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U.S. SUPREME COURT SLAMS OBDUSKEY’S DOOR SHUT!

(BREAKING NEWS — OP-ED) — The author of this post is a consultant to attorneys on chain of title matters and issues involving “the system of things”.  Please read the attached ruling and take from it what is necessary for your educational benefit.

While this ruling was not expected to be a total slam dunk of “per curiam” nature, it sent a hard message to U.S. consumers regarding the collection of a debt versus the enforcement of a security interest.  Obduskey brought suit in the 10th Circuit on matters involving the FDCPA (debt collection) against a law firm that was simply enforcing a security interest.

See the High Court’s ruling here: Obduskey v McCarthy & Holthus LLP, 586 U.S. ___ (2019)

It’s a 12-page ruling (with syllabus).  It didn’t take long after oral arguments to come with this diatribe either, which brings me back to another major issue …

HOW is a trustee in a non-judicial setting supposed to enforce a security instrument?  Foreclose on it.

A trustee cannot enforce a security instrument if the chain of title documents are NOT in order.  In other words, if the opinion says the foreclosure mill law firms can simply declare they’re enforcing security instruments, when the end result will be to foreclose and sell the property to pay a sum certain (a debt), then this is all about “language” and our understanding of it.  If we can’t use the FDCPA to back our claims, as of this ruling, then there is only one other strategy left to resort to: attack on the chain of title!

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHAIN OF TITLE

You signed a security instrument at closing.  No one held a gun to your head.  In non-judicial states, foreclosure is conducted by enforcing the security instrument and the promissory note you signed is irrelevant.  Whoever has the authority to enforce the deed of trust is empowered to do so.

The problem is … in the process of “patting themselves on the back”, the non-judicial “trustees” attempting to enforce the security instrument had to rely on the instrument itself … playing through the chain of title … through potential suspect bogus assignments … in an effort to “give” themselves authority to foreclose which would normally be considered ultra vires (without authority).

One such case that Al West and I will be teaching at the upcoming Foreclosure Defense Workshop in Las Vegas (April 6-7, 2019), is a case out of California that has great instructional value … a case that went sideways for the REMIC … a case where the foreclosure was declared “unlawful” by the appellate court … AND REVERSED!

More importantly, the assignment was attacked!  The superior court judge (of course, as expected) tossed the whole matter out, forcing the homeowner to appeal him.  The appellate court ruled that the ASSIGNMENT WAS VOID!  As a result of the assignment being VOID (NOT VOIDABLE), the case was remanded as REVERSED as to the foreclosure; REVERSED as to the chain of title assignment attack; and REVERSED as to slander of title, because all of the issues weren’t presented properly and thus, weren’t addressed properly by the lower court.  The instructional value of this case is huge: Gauna v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA

We will be addressing the specific issues necessary to attack the assignment at the upcoming workshop!  We still have seats available.  And just when you thought there was no end in sight, we get an instructional unpublished opinion that validates the Cancellation & Expungement Actions that Al West has been using the past several years to wipe out security instruments!  Now you get to see Al West share this information in a live event in Las Vegas (in a 2-day power-packed informational workshop).

In fact, several attorneys from around the country are attending.  What does that tell you?   Maybe you should be there too?

See the attached Registration Form for details: FDW REGISTRATION FORM_LAS VEGAS_2019

Want to see a schedule of what’s being taught, click this link: FDW 2019 WORKSHOP_LAS VEGAS_SYLLABUS

The new book is out … and will only be available to workshop attendees:

We are NOT selling this book online, because it contains information that (by itself) would be like giving a baby a stick of dynamite with a short fuse!

If you think we can’t use this material to potentially get foreclosure mill attorneys disbarred, think again!

If you think we can’t use this material to attack notaries in a more effective manner, think again!

There are very few seats left at this workshop … we are almost sold out!  We cannot expand the room to accommodate more attendees.  You have little time to waste.  We will allow you to bring your attorney to the event at the “COUPLES RATE”.  Contact us through the CLOUDED TITLES website email link (click on the TITLE) for more information about space availability!

We will show you WHY this attack plan (on steroids) works and why it has worked in the past (when properly litigated)!

THIS STUFF WORKS IN ALL 50 STATES!  

WE DO NOT USE IT IN FEDERAL COURT!

WE SHOW YOU HOW TO KEEP IT OUT OF FEDERAL COURT!

WE SHOW YOU WHY JUDGES WILL HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO IT!

See you there!

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FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP IN LAS VEGAS: THE C&E ON STEROIDS!

(BREAKING NEWS) — Due to the nature of the current situation involving the millions of false and misrepresentative assignments littering all of the land records in America, DK Consultants LLC has ramped up its educational attack on the system of things versus those millions of suspect assignments and other documents!  

