The foreclosure “walk of shame” happens to the best of us; even the Mortgage Banker’s Association (MBA). When Roy Oppenheim received a call from the producers of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; he knew this was not the typical call from a distressed homeowner facing foreclosure. This was about a topic Oppenheim had shared on his blog months ago. The Daily Show news team was sniffing out a story of satire and realism, piecing together the irony of The Mortgage Banker’s Association’s Strategic Default.
Homeowners are walking away from mortgages even when they can afford to pay, and so is the MBA. Yes, the MBA walked away from its headquarters, a $79 million building they purchased three years ago in Washington D.C.
Oppenheim discussed in several South Florida Law Blog posts why he thinks MBA President and CEO John Courson is clueless when it comes to morals and ethics. He was happy to shed insight to the Daily Show producers on the irony of MBA’s own strategic default considering Courson’s countless media quotes questioning the homeowner’s moral obligation to pay the mortgage.
An excerpt from The New York Times:
John Courson, president and C.E.O. of the Mortgage Bankers Association, recently told The Wall Street Journal that homeowners who default on their mortgages should think about the “message” they will send to “their family and their kids and their friends.”
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