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Some habits are hard to break

Thu Jun 4, 2015 by on Florida Law News

We’ve all heard the old saying “once a cheater always a cheater.”  Now thanks to Wall Street we’ve been given a new variation: “once Wall Street, always Wall Street.” In other words; once you cause the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression due to bad behavior and wrongdoing, you will continue to engage in that bad behavior and wrongdoing […]

From 'Hope' to 'Housing' – Oppenheim Law Looks Ahead to the 2012 Presidential Election

‘Hope’ stands as a fleeting memory for most Americans as unemployment stagnates, housing prices fall and economic growth looms as a lofty promise unfulfilled. And as we get closer to the 2012 Presidential Election, it’s becoming clear that the ideological political landscape that dominated the 2008 election cycle will be eclipsed by a menacing elephant in the room: the economy. […]

Real Estate Review: Mortgage Rates Set New Low, Homeowners Get More Time, Banks Get Blame and “Reverse Foreclosure”

Mortgage Rates Set Fresh 2011 Low After Jobs Report Fixed rate home mortgage loans dropped for the eighth straight week to a new low for 2011 amid concerns of another economic slowdown this year, according to data from Freddie Mac and a report by The Wall Street Journal. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.49%, down from 4.55% last week and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]