Posts Tagged ‘wall street bankers’

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)

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)

We’re Not Stopping the Foreclosure Crisis because it Affects Mostly Brown People

We’re Not Stopping the Foreclosure Crisis because it Affects Mostly Brown People

This is not a tragedy that discriminates. The race diminished as a result of what is being allowed to transpire will be “human”. ... (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)

3 out of 3 Dismissed WITH Prejudice! Tom Cox for the Homeowner – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

3 out of 3 Dismissed WITH Prejudice!  Tom Cox for the Homeowner - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Tweet   Stewart, Sawyer and Oathout… three Maine homeowners… three separate foreclosure cases… each dismissed with prejudice, meaning none of the servicers trying to foreclose gets another chance at foreclosure. And Maine’s foremost foreclosure defense attorney, Tom Cox, gets the... (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)

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)

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)

SAFE MONEY INVESTING: An Interview with Mike Moorhead of Tippett Moorhead

SAFE MONEY INVESTING: An Interview with Mike Moorhead of Tippett Moorhead

why aren’t we all saving more? We know we’re not getting younger. Why aren’t we all doing more to put money away to ensure a more secure financial future? Maybe not a lot more... but why not... (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)

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)

One Bank Did Right by Homeowners & Shareholders – A Story You Haven’t Heard Before

One Bank Did Right by Homeowners & Shareholders - A Story You Haven't Heard Before

There is one mortgage banker that did it right for their shareholders and borrowers. They didn’t take TARP funds or any sort of tax-payer funded bailout... instead they took their losses, restructured the company, and protected their shareholders... ... (Continue reading)

I’m Back in the Saddle Again… What’d I miss? Nothing, unfortunately.

I’m Back in the Saddle Again... What’d I miss?  Nothing, unfortunately.

I know many have been wondering where I’ve been for the last two months from the slew of emails I’ve received, I thought I’d explain what I didn’t want to explain at the time... and let everyone know that not... (Continue reading)

Goldman Sachs on the Pacific – Inside Countrywide with Michael Winston… A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Goldman Sachs on the Pacific - Inside Countrywide with Michael Winston... A Mandelman Matters Podcast

When Countrywide had aspirations to become “Goldman Sachs on the Pacific,” they recruited Michael to help them get there. They may have appeared to understand when Michael spoke of the programs he would initiate, but soon it was quite... (Continue reading)

End of Credit Markets to Beginning of Bailouts with D.C. Insider, David Min – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

David takes us through concise and easy to understand explanations of most of the major events since the meltdown began on July 10, 2007... the day the credit markets went into a deep freeze that continues to this day. ... (Continue reading)

About foreclosures, our housing markets, and economic recovery… oh, and lying.

Then how in the world can we be "at the bottom," of housing price declines or starting to see ANY sort of "housing recovery" as the MORONS in the media are also reporting TODAY, after receiving your press releases?... (Continue reading)

SCAM PREVENTION PODCAST #3: With the One and Only Max Gardner

SCAM PREVENTION PODCAST #3: With the One and Only Max Gardner

Now, as anyone will tell you... Max Gardner knows this subject like the back of his hand, and he should... he's been at it for some 30 years... before the rest of us had any idea this sort of economic... (Continue reading)

The Fed blew it on Foreclosures. Ooops, we ruined the country?

The Fed blew it on Foreclosures.  Ooops, we ruined the country?

If you make a mistake and cause harm on a scale of the Great Depression, what happens to you? Don’t you even get fired? Reprimanded? A stern talking to?... (Continue reading)

FOMC Meeting Surprise! Committee Finds Justification to Continue Doing What They’re Doing

FOMC Meeting Surprise!  Committee Finds Justification to Continue Doing What They’re Doing

I don't know what we'd do without the FOMC... except maybe... be forced to make real progress in some substantive way. ... (Continue reading)

The Money in the OCC’s Cancelled Independent Foreclosure Review

The Money in the OCC's Cancelled Independent Foreclosure Review

It doesn't look to me like canceling the OCC IFR saved the banks money, in fact it looks to me like it cost banks quite a bit more than they would have paid under the IFR's "Financial Framework" as shown... (Continue reading)

Are Mortgages Fraudulent? The Case from Credit River.

