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PREPARING FOR THE FORECLOSURE ONSLAUGHT

(OP-ED) — The author of this post is a paralegal and trial consultant on quiet title, foreclosure and document challenges and does not offer the following information for anything but educational “intake” value; thus, none of this should be regarded as legal advice nor relied upon without the advice of competent counsel.  

THE TIME TO PREPARE IS NOW!

Understand that my postulations on this blog serve as warning signals for “how to head ’em off at the pass” and my notions are served by supporting case law.

I consider Rhode Island to be a hopeless case when it comes to MERS-related cases.  Anytime you want to argue what rights MERS has to do anything in front of a Rhode Island Superior Court judge, you may as well just turn around, bend over and let him … (insert your own imaginative deviations here).

However, on occasion, a case will come up where judges’ deviant behavior is called out by their state’s Supreme Court and I make note of the following case as it relates to other matters you should be looking out for at the inception of the alleged “bank” behavior in its attempt to start a foreclosure action:

Woel v Christiana Trust et al, Sup Ct R. I. No. 2018-347 (June 2, 2020)

The very basic tenets of a foreclosure involve “notice” and what constitutes proper notice.  Many things come into play in this 16-page opinion; however, despite the rantings of the mortgage loan servicer in this opinion (Selene Finance), the state’s highest court vacated the Superior Court judge’s for summary judgment in favor of the alleged REMIC.

Preparation for the onslaught by your alleged “note holder” involves some deliberate planning:

  1. Get out all of your mortgage documents and read them, especially the part where the default and any related notices to you come into play.  If notice does not comport to the terms of your mortgage or deed of trust, your focal point becomes attacking THAT flaw, not everything else.  The foregoing case illustrates that.
  2. Obtain copies of all recorded documents NOW!  You get them from your county land records. Do not wait until you start getting notices from your mortgage loan servicer and go into a state of panic or denial and hit the “pause” button.  Because of this COVID-19  pandemic, you have the ideal opportunity to get proactive to deal with what may be coming at you head-on when the moratoriums are lifted and the servicers go on the warpath.
  3. Locate any/all Assignments of Mortgage or Deed of Trust.  These become your secondary form of attack.  You will need to analyze them fully and understand what constitutes the basis for your attack.  Come at them in the wrong way and your attack plans will fail. Examining these assignments requires due diligence and intensive research.  Plan on spending an entire day looking up everyone that is named within those assignments and background them thoroughly.
  4. Develop a timeline of your chain of title.  You have to be able to clearly identify WHAT happened during the course of ownership of your home and identify with specificity WHEN it happened and attempt to detail the reasons for such occurrences.  Knowing HOW an entity operates in order to develop suspect patterns is important in your research, so don’t skimp here, on time or details.
  5. Obtain certified copies of all recored assignments as well as “office copies” of all recorded documents.  You want a certified copy of the assignment as evidence in support of your two-pronged secondary attack.  What I will be sharing in the upcoming online Foreclosure Defense 101 Workshop will deal with this step in the process.  Keep in mind that you may have experience in dealing with previous foreclosure attempts.  Many of the defenses may have resulted in successes in your favor; however, also keep in mind that the servicers’ lawyers are going to ramp up the next time and probably won’t make the same mistake again.
  6. Open all mail and especially those certified letters and notices from your alleged “note holder” or servicer.  DO NOT let them pile up on the desk or kitchen counter. Be excited when they arrive.  Be excited when the process server comes to your door.  DO NOT avoid service.  If you do, the bank’s lawyers (who are really representing the servicers) will serve you with Substituted Service and/or when that attempt fails, you get hit with a default judgment, which is as good as gold to the bank!  (This of course, does not apply to deed of trust states!)
  7. Examine any notices you receive regarding the “alleged default” on your loan. Understand WHO the letter is coming from and WHO is attempting to accelerate the note, which requires payment in full in lieu of pursuit of a foreclosure action against your property.  The letter should fully explain WHO is claiming to be the “note holder” that has the right to enforce the terms of the mortgage or deed of trust.  If that portion is missing from the notice, you have every right to immediately demand an explanation vis a vis a Qualified Written Request under Section 6 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).  You cannot prepare an adequate defense if you don’t know who’s coming after you.
  8. In all instances, assume that: (a.) any notices you get from a trustee or law firm are based on actions by the mortgage loan servicer, NOT the lender or trustee of a REMIC trust; (b.) any notices you get will likely contain false and misrepresentative statements; and (c.) any notices you get will rely on a corresponding assignment that has been recorded in the land records preceding a Substitution of Trustee or Notice of Default or Notice of Intent to Foreclose.
  9. At all times during the process, keep your eye on the land records!  Check them weekly for any sign of new recordings, corrections to the assignments or newer recordings, attempts to hide the assignments by using alternative means (like putting all of the recorded documents in the name of your spouse, etc.). If need be, ask your county clerk for help in determining if there’s “anything else” in the land records you’ve missed that could defeat your defense, including Limited Powers of Attorney recorded by the mortgage loan servicers, especially when they’re the “assignor” and the “assignee” (called a self-assignment) of any alleged authority.
  10. Understand that YOU are NOT the perpetrator of any alleged foreclosure scheme coming against you!  You have every right as a property owner to defend the home to the best of your ability, even if you lack legal acumen.  As a participant, you may also become the victim of identity theft and numerous felonies committed by the bank, the trustee or the mortgage loan servicer dealing with your mortgage loan.  Assume everything they tell you is a lie … and you won’t be surprised later because you’ve prepared yourself to retaliate against their false assumptions.

