And I don’t think Realtors, mortgage brokers, or even the banks themselves have come to fully understand... (Continue reading)

I’m Betting We Get Extended Tax Relief on Forgiven Mortgage Debt for Christmas This Year

I’m Betting We Get Extended Tax Relief on Forgiven Mortgage Debt for Christmas This Year

Some are starting to worry about what is likely to happen if they let the Act’s tax relief provisions related to foreclosure avoidance expire. I simply don’t think there’s any real chance they won’t extend the Act for at... (Continue reading)

Bay Area Homeowner Writes to Say Thank You to Mandelman Matters and Bank of America

Bay Area Homeowner Writes to Say Thank You to Mandelman Matters and Bank of America

Ahsan Kushkaki discovered Mandelman Matters after Bank of America denied his loan modification. He was desperately seeking someone who might be able to help him explain the situation to the bank and after finding several of the thank you... (Continue reading)

NOW YOU CAN KNOW… How Much Your Investor is Losing by Foreclosing on Your Home.

NOW YOU CAN KNOW... How Much Your Investor is Losing by Foreclosing on Your Home.

I think the entire country is under the impression that servicers foreclose because it’s in the best financial interests of the investors, and perhaps sometimes they do… but data from this trust and others I’ve looked at, to my way... (Continue reading)

Thanksgiving Day Memories and What I Want for the Holidays this Year

Thanksgiving Day Memories and What I Want for the Holidays this Year

How about if everyone who knows how to postpone a sale date, volunteers to help anyone who needs to postpone a sale date in December or at least for the first two weeks of January… in other words help postponing... (Continue reading)

The Rush for Rentals by Investors Turns Into a Run for the Exit

The Rush for Rentals by Investors Turns Into a Run for the Exit

In addition, spurned on by the Fed’s QE and zero-interest-rate policy, Lord knows how many smaller companies and individual investors also jumped on the bandwagon, and as it has the tendency to do, the insanity drove up home prices at... (Continue reading)

I SAY GIVE HIM TWO – Ernie Banks Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

I SAY GIVE HIM TWO – Ernie Banks Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Today, Ernie Banks was at the White House being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. It is the highest civilian honor that this country bestows, and this year was the 50th anniversary of the award,... (Continue reading)

We’re Looking at a Retirement Crisis, Because We’re Gambling Unnecessarily

We’re Looking at a Retirement Crisis, Because We’re Gambling Unnecessarily

It’s like we’re “Risk Junkies.” What could be riskier than betting on the stock market going up and future tax rates staying the same or going down? Are we nuts? The answer is… we’ve been lied to. ... (Continue reading)

NOW AVAILABLE: The RMBS Trust/Modification Analysis Report for Homeowners

NOW AVAILABLE: The RMBS Trust/Modification Analysis Report for Homeowners

With this report, when your servicer says they can’t do something… you’ll know whether what they’ve said is accurate or not. Imagine the power of being able to show a mediator exactly what’s been done to modify the other... (Continue reading)

GUEST POST: Don’t Be Concerned Martin Is Dead Wrong, by Michael Pines

GUEST POST: Don’t Be Concerned Martin Is Dead Wrong, by Michael Pines

My article was nonsense, according to Michael Pines? Well, that would certainly be disappointing, I wasn't aware that I had ever written an article that was considered nonsense by anyone. I'm not saying that everyone likes what I... (Continue reading)

GLASKI TAKES A HIT: California Court Rejects Reasoning in Glaski Decision

GLASKI TAKES A HIT: California Court Rejects Reasoning in Glaski Decision

It’s not a matter of the Diunugala case being considered “binding authority,” because it’s not. But the question is, will other California courts consider the case persuasive… and tend to follow the more established case law. If that’s... (Continue reading)

IBANEZ & BACK: Attorney Glenn Russell Back in Front of the Mass Supreme Court – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

IBANEZ & BACK: Attorney Glenn Russell Back in Front of the Mass Supreme Court - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Well, fast forward to today and Glenn Russell is still very much on the attack on behalf of homeowners, in fact, he just finished arguing his latest case, again in front of the Massachusetts' High Court. I don't want... (Continue reading)

The Discovery of Robo-Signing – Memorable Moments from the Foreclosure Crisis

The Discovery of Robo-Signing - Memorable Moments from the Foreclosure Crisis

By now the term "robo-signing" has practically become a household word. But it wasn't always that way. Just a few years ago no one had ever heard the term before. So, where did it all begin... and... (Continue reading)

The Weather In India – Memorable Moments from the Foreclosure Crisis

The Weather In India - Memorable Moments from the Foreclosure Crisis

President Obama said that all I needed to do to avoid foreclosure was get my loan modified. He said to just call my bank directly so I did. And I had the most interesting cultural experience. That... (Continue reading)

Re-Default Redoux… The Debate Over Loan Mods is as Stupid as Ever.