Are Mortgages Fraudulent? The Case from Credit River.

It’s perfectly understandable that many people don’t know what to believe anymore, after all, what we’ve seen happen all around us could drive anyone a little batty. But, understand that holding onto something that’s not true isn’t going to... (Continue reading)

View from Inside the Financial Crisis with Former Treasury Chief Economist Phillip Swagel – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

View from Inside the Financial Crisis with Former Treasury Chief Economist Phillip Swagel - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Here's your first chance to listen to Phillip Swagel on a Mandelman Matters Podcast... he'll be back again... but you don't want to miss this one because we won't be going backward in time, so click PLAY below and listen... (Continue reading)

In Case You’re of a Mind to Help…

In Case You're of a Mind to Help...

If you're a homeowner who would be interviewed about your specific experience saving your home from foreclosure, or if you have clients you've helped avoid foreclosure and they are okay with me calling to record an interview with them, let... (Continue reading)

What Can DocX’s Brown Do for LPS, Besides Forge a Million Documents

What Can DocX’s Brown Do for LPS, Besides Forge a Million Documents

Is that what I’m to believe? She hid it from LPS. For SIX years. A million documents. And the whole time, LPS must have just thought she was great at getting the signatures she... (Continue reading)

Spire Law Group’s Mass Torte Lawsuit Seeks $43 Trillion from Banks – Former AG Says it’s a FRAUD

Spire Law Group's Mass Torte Lawsuit Seeks $43 Trillion from Banks - Former AG Says it's a FRAUD

They call it a "mass torte," but it can also go by the name "mass joinder," or "multi-plaintif," or whatever other term d'art it might be using tomorrow, but no matter what it's called, the person calling to tell you... (Continue reading)

The Trillion Dollar Mistake That Triggered the Economic Meltdown

The Trillion Dollar Mistake That Triggered the Economic Meltdown

What could Mr. Bernanke and others have done differently? Addressed the real cause of the crisis, the lost trust part... by announcing that the U.S. government would be stepping into the bond market and guaranteeing the investment grade bonds…... (Continue reading)

The Foreclosure Crisis – We Won’t Be Able to Fix It, Until We Understand It

The Foreclosure Crisis - We Won’t Be Able to Fix It, Until We Understand It

By understanding the truth of what happened and why at these two pivotal moments in time, everything else will fall into place, for it was these two moments that set the course for a global economic downturn that, if history... (Continue reading)

Loan Modification Process Improving at BOA and Other Servicers

Loan Modification Process Improving at BOA and Other Servicers

why would Smith publish a report whose only meaningful certainty was to scare even more homeowners away from paying attention to Bank of America's borrower outreach efforts? BOA and its peers were already having a hard time reaching... (Continue reading)

Okay, So Now I Appreciate Mitt Romney

Okay, So Now I Appreciate Mitt Romney

They actually believe that too much regulation is the problem facing our financial institutions… that foreclosures are a good thing for the housing market… that tax cuts for the rich will create prosperity… that people on food stamps won’t get... (Continue reading)

Former SIGTARP Neil Barofsky – The Last Honest Man in Washington – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Former SIGTARP Neil Barofsky - The Last Honest Man in Washington - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Settle in and get ready to hear the real inside scoop on how Washington works and too often doesn't. It may cause vomiting and probably shouldn't be listened to if you have a heart condition... I'm really not sure.... (Continue reading)

Fannie’s “Decoy Assignment” a NEW Foreclosure Defense – A Mandelman Matters Podcast with Atty. Tom Cox

Tom has recently discovered a practice employed by the GSE's... Fannie and Freddie. It has to do with what we're calling "The Decoy Assignment," and it's a matter of policy. He's arguing it successfully in court.... (Continue reading)

GAO Study Finds OCC Foreclosure Review too Hard for Us to Understand

The GAO’s report, released earlier this month concluded that the OCC simply made submitting a complaint too difficult for us to understand. We couldn’t figure it out. It was over our collective heads. And so, completely... (Continue reading)

How’s the View from Where You’re Sitting?