Mortgage loan servicers are out to make money to reimburse what they had to pay investors or whatever lender happens to allege it’s the “note holder”.

At a point in time in the near future, the moratoriums will be lifted and you should be well prepared to understand whether the servicer coming against you has any right to offer you a loan modification or forbearance … or for that matter … to come against you at all.  I’ll discuss that in my next segment.  Visit the Clouded Titles website for more information!

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REMEMBER WHO THE ENEMY IS …

(BREAKING NEWS) — The author of this post is issuing this update to give you a bit more incentive to participate in the upcoming online COTA Workshop.  The information presented here is for educational purposes only; however, it’s based on years of research by this author and through discussions with attorneys who have utilized this material to their benefit. 

For those of you who are being exposed to COTA (an acronym for Chain Of Title Assessment) for the first time, or wish to intensify the study into the COTA for future use in helping others (and making a sideline income from your knowledge you’ve obtained here), let’s briefly delve into what the chain of title is and how the COTA differs from a simple “title report” issued by today’s title companies across America.

(1) Assists in identifying all known potential claimants to property

It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying a home for the first time or putting your faith in a landlord who claims to own the home he’s renting to you, it pays to understand “who’s on title”. In this day and age, more and more issues of fraudulent transfer and assignments of lien have permeated hundreds of thousands of land records, if not by crooks attempting to commit identity theft by recording false deeds, but by the very banks and secondary players “in the game” that created assignments out of thin air and caused them to be placed into the public record, all since the 2008 financial collapse!  Simply looking at the deed to a piece of property isn’t enough. The aftermath that followed the collapse (2009-2015) has been proven by this author and others to have been one giant scheme to steal property across America by some very unscrupulous sponsor-sellers on Wall Street using phony documents to get their way.  If you or this author ever attempted to do what the banks did, we’d be in jail, because the government is in bed with the banks!  The COTA helps you to identify those person(s) who say they have an interest in the property, whether by claim of ownership or by lien interest.

(2) Assists in identifying potential unknown intervening assignees

Many do not recognize the word “mesne”.  It’s pronounced “mine”.  It’s a legal term that means unidentified players within the chain of title and these players became unknown “assignees” through the use of an electronic database called Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (or “MERS”).  If you’ve read Clouded Titles, you know that MERS is currently operating under its third incorporated version, taken over in October of 2018 by the same corporate outfit that owns the New York Stock Exchange, ICE (an acronym for Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.). The mesne assignees entered the chain of title to millions of pieces of property through the use of the MERS System®.  This workshop will teach you the fundamentals of how securitization operates and just how the silent invasion of millions of phony documents entered the public recording system. It’s knowledge that has cost over 10-million Americans their homes because they didn’t have that knowledge when they took out their mortgage loans way back when.  If this workshop could save you tens of thousands of dollars in mistakes, wouldn’t that be worth it?

