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Why Are Modifications So Sluggish? Tonight on the Neil Garfield Show 6pm EDT

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Everyone has the same question in the back of their minds. The loans should be worked out rather than foreclosed. That is what is done with commercial loans, that is what was done in residential loans and it is still done with credit cards and other consumer loans. So why are we having problems with workouts and modifications?
The answer is simple: we are not dealing with the creditor. We are dealing with an intermediary whose instructions are to get the loan into foreclosure. So they tell borrowers that they can’t qualify for a redo of their loan unless they stop paying, they say and do a lot of things that encourage the borrowers to do things that make them look like deadbeats when the case goes to foreclosure judgments. The borrowers are not deadbeats. They are victims just as the investors are victims. But we never hear from the investors because they don’t know that anything is wrong with their investments — because they are getting paid regardless of whether the “borrower” pays or not.
Many judges have been asking two questions for years even as they give the banks the benefit of the doubt:

(1) why is the modification process so enigmatic and random (and why are there not more workouts like it used to be in civil courts and bankruptcy courts) and

(2) why are we seeing this shell game with first some bank or other entity claiming it is the owner of the loan, denying even the existence of the REMIC Trust, then they admit the existence of the Trust and claim the loan is owned by the Trusts, then they say the servicers have the right to foreclose and not the trusts or the investors, and then they keep switching servicers and trustees? To the Judges that ask these questions, it looks like a shell game but without appropriate pleading and evidence they can’t rule on it — or get the answers to their questions.

The truth has emerged in many cases where it was determined that the trust never owned the subject loan — or any loan. The trust never comes to court. The self-appointed servicer shows up with a robo-witness. Many cases decided in favor of the borrower (and there are thousands of them) show that the “servicer” is (a) not a servicer because it neither accepts nor pays money in connection with “processing the loan,” and (b) not authorized to act as a servicer even with fabricated powers of attorney introduced in court.

All this has everything to do with the modification process. The alleged “servicers” are the only parties that will talk to the homeowner about a workout– modification. But they actually have no power to do so. And what this “servicer” wants is a foreclosure judgment and sale not a modification which of course means they have a conflict of interest with the investors. The “servicer” who is really an enforcer to put up another layer of corporate shield against the borrower, is really doing the bidding of the Master Servicer. The Master Servicer is ordering all cases into foreclosure judgment and sale and to minimize the modifications (but not eliminate them because that would look bad for the banks).

The reason why the Master Servicer orders all cases to be on foreclosure track and a minimum number set for modification is simple: they have been paying the investors to make the investors think that their bonds are performing perfectly when in fact they are not. The bonds the investors have on their statements are worthless because they were issued by a trust that never received the proceeds of sale from the sale of their mortgage backed securities.

In fact the issuing Trust never even started business, much less ended it during the mandatory 90 day period. It never had any money and never even had a bank account. SO it couldn’t have purchased the loan. The lawyers come to court with the “servicer” because they can’t come to court with the owner of the loan (investors). If they came to court with the investors or any representatives of the investors, the investors would say that they have no default because they have been paid. THAT would mean there is no default and that would mean the volunteer payments from the servicer would never be recovered. So they absolutely need the foreclosure and absolutely remain committed to minimizing modifications.

And the enforcer or pretends to be a “Servicer” gets paid to act as a barrier against any inquiry into the inner workings of the fraud practiced on the borrower, the courts, and the investors. The investors end up taking a loss which in the case of pension funds has meant that the funds do not have the resources to maintain the pensions of retired workers. As a result of their reduced income they end up on the bad end of a foreclosure — in some cases by a trust whose investors include the same pension fund that lost money because of the fraudulent issuance of the mortgage backed securities that were never mortgage backed and never issued by an operated entity (Trust) under any theory.

And the whole scheme is to hide the real profits made by the banks in (a) stealing money from the investors and (b) paying themselves unauthorized fees and profits from illusory trades that are booked only at their trading desk and (c) immediately betting against the worthless bonds. .

It is the investment banks that pay the so-called “servicer advances” from a slush fund that is actually disclosed in the prospectus issued to investors. They pay that money as long as it (a) encourages the investors to buy more bonds (b) discourages the investors from suing the investment banks and exposing the entire toxic criminal scheme and (c) they can control the court actions such that most of them end up with a foreclosure judgment or the nonjudicial sale exercised by a power of sale in the nonjudicial states.