Clouded Titles author Dave Krieger and California quiet title attorney Al West have teamed up once again to bring you a workshop so specific in nature to the real culprits in the foreclosure arena, we couldn’t keep this quiet any longer!  We wrote a book about it … it’s THE C&E ON STEROIDS! A Layman’s Guide to Cancellation & Expungement Actions!

We’ve put together a tw0-day workshop that gets into the nuts and bolts of the documents that should send mortgage loan servicers and their employees running for cover!

The Cancellation & Expungement (C & E) action is not widely understood, yet with the right ammo, foreclosure defense attorneys can “up their odds” of winning or settling their cases in knowing the information we’ve collected over time can be massively useful to their game plan … so … after much debate we had to share it with everyone!  There is a BEST TIME, an OKAY TIME and a WORST POSSIBLE TIME to do a C&E; however, the ammo we have makes all three potential outcomes for success achievable!

THERE’S A REASON … 

You’ve heard that there have been multiple actions against the MERS® System and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.’s beneficial and nominee status.  If you want to defeat that in your suspect assignment you need the C & E!  With over 80-million homes affected by these assignments, can you imagine the business model you could engage in marketing your services to attorneys and homeowners as a BUSINESS?   These assignments are going to have to get knocked out and if the U.S. Supreme Court decides that MERS is not a valid beneficiary and isn’t really a nominee on your mortgage or deed of trust … imagine how many pissed off homeowners there are going to be that all want to execute on a legal sniper attack on their chain of title that you already have the ammunition for … do you see a business opportunity here?

What are you waiting for?

The downloadable forms you need to attend are right here: LAS VEGAS FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Book your sleeping room for this event by clicking on this link: : http://group.doubletree.com/ForeclosureDefense

We got a really great room rate and FREE breakfast buffet! Seating is limited!

THE FALSE ASSUMPTION

There is a false assumption that has floated about for years about how to deal with these assignments and running into court screaming “FRAUD!” at the judge is NOT the answer.  You will lose your case every time without the necessary precursors and attack plans.  So we’re getting together in Las Vegas to bring you the actual “procedures” used in previously successful cases to show you that if any attorney were to employ this out of the gate … we would be saving you thousands of dollars and years of “delay games”!  Everyone wants a “finite end” to the foreclosure mess.  One thing is for sure … over 80-million land records have bogus assignments in them … all residue from the mortgage crisis … and these suspect assignments aren’t going away by themselves!  They will continue to sit there and rot your chain of title until you challenge them and have them removed.   The false assumption by most Americans is … it doesn’t matter what’s in the land records … as long as I get to stay in my home.  This false assumption is what has hurt America.  And the banks and their scumbag mortgage loan servicers continue to get away with “doing the dirty”.

Why would you want to throw good money away that you could use for Plan B (on useless litigation strategies), when you can employ strategies that will not only “get the message across” to the judge in such a way that it FORCES him to do the right thing versus throwing spaghetti noodles at a wall to see which one sticks?  If homeowners could think like investors … we wouldn’t be in this mess.  But they don’t … and we are.

Take the emotion out of your foreclosure and think STRATEGY!   Think of the most damning thing about your chain of title.  What is it?   The assignment, right?  Or maybe you have multiple assignments that are screwing with any common sense that’s left in the chain of title aside from the lack of marketability of title, right?

THE NUTS AND BOLTS

Al West and I have taken these “nuts and bolts” and put them into a working manual that allows you to:

  1. Determine the best process for attacking the right parties in the right venue;
  2. Determine the timeliness of employing said strategies and manage your case costs more efficiently;
  3. Determine how to send the bank’s attorneys into a panic over discovery pointed straight at them like a Howitzer;
  4. Determine how to formulate an attack plan to take out single or multiple targets at the same time;
  5. Determine the best way to shut down your foreclosure case by bringing in the necessary muscle to put the bank attorney’s head on a chopping block; and
  6. Determine the best way to keep your case in play until you’ve achieved finality … and then take out the law firm that brought you this misery in the first place!

Not only that … we’re going to show you HOW TO create a business model attacking notary bonds and making tens of thousands of dollars a year in extra income doing it!  Imagine how many notaries’ commissions you can knock out … and you’re just one consumer!   Imagine a horde of informed consumers (with this business model) doing it as a way to fund their litigation!  You get to help mankind out while taking out the unscrupulous scumbags that are attesting to these false and misrepresentative assignments while going after the law firms that ordered these phony assignments to be created in the first place!  The question is: How far are you willing to go to achieve these ends?