(3) Assists in identifying abuse to the title by lien holders & clients 

It goes without saying that millions of Americans have fallen prey to the scheme of obfuscation within the chain of title by parties that all of a sudden “claimed” an interest in any given piece of property in America simply by creating an assignment of mortgage (or deed of trust) with the intention of giving the recorded instrument legal effect for the purposes of foreclosure.  The banks and the financial industry supporting the use of MERS then proceeded to infiltrate all 3,041 public records through the use of legislation, which more than likely came into being through the use of “monetary incentives” (i.e., “the best congress money can buy”) to get legislation passed to allow a “book entry system” to permeate the land records all across America through the use (and abuse) of documents that were vague and ambiguous, which this author first discussed in the very first COTA Workshop he ever taught, as a CLE to attorneys in Texas. Now you can have access to that same information, which could help you in making what could be life and death decisions!

(4) Assists in identifying potential causes of action for use in litigation

The one thing for certain in America is that these abuses within “the system of things” has made the greater percentage of the citizens in this country litigious in one way, shape or form. The remains of those who have been foreclosed upon in the past have paved the road with bad case law because they (and their attorneys) fought with bad information, information that was passed through the legal forums throughout America by attorneys who became part of a very widespread network of what are known as foreclosure mills.  Some have fallen by the wayside, while others have only gained in strength by setting case law in their favor before most Americans (who were foreclosure victims, and their lawyers) realized what kind of legal charade was being falsely portrayed within the judicial venues throughout this country.  This author is convinced that all of this was by design, to give these foreclosure mills lots of work and as one attorney this author knows put it, “How to steal people’s homes for fun and profit.”  Sadly, 97% of all affected homeowners cut and ran, leaving the system to its own devices.  Those who fought the banks and their servicers found out the hard way that claiming “fraud” costs money … more money than the average American homeowner anticipated spending to stay in their home. There’s a right way and a wrong way to understand “the game” … and you’ll learn that in this workshop!

(5) Establishes proof of ownership in the chain of title (deraignment)

Here’s a term (deraignment) that most people don’t understand the concept of.  In this workshop, the author is going to show you not only what this term means, but how it’s applied in law!

(6) Establishes parameters for given time periods of recordation (laches)

The doctrine of laches kind of works like a ticking clock.  Many Americans have been duped into believing that once they’ve found out that they were “screwed over” by the banks, they attempted to file lawsuits against the banks and MERS, something the banks were geared up in advance to wage a winning war against these unsuspecting homeowners and their attorneys, who soon found out that there were more ways of making money than by doing simple wills and estate planning.  Welcome to the understanding of what makes a foreclosure defense lawyer tick … your paycheck in his trust account!  Laches is further explained in the COTA Workshop … which can be taken via the internet right from your very own home computer.

(7) Establishes proper document recordation value (as to sequence)

It’s not just a recorded document that makes a difference … it’s how all of the documents in the chain of title interrelate to each other.  We’re going to go into detail by showing you case studies within the COTA Workshop so you can gain an understanding of how these abuses within the chain of title occurred and how the COTA is used to formulate litigation.

(8) Establishes proper evidence to identify potential problems with title

If you had a way to identify issues within your chain of title, wouldn’t that make your understanding of future litigation more practical?  This is why so many attorneys across America have read Clouded Titles. In fact, this book (written by the author who is teaching this online COTA Workshop) was recommended to homeowners by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Trustees!  This means that the information contained within this book (and this author’s subsequent teachings) was very quickly picked up by “the system” and integrated into its database of legal knowledge.  As a bonus … for those of you taking the online COTA Workshop … you’re going to receive a complimentary copy of this book that has gotten the attention of even the federal judiciary!  Suing for everything under the sun (including the kitchen sink) is a big waste of time and money.  This online COTA Workshop will teach you the basics of understanding what the aspects of litigation are and how you, as a past, present and future homeowner, can benefit from understanding the fundamental issues within chains of title that have been affected by the schemes perpetrated by the banks and their henchmen.  This goes way beyond what title companies will ever reveal … because the title companies are “in on it”!

(9) Raises potential legal issues based on research of statutory violations

This author has written other publications which explore the universe of legal claims based on violations of statute.  Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to understand how and where to find this information … and the author will show you how in the online COTA Workshop!