If the investment Banks allowed more modifications in would require them to continue making payments as “servicer advances” indefinitely. But even more sinister is the fact that while they could stop paying servicer advances then a whole lot of investors would come to know that their bonds were inf act worthless and the loans were never acquired and the loans were mostly nonperforming and that the foreclosures pressed by the enforcer/servicer is actually costing the investor most of their investment.

Central Florida Flames Over Foreclosure Fraud

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see http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/osceola-foreclosure-report-author-holds-news-confe/nm79R/

Krieger is right about the fundamentals. While I have not reviewed his report, it appears from what I have heard about it that in contains misstatements and inaccuracies. BUT the idea that the foreclosures are largely a fraud upon homeowners and the Courts is well-founded.

The parties who are initiating the foreclosures are mostly servicers. They want the foreclosure so they can collect on advances and fees. But they have no right to foreclosure on those claims because they have no contract, no note, and no mortgage in which they have the right to make such collections or enforce the terms of what they claim to be the original note and mortgage. They MIGHT have some equitable claim against the homeowner but it isn’t secured by any security instrument (mortgage).

The banks have painted themselves into a corner and you can be sure that past reports will be combined with new reports about the details of fabrication, forgery, and perjury from robo-signers, robo-witnesses and people with no knowledge of anything other than the script that some lawyer gave them before they appeared in court.

The plain truth is that there are no defaults in nearly all of the claims on which foreclosure is sought. That is because the creditor, frequently identified as a REMIC Trust (but in actuality is a group of investors) have continued to get paid through servicer advances. There is nothing about that in the note or mortgage signed by the alleged borrower. Since they received payment the party claiming to be the mortgagee shows no default on its books but the servicer wants the foreclosure anyway because it makes them money.

Then there is the other problem resulting in the conclusion that there is no legal “creditor” in the conventional sense. When you come right down to it there isn’t anyone who answers the definition of a creditor or lender with rights to enforce either the note or the mortgage because none of them are actually in privity with the borrower and virtually none of the parties claiming to “own” the loan never paid for it, never received it, and have no power to collect, much less foreclose on it.

Take a step back and look at the larger picture. Why wouldn’t the “real parties in interest” end the entire dispute by merely producing proof that they are holders in due course or were the original lenders. This is the essential problem for the banks and it is only in taking the longer view that you can see patterns that cannot be reconciled.

First they said they were no trusts, then they said there were trusts but the authority to enforce was with the servicer, then they kept switching servicers (an illusion) and producing a “power of attorney” instead of a transfer of servicing rights. Why couldn’t they produce a transfer of servicing rights? Answer: because they were not transferring the servicing rights which included the right to collect servicer advances (volunteer payments) made by the master servicer.

Now they are saying the trusts own the loan — but they can’t produce proof of payment. So they are saying we don’t need to produce proof of payment. We only need to show the note. This is circular reasoning but Judges are still going with this faulty line of reasoning. If you analyze the pattern you can see that they are not alleging that the trusts are holder in due course or owners of the debt because the trusts are not holders in due course and not owners of the debt. what does that make the trusts? Perhaps, depending upon the forged, backdated endorsements and assignments, it might make them an accommodation holder.

That still leaves open the essential question: who owns the loan. The investors money was used to originate and/or acquire the loans but they don’t appear on the notes or mortgages. The trust was supposed to pay for the loans but it didn’t. Why not? Because the investment bank diverted (Stole) the money. The key to this puzzle is that the investment banks created unregistered entities on paper and then had them issue “mortgage backed securities”. The trusts never operated, never received any money and therefore could never pay any money for anything. They didn’t even have a bank account.

Why did the world’s largest financial institutions fake the documents and lie to the courts? Because they had to do that. They needed fake documents because none of the real events and real documents would suffice. Hence, the claim of fraud is true even if some of the details were not exactly right. But the fraud is not just upon borrowers and the courts. It starts with the initial fraudulent transaction with investors (pension funds) who gave up their money thinking that the money would go into an operating trust that would then originate and acquire mortgage loans. That never happened. If it did happen the way the investors thought and were promised, (a) there would not have been the rush to push bad loans onto borrowers and (b) the foreclosure battle would be non existent.

Now It’s Your Turn to Help Me!!! Getting lawyers to sign up on common registry.