After much analysis, we’ve figured out a way to put the Cancellation & Expungement Action (C&E) into “hyperdrive” to:

  1. Take out the other side’s attorney and have him up on misconduct charges before his respective state bar disciplinary committee!  (This attack plan works in all 50 states!)
  2. Show you that if the judge in your case won’t “do the right thing” … how Plan B: (a.) puts him on notice; (b.) sets him up to have his bond attacked; (c.) sets the county up (the county the judge gets a paycheck from in “doing the wrong thing” by ignoring your demands to heed the evidence in your case) to become the new target of your litigation; (d.) turns the county’s ignorance and willful disregard of the law into potential criminal prosecution against the key players in charge and (e.) turns your plight into a 3-ring media circus that the county cannot ignore!  (Believe me, the county DOES NOT want that!)
  3. Take both the judge and the banks’ attorneys up to the next level of disciplinary action while shaming them in the media!

When a cop shoots someone, he gets put on administrative leave, right?   Why?  Because the proper authorities have to investigate to determine whether or not the cop committed a crime (homicide, attempted homicide, etc.) or acted in self-defense.  He’s on desk duty until the investigation is over, no matter how long it takes!

When a judge aids and abets felony perjury, his sovereign immunity as a judge can be challenged in a multitude of ways.  Once the county he works for (and gets a paycheck from) discovers his misconduct, the county by all right and reason should put him on administrative leave.  He’s on desk duty until the investigation is over, no matter how long it takes!   And don’t think the rest of the judges in that county aren’t going to sit up and take notice!  They don’t want their bonding companies investigating them!

THE C & E GOES INTO HYPERDRIVE … ON STEROIDS! 

When you leave this workshop … you will have the necessary tools to:

  1. Arm your attorney with the right offensive ammo to go looking for bear;
  2. Prepare adequate pleadings to put forward an original petition to generate a responsive pleading in a non-judicial setting that sets the other side up for attack;
  3. Prepare adequate responses to alternatively counterclaim or affirmatively defend a foreclosure complaint that sets the other side up for attack in a judicial setting;
  4. Use BOTH #2 and #3 to set the trap … and 9 times out of 10, the arrogant bank attorneys will fall for it and put their law licenses in harm’s way;
  5. How to posture discovery to trap the bank’s attorneys in a web of their own making;
  6. How to make use of expert witness testimony to attack false assignments and set the attack plan into motion to get the attorney for the bank in hot water;
  7. How to make use of expert witness testimony to assert negligent misrepresentation on the part of the bank’s lawyer;
  8. Start your own business putting notary’s out of business (and maybe even getting them prosecuted for felony perjury);
  9. How to make proper use of discovery to buy you month’s … even years of delays … because it’s so lethal the bank’s attorneys won’t answer it; and
  10. How to do all of the foregoing while keeping your emotions in check and your cards close to the chest!

Think of how much money you could save by implementing this attack plan!

YOU ARE THE SNIPER!

If you’ve read the 10-part series, “Gutting the Underbelly of the Beast” … we’re going to show you the system of things in hyperdrive … using the C & E as bait to go after the other side’s lawyers and foreclosure trustees!   (Lord knows they all need to be in jail, right?)

And the best part of it … we’ll SHOW you written proof that what we’re teaching in this two-day event is working in the courts RIGHT NOW!

AND … we’ll provide you with the business model and the design plans to attack notary bonds and make money doing it!

The question is … are you willing to commit to fighting the good fight?

Are you willing to do a strategic sniper approach and stop throwing good money after bad?

Then you need to be at this workshop!

The downloadable forms you need to attend are right here: LAS VEGAS FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Book your sleeping room for the event by clicking this link: : http://group.doubletree.com/ForeclosureDefense

We got a really great room rate and FREE breakfast buffet! Seating is limited!

The ammunition you’re going to gain by attending this workshop is unlike anything we’ve published before; however, what we discussed in brief in The Quiet Title War Manual we’re going to expound upon in this two-day workshop!  Since Al West and I wrote the book … we’ve figured out the game plan and the attack strategies!

You get a copy of The C & E on Steroids! book just for attending!  

(No one else will have this manual but you until months from now! You get a head start!)

This book shows you everything you need to employ the Cancellation & Expungement Action (C&E), including:

1. Sample court filing forms!

2. Sample pleadings used in other cases resulting in a positive outcome!

3. Exhibits used in other cases that worked!

4. Orders issued by courts in C & E actions that have worked!

5. Tactics used to combat the other side’s attempt to get sanctions against you!

6. Use of expert witnesses to expose the other side’s weaknesses!

And since this Workshop is in Las Vegas … here’s Lucky No. 7: Four different attack roadmap strategies for each case!

You get written handouts at the workshop that show you step-by-step assignment analysis (to identify your targets!)