(10) Raises potential legal issues based on unproven but evident fraud

Fraud! Fraud! Fraud!  That’s all this author hears homeowners bleat (like sheep to the slaughter).  Learn what the potential legal issues are without becoming a victim of them!  It’s a very expensive proposition … something this author knows could save you tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees just by your gaining an understanding of how you (as a homeowner) have been duped.

(11) Raises awareness of concern by the Preparer as to legal consideration

If you were going to help others (while making a living doing COTAs) avoid these same pitfalls, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly HOW the author came to understand the fundamental concept of how the chain of title works?  Spending tens of thousands of dollars in litigation costs makes everyone but you (the homeowner) rich.  Why drop that big dime if you can possibly avoid it?  We’ll even be discussing quiet title and the use of declaratory judgment actions as a part of the common strategy to get to the truth of the matter involving chain of title!

(12) Raises the stakes of potential legal claims for damages

Out of these dozen reasons why you should consider taking this online COTA Workshop … if you had a clear and concise understanding of what you were up against and knew the real issues within your chain of title (or could research the chain of title for a prospective property you wish to acquire as a means of building equity), wouldn’t it be nice to know that once you’re all settled in, you’re not going to become a victim of foreclosure by some unscrupulous lender, based on those mesne assignees this author talked about in the beginning of this post?  If you knew which legal claims were more profitable than others, wouldn’t that be a good thing?

The online COTA Workshop begins February 1st (that’s this coming Saturday) … why not start out the New Year with a chunk of knowledge that can not only save you thousands of dollars in legal fees, but also give you the opportunity to make a decent living while helping others avoid the pitfalls that have cost millions of Americans dearly.

Click here to register to attend! 

In addition, if you missed something … after taking the online COTA Workshop … we’ll make these sessions available to you online so you can further your studies and pick up the nuggets you may have missed while attending the online COTA Workshop … all of which you can access FREE OF CHARGE, with your paid attendance to the workshop!

Plus, by attending the online COTA Workshop, you get a complimentary copy of the book Clouded Titles!

The webinar platform will give you a chance to ask questions at the Q&A breaks in the class too!  

Knowledge is power!

The clock is ticking … what are you waiting for?

A summons to appear in court or a notice of default?

Don’t be a victim!

Arm yourself with education!

Click here to register to attend! 

 

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THE C&E, ASSIGNMENTS … AND YOUR RIGHT TO CHALLENGE THEM (PART 2) …

(OP-ED) — The author of this post challenges you to seriously think about this process, because it is virtually available to everyone in the United States who has ever had their mortgage loan securitized … even if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the “aunt” and “uncle” the U.S. Government doesn’t like to talk about) are involved … 

Scenario … “The Punch Line”

In part 1 of this blog post, we talked about how homeowners were duped by table-funded mortgage brokers and DBA’s (fictitious entities) who claimed they were New York corporations when in fact, they were “storefronts” for the major lenders who made the “storefronts” the actual borrowers in your loan transactions, potentially rehypothecating those loans over and over again using your personal identifying information to sell pieces of your loans into bundles of pools of loans on Wall Street.

Party A runs “the smoke screen”.

Party B fronts the “investor funds” using non-compliant prospectuses that were signed under Sarbanes-Oxley that don’t matter to them anyway.

Party C plays completely outside of the MERS® System and really has nothing to do but sit back and collect residual income being a go-between prior to your loan allegedly going into a REMIC that’s been empty all along.

Party D plays the Trustee for the REMIC … and just sits back and collects his fees from what the servicer gets and turns a blind eye to your loan default.

Party E (empty promises) is the servicer who is robbing Peter to pay Paul’s debts and this is why entities like Ocwen have to go out and securitize $600-million in new paper just to fund Advances to keep paying the certificate holders of these REMICs so we don’t have another crash (like 2008).

Party F (meaning the ones who actually get f**ked) are the investors that actually bought into this crap.  They have so much money they don’t know what to do with it.  I sometimes don’t feel bad about them getting raped.  They deserve it.

So why is it that when we’re in court the judge ignores your comeback when you attack an assignment of mortgage or deed of trust for containing false and misrepresentative information?   The judge is waiting for the bank’s attorney to allege that you’re not a third-party beneficiary and that you can’t attack the assignment.  Aaahhhh …. but that’s the bigger lie!