Every day dozens of people call me asking for referrals to attorneys. I have tried everything I think of to get attorneys to sign up, give resumes, etc. All I want to do is set up something like an Angie’s list for foreclosure defense lawyers. If any of you have an idea about how to do this, even if it is your own venture, that will be fine. I’m not looking to make money on this. I just want to provide the service to people.

Please send email to gtchonors.llblog@gmail.com with some sort of business plan to set up a system where homeowners can get the help they need.

New York: Notice of Appeal May Work as a Cloud on Title

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see http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/home/id=1202732820636/Appellate-Decision-Unwinds-Foreclosure-Purchase?mcode=1202615326010&curindex=2&slreturn=20150623125150

It’s procedure, stupid! That is the message coming out of several courts who are subjecting foreclosure actions to increasing scrutiny. They apparently are noticing that the facts are not as assumed in most cases and that the true facts are being papered over with instruments that appear facially valid. Now the long standing rule that a person who takes title with knowledge of litigation might not get title after all. In New York, title was unwound. The conclusions of the authors is what I said years ago. There is no way that continuing litigation would allow for any title to be marketable. That is especially true where the allegation is that the sale was wrongful, fraudulent etc. But it is also true where there are other issues that affect title. Title is clouded as long as there is litigation — at least in this case in New York State.

The Looming Fight Over Rescission Strongly Favors Borrowers of all Types

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This is not legal advice on your case. Consult a lawyer who is licensed in the jurisdiction in which the transaction and /or property is located. while it is possible that the rescission laws might apply to all consumer loans, the author has researched other types of loans in any detail — student loans, auto loans, furniture loans, credit cards, and other cash advances etc. No opinion is offered on those —- yet.

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Rescission strategies are coming fast and furious and the banks are painting themselves into a corner.  One issue was what happens if the rescission letter refers to the transaction as of a certain date? That is evidence of the consummation but not the total proof. In response to one person who used the date of the instruments in his letter of rescission, I wrote the following:

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The only problem I see is that the date of the transaction is listed but it is not clear that was the date of consummation. We also found an Orlando case where a Federal Judge did apply the TILA rescission rules as we have described it. The wrinkle is that the homeowner later entered into a modification agreement and then was deemed to have consented to judgment — she was proceeding pro se and seems to have literally snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. SO in her case we don’t hold out much help that we can do anything for her.

These cases are going to hinge on procedure and standing. If the Judge looks at the notice of rescission and decides as a matter of law that the transaction was (a) consummated and (b) on the date shown in the letter he might rule that the rescission was not effective. This would be contrary to law and contrary to what the Supreme Court said, as to procedure, but within the boundaries of what TILA rescission says is a loan qualifying for TILA rescission.

Our view, based upon a literal reading of the statute (the only possible reading according to the Supreme Court in Jesinoski) is that the the issue of consummation is a factual issue that may be raised by the creditor — or waived. They could simply comply without raising the defenses or waive the defenses by failure to to raise their challenge in a court proceeding (i.e., counteracting the rescission which is effective by operation of law with another action that is effective by operation of law).

Failing that, they must bring the claim. But the “they” is the crux of the issue. Who can bring a claim challenging the rescission? The answer can only be a party who has standing. Without standing there is no jurisdiction in the court to consider their claims regarding the rescission. Without standing it doesn’t matter whether they have any legitimate objections to the sending of the rescission or any basis for demanding that the rescission be vacated.

Standing means that the party presenting the claim has or will suffer injury as a result of the sending of the rescission, which became effective (same as a court order) the moment it was mailed. In foreclosure actions most of them have skipped over standing based upon “holding” the note. While we disagree with that interpretation because it treats the “holder” as a “Holder in due course” the procedure changes when a party seeks to vacate the notice of rescission, which as of the the date and time of the challenge is effective by operation of law.

Since the rescission is effective by operation of law as of the date of mailing, that means, according to 15 USC § 1635 et seq., Regulation Z, and the US Supreme Court (Jesinoski) that the note and mortgage were rendered void by the mailing of the notice of rescission. Once something has happened by operation of law, it is a fact whether we agree with it or not. Once it happens not even the party who invoked it can avoid it or seek to ignore it without filing some action which by operation of law would allow the Judge to vacate the rescission.

