US Bank v. Arizumi — 15 Defects To Look For When Analyzing and Defeating a Foreclosing Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment

Sunday, February 11, 2018 – 3 PM HST
Upcoming Discussion for Sunday’s THE FORECLOSURE HOUR
Sundays: 3 pm (HST) / 5 pm (PST) / 8 pm (EST). Click HERE to listen.

Foreclosure Workshop #54: US Bank v. Arizumi — 15 Defects To Look For When Analyzing and Defeating a Foreclosing Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment
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The main event in any judicial foreclosure is the summary judgment hearing in which a foreclosing plaintiff attempts to convince the court that it should immediately prevail and your property should be sold at auction, since it argues there is no need for a trial as it owns your mortgage debt, you are in default, and it is entitled to foreclose.

By defeating summary judgment, the odds of saving one’s home improve greatly as a borrower can thereafter generally look forward to securing either finally an attractive loan modification, a significant discounted payoff, or in rare cases wiping out one’s mortgage debt entirely. Continue reading

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It’s the Rules of Evidence Stupid: 25 Ways in Which Foreclosure Attorneys Are Knowingly Committing Fraud on Our State and Federal Courts

Sunday, February 4, 2018 – 3 PM HST
(Rebroadcast from June 14, 2015 – Its Super Bowl Sunday – everybody deserves a day off now and then)
Upcoming Discussion for Sunday’s THE FORECLOSURE HOUR
Sundays: 3 pm (HST) / 5 pm (PST) / 8 pm (EST). Click HERE to listen.
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Not very long ago lenders filing foreclosure actions merely went into court filing affidavits that a borrower was behind in mortgage payments, offering into evidence virtually no specific documentation, not even a loan payment accounting known as the “loan general ledger.”

Notwithstanding whatever evidentiary challenges borrowers might have made previously, unlike in other areas of American Law, foreclosure judges would merely take a foreclosing plaintiff’s printed word for it. Continue reading

How Do You Fix SEC Broken Windows? The answer is – you can’t!

By Richard Bowen

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently announced it is discontinuing their enforcement program requiring admissions of wrongdoing and the prosecutorial approach they were supposedly taking after the 2008 financial crisis. Steven Peikin, co-director of the SEC’s enforcement division, said the SEC would drop the “broken windows” strategy of pursuing many cases over even the smallest legal violations, and may also pull back from trying to make some companies admit to wrongdoing as a condition of settling with the SEC.” 

Remember in 2013, under Mary Jo White’s leadership, the SEC announced it would make companies and individuals admit wrongdoing as a condition of settling civil charges in certain cases. Continue reading

Hawaii State Public Funds’ Shortfall Hits $25B

“Shortfall” –  a clever term for “we’ve lost your money”

According to the Hawaii Free Press quoting the Honolulu Star Advertiser: 

“The two public funds designed to meet the future pension and health care needs of government employees and retirees are a combined $25 billion in the hole with a growing shortfall….

The deficit in the ERS pension fund rose to $12.93 billion in the fiscal year ended June 30 from $12.44 billion in the previous fiscal year, according to one of the reports. The funded ratio — what is needed to meet future obligations — improved slightly to 54.9 percent from 54.7 percent a year earlier….

Similarly, the EUTF shortfall for all employers rose to $12.15 billion in fiscal 2017 from $11.78 billion in fiscal 2015, the last year it was reported. Its funded ratio improved to 12.8 percent from 6.7 percent because the cost of health care didn’t grow as fast as had been anticipated and because employers made more contributions to pay down the unfunded liability than required. The EUTF report has been coming out every two years but will be switching to an annual format… Continue reading

Oh No! Santa May Have To Cancel Christmas!

On the Foreclosure Hour broadcast last Sunday on Honolulu’s KHVH radio, Host and top-rated Foreclosure Defense Attorney, Gary Dubin, received a call from the North Pole. It was from Santa Claus!

It appears Santa may be the victim of a wrongful foreclosure.

Santa told Mr. Dubin that he received a notice from the Bank of the North Pole that there had been a foreclosure and the bank was evicting the Claus family from their 200-year-old home.

