October, 2011

A TIME FOR GOOD JUDGEMENT: The jury is in AND we need judges to modify the way banks behave.

A TIME FOR GOOD JUDGEMENT:  The jury is in AND we need judges to modify the way banks behave.

Our country is in crisis, and we can’t expect the banks to act for the overall good of our society… that’s not their role… that’s the role of the elected representatives who serve in our government. No surprises there,... (Continue reading)

Bull… meet China Shop. SB 94 and the California State Bar, Two Years Later

Bull... meet China Shop.  SB 94 and the California State Bar, Two Years Later

At the California State Bar Association's 84th Annual Meeting, September 17, 2011, Susan Anderson presented what she said is the bar’s official interpretation of SB 94, precluding a lawyer from being paid for services related to a loan modification until... (Continue reading)

What Shall We Tell Our Children, Mr. President?

What Shall We Tell Our Children, Mr. President?

What shall we tell the children, Mr. President? How can we tell them the truth? How can we tell them we’ve lost faith in America… that our government has abandoned us… that we no longer feel like a... (Continue reading)

Attorneys: Foreclosure Defense at a Whole New Level – Max Gardner In-person or On video

Attorneys: Foreclosure Defense at a Whole New Level - Max Gardner In-person or On video

Max basically gives attorneys his thirty-year law practice in a box with easy to follow assembly instructions and ongoing support. And there's nothing theoretical about what Max teaches attorneys at his workshops and seminars. In fact, I've seen... (Continue reading)

Mainstream media waking up to foreclosures being a big problem – And by big problem, I mean Geithner

Mainstream media waking up to foreclosures being a big problem - And by big problem, I mean Geithner

I’m not sure what to say to that, now that I’ve read Zach’s article and been shown more of what went on behind closed doors at the Obama White House. That mistakes were made is abundantly clear, but even... (Continue reading)

Public sector shedding 35k jobs a month Republicans block bill to prevent further losses

Public sector shedding 35k jobs a month  Republicans block bill to prevent further losses

State budgets have to be suffering from reduced income and sales taxes, don’t they? Higher unemployment obviously means fewer people working and those that are still working… are making less money, so it stands to reason that income tax... (Continue reading)

Obamas New Plan to Help Housing Isnt Worth Waiting For

Obamas New Plan to Help Housing Isnt Worth Waiting For

Even Edward J. DeMarco, acting director of the independent Federal Housing Finance Agency says his fix will be more of a tune-up than an overhaul, with reduced “frictions” and “enhancements.”... (Continue reading)

Mitt, Mitt, Bo Bit, Banana Fanna, Fo Fit on Foreclosures

Romney has also offered a 160-page economic program and it offers nothing in terms of specific solutions to the housing crisis and in fact barely mentions it. And at the recently held Republican candidate debate, held in Las Vegas... (Continue reading)

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From Bevilacqua to Fontenot, Its Coast-to-Coast Confusion

From Bevilacqua to Fontenot, Its Coast-to-Coast Confusion

As shocking as it may be to some, apparently if you start with MERS, mix in some robo-signing, have total disregard for the PSA, and entirely ignore each and every law along the way, well… you end up destroying the... (Continue reading)

Optimism Lost, and by Optimism, I mean Ben Bernanke and the NYT

Optimism Lost, and by Optimism, I mean Ben Bernanke and the NYT

I think the nice folks at the New York Times have been spending too much time at Zabars? Because I’m pretty sure it’s not a confidence deficiency… I think it’s money we’re missing… as in income, and the lack... (Continue reading)

Are Homeowners Suffering from LAS Legal Abuse Syndrome?

Are Homeowners Suffering from LAS  Legal Abuse Syndrome?

Homeowners who have been forced into litigation in an attempt to save their homes, whether choosing to represent themselves, or hire an attorney, are battling against the largest financial institutions in the world in a court system that’s anything but... (Continue reading)

MERS Has Trouble, Right There in Ohio, With a Capital T

MERS Has Trouble, Right There in Ohio, With a Capital T

“This case asks court very directly whether the MERS system complies with state law. If it doesn’t then I’m going to go back and reopen all of the foreclosures alleging that the transfers were invalid,” says Dann without hesitation. ... (Continue reading)

What Obama Should Have Done Ezra Klein, Part 2

What Obama Should Have Done  Ezra Klein, Part 2

I mean, here we had our “smart” president, and the first thing he does upon taking the reins of a nation in real economic peril, is throw together a spending bill whose numbers were pulled directly from the hindquarters of... (Continue reading)

CA’s Democrats in Congress Wake Up to Need to Address Foreclosures

CA's Democrats in Congress Wake Up to Need to Address Foreclosures

Apparently, this past week, the sound of the economy’s ship going down must have awoken the majority of House Democrats from California who then just jumped all over the Obama Administration for “failing to deliver on promises to curb foreclosures.”... (Continue reading)

WSJ Surveys Economists US Incomes Wont Make Up Lost Ground Before 2021

WSJ Surveys Economists US Incomes Wont Make Up Lost Ground Before 2021

Yesterday, for the first time since the recession began, the Wall Street Journal survey of 50 economists now say that incomes in this country have been falling since 2000 and they don’t expect us to make up the lost ground... (Continue reading)

Inside the Obama Administration with Ezra Klein and Mandelman

Inside the Obama Administration with Ezra Klein  and Mandelman

Klein seems to think that it’s important to understand how the administration got it so wrong… but I could care less. I think the salient point is that they knew they had gotten it wrong soon enough, and yet... (Continue reading)

The Recession is Over! Long Live the Recession!

The Recession is Over!  Long Live the Recession!

Look people… don’t get bummed out about this study, because a few years from now the NBER is probably going to refer to today as having been a peak. ... (Continue reading)

Only One Paycheck Away from Disaster… No kidding, really? Go figure.

Only One Paycheck Away from Disaster... No kidding, really?  Go figure.

Since then, we’ve been bubbled into financial ruin. We bought high and sold low, until our 401(k)s turned into 201(k)s, and then we doubled down on shares of Pets.com, never bothering to question how the company planned to deliver... (Continue reading)

Attitudes on Wall Street: Dear God, Give Me Strength

Attitudes on Wall Street: Dear God, Give Me Strength

Brancaccio asked about whether these Wall Street types recognized that bonuses are usually paid on profits, but that profits are "radically down," and Bethany replied that they don't. She said that there's a widespread belief that "it wasn't my fault,... (Continue reading)

Two Top Tier Lawyers Ready to Sue Servicers for Defrauding Homeowners

Two Top Tier Lawyers Ready to Sue Servicers for Defrauding Homeowners

It's no secret to anyone close to the crisis that homeowners in distress are routinely lied to by servicers... often homes are lost as a result of those lies... and what's even more shocking than that is how so... (Continue reading)

The Birth of Robo-Signing…

The Birth of Robo-Signing...

My office will investigate whether other banks engaged in such practices because these failings involve much more than mere technicalities, as GMAC/Ally has claimed. As a consumer advocate and attorney, I am dismayed and shocked that the bank blatantly skirted... (Continue reading)

Former Sub-Prime Lenders Are Back to Profit Off of the Housing Meltdown. Seriously?

Former Sub-Prime Lenders Are Back to Profit Off of the Housing Meltdown.  Seriously?

Basically, the architects of the sub-prime lending that caused the greatest financial crisis in the history of mankind, are now going to profit from the crisis they caused by buying and selling the very sub-prime loans they couldn’t sell before,... (Continue reading)


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