Entries by Marian Wang

Why the Massachusetts Supreme Court Voided Two Foreclosures and What It Could Mean for Banks

While the decision’s impact isn’t entirely clear, even Wall Street analysts who downplayed its applicability, acknowledged its troubling implications for banks. Palm Coast, FL – January 21, 2011 – When Massachusetts’ highest court ruled against U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo earlier this month and invalidated two foreclosures, the decision was hailed by some as an […]

Bank Errors Cause Damage to Credit, Distress to Homeowners

After one Nevada homeowner asked Bank of America about who owned his mortgage, he suffered a drop in his credit score even though he’d never missed a payment on his home. Palm Coast, FL – January 6, 2011 – We’ve pointed out cases in which banks’ miscommunication and disorganization have caused mistaken foreclosures, but as […]

At Foreclosure Law Firms, Concerns About Novice Attorneys

Nearly half of the attorneys working at Florida’s four largest foreclosure law firms have practiced law for less than three years. Palm Coast, FL – January 5, 2011 – A few months into the foreclosure scandal, we reviewed job listings seeking supposed foreclosure experts and even department supervisors, noting that many listings offered low pay […]

Cheat Sheet: Where the Fed’s Trillions Went

Following the failure of Lehman Brothers the biggest U.S. banks had tabs with the Fed that ran in the tens of billions on any given day during the worst parts of the financial crisis. Palm Coast, FL – December 9, 2010 – A provision in the financial reform law forced the Federal Reserve to disclose […]

Major Foreclosure Contractor Underplayed the Extent of Document Flaws

Lender Processing Services (LPS), has been accused of flaws in the processing of key mortgage documents. Palm Coast, FL – December 7, 2010 – In our primer on the players in the foreclosure scandal, we noted that the biggest foreclosure contractor to which banks outsourced servicing tasks, Lender Processing Services (LPS), has been accused of […]

State Judge Testifies Foreclosure Problems Are ‘Pervasive’

Besides questionable signatures & notarizations on key documents, parties trying to enforce foreclosures often fail to produce the promissory note, produce the wrong note, or use lost-note affidavits. Palm Coast, FL – December 4, 2010 – We’ve noted that in many states judges play a key role in determining whether foreclosure cases fly through on […]

On the Mortgage Mess, Fannie and Freddie Point Blame Elsewhere

Say that they’re not responsible for the day-to-day management of mortgage loans but instead rely on banks to do so fairly with borrowers. Palm Coast, FL – December 2, 2010 – Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee this week, executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—the two government-controlled mortgage giants—blamed other players in the foreclosure […]

Banks Seeking to Foreclose Face More Questions About Legal Standing

Banks seeking to enforce foreclosures must demonstrate that they have proper documentation proving their right to enforce a foreclosure. Palm Coast, FL – November 30, 2010 – As we’ve noted, banks seeking to enforce foreclosures must demonstrate that they have proper documentation proving their right to enforce a foreclosure—meaning they have the legal standing to […]

Primer: What Is a Wrongful Foreclosure?

Did banks’ mistakes and lack of due diligence caused people to face wrongful foreclosures. Banks say ”no.” Foreclosure defense attorneys say ”yes.” Palm Coast, FL – November 27, 2010 – The issue at the center of the foreclosure scandal isn’t the use of robo-signers and shortcuts in paperwork: It’s whether the banks’ mistakes and lack […]