1. Assignment and target analysis!

2. Research components used in case development!

3. How to couple a C&E with a quiet title action!

4. How to determine what legal provisions apply to your case!

5. Steps to take to beat the banks in HOA foreclosure cases! (Great for investors!)

6. Use of the notary to get at the rest of the singular or multiple targets!

You or someone you know needs this information … and seating is limited!  You’ll get hands-on approach training at this workshop! 

The downloadable forms you need to attend are right here: LAS VEGAS FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Book your sleeping room at the hotel by visiting this link: http://group.doubletree.com/ForeclosureDefense

We got a really great room rate and FREE breakfast buffet! Seating is limited!

Here is the Registration Form to Attend: FDW REGISTRATION FORM_LAS VEGAS_2019

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THE FHFA IS A CONSERVATOR … NOT A RECEIVER, COURT RULES!

(BREAKING NEWS, OP-ED) —

For those of you who might have missed this Memorandum and Order out of Rhode Island (whose courts typically favor the banks and their servicers), you may wish to read this 19-page ruling:

Sisti v FHFA et al, US D. R.I. No 17-005 (Aug 2, 2018)

The FHFA attempted to get a judgment on the pleadings, which the court denied!   While this isn’t much of a setback, it does make clear a few potential misconceptions about Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHFA, the FDIC and the mortgage loan servicers who deal with these entities:

THE BUCK STOPS WHERE?

(1) Following the subprime mortgage crisis, Congress passed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, which created the FHFA (Federal Housing Finance Agency), giving it the power to supervise and regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the government-sponsored entities, or GSEs). The FHFA pretty much has complete control over the activities of both GSEs, including their reorganization or rehabilitation.  In the fall of 2008, the director of the FHFA placed both GSEs into a CONSERVATORSHIP, NOT A RECEIVERSHIP!  The Director of the FHFA had a choice … he chose Conservatorship!

(2) There is no date set for when this conservatorship will end.  In the meantime, both GSEs are prohibited from paying any dividends to their common shareholders.

(3) The U.S. Government owns ALL of the senior preferred stock of BOTH GSEs. As a result, the U.S. Government gets perks that common stockholders don’t get.

(4) Both GSEs have received over $187-billion from the U.S. Treasury to maintain liquidity and have paid more than $249-billion in dividends back into the Treasury; however, the U.S. Government’s interest in the GSEs has not been diminished as a result.

HOMEOWNERS GOT SCREWED … AND SUED!

(1) Judith Sisti was foreclosed on by Nationstar Mortgage LLC, acting as an agent for Freddie Mac, where Freddie Mac was the high bidder and Nationstar signed and recorded a foreclosure deed, all non-judicially, and then attempted to evict Ms. Sisti.

(2) Cynthia Boss was foreclosed on by Santander Bank, acting as an agent for Fannie Mae, where Fannie Mae was the high bidder and Santander signed and recorded a foreclosure deed, all non-judicially, and then attempted to evict Ms. Boss.

(3) Neither homeowner had the opportunity to have an evidentiary hearing, to confront or cross examine witnesses, to present arguments and evidence, to be represented by counsel, or to have a neutral hearing officer adjudicate the matter, all allegedly in violation of their 5th Amendment, Constitutionally-protected rights to due process of law.  They filed suit against the Defendants and the cases, bearing many similarities, were consolidated into one case by the Court.  The FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac all filed motions for judgment on the pleadings, claiming they were within their rights to screw both homeowners. DENIED!

THE COURT HELD THAT THE FHFA AND THE GSE ARE GOVERNMENT “ACTORS”, CONTRARY TO OTHER PREVIOUS RULINGS! 

(1) Despite all of the other case citations claimed by the Defendants in this case, THIS JUDGE held that none of the other citations were binding on this Circuit!  (We didn’t see that one coming!)

(2) The Court held under Lebron v. National Railroad Passenger Corp., 513 U.S. 374 (1995), that the Government created a corporation by special law; for the furtherance of governmental objectives; and retained for itself permanent authority to appoint a majority of the directors of that corporation, then the corporation is “part of the Government” for constitutional claims.  The rest of the citation contained further historical analysis.

(3) The government gave complete control of the GSEs to the FHFA, rendering said control effectively permanent, despite FHFA’s claims to the contrary (that this was only supposed to be temporary).  Well, we don’t see any “temporary”, do we?  It’s amazing how the FHFA (and its lawyers) can argue whatever suits them, whether it’s legitimate or not, huh?

(4) The Court stated that it “cannot defer to a congressional delegation that serves to disclaim the constitutional obligations of a government-created entity.”  So now there is a conflict over whether there is permanent control or temporary control.  The Court then continued to stick to its guns on the facts at hand … that the “unchecked control the government has over the duration of tis total takeover of the GSEs” is up to the discretion of the government, “in perpetuity, even though Congress authorized a facially temporary conservatorship.”