You see … the title documents in the land records represent your chain of title.  If your chain of title is jacked up, you couldn’t sell your property if you wanted to in order to mitigate the lender’s losses, even if the lender could prove they’re entitled to the proceeds of the sale of your home.  This has been the bigger problem with challenging foreclosures, because the banks (via a vis their servicers) use the chain of title (through the MERS® System) to lie their way through the courts and the judges play along with it because … well … “we can’t hurt the banks”.

If a chain of title is unmarketable, what reasonable buyer would want to purchase it?

If a chain of title is unmarketable, it violates every state’s law that guarantees marketability of title!

If a chain of title is unmarketable, it’s because it’s vendibility is impaired (you can’t sell it).  No one wants to buy someone else’s problems … especially if the title is slandered (Hello?  …  Can you say “damages’?)

If the chain of title is unmarketable because it’s title is screwed up … title companies won’t insure it.

If it’s uninsurable, no one is going to sell it.  How could they?   If title companies do insure these properties, they’ll exclude coverage for the applicable errors!  You won’t get a dime on a title claim, while the title companies make off with your premium payment at closing!

If you’re in states where only the lien interest is sold (like in California), the banks get to kick the can down the road, and investors are stuck with nothing but screwed-up chains of title and they can’t do anything but rent the properties out because there’s no way to quiet the title without exposing the truth … and no one can afford to expose the truth because American Jurisprudence is tainted.

The reason I bring it up?

The Assignment has your name and your property’s references within it. 

Every state has a set of statutes that allow consumers to challenge the assignments, releases, and any other document in their chain of title that is “suspect” for false and misrepresentative information.   If you let the bank’s attorney get away with stating that you’re not a third-party beneficiary, then you have to ask yourself …

WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE BOGUS INFORMATION IN THE LAND RECORDS?

This is why statutes were formulated to combat erroneous (many times deliberate) behavior in the creation of these phony assignments and releases.  The problem is … 99% of the attorneys don’t like doing declaratory judgment actions … half the time because they don’t know how!   This is why Al West and I did a deep dive into the assignments and Al West came up with the notion that cancelling and expunging the phony document would force the court to have to quiet the title. If you’re attacking the property’s title because it violates statute, how then could the lender foreclose?

You can’t break one law to enforce another law! 

This is why Appendix 11 of The C&E on Steroids! has all of those statutes in it!  If the document affects your chain of title, you have an “in” to attack it through declaratory relief.  All American homeowners are entitled to have a property that has marketable title and this is why these remedies were created.  American property owners need to wake up and realize what they’re up against here, because it’s not really that expensive a proposition to attack these assignments.  There’s always quiet title too … which is why we included that in the latest book, which includes an 8-DVD training video kit!

You want your attorney to know the truth?  Share this information with him (or her).  If attorneys knew the simplicity of doing a declaratory relief action, they’d have a whole new way to make a living without stressing themselves out over it. Did you hear that lawyers?   That’s why Al West (who is an attorney that uses the C&E  a lot in his practice) has graciously supplied a ton of exhibits for you to look at and glean from … it’s the best educational tool of the decade.

If there are over 500-million phony assignments and other bogus documents in the land records, why aren’t we doing something about it?

Frankly, if you can understand that when the crash hit and everyone found themselves upside down in their mortgage loans, 95% of them cut and ran … that’s why.  Someone has to carry the ball and pay it forward.  This may be your calling.

I assisted a Florida attorney in doing a C&E in a Release of Mortgage, which convoluted the title even further, designed to create a statutory violation while challenging the lender (3 cans down the road) to prove how the first lender paid off the original loan with refi money.  That too is in the book (pleadings and all)!

 

The training kit is here in limited supply.  I have 33 kits left in stock.  I do not know when we’ll reorder.  If you want to fight the good fight, then force the courts to make your property marketable again.  Until the courts deal with these title issues, you the homeowner are just helping the banks “kick the can down the road” … soon, we’ll end up as a nation of renters for sure, because only investors will own all the homes (at least that’s what they think).  They get stuck with the crappy titles and you get stuck being a renter!

Is that really what you want?

… AND HERE’S AN ADDED BONUS!

