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Category: Foreclosure Defense

Second Mortgages Lead to Misery or Modification for Florida Homeowners

Nearly 40% of homeowners who took out a second mortgage are underwater on their loans, but the news surrounding second mortgages isn’t all doom and gloom for Floridians, says Florida foreclosure defense attorney Roy Oppenheim. Second mortgages refer to any loan taken out on a property that is subordinate to the first mortgage, and include home-equity loans or lines of […]

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (Again): Miami Rebounds, Foreclosures Stall and Housing Prices Sink

The good: All we can say is, you never know! When the real estate market collapsed, Miami’s downtown epitomized the worst excesses of the building boom. Glittering new towers sat mostly vacant. Today Miami’s downtown real estate is booming and bustling with life and commerce thanks to foreign investors and renters. A report by the Miami Downtown Development Authority indicates […]

Florida Real Estate’s Mortal Enemy: Excess Inventories

What is killing Florida real estate? Excess inventories and falling home prices. House prices have been continuously falling for the first time in 70 years, and South Florida homeowners should expect the trend to continue. A surplus inventory of houses caused by Florida foreclosures and short sales is the mortal enemy of home prices. Lower prices are needed to sell […]

The Times They Are A-Changin’: District Courts of Appeal Start Reversing Foreclosure Judgments

As a tribute to Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday today, his song “The Times They Are A-Changin” captures the spirit of the social and political upheaval happening in today’s Florida courts. Despite a swollen pipeline of more than half a million pending foreclosure cases, Florida’s appellate courts are starting to send a clear message that banks will not succeed in trampling […]

Oppenheim Says: Don’t Give up on Miami, the Heat is on!

Orlando’s got the Florida real estate Magic and Miami has the Heat! Reports are in that Miami and Orlando are dragging Florida out of recession, but for now only Orlando is performing above its economic weight class. The Miami Herald reported this week that while Orlando represents just 14 percent of Florida’s 7.2 million-person workforce, it accounts for 46 percent […]

Who gets the Golden Ticket? Charlie or the Banks?

Financial Times Headline: Caution urged on US bank foreclosure fines Who gets the golden ticket? We all remember the deserving Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of the eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka. In the end, Charlie gets the Chocolate Factory and the golden ticket. This week’s Financial Times writer Tom Braithwaite reported a story: Caution urged on US bank foreclosure […]

“Welfare for the Rich” – Matt Taibbi Exposes Disgusting Practices at the Federal Reserve

The question of the decade: Why isn’t Wall Street in jail? In a typical jaw-dropping article for Rolling Stone Magazine The Real Housewives of Wall Street, Matt Taibbi reveals the shocking practices of the Federal Reserve during the Great Recession. With the nation staggering, the Federal Reserve took it upon itself to lend trillions of dollars at nearly zero percent […]