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Signs of Good News - Days of Federal Stimulus for Homebuilding Industry May Be Over
Friday, 10 September 2010

Housing Woes Bring a New Cry: Let the Market Fall
Over the last 18 months, the administration has rolled out just about every program it could think of to prop up the ailing housing market, using tax credits, mortgage modification programs, low interest rates, government-backed loans and other assistance intended to keep values up and delinquent borrowers out of foreclosure. The goal was to stabilize the market... As the economy again sputters and potential buyers flee — July housing sales sank 26 percent from July 2009 — there is a growing sense of exhaustion with government intervention. Some economists and analysts are now urging a dose of shock therapy that would greatly shift the benefits to future homeowners: Let the housing market crash. “We have had enough artificial support and need to let the free market do its thing,” said the housing analyst Ivy Zelman...

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New York Times: Railroading homeowners through the rocket docket
Monday, 06 September 2010

Florida’s High-Speed Answer to a Foreclosure Mess
April Charney, a lawyer who represents imperiled borrowers at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. “You get a five-minute hearing. It’s a factory.” ...Doctored or dubious records presented in court as proof of a bank’s ownership have become such a problem that Bill McCollum, the Florida attorney general, announced last month that his office was investigating the state’s three largest foreclosure law firms representing lenders. “Thousands of final judgments of foreclosure against Florida homeowners may have been the result of the allegedly improper actions of these law firms,” said Mr. McCollum in an interview. “We’ve had so many complaints that I am confident there is a great deal of fraud here.” ...Chip Parker,...“The threshold issue in any foreclosure case is who has the right to foreclose. We presented evidence to the judge that Fannie Mae owns the note and mortgage, and yet the judge ignored this crucial evidence.” Mr. Parker is concerned that some homeowners are victimized by the system. “What we are talking about is railroading homeowners through the rocket docket,” he added.

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The rich likely to walk away from bad deal homes
Saturday, 10 July 2010

Biggest Defaulters on Mortgages Are the Rich
Whether it is their residence, a second home or a house bought as an investment, the rich have stopped paying the mortgage at a rate that greatly exceeds the rest of the population.  More than one in seven homeowners with loans in excess of a million dollars are seriously delinquent, according to data compiled for The New York Times by the real estate analytics firm CoreLogic. By contrast, homeowners with less lavish housing are much more likely to keep writing checks to their lender. About one in 12 mortgages below the million-dollar mark is delinquent.

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NY Times: Homeowners Walk Away from Bad Deal Mortgages
Saturday, 26 June 2010

Analysts Question a Threat by Fannie
Fannie Mae’s decision to begin punishing people who walk away from their unpaid mortgages could prove difficult to sell to the public and might be impossible to execute, housing and lending experts said Thursday.  A Fannie Mae spokeswoman said that the goal of the new punitive policies was to force defaulting homeowners to work with their servicers to surrender their houses through either a lender-approved short sale or by formally giving up the deed.

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HOA Foreclosures increased by 78%
Friday, 14 May 2010

Homeowner association foreclosures skyrocketing
What’s worse is that Tony is not alone. The number of HOA's seizing homes for late payments is going through the roof. According to Bexar County foreclosure sales records, supplied by rexreport.com, the number of HOA foreclosures has jumped 78% in Bexar County, when you compare 2008 to 2009.  Lawyer Tom Newton is the man behind almost all of San Antonio's HOA foreclosures.  News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooter Brian Collister spoke with Newton back in 2007 when he foreclosed on a disabled couple’s home.

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New York Times: Homeowners Walk Away
Sunday, 14 February 2010

No Help in Sight, More Homeowners Walk Away
“People like me are beginning to feel like suckers,” Mr. Koellmann said. “Why not let it go in default and rent a better place for less?”  After three years of plunging real estate values, after the bailouts of the bankers and the revival of their million-dollar bonuses, after the Obama administration’s loan modification plan raised the expectations of many but satisfied only a few, a large group of distressed homeowners is wondering the same thing.  New research suggests that when a home’s value falls below 75 percent of the amount owed on the mortgage, the owner starts to think hard about walking away, even if he or she has the money to keep paying.

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NY TIMES GRETCHEN MORGENSON: The Federal Mortgage Plan and Banks Fails to Assist Consumer
Sunday, 06 December 2009

Why Treasury Needs a Plan B for Mortgages
AFTER months of playing pretend, the Treasure Department conceded last week that the Home Affordable Modification Program, its plan to aid troubled homeowners by changing the terms of their mortgages, was a dud. The 10-month-old program is going nowhere, the Treasury said, because big institutions charged with implementing it are dragging their feet.“The banks are not doing a good enough job,” said Michael S. Barr, assistant Treasury secretary for financial institutions, in an article published last Sunday in The New York Times.

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Washington Post: Quarter Of Borrowers In Anti-Foreclosure Program Are Late Paying New Mortgage Bill
Sunday, 06 December 2009

Quarter of borrowers in anti-foreclosure plan are behind
About 25 percent of borrowers helped under the administration's massive foreclosure prevention plan have already fallen behind on their new mortgage payments, according to government data that raise new questions about the program's effectiveness. The delinquency figures reflect the latest troubles of the program, known as Making Home Affordable. Earlier this week, Treasury officials announced a campaign to put new pressure on lenders to do more to move struggling homeowners into loans with easier terms. So far, more than 650,000 borrowers have been enrolled into the initial, or "trial," phase of the program and have seen their payments lowered by an average of $640 a month, or 40 percent. But a recent survey of large mortgage servicers published by the Treasury Department found that that more than 25 percent of borrowers in the program were not current on their trial payments.

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Huffington Post: Corperate Welfare Tax Breaks
Monday, 16 November 2009

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Gretchen Morgenson: Lobbyists Win Again In Securing Tax Break For Home Builders
The New York Times ’s Gretchen Morgenson points out that lobbyists have won another victory that will lead to billions in taxpayer dollars being handed over to firms that helped spur the economic crisis. The Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009, which President Obama just signed into law, contains “a tax break that lets big companies offset losses incurred in 2008 and 2009 against profits booked as far back as 2004,” Morgenson reports.

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HUD/FHA Sweet Deals Enabled Predatory Lending
Tuesday, 13 October 2009

A Secret Deal Between Wall Street and Washington Shines a Harsh Light on Federal Housing Agency
While the Federal Trade Commission was receiving gut-wrenching documentation of predatory lending abuses at a unit of Citigroup, the Federal agency mandated to level the playing field for low income homeowners, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was quietly awarding 19,968 mortgages of homeowners in distress to Citigroup to dispose of as it saw fit.  HUD legally became Citigroup’s joint venture partner in at least two of the deals, retaining a minority interest.

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Attention: Check Mortgage Legal Filings - Some foreclosures may at least be slowed
Sunday, 04 October 2009

Ruling by judges rattles mortgage industry
Law and custom have long required that property transactions be recorded with a county clerk or “recorder of deeds,” along with information about the person who holds the mortgage...Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, set up a company that would do it all electronically. It is called Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS)...Once people started defaulting on loans, MERS would announce the default on behalf of its bank clients. Consumer activists and attorneys for homeowners began questioning whether MERS, which represents banks but has no direct financial interest in the loans, could legally trigger foreclosure, but judges were generally not sympathetic to the argument.

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