The folks who order this DVD training kit will get the new Robert Janes compilation of SHELLGAME MERS, the 2009 RULES and his latest white paper on defeating California foreclosures!  Included absolutely FREE!   

PLUS … I’ll throw in a copy of THE FDCPA, DEBT COLLECTION AND FORECLOSURES work as well … for use in fighting unscrupulous debt collectors.

That’s an extra $80 worth of useful tools to add to your arsenal

This offer will expire June 30, 2019 … so get your C&E training kit NOW!  

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THE C&E, ASSIGNMENTS … AND YOUR RIGHT TO CHALLENGE THEM (PART 1) …

(OP-ED) — The author of this post is a consultant to attorneys on quiet title and cancellation and expungement actions and thus, not an attorney who can give legal advice.  This overview, with its suggestive commentary, is for your educational entertainment only. 

Scenario … “The Set-Up”

You want to buy a home.  You don’t have much money, but credit is plentiful, as long as you can “fog up a mirror”.  You’re the “party of the first part” because you’re willing to take a gamble that if you can get a loan, you’ll be able to pay it back, with interest.

However, you’re not “Party A” (the party of the second part).  Party A” is a corresponding lender. That means it’s highly likely your loan is going to be securitized, which means it’s going to be put into the MERS® System, which is now owned by the same company that owns the New York Stock Exchange.

But of course, you’re ignorant of all of the shenanigans going on behind the scenes because you just want the keys to the house.

Meet “Party B” … not Cardi B; Cardi B has lots of money and she can probably pay cash for a house).

Party B is more than likely the sponsor-seller (the interim funding lender in the deal).  Party B figured out how to make a puttload of money doing securitization, so Party B hooked up with some attorneys who all engaged in “pure intellectual masturbation” together to create a “sales pitch”, known to investors as a 424(b)(5) Prospectus.  This document was drafted and signed under penalty of perjury under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  But that wouldn’t really matter to you, because you just wanted the keys to the house, right?

Meet “Party C” … the Depositor.  This entity is never a “member”, “user” or “subscriber” of the MERS® System; however, the Depositor plays an important role in securitization because it has to accumulate all of the documents (mortgages and notes funded by the REMIC) together by the specified “Cut-Off Date”, which is shown in the Prospectus (the sales pitch), which has to be done by a date certain (not 5 or 7 years down the road) or else the transfer of the loan into the REMIC would be void.  Party C is one of those parties that is a necessary party to securitization, so without it being named in the chain of transfers from Party A to Party B to Party C to “Party D” (the Trustee for the REMIC trust), as specified in the Prospectus, by the specified date, then it creates all sorts of legal challenges down the road, for both borrowers and investors alike.

To make even more money on the deal, Party B goes out and makes applications all over town for default insurance, while placing side bets (credit default swaps) on the performance of the certificates issued to the investors who have no idea what’s coming.

Now that all the side bets are in place and the loans have all been funded, the loan you got through Party A (the corresponding lender who only put up 5% of the deal) just closed and Party A got reimbursed by Party B, who actually funded the loan!

Later you find out the truth … but wait … if Party B was actually footing the bill with investor money it got through securitization, shouldn’t Party B be named the lender on the mortgage or deed of trust?  You’d think so.  But nope!  That puts Party B too close to the action on the assignment that’s supposed to be recorded in the land records where your house is … but somehow … Party B and its corresponding lenders are having too much fun giving loans to people they knew couldn’t repay them … so they forget about recording the required assignments altogether.

Ha! Ha! Ha!  Not!

The sponsor-seller knows what’s coming, because it’s holding all the Aces and it knows that over time … the house of cards will fall because all the loans in the pool are set to “reset” themselves within a certain period of time, causing the entire REMICs value to collapse.  I call it “Day 91”.  That’s the day the sponsor-seller gets to cash in on all of the insurance policies and credit default swaps.  The sponsor-seller can take a $500,000 loan and make $7.5-million off of the deal!

And here you are, swimming in debt, trying to figure out how to pay that mortgage that just reset itself through that adjustable rate BS you obligated yourself for.  But there’s more month at the end of the money.  You stop paying.  Party B is counting on it!  Party B set the whole thing up (using the MERS® System) to obfuscate the chain of title so it can create assignments of mortgage and deeds of trust to record in the land records vis a vis the mortgage loan servicer, who is tasked with taking your payment every month.