If you want my advice... don't read this post, or watch it... just skip this page and head for the sports section or something. I'm sorry I'm even posting it... seriously... click away... while you still can.... (Continue reading)

Understanding Elite Fraud and the Mortgage Meltdown with William K. Black – A MM Podcast

Why has no one at the top been investigated or prosecuted for fraud or anything else for that matter as related to the financial meltdown that has destroyed trillions of dollars in consumer wealth? Especially when William K. Black's... (Continue reading)

Republican Filibuster Discloses that GOP Opposes DISCLOSURE

 Republican Filibuster Discloses that GOP Opposes DISCLOSURE

Killing this bill facilitates lying to the American people. And short of something that’s kept secret in order to protect our national defense, there is never a reason we should tolerate anyone or anything that does that.... (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)

Chase? Hello? Mr. Dimon? Are You Really Going to Do This to a Single Mom in this Situation?

Chase?  Hello?  Mr. Dimon?  Are You Really Going to Do This to a Single Mom in this Situation?

It was a bad path to be on, as things turned out, but she didn’t know that for about 18 months. Right up until the day Chase sold her home without any real notice, Chase kept saying that they... (Continue reading)

Loan Modifications Stop Foreclosures, Study Shows. DOER ALERT!

Loan Modifications Stop Foreclosures, Study Shows. DOER ALERT!

Don't have time right now? MAKE TIME RIGHT NOW. Read this and DO SOMETHING.... (Continue reading)

Two Weeks in the Life of Mandelman Matters

Two Weeks in the Life of Mandelman Matters

It’s hard to describe what I do when I say I help homeowners. I’m not a lawyer and I never offer anything close to legal advice. I'm not a mortgage expert either. I think my value is... (Continue reading)

California State Bar Court Lacks Fundamental Knowledge of Loan Modifications

California State Bar Court Lacks Fundamental Knowledge of Loan Modifications

Your state assembly representative and state senator needs to hear from you on this issue. You should care a great deal that you have access to legal counsel should you decide you want or need it… no matter what...... (Continue reading)

How Do You Take Your Catastrophe? Um, just a little at a time, please… with two Splendas.

How Do You Take Your Catastrophe?  Um, just a little at a time, please… with two Splendas.

We need growth, or we’re not getting out of this alive. It’s the only way. We can’t borrow and spend our way out of this one, like we have all the past recessions, or at least the ones... (Continue reading)

FTC Shuts Down Forensic Audit Scam that claims: 95% of mortgages may be legally unenforceable. (Where have I heard that before?)

FTC Shuts Down Forensic Audit Scam that claims: 95% of mortgages may be legally unenforceable.  (Where have I heard that before?)

So, I'm certainly not going to say that the FTC shutting down a forensic loan audit scam in LA is anything but a terrific thing... one less scam is one less scam... regardless of what others are still around. ... (Continue reading)

Elizabeth Warren Asks Netroots Nation a Question. Problem is, I think the answer is NO.

Elizabeth Warren Asks Netroots Nation a Question.  Problem is, I think the answer is NO.

The real point is that we don't deserve someone like Elizabeth Warren and likely won't get her or anyone like her until we can answer her question about being ready with a resounding YES! and really mean it, as in... (Continue reading)

We’re Being Fed a Steady Diet of Econocrap

We’re Being Fed a Steady Diet of Econocrap

Overall, the point I’m making is that I don’t really care that the government wants to pay Scrabble-type word games with the word “recession” or “recovery.” I don’t care how they want to screw around with the unemployment rate... (Continue reading)

Just Another Wells Fargo Tale. Mr. Stumpf, With All Due Respect…

Just Another Wells Fargo Tale.  Mr. Stumpf, With All Due Respect...

Wells Fargo denied her application for a loan modification after roughly 18 months of trying. The letter said, “we carefully reviewed your… blah, blah, blah… and the investor has declined to modify your mortgage.” ... (Continue reading)

Mandelman made $454,000 in 1 year as student loan debt collector?

Mandelman made $454,000 in 1 year as student loan debt collector?

Have you found your mortgage servicer to be a tad offensive at times. Well, that's to be expected, after all, they are a bill collector, right? Well, here's some news that will drive you insane... mortgage servicers are... (Continue reading)

In the Words of Goldman Sachs CEO, Lord Blankcheck…

In the Words of Goldman Sachs CEO, Lord Blankcheck...