Re-Default Redoux... The Debate Over Loan Mods is as Stupid as Ever.

Another SIGTARP report shows Treasury knows nothing about loan modifications. Big surprise. Look, stop bothering Treasury... they don't want to know, so leave them alone. ... (Continue reading)

“Hardest Hit” Funds Apparently Hard for Government to Spend

 “Hardest Hit” Funds Apparently Hard for Government to Spend

The SIGTARP is talking about the “Hardest Hit Funds,” which were the roughly $8 billion provided by the federal government in the beginning of 2010 to the states hardest hit by foreclosures in order to help their respective housing markets...... (Continue reading)

IT’S DAVID STERN DAY! This Mandelman Matters Podcast is RATED ‘R’ for language.

IT'S DAVID STERN DAY!  This Mandelman Matters Podcast is RATED 'R' for language.

So, what kind of punishment do you think one gets for doing what Stern did... backdating countless assignments, forging anything that wasn't nailed down, and disregarding just about every single law related to foreclosure in the State of Florida? ... (Continue reading)

You’re not STUCK with a low credit score. And you CAN’T afford to ignore it.

You’re not STUCK with a low credit score. And you CAN’T afford to ignore it.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group showed that nearly 80 percent of credit reports contained inaccuracies, and the mistakes in a quarter of those could result in the individual being denied for credit. 60 Minutes reported that a government study... (Continue reading)

Straightening Out the LA Times, Fannie, Freddie, Strategic Defaults and Deficiency Judgments

Straightening Out the LA Times, Fannie, Freddie, Strategic Defaults and Deficiency Judgments

Writing about strategic defaults for the LA Times this time out was Lew Sichelman, whose ability to remain oblivious to his interweaving of unrelated facts throughout the article was truly something to behold. ... (Continue reading)

The “It’s Not Real Money” Argument – Perhaps the Best Way to Make the Banks Look Good in Court

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The harm caused by our government's abominable handling of the foreclosure crisis... inconceivably made worse the complete absence of any communication on the subject by the Obama Administration... has barely begun to manifest itself let alone be understood... well, seemingly... (Continue reading)

The One Number You’re Forced to Care About… Your FICO Score

The One Number You're Forced to Care About… Your FICO Score

About 18 months ago, I started looking for a company that helped people improve their FICO scores. Not only was I interested in finding out how such services worked for my own personal reasons, but I also figured that... (Continue reading)

Homeowner Gets Permanent Loan Modification… Promises to Pay It Forward

Homeowner Gets Permanent Loan Modification... Promises to Pay It Forward

I just received the letter below from Melissa... a homeowner who has been reading Mandelman Matters for five years. She just received her second permanent loan modification from Bank of America and is quite pleased with the terms of... (Continue reading)

Meet Thomas Cox, Esquire. A National Hero in Foreclosure Defense

Meet Thomas Cox, Esquire. A National Hero in Foreclosure Defense

Portland Maine attorney Thomas Cox is a national hero of the foreclosure crisis. Frankly, I thought everyone already knew that, but apparently not. So, if you aren't already familiar with what Tom has done and continues to do... (Continue reading)

Deadly Clear Blog is Dead Wrong on UETA, E-Sign & Foreclosure… A Guest Post by Attorney Tom Cox

Deadly Clear Blog is Dead Wrong on UETA, E-Sign & Foreclosure... A Guest Post by Attorney Tom Cox

Here's a Guest Post by Tom Cox in response to a Deadly Clear post, "Is the Promissory Note Even Enforceable?" But the short answer is that the only thing that's deadly clear about the post is that if you try... (Continue reading)

Painless Saving: Tricking Yourself into Saving a lot More Money

Painless Saving: Tricking Yourself into Saving a lot More Money

So, now I’m going to attempt the impossible. I’m going to show you how to beat back the obstacles to saving more… by tricking yourself into saving more… painlessly. Without you feeling it at all. Seriously... you... (Continue reading)

