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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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

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

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