So, have you ever wondered what Goldman Sachs CEO is saying when the cameras aren't on, own what goes on under that highly polished dome of his? Well, I sure have. ... (Continue reading)

My Financial Recovery Plan for the Middle Class: Whistle While You Work

My Financial Recovery Plan for the Middle Class: Whistle While You Work

There's no reason to wait another day to begin building your Whislteblowing Futures Empire. It requires the smallest if investments, and the leverage involved can turn out to be off the charts... I mean, we're talking tens of thousands... (Continue reading)

OBLABLA or MITTENS for President in 2012? Here’s how I’m going to choose…

OBLABLA or MITTENS for President in 2012?  Here's how I'm going to choose...

"While Paulson didn’t want to write down mortgages, the single biggest factor in determining whether the American middle class has any stored wealth, Paulson was willing to do so in response to pressure. Barack Obama... (Continue reading)

What the Fed Chief is Thinking…

What the Fed Chief is Thinking...

Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke communicates more than any of his predecessors, but have you found yourself increasingly wondering what in the world the man is thinking behind that shiny dome and professorial facial hair?... (Continue reading)

“Tim, could you get the door?” “Sure, honey… are we expecting company?” “Not that I know of…”

As many as 1,000 surprise guests visited the Bethesda home of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Sunday around 5:00 PM. ... (Continue reading)

How to Strategic Default? Ask the MBA.

How to Strategic Default?  Ask the MBA.

How to strategic default? There’s just one little, teeny-tiny, almost insignificant smidgeon of a problem with what the Mortgage Bankers Association’s CEO was saying: He was completely full of shit. ... (Continue reading)

What is Strategic Default? A Moral Dilemma?

What is Strategic Default? A Moral Dilemma?

What is a strategic default? These days, it occurs to me, there would be even less morality involved in the decision to walk away from a mortgage. I can’t believe anyone actually feels morally obligated to a bank today.... (Continue reading)

California Foreclosure Laws Need Homeowner Bill of Rights

California Foreclosure Laws Need Homeowner Bill of Rights

Now, as we’re facing a crisis of unprecedented proportion, we’re learning the hard way that our rights as borrowers are almost non-existent. In California and around the country, foreclosure defense lawyers saw that mortgage servicers could far too often... (Continue reading)

What’s wrong with your loan? Jay Patterson on a Mandelman Matters Podcast

What's wrong with your loan?  Jay Patterson on a Mandelman Matters Podcast

Jay Patterson teaches lawyers how to use the SEC Edgar database, among others, in order to find out who owns a loan. How to identify the trust a loan is in and find the Pooling and Servicing Agreement. how... (Continue reading)

Foreclosure crisis now includes “Irresponsible Churches”

Foreclosure crisis now includes “Irresponsible Churches”

Praise the Lord, and please pass the foreclosures, right? We need to get through the foreclosures… clear the market… let it hit bottom… isn’t that what Mitt Romney, Rick Santelli, House Republicans, quite a few Democrats too... and a... (Continue reading)

Husband’s Suicide Yesterday, Wells Fargo to Evict Wife Tomorrow Anyway

Husband's Suicide Yesterday, Wells Fargo to Evict Wife Tomorrow Anyway

You’re a liar, Wells Fargo. Either you knew you weren’t going to approve their loan modification, or you’re the most incompetent financial institution in the history of the world. And you don’t just do this sometimes, you do... (Continue reading)

Jamie Dimon tells Meet the Press he thinks we’re resenting “success.” He’s wrong.

Jamie Dimon tells Meet the Press he thinks we’re resenting “success.”  He’s wrong.

