(BREAKING NEWS, OP-ED) — The information being offered in this post is current as of October 21, 2020 as of 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time and should be considered as to reasons why the foreclosure crisis is imminent. Any opinions offered are the author’s and do not constitute the rendering of legal advice. This post is for educational purposes only.
UPDATE: The webinar was held by a spokesperson for the Fidelity National Title Group (FLORIDA) at 11:00 a.m. EDT. Here’s what came of it all:
(1) FNTG’s “Agent Advantage” presentation was appealing to agents to become REO “handlers” of properties that are likely to face foreclosure, especially after the 1st of January. Homeowners that are in default with government-backed loans are going to get 120 days notice prior to the acceleration of the note. Those who don’t cure their loans will find themselves in the middle of a foreclosure proceeding, whether in a judicial or non-judicial format.
(2) Despite the fact the webinar was geared more toward Florida foreclosures, there were several key items of importance … especially where the title company downplayed what might happen if an REO-type Realtor® were told by the bank to go inspect the property, either by drive-by and/or personal knock-knock … the spokesperson used the language, “they might let their pit bull loose” or something worse, without saying that the Realtor® might get their ass blown away by a pissed off homeowner with a shotgun that doesn’t feel like leaving because they’re scared they’ll get COVID-19.
(3) All of the asset management companies that went away because the last foreclosure crisis dried up are now going to start popping up again and the spokesperson gave several locations of where to find these scalawags when they manifest themselves.
(4) If you’re a tenant, the U.S. Government says you have to be given a 90-day notice to quit. In the alternative, the bank might let you ride out your lease as long as you pay the bank your rent money. Heck, you might even make the bank an offer and finance the property out of the foreclosure!
Part of the issue here is that due to the pending foreclosure crisis … and I believe (in the first person here) that you are being given sufficient warning to understand that there will be a crisis … it’s just a matter of WHEN … how can you liquidate properties that are actually insurable when the titles to most of these properties are clouded? (I could have used another more definitive expletive to describe title conditions but I won’t … you get the picture.)
I believe the investor community will come out in full force looking for bargain basement opportunities to score on what may turn out to be another rash of shadow inventory flooding the market. In order to meet these demands, real estate agents must know how to deal in Real Estate Owned (REO) properties and how to process them, whether it be through short sales or actual seizure by parties that might not be entitled to take them. To that end, real estate companies that handle REO properties are going to be looking to hire (retain) additional agents to handle this mess.
Further, title companies have to issue policies covering the defects in title if these REO’s are going to be liquidated. The problem is … they can’t … not without a Schedule B exception. This means if an investor acquires the property that has been taken “hook or by crook”, chances are he’s going to get a quit claim or special warranty deed that exempts the alleged “grantor” from all liability connected with the purchase of the home, which in essence means that the only thing the home can be used for is rental income, at least until enough time passes when a title company will insure that property. Whatever the case, it’s going to be a free for all in the REO market.
You can bet the banks won’t be the ones doing the foreclosing either. It will be their mortgage loan servicers, who have been paying all of these delinquent bills on behalf of the borrower to the investors of the REMICs and junk debt pools (like LSF9). These shysters will go to great lengths to make their stories plausible, the likes of which make for a great criminal complaint to the county sheriff.
CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS … FALLING ON DEAF EARS?
In my book, if your State has a criminal code or statute that says it’s illegal to record documents in the land records that contain patently false and misrepresentative information, then a criminal prosecution should result. The problem is, 99.9% of homeowners do not understand what their rights are when it comes to challenging criminal issues. Nope, it’s not a citizen’s arrest. It’s a citizens formal declaration to law enforcement that a crime has occurred and a demand to law enforcement to do something about it.
To my knowledge, dozens of complaints have been lodged with county sheriffs all over the U.S. and nothing is being done. Virtually none of these complaints is being investigated. The excuses?
“We don’t have the manpower to investigate white collar crime.”
“This looks to be more of a civil matter rather than a criminal one.”
“I don’t see any injured party here.”
I’ve heard these excuses directly from the mouths of sheriff’s investigators and district attorneys I’ve met with. Two detectives from Osceola County, Florida actually had the chutzpah to tell me that the items I stated in the Osceola County Forensic Examination were “victimless crimes”.
And California attorney Al West was sitting right there beside me and heard it all, in total shock and disbelief. His comment was, “You guys are way in over your head. This is way above your pay grade.”
This is why you have the power to attack the bonds of the sheriff and the district attorney if they refuse to investigate and prosecute your complaint. The bonding information can be acquired through the County Attorney, County Executive or the county’s Risk Manager. You simply complain to the bonding company that the county violated your due process rights regarding redress of grievances under the Constitution and get your 42 USC § 1983 paperwork in order. Start with obtaining the bonding agent’s name and complete contact information. It may take you all the way into the State’s very own risk pool (a big pool of money used to pay off indiscretions carried out by public officers against the injured) in the form of a Tort Claims Action.
Again, I recall a recent post where I posited two cases, one written by Hon. Amy Coney Barrett, where due process rights come into play if “the other side” uses dishonorable means to prosecute a case:
The other case was a ruling from the U. S. Supreme Court:
What’s just as bad is when a judge goes along with all of this bogus paperwork and thinks that he/she doesn’t have to answer for any defective paperwork, even after being put on notice by the court that he/she could be an accessory to fraud on the court and/or perjury and/or subornation of perjury by the foreclosure mill attorney of any witness put on the stand if he ignores your warning.
This is one of the key items we’ll be discussing in the upcoming Foreclosure Defense 101 Workshop this Saturday (October 24, 2020) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT, which is being offered as a online webinar. Can’t attend? That’s okay. We’re going to make the entire webinar recording available afterwards, so don’t panic … yet. Remember, there is a foreclosure crisis looming and we don’t want you to be a victim … at least not without a fight.
If you don’t know your rights … you don’t have any.