At least that’s what the mortgage loan servicer wants you to think when it sends you the default notice!  But alas … another lie.

The mortgage loan servicer is required to pay your principal and interest payments on your mortgage loan to the investors whether you pay them or not!   It’s called an “Advance”.  That too, is in the Prospectus … (not in the PSA)!   Simply put … are you really in default when the alleged REMIC moves to foreclose on you?   If someone is paying the investors every month, then how can they claim you’re in default.  Because they have a contract with you?   The originating lender (Party A) was paid off at closing by Party B (who used investor money to fund the loan) … this is what we call “table-funded lending”.

I’m trying to tell a story here, because this is the part where the rubber meets the road! 

Until you default (when the servicer declares you aren’t making your payments anymore) … you’ll never see an assignment recorded in the land records (99% of the time).  You have no contract with the servicer (Party E, for Empty Pockets).  Servicers have been known to “rob Peter’s account to pay Paul’s account” all the time, like Ocwen, which is why servicers are sloppy with handling money and shitty record-keeping.  But the servicer has another angle … it uses its employees to create assignments of mortgage and deeds of trust using MERS to cover up the missing links in the chain of title and conveys the title from Party A to Party D, without any recollection or mention of Parties B or C!   So who is it really coming into court to foreclose?

If you said Party E, you’re right!   These days, servicers are being even more brash, claiming they have a power of attorney from Party D (the Trustee for the REMIC) to foreclose on behalf of Certificateholders of some REMIC “series number”, claiming the certificate holders have been “harmed”, when in fact, the servicer is just trying to reimburse itself for all the defaulted payments it kept making on your behalf.   Now it’s using phony documentation to claim the note and mortgage were transferred to Party D, many years later.  The REMICs only stay open a year, so none of that makes any sense.  So the mortgage loan servicer retains the law firm to foreclose on your house … let the lying, cheating and stealing begin!   All on behalf of Party F (the investors).  I use Party “F” because in this scenario, the investors get “F**ked” in the end because the money made by stealing your house using phony assignments created by the mortgage loan servicer and its employees goes into their pockets and not those of the investors.

The attorneys continue the lie by claiming you’re not a third-party beneficiary to the assignment!   

And the judges buy into that crap hook, line and sinker!  It shows their ignorance! 

There are a lot of problems with these foreclosure mill lawyers using that falsehood.  In fact, the very pleadings or responses they file in lawsuits brought by the homeowner in deed of trust states to stop the foreclosure, or in the pleadings they put into the court record in mortgage states, contain misstatements in of themselves … and even more so when they have to rely on the recorded documents that the mortgage loan servicers put into the land records, in violation of statutes and penal codes, that contain false and misrepresentative information.

And the borrower and the attorney for the borrower run into court and wave the assignment around, telling the judge it’s a fraudulent document.  The judge of course (after hearing the attorney say you can’t challenge the assignment because you’re not a third-party beneficiary to the assignment) goes along with the bank’s argument … just because it seems to make sense.  However, there is a problem with that scenario.

Check back for PART 2 … where we discuss the bank’s flawed argument … and what homeowners are countering that flawed argument with!

HINT: Are the investors really third-party beneficiaries?  (think about it seriously, really).

Why should that affect you?

Look at your assignment!

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FDCPA CAN STILL APPLY TO NON-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURES!

(OP-ED) — The author of this post is the author of The FDCPA, Debt Collection and Foreclosures … and posits the following for educational purposes and for your consideration in the paradigm shift that has now become the focus of thousands of consumers.

I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of pro-bank/pro-debt collector law firm postings regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest narrow ruling in the Obduskey case (out of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals).  I love how these folks like to “pat themselves on the back” for their observations that non-judicial foreclosure proceedings can still be business as usual, despite the caveats their posts now contain.  Why on earth would they post “caveats” to the debt collection industry (which includes law firms like the one Dennis Obduskey filed an FDCPA action against) if they were so sure of themselves in being able to just walk all over borrowers they claim are in default?