Santa sounded quite panicked because the notice said that the bank would be changing the locks at noon on December 25th… on Christmas Day!  Santa didn’t know at this point whether he could leave the North Pole on Christmas Eve to deliver presents and stated he might have to cancel Christmas. Santa pleaded with Gary Dubin for help.

Listen here to the phone call from Santa Claus on the Foreclosure Hour. Continue reading

A Year-End Special: Firsthand Comments and Experiences of Our Listeners Battling Foreclosures Nationwide

A Year-End Special: Firsthand Comments and Experiences of Our Listeners Battling Foreclosures Nationwide

This Sunday’s Show will air in Hawaii at 2:00 p.m. (HST) instead 3:00 p.m., its otherwise regular time. Honolulu KHVH Radio & Internet. The Foreclosure Hour

 

John and I receive thousands of letters, emails, and voice mail messages annually from our listeners from just about every State and some foreign countries, detailing their personal experiences trying to fend off foreclosures and evictions.

Time limitations naturally permit us to personally respond to only a few.

We thought that we would, therefore, start a new tradition by reading some of those experiences on our year-end show(s) enabling us to respond in that way to more inquiries. Continue reading

Why Foreclosing Securitized Trust Plaintiffs Cannot Prove Entitlement To Foreclose

(December 12, 2017, Hawaii) The Foreclosure Hour TODAY at 3 pm (HST) / (5 pm EST) will discuss one of Hawaii’s latest FORECLOSURE APPEAL cases, HSBC Bank USA v. Yamashita, where after a pro-bank decision in the lower circuit court was overturned on appeal.

The Hawaii ICA noted, “[T]he [Hawaii] supreme court then expressed that “[a] foreclosing plaintiff’s burden to prove entitlement to enforce the note overlaps with the requirements of standing in foreclosure actions as ‘standing is concerned with whether the parties have the right to bring suit.'” Continue reading

IN 2015, SIX OF THE SEVEN LARGEST HAMP SERVICERS WRONGFULLY TERMINATED HOMEOWNERS OUT OF HAMP

SIGTARP QUARTERLY REPORT TO CONGRESS I JANUARY 27, 2016

SIGTARP’s concerns over servicer misconduct contributing to homeowner redefaults in HAMP have been borne out. Treasury’s findings in its on-site visits to the largest seven mortgage servicers in HAMP over the most recent four quarters show disturbing and what should be unacceptable results, as 6 of 7 of the mortgage servicers had wrongfully terminated homeowners who were in “good standing” out of HAMP.

These staggering findings clearly show that servicer misconduct is contributing to some homeowners falling out of HAMP. Homeowners were wrongly terminated from HAMP by their servicer despite making timely mortgage payments, putting them at risk of losing their home. These homeowners were forced out of HAMP through no fault of their own. Mortgage servicers did not give these homeowners a fair shot. As these instances were found through sampling, Treasury does not know how many other homeowners were also wrongfully forced out of HAMP. Continue reading

“The Court has absolutely no confidence in any of Green Tree’s financial documents.”

If you are wondering why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs) are slithering through the swamp looking for a path to release them from the bondage of Conservatorship, let this Plaintiff GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, amended to DITECH FINANCIAL, LLC case begin to open your eyes to the corruption racket behind scenes since 2008.

Illegal actions aren’t limited to just Green Tree. These are standard business practices among the banks, known – and it appears generally accepted by, the GSEs. Continue reading

American Nightmare – The Plight of GSE Investors and American Homeowners

By Sydney Sullivan

This will be one of several posts on the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Your thoughts and your owns stories are welcome in the comments section.

Nearly a decade ago, in September 2008, US Treasury Chief Hank Paulson unveiled his historic government takeover of twin mortgage buyers, putting the government in charge of the mortgage giants and the $5 trillion in home loans they back. The plan eliminated the top executives which were out and replaced with Wall Street titans.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the financial collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their takeover by the federal government and their role in the financial crisis. The video below is a 4 hour review of a planned response to the crisis in the housing and mortgage markets at the time of the economic meltdown and crash of 2008.

The titans that replaced Freddie CEO Richard Syron and Fannie CEO Daniel Mudd  were two Wall Street finance veterans and were charged with restoring the mortgage magnates to health. Herb Allison formerly served as president of Merrill Lynch was Continue reading