Carpe Domum! The Little City that Could: Richmond, California

Carpe Domum!  The Little City that Could: Richmond, California

Dear Richmond… You’re being outright threatened by literally ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, and I don’t think there’s any question that they will, if nothing else, attempt to force you to drop the whole thing by tying you up... (Continue reading)

Loan Modifications: Selling Loans Means Being Sold Down the River

Loan Modifications: Selling Loans Means Being Sold Down the River

Chase sold the woman’s loan to PennyMac. Simple as that. Had her modification already been made permanent, PennyMac would have had to honor the modified payment amount, but because she was only in a trial modification, Chase is... (Continue reading)

Hear Tom Cox Fight Foreclosure in Maine Supreme Court – Color Commentary by Max Gardner

Hear Tom Cox Fight Foreclosure in Maine Supreme Court - Color Commentary by Max Gardner

That's right, as Tom Cox fights to save his client's home from foreclosure, I ask Max Gardner to help us better understand what's going on and why... the background behind Tom's most penetrating arguments... and why it's such a specialized... (Continue reading)

When Lawyers Break the Rules… The Code of Conduct for Florida Attorneys

When Lawyers Break the Rules... The Code of Conduct for Florida Attorneys

So, what does the Florida Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct have to say about Szymoniak’s representation of Mr. Figueroa, as viewed in light of the emails between the two, over that six month period when Szymoniak was Damian's lawyer... (Continue reading)

“Double Dipping Docket” is Just a Dumb Idea

The payment advanced to the trust by a servicer when a borrower fails to make his or her mortgage payment is simply a loan made pursuant to the contract between the servicer and the trust. The trust is only... (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)

Glaski Attorney Richard Antognini on the Court’s Decision and What’s Next for Mr. Glaski – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Glaski Attorney Richard Antognini on the Court's Decision and What’s Next for Mr. Glaski - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Not only will Richard leave listeners with a level of understanding specific to the Glaski decision that would otherwise be unavailable, he’ll talk about other recent decisions in California that he says are very important to homeowners... he’ll offer guidance... (Continue reading)

I Don’t Care How Much You’re Saving for College… It’s Not Enough

I Don’t Care How Much You’re Saving for College... It’s Not Enough

Recent estimates are that American consumers owe over $1.1 trillion in such student loan debt, and one look at the cost of college tuition makes it easy to see why. They say the average graduate is coming out of... (Continue reading)

Data shows Nationstar Approves Loan Modifications at Much Lower Rate than Big Banks

Data shows Nationstar Approves Loan Modifications at Much Lower Rate than Big Banks

Look, as a business person, I do understand the impetus here. Bank of America’s CEO has a fiduciary duty to maximize shareholder value, and let’s face it... servicing mortgages these days simply can’t be worth the money involved. ... (Continue reading)

Court Denies Bank of America’s Petition for Re-hearing in Glaski Decision

Court Denies Bank of America’s Petition for Re-hearing in Glaski Decision

Regardless of what happens going forward, perhaps this case and related decisions will lead to an increased willingness by state courts to take more care to examine the issues presented by homeowners and their lawyers, and lessen their tendency to... (Continue reading)

Two -Year Housing Recovery Mirage Now Over… Bernanke Hoping to Retire Before Everyone Notices

Two -Year Housing Recovery Mirage Now Over... Bernanke Hoping to Retire Before Everyone Notices

At the end of 2010, the interest rate on a 30-year mortgage was just under 5 percent... 4.97% to be more precise. Over the next 28 months actions taken by the Fed pushed that rate down as low as... (Continue reading)

A Winning Team: Meet the Lawyers for Mr. Thomas Glaski… A Mandelman Matters Podcast

A Winning Team: Meet the Lawyers for Mr. Thomas Glaski... A Mandelman Matters Podcast

If you want to learn about what happened to Mr. Glaski... how his case went in the lower court... and how it ended up going his way in the Court of Appeal... get the to get inside scoop from... (Continue reading)

GLASKI WINS! California Court of Appeal Ruling a Landmark for Homeowners… Maybe.

GLASKI WINS!  California Court of Appeal Ruling a Landmark for Homeowners... Maybe.

