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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Poor Wall Street: Everyone Is Picking On Them

Who would ever have thought that the most respected names on Wall Street would cheat the house by playing with a marked deck? Dear Wall Street: We’re not in Vegas anymore! The Sin City “players” of Wall Street might be trading in the fancy hotel rooms for prison cells. The SEC is now following the Federal Reserve and the Senate […]

Deficiency Judgments Haunting Return, Jason Lives Once Again

Like the never ending horror franchise, deficiency judgments are back. A Florida deficiency judgment occurs when a bank pursues the remaining balance on a mortgage either after a foreclosure or, in theory, after a Florida short sale. Most banks are currently too busy to process deficiency judgments because they are dealing with foreclosures and short sales. Due to the large […]

More Good News! Higher Real Estate Prices in Select South Florida Cities

Weston is Number One! Zip codes with good schools, high paying jobs are topping list. Some areas of South Florida are finally seeing the first steps of a tentative recovery. As reported by the Sun-Sentinel, ten zip codes in Broward and six in Palm Beach County are seeing higher home prices. 33327, in Weston, saw the largest price increase from […]

Budgetary Hardball Almost Forces Court Closures: Courts’ Reliance On Foreclosure Fees Exposed

The Florida Court system, including judges, nearly faced mandatory furloughs and unpaid vacations due to an emergency shortfall in its budget. Court employees faced up to 30 days of unpaid vacation through the end of May. The reason for the short fall was the precipitous drop in foreclosure filings, which generated the fees the courts relied upon for the majority […]

Foreclosure Auctions are not eBay or Child’s Play. Novice Investors Beware!

Investors looking for a great deal at Florida foreclosure auctions may want to think twice before clicking “Buy Now”. Records show amateur investors are falling victim to a simple mistake that’s costing them thousands. When novice real estate investors turn up at foreclosure auctions, what they don’t know is they are often bidding on second or third mortgages. These mortgages […]

The Stunning Hypocrisy In Foreclosures: Scott Pelley Interviews Robo-Signers

In an eye-opening piece by 60 Minutes this week, Scott Pelley managed to actually interview robo-signers who had forged documents that allowed banks to foreclose on thousands of homes illegally. As we have discussed over the past few years, these document mills re-created the necessary documents that banks were too lazy to keep track of in the heyday of the […]

Another One Bites the Dust…A Salute to Neil Barofsky

Tue Apr 5, 2011 by on Florida Law News & Roy Oppenheim

The government official who recently left office over the housing crisis is someone who actually fought for the people instead of laying the groundwork for a cushy job awaiting him in the private sector. Neil Barofsky, the Special Inspector General for TARP resigned his post effective Wednesday, March 30. On his way out the door, he was still publicly arguing […]

Sun-Sentinel Best of Blogs Nominations: South Florida Law Blog and @OpLaw!

Tue Apr 5, 2011 by on Roy Oppenheim

It’s that time of year again…let the voting begin for The Sun-Sentinel’s Best of Blogs Awards! For the second year in a row, Oppenheim Law is honored to be nominated. This year, our South Florida Law Blog received nominations in Business and Technology, Politics, and News. @OpLaw, our Twitter feed, is nominated for Best Business Twitter feed. South Florida Law […]