Despite the fact the nation’s highest court resolved the federal circuit split on whether non-judicial foreclosures can continue as “business as usual”, the ruling was “narrow in scope” regarding the enforcement of security interests as defined under 15 USC § 1692f(6), which is what the Court focused on in its decision: Obduskey v McCarthy & Holthus LLP, 586 U.S. ___ (2019)

What Congress intended … 

Creditors used to love the idea that they could open up a can of “whoop ass” on debtors any time they felt like it, even late-night, repetitive or threatening phone calls (“I know where you live” and “your mommy’s going to jail” and “we’re going to sue you if you don’t pay” or “we’re going to bomb your office building if you don’t come down here and pay this bill” or “you !@)#(%^!”.)  The caveats I’m seeing in these law blog posts still make reference to the fact that the latest FDCPA-related ruling DOESN’T mean “business as usual”.  It simply means that debt collectors trying to enforce deeds of trusts have to be extra careful NOT to step over that well-defined line of intended “abuses” that do in fact, fall under the FDCPA!

Enforcing a recorded security interest (deed of trust, security deed, HELOC, etc.) in a non-judicial state means just that.  If a third party (the trustee, NOT MERS) intends on using the terms of the security instrument to act as the third party in taking back collateral, the collection activity has to specifically and purely involve that process.  The narrow ruling still prohibits abusive debt collection practices, whether or not a non-judicial foreclosure is still the intended outcome.  The abusive debt collection practices fall under 15 USC 1692d and 15 USC 1692e, as well as portions of 15 USC 1692f (1) through (5) and (6)(B)(C) and (7) and (8).  See here for clarification: FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT 09-1996

If you have a case … you have a case … 

Every time the debt collection industry scores a narrow victory, they pontificate their accomplishments as soon as humanly possible, almost to the point of bragging rights (see, I told you so … lemme rub your nose in it) kind of stuff.  This is typical of the legal profession, especially the kind that can operate unchecked when it comes to carrying out enforcement actions.

One of the more remarkable things I find is that all non-judicial foreclosures are assumed to be legal unless otherwise challenged.  One of the things I put forward in the book (mentioned above) is that careful analysis of the debt collection laws needs to be strictly adhered to (the letter of the law), which you are attempting to assert was violated.

How the “chain of title” points to potential suspect violations of 15 USC 1692e(5) … 

Here’s where the latest ammo we’ve been sharing on the C&E comes into play.  Cancellation and expungement (C&E) actions are used to disable and destroy the authority these debt collectors rely on to even enforce a security instrument.  Under “False or misleading representations” (§ 807 of the FDCPA), section 5 prohibits false, deceptive or misleading representation in threatening “to take any action that cannot legally be taken” … which would mean to me that if you could strip away the lies contained within the assignments that generally precede the initiation of a non-judicial foreclosure action through a C&E, the authority of the debt collector would be void and the debt collector’s representations would then be false and misleading, which IS a violation of the FDCPA!

Champagne budget … Beer Belly Pocketbook! 

A C&E action is definitely a cheaper way to wage war on an unsuspecting servicer (who is really behind the scenes of the debt collection/non-judicial enforcement proceeding), stripping away whatever rights it thinks it has to steal your house on behalf of party or parties unknown (which could be Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, lest we hold the GSEs unaccountable in the end) than waging an all-out FDCPA battle in federal court, which costs substantially more money.  Try to keep the emotions in check for the moment while I finish.

The document the servicers are creating is the assignment of deed of trust (much like the assignment of mortgage), which they claim gives them the authority (on behalf of the alleged “lender”) to appoint a substitute trustee to initiate a non-judicial foreclosure.  Do you have a contract with the mortgage loan servicer?   (Didn’t think so.)  However, servicers have Limited Powers of Attorney, which they claim give them the authority to do whatever they want, including wading into the shark-infested waters of violations created under the FDCPA.  Strip away their authority under the assignment as void … they’re like “chum in the water”.

This is why I’m releasing a two-day training video DVD set with the latest book by attorney Al West and myself, The C&E on Steroids! in very short order.  What better a way to deal with America’s tainted real property records than to fight the good fight head-on in state court, rather than wage a flimsy, unsupported war in federal court without first demonstrating the ultra vires behavior of the trustee thanks to a phony assignment, which you’ve knocked out FIRST in a C&E action!

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