THE BEAUTY OF BEYOND END GAME STRATEGIES … 

Once you understand the elements of what the Court indicated on Page 14 of its ruling, you can see the differences between the FHFA as conservator and the FDIC as a receiver:

(1) The FHFA has complete power over the GSEs.

(2) The FDIC steps into the shoes of the failed financial institution, “as a private entity for state law tort claims”.   “Beyond End Game Strategies”, the new piece we recently put out, nailed that plan of attack.

(3) This would appear to indicate that going after the FHFA and the GSEs (in their present condition) would be more difficult than going after the FDIC (as the receiver for your failed banking entity that filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy).  Maybe not entirely (according to this court)!

(4) The most damning statement in the ruling is on Page 16: “Because only federal entities can waive sovereign immunity, it logically follows that FHFA-as-conservator is a government actor.”  For further research, see Brian Taylor Goldman, The Indefinite Conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is State-Action, 17 J. Bus. & Sec. L. 11, 23 (2016).  Okay, whatever … I pulled it down for you … read it here:

The Indefinite Conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is State-Action

(5) Conservators, unlike receivers, have a fiduciary duty running to the corporation itself (Goldman, p. 26).

And this ruling was from a federal judge that is typically NOT homeowner friendly! 

This case tells me that as a “beyond end game” plan of attack, once you learn the key differences between what a conservatorship is and what a receivership is, you’re at “Square One”!

I would recommend to all who attended BOTH Atlanta and Orlando workshops recently add the foregoing white paper to your arsenal of research involving a “plan of attack” under state tort claims laws, as described in the foregoing illustrated INSERT. Those of you who didn’t attend … darn.  You really missed out, given the holding in this case!  This is why what we’re teaching is so vital to your survival … and now I have case law to back it up!

 

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FIFTH U.S. CIRCUIT RULES FHFA UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

BREAKING NEWS — OP-ED — This just received out of New Orleans … 

Collins et al v Mnuchin et al, 5th App Cir No 17-20364 (Jul 16, 2018)

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied damage awards to three investors who claim they lost money as shareholders in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac due to the toxicity of the 2008 mortgage markets and challenged the constitutionality of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  The Fifth Circuit failed to award damages (as expected) to the investors but ruled that the FHFA, by its very structure was unconstitutional due to the way it was structured to act as a conservator for the two GSE’s and thus violating the Separation of Powers Clause.  You can bet that the FHFA will appeal this ruling to save its own ass.

As you recall, the CFPB met similar fate in a ruling issued by a federal judge in New York.  The ruling is here:

CFPB et al v RD Legal Funding et al, U.S. S.D. NY No 17-Civ-890 (Jun 21, 2018) 00890-Order

Why doesn’t any of this surprise me?  This is why we need public banking.  The U.S. Government has set up legislation to protect the banks under 12 U.S.C. but it shows a poor example of financial leadership when its own GSE’s operate without transparency, hiding behind a wall of assignments and secrecy in the land records.  Most people recognize that when you put money into an investment vehicle, you risk losing it, which is exactly what happened to the three investors who sued Fannie and Freddie through the FHFA.

Tough toodles on the investors, huh?  Why do people keep trusting that the U.S. Government is managed by sound financial policy when its own Congress is self-serving and bipolar in its very nature.  This is why we need public banking and to hell with the federal reserve.  We have one public bank (The Bank of North Dakota) that IS properly managed and is financially sound (which represents the interests of business and consumers in that State).   However, that being said, fiat currency is fiat currency and as long as we have Congress writing checks its body can’t cash, further driving us as a nation into debt, taxing its citizens into oblivion, using “Federal Reserve Notes” (promises to pay) as legal tender, this country is in trouble, because there’s nothing backing that debt.  We went off the Gold Standard in 1975 (thanks to Nixon).

Most people also do NOT recognize that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are administrators for their own REMIC trusts, despite the fact that when properties are converted by assignment and “alleged transfer” to a given GSE that it is likely that the actual REMIC it manages it never mentioned.  Thus, it raises suspicions that the quasi-government entities created to back the mortgage and housing markets are swindlers on paper!

MORE BREAKING NEWS — 

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. EDT, hear Dave Krieger and co-host R.J. Malloy on WKDW-FM Radio (listen live at kdwradio.com; click the LISTEN LIVE button and wait for the show to start) to discuss news of the day as well as what attendees are going to learn at this weekend’s Foreclosure Defense Workshop in Orlando, Florida.  What we’re teaching may shock you, but we’re talking “risk aversion” and this means something to state and local governments whose judges are ruling for banks using phony documents and making false misrepresentations through their legal counsel to steal property across America!  This is NOT for the pro se litigant, so don’t even try.  We have a “game plan” set into motion involving attorneys and specialized witnesses to do the “takedown” in open court!  This show is a MUST LISTEN!