So, as a result of this now published decision by California’s Court of Appeal, Mr. Glaski will now be allowed to return to state court to allege that his foreclosure was wrongful based on a challenge to the validity of... (Continue reading)

Interest Rates Play Havoc with Banks, Bonds and Borrowers

Interest Rates Play Havoc with Banks, Bonds and Borrowers

Long-term interest rates rising means different things to different people, but none of it’s good. Higher long-term rates makes it much more expensive for state and local governments to borrow money, and you can probably guess how that would... (Continue reading)

The National Debate Over Loan Modification Re-defaults is Stupid

The National Debate Over Loan Modification Re-defaults is Stupid

Not surprisingly, the combined effect of the three high-profile reports on borrower performance after having their loans modified, made headlines that have sparked a national debate... yet again. It was a stupid debate back in 2009, and it’s an even... (Continue reading)

Homeowner Says Martin Andelman Helped Save Home After She Was Scammed Three Times

Homeowner Says Martin Andelman Helped Save Home After She Was Scammed Three Times

He did not take advantage of us, he worked with us without charging us any money! He gave us hope and made our dream come true. Home loan modifications do work you just have to have the right... (Continue reading)

Hawaii Homeowner Writes to Thank Mandelman for Helping with Bank of America Loan Modification

Hawaii Homeowner Writes to Thank Mandelman for Helping with Bank of America Loan Modification

Diane and John Bobek, homeowners in Hawaii that I was able to help with their Bank of America mortgage, writes to thank me. ... (Continue reading)

Why I haven’t written about the declarations by ex-Bank of America employees.

Why I haven't written about the declarations by ex-Bank of America employees.

I’m watching a fight for millions in cash that involves banks, pissed off ex-bank employees, and class action lawyers... and I’m supposed to be able to pick out which one is telling the most truth? Isn’t that like asking... (Continue reading)

Homeowner Nancy Frost Says Mandelman Made Loan Modification at Bank of America Work For Her

Homeowner Nancy Frost Says Mandelman Made Loan Modification at Bank of America Work For Her

It's far from being the only time I've seen Bank of America do something like this when no one is watching. I truly believe that they made the decision to buy back the Frost's loan from Fannie, because they... (Continue reading)

Fannie, Freddie and FHA Finally Increase Homeowners’ Ability to Modify Mortgages

Fannie, Freddie and FHA Finally Increase Homeowners' Ability to Modify Mortgages

Ladies and Gentlemen... finally... ... after five years of sheer torture... introducing a “No-Doc” loan mod. The FHFA says modified interest rates will be FIXED... terms will extend to 40 years... and some borrowers won’t be required to pay... (Continue reading)

Attorney Argues “Produce the Note” and Makes a Bad Situation Worse for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Attorney Argues

What happened here is not an example of homeowners fighting to keep their homes... it’s not an example of foreclosure defense at all. It’s only an example of how what’s happening on the homeowner’s side of this fight, can... (Continue reading)

A Sword in a Field – Correlation is Not Causation

A Sword in a Field - Correlation is Not Causation

It’s easy to misinterpret something about this crisis. But, it’s important that we try to guard against that happening whenever possible for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is that being wrong means wasting time that... (Continue reading)

Need Answers from Bank of America About Your Mortgage? Then I Think You Should Show Up Here.

Need Answers from Bank of America About Your Mortgage?  Then I Think You Should Show Up Here.

Being behind on your mortgage is never any fun, but don't listen to those that would have you believe that the loan modification process hasn't changed at Bank of America over the last few years because they're wrong... it's much... (Continue reading)

Foreclosures Impact One in 10 Children in this Country Today, Report Shows

Foreclosures Impact One in 10 Children in this Country Today, Report Shows

No matter, the more important conclusion reached by the report is that, “Nearly four years later, the problem shows no signs of abating.” And isn’t that just a lovely thought that made me throw up in my mouth a... (Continue reading)

Our Foreclosure Story Ended Happily because of Martin Andelman and Bank of America

Our Foreclosure Story Ended Happily because of Martin Andelman and Bank of America

Although I’m still not sure why, one moment we were packing our home into boxes and the next Bank of America had bought back our loan from Freddie Mac and given us the loan modification we had prayed to get... (Continue reading)

I’ve Seen More for Homeowners from Bank of America than Any Other Servicer By Far

I’ve Seen More for Homeowners from Bank of America than Any Other Servicer By Far

One homeowner that I contacted Bank of America about, a disabled vet, ended up with a fixed interest rate of one tenth of one percent for forty years. And on more than one occasion, I saw the bank buy... (Continue reading)

My Experience with Bank of America, Martin Andelman and Getting My Loan Modified

My Experience with Bank of America, Martin Andelman and Getting My Loan Modified

I wrote this to you and other homeowners because I’ve been a witness to what Martin’s help can lead to and what a homeowner can accomplish even when that homeowner has stopped believing that anything can work. Just because... (Continue reading)

Did Some Type of Insurance or Credit Default Swap Pay Off Your Mortgage?

