One of the interesting things about the news media and its relationship with the Wall Street banks is that the real events happening out in the marketplace are completely disregarded by virtually everyone if the event would encourage similar efforts to challenge or replace the toxic mortgages that litter the landscape of the financial marketplace. One such series of events includes eminent domain. When it was first proposed it was quite a bit of publicity about it and if you relied upon the mainstream media reporting financial information you would have assumed that it was an idea that simply came and went.
Not so fast. Eminent domain has been in use for at least one year as municipalities condemned the mortgage, and seize it for its real value. In some cases the banks are working to have the value declared as what the Federal Reserve is paying: 100%. In most cases the value is pegged lower and the savings are passed on to homeowner who now no longer need to leave their homestead and can pay a newly reconstituted mortgage that reflects economic reality, giving them the roof over their heads and the possibility of building equity again.
It will really get interesting when eminent domain results in questioning the ownership and the money trail establishing the value of the mortgage. It seems that at least one entity, Mortgage Resolution Partners LLC , has realized that there is value in this business plan as we have previously discussed on this blog several times. The real value of the mortgages is probably zero or close to that amount. In fact it may well be that the value of the mortgages is actually negative as I have previously discussed in other articles on this blog.
That presents an unparalleled profit opportunity for intermediaries who create or promote a situation in which the old toxic mortgage gets “paid off” and a new mortgage is essentially created out of the old one but does not possess any of the toxic qualities of the securitized mortgages. The interesting part of this of course is that the new mortgages will probably be sold into the secondary market and securitized. Perhaps this time they will do it right. If this catches on in a big way despite bank efforts to hush it up, then the foreclosure crisis will be over.
Steven Gluckstern, who’s spent more than a year pushing local governments to seize mortgages from bond trusts to cut balances and help homeowners, is renewing attempts with backing from cities in California and Nevada.
To read the entire article, go to http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-17/eminent-domain-plan-decried-by-doubleline-sees-new-life.html
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