Dimon was quoted as having said that just because his bank had been stupid, it didn’t mean that all the other banks would be equally stupid. But, see… it sort of does, right? That’s why the sort of... (Continue reading)

UTAH Foreclosure Help from Mandelman Matters – START HERE

UTAH Foreclosure Help from Mandelman Matters – START HERE

I decided that I had to do more to help stop homeowners from getting ripped off, by providing the state specific information homeowners need to make the right decisions for their individual goals and circumstances. Moving forward on the... (Continue reading)

Finally, Jamie Dimon and I Agree on Something

Finally, Jamie Dimon and I Agree on Something

Oh, good Lord. We’re still doing this sort of thing, huh? Some guy at JPMorgan Chase in London was gambling with credit default swaps, no one was watching, and next thing you know the bank was down $2... (Continue reading)

Former NACA Home Save Counselor Says Commissions Create Complaints

Former NACA Home Save Counselor Says Commissions Create Complaints

I’m not sure why, but meeting with a “Home Save Counselor” doesn’t make me feel like I’ll be talking with a commissioned salesperson who will be potentially making up to $1,000 on my loan modification case? A “Home Save... (Continue reading)

California Homeowner in Foreclosure Wins Quiet Title – It’s a Free House!

California Homeowner in Foreclosure Wins Quiet Title – It’s a Free House!

For one thing, filing quiet title did work out well for Denise Saluto, and since I would never have predicted it happening in her case, I’m certainly not going to tell you it won’t happen again in yours, because as... (Continue reading)

Debt Forgiveness – The IMF, Iceland, and the U.S. of the 1930s all say it works

Debt Forgiveness - The IMF, Iceland, and the U.S. of the 1930s all say it works

Iceland’s mortgage write-down program happened as a result of thousands of its citizens taking to the streets demanding that something be done about the debts the people had incurred buying homes during the bubble at what turned out to be... (Continue reading)

Bar Defense Atty David Carr Exposes the CA Bar on Scammers and SB 94 – A MM Podcast

Bar Defense Atty David Carr Exposes the CA Bar on Scammers and SB 94 - A MM Podcast

If you're a lawyer or real estate licensee that has been involved in helping homeowners save their homes from foreclosure over the last few years, or a homeowner struggling to understand the crisis at hand... I PROMISE... YOU DO NOT... (Continue reading)

White Powder in Envelopes Mailed to Wells Fargo in NYC – Idiots happy it’s not toxic

White Powder in Envelopes Mailed to Wells Fargo in NYC – Idiots happy it’s not toxic

AP reported that the powder in the envelopes caused evacuations at bank branches, but no injuries, as if that last part mattered in the least. Idiots appear to be happy that the powder was found to be cornstarch… as... (Continue reading)

DOER UPDATE: Patricia Martin v. Wells Fargo – Court Grants Injunction, Injustice on Trial Ahead

DOER UPDATE: Patricia Martin v. Wells Fargo – Court Grants Injunction, Injustice on Trial Ahead

Zanides estimates that the bank has spent a significant amount already on legal fees and now is certain to spend a whole lot more. Patricia Martin’s home is worth no more than $275,000. How can it be worth... (Continue reading)

An Important Message about 2012 for both President Obama & Mitt Romney

An Important Message about 2012 for both President Obama & Mitt Romney

In 2012, the road to the White House runs directly through the states hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, most notably Ohio and Florida, but also Michigan, Nevada, and North Carolina, et al. For the Obama campaign, I would... (Continue reading)

30 Minutes of Talking: Has Housing or Our GDP Hit Bottom?

30 Minutes of Talking: Has Housing or Our GDP Hit Bottom?

This week on 30 MINUTES OF TALKING I'm looking at the contradictions that are being thrown at us almost every day now... this past week it was the housing market that hit bottom, according to quite a few. But... (Continue reading)

We know they’re not evil, because they’re simply not smart enough to be evil.

We know they’re not evil, because they’re simply not smart enough to be evil.

The European bankers are no different than is the FHFA, which is led by Ed DeMarco, the guy stopping Fannie and Freddie from reducing principal balances of mortgages. He says he won’t do it because his job is to... (Continue reading)

Thinking Out Loud… Über-Trendy Rich New Yorkers & Ethiopian Cuisine

Thinking Out Loud… Über-Trendy Rich New Yorkers & Ethiopian Cuisine

Doesn’t it just figure that in this country, where we have so much food we that throw away inconceivable amounts on an hourly basis and literally pay farmers millions of dollars not to grow stuff… that we’d have trendy intellectuals... (Continue reading)

Introducing 30 MINUTES OF TALKING – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Introducing 30 MINUTES OF TALKING - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