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TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT … OR NOT!

OP-ED — THIS IS STEP THREE OF A 3-PART SERIES BY DAVE KRIEGER, AUTHOR OF CLOUDED TITLES

I have conducted intense research for over ten years on chain of title issues and what it means for affected homeowners.

Foreclosure mill attorneys could care less about the chain of title, so long as they can come up with a game plan to steal the property, even if it means participating in the manufacturing of title documents that create standing for their client to allow their little “scalping party” to appear in court.

Once the mess of confusion has subsided and the educational process has begun, the average homeowner discovers (over time) that the method by which the alleged “lender” has preyed upon them has imbued them with a combination of guilt, rage, entitlement or empowerment or the combination of one or more of the above.  This is where things get tricky because the average homeowner generally does not know what the chain of title could possibly reveal in their particular foreclosure case.

As the clock ticks, depending on where you live, the process of foreclosure continues.

If you’re in a deed of trust state, you generally get about 45 days prior to the date of the sale to react.  By “react”, I mean file a lawsuit and get a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the sale and have your case heard before a tribunal.

If you’re in a mortgage state, you generally get 20 days to file an answer ONCE YOU’RE SERVED with process.  This is key to your understanding. Once a party to a foreclosure action finds out the lender is attempting to serve them through a process server, they hide to avoid service.  This only works for a short time, as the process server will figure out (through skip tracing) what your daily routine consists of and will eventually catch up with you and serve you with the foreclosure complaint when you least expect it.  Avoiding service usually means the attorneys for the bank (or the servicer) could end up going to the judge and requesting what is known as substituted service, which generally means that a relative who knows you can be served with the papers instead.  Then the 20-day clock starts.  By the end of that 20th day, you would have had to file an “Answer” or face default judgment.

Answer #1 … to Run or Not to Run … 

What you’re about to read is NOT all-encompassing, because every homeowner seems to choose a different path.

95% of homeowners who are served with a notice of foreclosure … RUN AWAY from it!  I know that figure is hard to believe … BUT … that is exactly what the lender wants you to do.  The alleged “lender” knows it’s a “numbers game”.  The majority will run away but some will stay and fight.  By avoiding the foreclosure (by running away or doing nothing), you’ve made the lender’s job 95% easier … provided the lender (or the alleged lender) has done their job right.  When the average homeowner gets served they RUN because they lack education or the funds to get educated and fight the foreclosure.  The lenders know that 95% of all homeowners do not have a legal defense fund set up to wage war in the court against the lender to save their homes.  The lenders know that in most cases, they will end up with the house (whether free and clear is debatable here) because the homeowners are scared away from a fight.  Those who do not understand that the court systems in America are motivated in favor of lenders will soon find out that fighting “the good fight” is not the easiest task in the world.

Now let’s look at the 95% of the homeowners who “run away” from the problem.  Many pack up and move out as soon as they are served with notice.  A certain percentage of them will simply “freeze in place” once served.  They don’t know what to do next.  Rather than pack up and move right away (upon service of process), they stay put and either ignore the paperwork (denial) and whatever notice they are served with and simply wait for the county Sheriff or constabulary to evict them and put their belongings to the curb.  I can’t begin to tell you what that feels like, so I’ve included a video clip to refresh your memory in the event you can’t visualize it.

I cringe watching that video, almost to the point of tears.  This is not HOW I planned to peel away at the onion!   I pray to God that no one has to endure this, but sadly, in order to avoid what that video depicts, the homeowners plan their move accordingly, knowing the bank will eventually show up to their doorstep with law enforcement and they are “moved” whether they like it or not.  This does NOT have to be you!  Even if you have a PLAN B in place, the best well-made plans take time.  You do NOT have to run, now or then.

Answer #2 … to Fight the Good Fight … or Not! 

Not fighting “the good fight” manifests itself with bad behavior.

Remember I first discussed guilt, rage, entitlement and empowerment (or any combination thereof) earlier in this post?

Fighting based on guilt is totally inappropriate.  It basically means that you’ve let the lender and/or its henchmen (the servicer’s $9/hour cubicle employees) take over and run your life based on “power over” collection tactics.  The mortgage loan servicer is obviously trying to fleece you for every dime it can get because that’s how it makes money.  You fight the urge to say “no more” based on guilt feelings.  You fight the urge based on guilt because failing will bring on more guilt.  You want to keep your house and so you’re literally “bending over” at every whim of the foes coming against you.  While this appears normal as part of our built-in defense mechanism, letting guilt drive your emotions means making bad decisions (decisions based on emotion rather than common sense and logic).  It’s basically fighting with yourself because the servicer is making your decisions for you and you’re not making them yourself.  You feel guilty because you let them win … and they’re just getting started!  Guilt can fuel the unthinkable, like murder-suicide.  That is not the answer.

