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Category: Foreclosure Defense

Deconstructing The Black Magic of Securitized Trusts

Below is an abbreviated version of an article written by Roy Oppenheim and Jacquelyn Trask, which was first published this week by Thomson Reuters. The longer version of “Deconstructing The Black Magic of Securitized Trusts” was published earlier this year by the Stetson Law Review. From 2003 to 2007, Florida saw the largest real estate boom in its history. Real […]

The State of Foreclosure: Same As It Ever Was, Same As It Ever Was

Maybe it is because foreclosures were merely a blip on the radar during the presidential election. Maybe it is the fact that the home prices are looking healthier than they have in years. Regardless, some people have been lulled into a false sense of security about the state of foreclosures here in South Florida. To my amazement, I will get […]

What I Tell Clients Who Receive a Foreclosure Notice

A version of this blog was originally published on Yahoo! Homes and is being republished on South Florida Law Blog with their permission. As a real estate attorney, I’ve had plenty of prospective clients come to my office after being served with a foreclosure notice. It is safe to say they are usually not in a good mood; they are […]

Divided States of America: Judicial vs Non-Judicial Foreclosure

Roy Oppenheim’s commentary was originally published on Yahoo! Homes and is being redistributed on South Florida Law Blog with their permission. According to some analysts, whether or not your state is on its way to a housing recovery depends on whether you live in a state that requires judicial foreclosure or one that does not. What is the difference? In […]

California Homeowners' Bill of Rights Passes; Common Sense Prevails

Homeowners everywhere should be looking at California and taking notice. The government there is finally taking the power away from the banks and placing it back in the hands of the homeowners. Outside of Florida, no state has been quite as devastated by the fraudclosure crisis as California has, so it comes as no surprise that they would be at […]

‘Bad Neighbor Banks’ Take Hold In South Florida

Banks make bad neighbors. It’s been one of my mantras for years, and it’s a statement that is again reverberating across the country thanks to The Sun-Sentinel’s 3-part series “Bad Neighbor Banks”. Thanks to the Sentinel, 60 Minutes, and the National Fair Housing Alliance, we are seeing the hard data that back up my assertion that banks, once they foreclose […]

What Did Chuck Coulson Think of Banks ‘Hatchet’ Job on Homeowners?

Last weekend Chuck Coulson, the man once called Richard Nixon’s ‘hatchet man”, passed away at the age of 80. Known both for his being one of the ‘Watergate Seven’ and his subsequent 2nd life as a born-again evangelist, I can only wonder what he thought of of our current foreclosure crisis. I don’t know if he ever gave it much […]

German Bank Accuses Barclays of Lying About Mortgage-Backed Securities

Tue Apr 3, 2012 by on Foreclosure Defense

Man I just love it when the banks eat their own! It’s even better when they start using MY arguments to do it. The very same arguments I’ve used to defend my clients. The essential problem is this, securitized trusts, the ones your homes were bought and sold into, weren’t always mortgage-backed! I’ve long had questions about the validity of […]