This week's show focuses on the Obama Administration's handling of the foreclosure and housing crisis, by examining the statements made during the press conference the administration held to announce the settlement between the 49 state attorneys general and the five... (Continue reading)

Federal Judge Magner: Wells Fargo’s Behavior “Highly Reprehensible”

Federal Judge Magner: Wells Fargo's Behavior

I can tell you that I receive more complaints about Wells Fargo refusing to approve loan modifications than any three other mortgage servicers combined. But then, Wells did modify one of the homeowners I wrote about a few months... (Continue reading)

Crimes of Hubris, Ineptitude & Folly: Geithner, Summers and Obama

Crimes of Hubris, Ineptitude & Folly: Geithner, Summers and Obama

Decisions made by Larry Summers have been disastrous for this nation… that much is abundantly clear. Tim Geithner’s been no peach either. Together their folly has cost our country incalculable amounts of money, but further, they have caused... (Continue reading)

Phoenix Officers Who Shot Homeowner Needed Better Training

Phoenix Officers Who Shot Homeowner Needed Better Training

First of all, I realize that I wasn’t there. And I understand that the guy had a beer in one hand and a gun in the other. But he was obviously thinking pretty clearly… after all, a couple... (Continue reading)

NY Appeals Court Dismisses Fraud Suit Brought by Investors – Says Investors can take care of themselves.

NY Appeals Court Dismisses Fraud Suit Brought by Investors  – Says Investors can take care of themselves.

Some are saying the case may set a precedent for the packagers of CDOs, making their only responsibility to disclose risks and conflicts of interest involved. A lawyer said to be “deeply involved” in the case, was quoted as... (Continue reading)

An Insider’s View of an Actual RMBS Securitization at Mandelman U.

An Insider's View of an Actual RMBS Securitization at Mandelman U.

What follows below are slides from an actual presentation of a Residential Mortgage-backed Securities - RMBS/REMIC deal... but NOT the slides from a "road show" presentation to potential investors... what you're about to see are slides from an INTERNAL meeting... (Continue reading)

GUEST POST: A Letter to President Obama, from James Deal, Attorney at Law

GUEST POST: A Letter to President Obama, from James Deal, Attorney at Law

I write to identify a policy change that would add trillions of dollars of liquidity to the housing market overnight. It would stimulate home sales, stabilize home prices, and reduce the number of home foreclosures.... (Continue reading)

MUST SEE TV: WA State Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case Against MERS

MUST SEE TV: WA State Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case Against MERS

The video below puts you in the courtroom to watch as both sides of the debate present oral arguments related to MERS’ involvement in the foreclosure process in front of the nine justices of the Washington State Supreme Court.... (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)

If WE owned a pool of loans… would WE allow principal reductions?

If WE owned a pool of loans… would WE allow principal reductions?

To really understand what happens when trying to determine the present and future value of a pool of loans within a mortgage-backed security, let’s put ourselves in the place of the investors… we’ll be investors together… and we’ll want to... (Continue reading)

You’ve got to give it up for the Spaniards… unless they’re bankers.

You’ve got to give it up for the Spaniards… unless they’re bankers.

Clearly, today’s news from Spain shows that when it comes to protesting, Americans have lost some of our creativity and are simply not up for it as often as we once were. Frankly, many have expressed concern about... (Continue reading)

IF TRUE, IT’S TREASON – CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf and the Impact of the Foreclosure Crisis

IF TRUE, IT'S TREASON - CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf and the Impact of the Foreclosure Crisis

I suppose I’ll never know who was involved or what you’ve done to this nation by manipulating or withholding such information from Congress, from the president, from the American people and from the world. If you did any of... (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)

Max Gardner & Nye Lavalle Together in Concert – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Max Gardner & Nye Lavalle Together in Concert - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Having Nye Lavalle and Max Gardner together is a rare event. Together, they would have to be considered the founding fathers of today's foreclosure defense movement, so this is an opportunity to learn how it all began and where... (Continue reading)

GUEST POST: Good for the Banks, Good for the Borrowers by Law Professor, Lauren E. Willis

GUEST POST: Good for the Banks, Good for the Borrowers by Law Professor, Lauren E. Willis

With so many Americans removed from the pool of potential buyers, those who own their homes with smaller mortgages or outright cannot sell their homes for decent prices, trapping them too in place and forcing some to delay retirement. The... (Continue reading)