Fighting based on rage is also totally inappropriate, unless your rage is channeled into the fight itself.  Walking around being pissed off at the world, being pissed off at your family and friends and whoever you happen to engage in any related financial conversation is not the answer.  Rage, like guilt, is also an emotional element not worth pursuing if you’re going to fight “the good fight”.  Rage will make you do extremist things, like spend money where it doesn’t need to be spent logistically; spending money going on lavish vacations while ignoring the responsibilities of American homeownership; substituting rage for logic in failing to develop a business plan in order to make things happen.  Rage can also fuel the unthinkable, like murder-suicide. That also, is not the answer.

Fighting based on entitlement is understandable based on the political times we live in.  Most of America has been so conditioned to live off the government (via entitlements) and trust it implicitly that most Americans have been conditioned to believe that “the world owes me a living” and that “if I complain to the government, the government will step in and save me”.  This is false conditioning.  Complaining to any government agency about your foreclosure is a colossal waste of time!  This conditioning was by design, based on deceit by some very powerful oligarchs who have made themselves gods, thinking that their rationale is better than the average Americans’ and that they should be entitled (self-entitlement works in strange ways when you have lots of money) to make decisions for everyone else, including letting the banks run America. When you start to believe that the world owes you a living, then you can easily fall into the trap (when seduced into this false belief) of, “the bank screwed me, so I deserve a free house!”  That is not only illogical in thought, but the courts in this country, who feed off of entitlement, can spot an attitude of entitlement a mile away and shut it down!  Entitlement does not fuel the unthinkable, but it does fuel ego and pride … and pride goeth before a fall. Being entitled means you know everything.  That too is dangerous.  Ego has also hurt the banks in playing their “numbers game” too; however, the banks make up for it through the numbers of homes they’ve “stolen”, making them a more powerful legal adversary.

Fighting based on empowerment is the most desired aspect of fighting “the good fight”!  Knowledge is power and wisdom is knowledge applied.  Knowing WHEN to apply knowledge is what wins battles (Sun Tsu, The Art of War).  Knowing WHEN the enemy is weakest and where their weakest points are to begin with puts the homeowner in a condition of empowerment.  Even Tige Johnson, a transactional lawyer out of Chicago who has lectured at my workshops, has even stated that when homeowners are fully aware of the facts in their case and what the law says, they make very empowered clients.  Employing “rage” as a “fuel” to empower you to search is the greatest attribute, because it’s what drives you to succeed no matter what.  Rage alone, without empowerment, spells doom for every homeowner who wants to fight “the good fight”.

Answer #3 … the average homeowner who litigates a foreclosure can delay a foreclosure for up to 2 years! 

Ahhhh!  The naysayers and the gainsayers will chastise me for creating false hope; however, the foreclosure defense attorneys have figured out a gameplan that will delay a foreclosure for 2 years or longer and in doing so, “buys” their client time.  Time for what?  To sit on their laurels and enjoy the scenery?  Those who are embroiled in litigation MUST stay on top of it.  There is no time to dawdle or take a vacation to the Bahamas just because you’ve forced the alleged “lender” to prove its case. By the tone of your response to the foreclosure notice, whether in a deed of trust or mortgage state, the foreclosure mill law firms can measure how much of a fight is necessary to accomplish their mission.  They want to win.  They want to help their client get your home.  Many of them will engage in misleading tactics designed to throw you off point.  Many of them will commit deceitful acts and make false representations to the court.  This is all part of their game.  It also keeps the foreclosure mills in business longer because there’s no more income stream to them once the foreclosure is over and they’ve won.  And you wonder why the foreclosure mills aren’t coming after me?  It’s because through my efforts, they stay in business because I’ve empowered homeowners to fight “the good fight”!  Think about the logistical financial issues posited to the banks and their attorneys.  As Tige Johnson has stated (in my workshops), “I’m here to make the banks bleed green.”  Thus, it costs the banks to fight your “good fight” too!  This is something to consider.

In a deed of trust state, by law, most states do not allow for anything past the taking of the security, which means that once the foreclosure is complete, there is no deficiency judgment.

