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

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2016 Five Star Housing Government Forum – Homeowners Uninvited?

By Deby Morrow and Sydney Sullivan

2016 Five Star forum2016 Five Star Institute’s “Housing Government” Forum in Washington, DC Without a Single “Housing” Representative (i.e., a homeowner) in Attendance. Whoa, Congress – right under your nose!

The forum is a daylong event where leaders in both servicing and federal government come together to engage in honest and open dialogue about the industry’s most pressing issues and challenges affecting both your business and the entire housing economy… Without a single homeowner representative on the Agenda. Continue reading

THE HISTORY AND DEATH OF MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. ACCORDING TO THE USPTO

bamboozledFor nearly 20 years, in particularly the last 10 years, the courts, foreclosure defense attorneys, homeowners and politicians have been bamboozled by the blur and use of “MERS” – the service mark for the MERS® eRegistry system owned and operated now by MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.

“MERS” first became the acronym, an abbreviation for the first Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., in 1995. This corporation was registered in Delaware on October 16, 1995. In 1997 Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. registered “MERS” as the service mark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its mortgage loan eRegistry system. This original MERS corporation has long since been eaten up by other entities created by its executives and board of directors to replace it over the past 18 years. Bottom-line: The original Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. is dead and it died in 1998… RIP

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Welcome to Freddie and Fannie’s Mortgage Shell Game

By Shawn Timothy Newman, J.D.
Adjunct Professor
Saint Martin’s University

Wheres-the-NoteIn common parlance, a mortgage (or Deed of Trust) includes the underlying loan (promissory note) and the security on that loan (mortgage or Deed of Trust). This ignores the fact that the note and mortgage (or DOT) are two separate contracts governed by some different laws and legal principals.

As noted in Powell on Real Property, sec. 37.27 [2] (Michael Allan Wolf ed., LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2010)  Continue reading

MERS – TOO MANY DEAD DUCKS

patent_officeWhile fishing for bank-related patents this gem surfaced and jumped into the net.  At first it wasn’t apparent it was a keeper because the UETA issue has not been in the forefront of foreclosure defense. However, taking the time to dissect the document it became apparent that, as some of us have suspected, there is a mandatory methodology from the origination of the mortgage loan on a trip to the securitized trust that includes the EXPLICIT CONSENT of the obligor (homeowner).

Yup… It appears the road to securitization needs an electronic record that the “issuer” aka the “obligor” has explicitly consented to at the time of origination. Yeah, ya think maybe that was the real intention of MERS aka Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.? But it looks like it didn’t have all its ducks in a row. This is a lot to digest – but you need to know and understand this information in order to plead your case correctly before the courts. Continue reading

Death, Depression, Desperation and Despair; the homelessness of foreclosure is an atrocity of untold magnitude

In an effort to appear hunky-dory for the APEC Summit embarking on its shores in November 2011, Honolulu city council wanted to pass legislation to be able to “dispose” of the belongings of street people, many of which are families that have been displaced by foreclosure – a growing number that has been largely ignored by state and federal governments. Continue reading

REALITY CHECK – The Banks Are Going to Lose the FHFA Suits

The Banks Are Going to Lose the FHFA Suits, So They Are Trying to Shoot The Messenger.

By | September 10, 2011

FHFAEver since the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac’s overseer) filed its blockbuster securities fraud suits against 17 banks and 131 individual bankers, a lot of commentators have said, essentially: How dare FHFA sue banks for securities fraud? Fannie and Freddie were crooks too! (Er, Fannie and Freddie were too sophisticated to be fooled! Fannie and Freddie couldn’t have been defrauded by the banks!) Continue reading

Part I – The Elites will Eat Their Own: Full-Blown Civil War Erupts On Wall Street

Full-Blown Civil War Erupts On Wall Street: As Reality Finally Hits The Financial Elite, They Start Turning On Each Other

By David DeGraw

Full-Blown Civil War Erupts On Wall Street: As Reality Finally Hits The Financial Elite, They Turn On Each OtherFinally, after trillions in fraudulent activity, trillions in bailouts, trillions in printed money, billions in political bribing and billions in bonuses, the criminal cartel members on Wall Street are beginning to get what they deserve. As the Eurozone is coming apart at the seams and as the US economy grinds to a halt, the financial elite are starting to turn on each other. The lawsuits are piling up fast. Here’s an extensive roundup: Continue reading

Behind the Scenes: Bank of America – Another Bailout!

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“Robin Hood in Reverse”: Bank Bailout Bonanza Heats Up (Again)

The Daily Ticker Reports that last Friday Bank of America received ANOTHER so-called “bailout” using tax payer funds. They never really went away so don’t call it a comeback…but it’s been a big week for bailouts. 

Bank of America Corp. has agreed to sell part of its home-loan portfolio to government-controlled housing giant Fannie Mae, as the bank looks to shed assets and pare its exposure to an array of mortgage woes. Rithoitz, Blodget and Task have a lively discussion about the Fannie  Continue reading

WSJ Posts: Government Weighs Turning Foreclosures Into Rentals – Lame, very lame!

By Nick Timiraos

There’s an 800-pound gorilla in the nation’s hardest-hit housing markets: hundreds of thousands of foreclosed properties are selling, and there’s four times as many potential foreclosures behind them.

The Journal writes today that one idea gaining support in Washington is an effort to pull some of those properties off the market and rent them out, either on homes owned by federal agencies or loan giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Continue reading