If the borrower can’t revoke it, then neither can the creditor. The only caveat here is if the borrower and creditor enter into a new agreement that uses the old note and mortgage as the documents that will be used in the new agreement. At that point a new loan arises, along with the rights of rescission, which must be delivered to the borrower as part of the rescission. The TILA disclosure requirements must be met for the “new loan.”

Which brings us to the issues of who can enter into this new agreement and who can ask the court to revoke the or vacate the rescission? The answer is the real creditor (see posts from prior two days). And the real creditor may NOT use the note or mortgage as evidence of their standing. Those instruments were rendered void by operation of law when the rescission was mailed. So the “creditor” must show that it is in fact the real party in interest having funded or paid for the loan — or that they have legal authority to represent a creditor who funded or paid for the loan. They no longer even have the opportunity to use presumptions that might attach to a holder or possessor with rights to enforce because that would mean they are seeking relief based upon claims arising from two instruments (note and mortgage) that are already void by operation of law.

This is why I have repeatedly said that homeowners MUST have an experienced trial lawyer who knows how to argue these points, understands them and can stay on message without getting lured into an argument about whether the rescission was effective. There can be no such discussion. THAT issue — the effectiveness of the rescission is already over and done.

The rescission IS effective upon mailing. That issue is 100% decided by the Supreme Court whose unanimous decision was (a) that the TILA rescission statutes are not ambiguous and that therefore (b) that the Judge has absolutely no right to read anything into the statute.

The Judge’s duty is to read the statute and follow it line by line as to procedure and substance. That means the rescission is effective even if the borrower was wrong in mailing it. It is up the the creditor to decide whether to accept the rescission under TILA or to contest it. If they contest it they must do it within 20 days of receipt. If they don’t do it within 20 days, they waive their potential objections or challenges.

How do we know that? Because the statute, Regulation Z and the Supreme Court have made it perfectly clear that the rescission is not contingent in any way — i.e., the rescission is effective without waiting for any Judge anywhere from interpreting the statute and the actions of the borrower to mean that the rescission was effective. It is effective without the borrower going to a lawyer, without the borrower filing a lawsuit and without any court order being entered. The rescission itself is equivalent to a court order.

As to the “Public Policy” arguments against this procedure and substance of TILA statutes there are several answers. The first and foremost one is that Congress, the President and the Supreme Court have all decided it is just fine and no court can change public policy set by the legislative branch nor is there any power on earth that can overrule the Supreme Court. The second reason is even easier — if the creditor shows up having proof that they funded the loan transaction or funded the purchase of the loan transaction with actual proof of payment, they lose nothing. They can either vacate the rescission or accept it — either way they get paid off — in fact with an easier claim if they accept the rescission. The only parties that will scream here are the ones who have been faking their interest int he loans — and that is exactly what the Truth in Lending Act was meant to prevent.

STANDING MAKES A COMEBACK: Rescission Causing a Stir: Tonight On the Neil Garfield Show

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With the two back to back decisions in the Florida 2d DCA and 4th DCA, Standing has made its long waited comeback. The question is not whether the borrower stopped making payments as the thousands of Judges have put it. The real question is whether the creditor got paid. Banks have successfully obscured the issue and obtained nearly 8 million foreclosures. What difference does it make if the borrower stopped paying the party who no right to collect the money? If anything, the borrower was mitigating damages against the servicer who was wrongfully collecting and wrongfully foreclosing on the property. All the money that has been paid to a servicer pretending to be the servicer is subject to disgorgement — IF the servicer is claiming to be the authorized servicer by virtue of a grant of power from the Trustee of a Trust that has not been shown to be the owner or authorized representative of the owner of the debt. It’s pretty simple really once you sweep bias aside.

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The question is what do you do after you have sent the notice of rescission? And that extends to rescissions that were sent years ago. There are many nuances here caused by State and Federal law. But one thing cannot denied: the rescission is effective by operation of law when it is mailed and nothing except another operation of law can change that.

Practice Note for Lawyers: Lawyers for the banks and servicers are attempting to use fear and intimidation — trying to grab back the narrative. They can only do that if you let them. When they ask you for tender of payment, the answer is that AFTER they have returned the cancelled note, and AFTER they have filed a release and satisfaction of the mortgage or deed of trust and AFTER they have paid the borrower ALL the money that is due under the statute (all borrower payments plus all compensation paid to anyone) THEN they might be able to demand payment (without the security of a mortgage or deed of trust). BUT — they can’t ask for the money if more than one year has expired since the notice of rescission (assuming they have not complied with the TILA rescission requirements).