Bringing Up the REAR – Charles Gasparino, Fox Business Network

Bringing Up the REAR – Charles Gasparino, Fox Business Network

Also, I’m wondering something… when you say that, “foreclosures are a necessary ingredient to the housing market’s recovery,” how many do you figure we’re going to need in order to "recover?" ... (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)

California Bill to Extend SB 94 to 2017

California Bill to Extend SB 94 to 2017

California State Senator Vargas has introduced SB 980, which would extend SB 94 through 2017.... (Continue reading)

Atty. Bruce Levitt of Kemp v. Countrywide – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Atty. Bruce Levitt of Kemp v. Countrywide - A Mandelman Matters Podcast

Join me and New Jersey bankruptcy and foreclosure defense attorney, Bruce Levitt as we talk about Kemp v. Countrywide, a much anticipated New Jersey Supreme Court from 2010 that really made it clear that there were some problems with the... (Continue reading)

Watch this! Ireland wants the same answers we do.

Watch this! Ireland wants the same answers we do.

Ireland journalist won't give up. Why do our journalists fail to get started?... (Continue reading)

Wells Fargo Warns Shareholders – it’s own behavior may hurt the bank’s performance.

Wells Fargo Warns Shareholders - it's own behavior may hurt the bank's performance.

Negative public opinion could result from our actual or alleged conduct in any number of activities, including mortgage lending practices, servicing and foreclosure activities, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and disclosure, sharing or inadequate protection of customer... (Continue reading)

New Jersey Supreme Court’s Guillaume decision meaningless – Should foreclosure defense rethink its strategy?

New Jersey Supreme Court's Guillaume decision meaningless - Should foreclosure defense rethink its strategy?

Why is there no effort to hold the administration and member of Congress accountable for what has clearly been their failure related to the federal government’s loan modification initiative? Why are we accepting such utter failure and holding them... (Continue reading)

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris ASKS Fannie and Freddie to Stop Foreclosing

 Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris ASKS Fannie and Freddie to Stop Foreclosing

Actually, I don’t even know if she can pull off that angry black woman thing, but that’s exactly what we need at a time like this. You think Weezy Jefferson would be putting up with some nerdy pasty white... (Continue reading)

Mandelman on “Saving the California Dream” on Fox 11 News KTTV Los Angeles

Mandelman on

Heidi Cuda, a producer from Fox 11 News in Los Angeles produced a week long series on the foreclosure crisis for the Channel 11 news and asked to interview me. I didn't like Part 1, but Part 2 was... (Continue reading)

Economy Recovering? No, it’s not. Housing? NO. Unemployment? NO. Stock Market? NO.

Economy Recovering? No, it's not. Housing? NO. Unemployment? NO. Stock Market? NO.

So… housing is not, not, not at bottom, – check. Unemployment not improving – check. And does the stock market at 13,000 mean something to the economy? Nothing good – check.You might want to bookmark this page, so... (Continue reading)

Bank sues itself, wins, and then forces itself into bankruptcy to satisfy judgment

Bank sues itself, wins, and then forces itself into bankruptcy to satisfy judgment

So, why did I write this? Because it makes just as much sense as everything else that’s going on in this country, and at least it made me smile. ... (Continue reading)

Best Picture Nominees Meet the Foreclosure Crisis at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Best Picture Nominees Meet the Foreclosure Crisis at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

The foreclosure crisis is seeping into our society everywhere. Or, at least it soon will be... ... (Continue reading)

America Needs Buddy for President in 2012!

America Needs Buddy for President in 2012!

If one million people give $70 each, that’s more than any of the GOP candidates has raised. He needs to get 15% in a national poll to get on the stage during the presidential debates so he can challenge... (Continue reading)

Insider Says Wells Fargo’s Independent Foreclosure Review for OCC is “a Sham”

Insider Says Wells Fargo’s Independent Foreclosure Review for OCC is “a Sham”

What follows is a podcast featuring the "whistle blower"... the anonymous independent file reviewer working for Promontory on the Wells Fargo Bank account that reached out to us because he was fed up. I verified his identity and spoke... (Continue reading)


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