Did Some Type of Insurance or Credit Default Swap Pay Off Your Mortgage?

I recently saw someone online saying that as a result of multiple insurance payouts a bank could receive millions of dollars on a $200,000 loan that went into default. It’s just not true. There are lot's of reasons why... (Continue reading)

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What people NEED to know about the foreclosure crisis in 2013 & 2014

What people NEED to know about the foreclosure crisis in 2013 & 2014

My point is that the increasing sales volume of non-performing loans means the unthinkable... that it’s going to get even worse for homeowners who are seriously delinquent and need to get their loans modified in order to keep their homes.... (Continue reading)

Illinois Attorney Saves Homes from Foreclosure Using Reverse Mortgages

Illinois Attorney Saves Homes from Foreclosure Using Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages are not going to be an available path for many homeowners facing foreclosure, but for those 62 and older... who have equity in their homes... they can offer an answer and benefits that no other path can provide...... (Continue reading)

What Happens in Nevada with Foreclosures, Ends Up on Mandelman Matters

What Happens in Nevada with Foreclosures, Ends Up on Mandelman Matters

It absolutely fascinates me, for example, that the Nevada legislature, in amending the law, took the time to write in a sentence saying: “require an affidavit containing a local or toll-free telephone number at which borrowers can obtain the current... (Continue reading)

Mandelman Appears on Washington State Public Television Show on Foreclosures …

Mandelman Appears on Washington State Public Television Show on Foreclosures ...

I was asked by Janet Reiner to appear on her community access television show about the foreclosure crisis and I agreed. Along with me was John Wright from Piggybank Blog and I think the whole thing is worth... (Continue reading)

Using the California Homeowner Bill of Rights to Fight Foreclosure

Using the California Homeowner Bill of Rights to Fight Foreclosure

So... for California homeowners facing foreclosure... who know the facts and have been unable to get a resolution to their situation... there's the California Homeowner Bill of Rights. Other states are considering adopting the same sort of legislation and... (Continue reading)

I’m Not a Total Idiot, You Know.

I'm Not a Total Idiot, You Know.

So, I know... you want to read about how a homeowner won some major victory in the courts somewhere... or how someone filed and got quiet title to their property... or how a bank couldn't figure out who owned a... (Continue reading)

PART TWO – How to Take Your Power Back When at Risk of Foreclosure

PART TWO - How to Take Your Power Back When at Risk of Foreclosure

Understand... I’m not telling you which path you should choose, but I am saying that you should choose one and then do everything in your power to achieve the goals that lie at the end of that path. Just... (Continue reading)

Discussing Foreclosure Crisis Solutions with Impac Mortgage CEO Joe Tomkinson

Discussing Foreclosure Crisis Solutions with Impac Mortgage CEO Joe Tomkinson

I think Impac has proven that it has the capability and desire to be a meaningful part of the solution to the foreclosure crisis... they successfully modified tens of thousands of loans, and in general, they got loans modified in... (Continue reading)

Alabama Slamma’ – Not for Better, Far Worse… As Foreclosures we Chart.

Alabama Slamma’ - Not for Better, Far Worse... As Foreclosures we Chart.

We seem to be having a national recovery in much of the media, but in the states themselves the numbers are refusing to cooperate. I guess if you can have a “jobless recovery,” then you can probably have a... (Continue reading)

The Foreclosure Bowl: Connecticut Finally Makes it Into Top 10

The Foreclosure Bowl: Connecticut Finally Makes it Into Top 10

RealtyTrac Vice President, the ubiquitous Daren Blomquist, said he had “no immediate concern” related Connecticut’s newfound foreclosure prowess, which makes perfect sense since he’s not losing a home there. ... (Continue reading)

Foreclosure Surprise! Stomping on Maryland Homeowners

Foreclosure Surprise!  Stomping on Maryland Homeowners

So, how do I know where the other undiscovered and unreported stockpiles of foreclosures are hiding as the banks wait until they feel like recognizing losses, having fixed the document problem to the degree that they can start booting people... (Continue reading)


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