It is really much simpler than what is being discussed in the cyber-sphere. There is nothing to interpret — that is a direct instruction from the US Supreme Court. Follow the steps in the TILA statutes and remember at each step that the rescission is effective upon mailing; and remember what that means — that the loan contract is canceled, the mortgage is void, and so is the note. Only the borrower is given statutory authority to cancel the loan non judicially in the form of a letter.

There is no provision in the statute for lenders, creditors, or investors or trustees to challenge the rescission — but we know by black letter law that in the absence of a specific statutory provision, there can be no meaningful non judicial action (i.e., a letter) by those who would claim the right to collect or foreclose even if the State is a nonjudicial foreclosure state. They MIGHT have a right to sue to vacate the rescission. They might have a damage action based upon “wrongful rescission.” And they have probably waived their “defenses” to the rescission if they have not filed the suit within 20 days of receipt of the rescission. And they may have waived the debt if more than one year has passed since the receipt of the notice of rescission.

But in all cases (1) they must act by taking the matter to court (which means pleadings filed with allegations of jurisdiction (standing), cause of action and a short plain statement of ultimate facts upon which relief could be granted and (2) they cannot use the note and mortgage to establish standing (they are “holders” of a void instrument arising out of a cancelled loan deal). They must allege facts that show they were financially injured by the rescission.

And note well that the real parties in interest in most of these foreclosures are neither the Trust (who never owned the loan) nor the investors (who are getting paid through servicer advances, thus nullifying the allegation of default). The servicer needs to push the case to foreclosure, not modification or settlement, because foreclosure is the only way the “servicer” might recover its volunteer payments to the investors who are the the only parties to whom money is owed — albeit by quantum meruit and not by contract or legal instrument.

Rescission threatens those claims for servicer advances — many of which have been securitized themselves!

THAT is why modifications are treated as a game (to satisfy regulators that they are trying to modify loans) — servicers cannot admit that they are really looking to get paid in their own right and not to collect on behalf of the investors, who will lose more money in a foreclosure than they would in a workout of the loan.

All that and more tonight on the Neil Garfield show.

Fl 4th DCA Finds HSBC Has No Standing to Foreclose and Attacks the Credibility of Robo-witnesss

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 SO here we have the 4th DCA getting close the 2d DCA opinion posted yesterday. You have the non-existent American Broker’s Conduit as “originator”, Wells Fargo playing the part of servicer, and HSBC playing the part of Trustee for a Trust that never received the loan. Hence there was no owner and no servicer, whose rights derive from the terms of the trust (but since the trust didn’t own the loan, the servicer had no rights to service that loan).
Once again in another DCA in Florida the courts are asking “where’s the beef?” If the transactions are not real or disclosed then how is the court to treat documents that “talk about” the transactions as if there were real purchases and sales of the loans and loan documents.
The reason why there are no such proffers of real evidence is that there is no real evidence. The banks are faking it. And they have been quite successful in nearly 8 million foreclosures. Finally the courts are refusing to be used as tools in the largest economic crime in human history. We have turned the corner. Anyone who loses these cases at the trial level should take it up on appeal — if they have the resources and they have an adequate record on appeal. Remember that Standing is a jurisdictional issue and you can raise jurisdiction at any time, including on appeal, for the first time.
And there is no doubt that standing is the burden of the party who is asserting standing. It is not on the borrower to show that the foreclosing party lacks standing. It is up to the foreclosing party to prove a prima facie case with real evidence and without presumptions that shows that possession of the note was the result of a real transaction or that they have received authorization from someone who had possession of the note with rights to enforce, which means that they in turn received the note or the rights to enforce from the party who is the actual creditor. Under normal circumstances, there would be no doubt that the bank would need to show and even want to show that the transactions were real. The fact they they are fighting iit could only mean one thing — the entire chain is fabricated, forged and a total sham.
The problem is that Judges, lawyers and even borrowers are still having trouble with the notion that the banks would come to court without any reason for being there except greed. The banks come to court because they have successfully barred the real creditor from knowing about and participating in any efforts to collect on the money advanced by investors, who are the real creditors. So there is nothing to stop the banks from lying to borrowers, lawyers, judges and even appellate courts because they are the only ones who know the real story.
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