However, in order to keep the foreclosure hounds at bay, you have to initiate a lawsuit in the proper court, because deed of trust states do not provide for your “day in court”.   You have to “create” your day in court by filing a claim against the lender or its alleged representative.  Once that suit is filed, you also have to ask the court to stop the foreclosure sale by granting a temporary restraining order (TRO).  Simply filing a lis pendens only “gums up the title”.  It does NOT stop a foreclosure.  I had to get that through my head when I started helping homeowners fight “the good fight”.  As I teach in my Foreclosure Defense Workshop (along with attorneys who lecture at them that are well versed in this subject matter), you have to follow rules of civil procedure and rules of evidence to the letter, which means you have your work cut out for you unless you have the resources to retain counsel to represent you.

In a mortgage state, by law, most states provide for deficiency judgments (post-sale) and attorney’s fees, which means this has to be taken into consideration before you fight “the good fight”.

Many times, a straight forward “Answer” that is timely filed with the court and appropriately served on the foreclosure mill law firm representing your alleged “lender” adds an additional 30-60 days to your “fight”.  Simply put, ANSWER the damned complaint, point for point.  However, just because you’ve filed an Answer to their complaint (in a mortgage state) does NOT mean you get to sit back and relax.  Your fight is just beginning.  Many reading this post have kept the lenders at bay for 8 years or longer!  Whatever made you think you can’t do the same?  Would having an extra 8 years of time give you time to get your financial affairs straightened out to the point where you can strategically leave the suit and enter into a new financial realm you created during that time frame?  Many smart homeowners have figured out that if they can “buy time”, they can re-strategize their financial position and move on! Sadly however, most homeowners aren’t that smart when it comes to litigation, which is why I hold workshops.

Answer #4 … opening the door to “empowerment” by doing your homework! 

Over the years, I have learned that every alleged “lender” (generally through its mortgage loan servicer) creates at least one “assignment” and causes it to be recorded in the land records in the county your home is located in.  Many of these assignments are created just prior to a foreclosure action, which becomes suspect as to its legitimacy.  You can bet that the assignment was “designed” to “manufacture standing” so the lender’s representative can complete the foreclosure without question from the court.  It’s like “manufacturing evidence”, which can be used to the lender’s advantage … or in many cases by you … to the lender’s disadvantage.

Starting with evaluating your chain of title may prove to be the key to discovering the strategies you need to fight “the good fight”. Filing bankruptcy to stall the inevitable is the “cheap way out”, that will hurt your credit more than the foreclosure itself (by more than 300 points), which is why I’m not quick to even think that way.  Unless you have a defined strategy involving an adversarial proceeding, along with a huge mountain of unsecured debt with no way to pay it back, I would never consider filing bankruptcy.  Filing bankruptcy is not empowering anything.  Filing bankruptcy is giving up in a feeble attempt to “stop the bleeding”.  Even if you stop the bleeding, the damage has been done and there will still be a scar, a scar you will live with for ten (10) years (even if you are successful in removing the bankruptcy from your credit reports).

In order to become MORE successful in your efforts, you need to plan a strategy,which includes an exit strategy in case things don’t go as planned. These days, I’m seeing a lot more investors using “end game strategies” (which I also teach at workshops) because they are “calculated” and their financial weight can be measured.  The average homeowner however will find themselves in a different scenario because as I stated before, the “war chest” simply doesn’t exist in most cases.

Thus, once you obtain your entire chain of title, you can look for clues as to how to unwind your dilemma or in the alternative, find the most efficient and affordable way to restructure your life and move on.  The “devil is in the details” and most of the time, the evidence found within the promissory note does NOT match up to what the recorded assignment says.  The other side will twist the truth to prove its case; or in the alternative, throw in stumbling blocks to increase the cost of your litigation in an attempt to discourage you from fighting further and to resort to settling when settling may not be an option when you know the truth and have figured out ways to prove it.

I’ve been involved in numerous cases throughout my years of involvement in the world of foreclosures, which is why I’m called in to consult attorneys on various cases and conduct chain of title assessments (COTAs) for homeowners, which saves them time and money because the attorney can get to the real issues faster, which saves the attorney time as a benefit to the homeowner, especially where time is of the essence.  I can genuinely live with myself in what I’ve been doing, which is to educate homeowners using the research I’ve conducted since 2007.  Whether the research pans out for the homeowner depends on how the homeowner chooses to fight “the good fight”, which is why I’ve developed workshops that teach foreclosure defense.

In closing, I also warn of using “rage” as your guide when it comes to picking your litigation strategies.  You have to have a level head in order to evaluate what strategies are going to work best.  Suing everyone over everything is a sure way to stretch your finances to the limit.  While I believe that walking away (strategic default) from a future problem (home foreclosure) has been used not only by myself but by multitudes of others as well, knowing the truth about the matter may have changed the strategy I’d planned as well as the case outcome.  How then can you make an honest decision without a level head, a true set of facts and multiple strategies with which you can cloak yourself in empowerment?

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