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TEN YEARS LATER … HAS YOUR DEFINITION OF “INSANITY” CHANGED YET?

(OP-ED) — The author of this post posits these comments based on his own observations and none of this should be construed to be legal advice. For the record, the definition of “insanity” is … doing the same thing for the next 10 years you did the last 10 years expecting different results. 

Who would have ever thought that me breaking my foot would steer me down a path of moral concern, that is, America’s foreclosure crisis based on phony documents?

The Beginning of Insanity

It all began in mid-2007, when, quite by accident, I was surfing the county clerk’s website looking for details on my Texas property and discovered repetitive references to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (hereinafter “MERS”).  I had no idea who MERS was until I started doing further research into this entity only to discover this electronic database had been around since at least 1999.  It didn’t even occur to me that MERS was a brainchild of the banks because at that time, there wasn’t much information out there because the lawsuits that have made the annals of American history were not made manifest yet.

I also had no idea that MERS and the banks were working hand in hand to further their “case wins” in courts by posturing MERS as some sort of legitimate “party” that had the right to foreclose on property.  I only discovered this in 2009 after I started doing serious research into security instruments and all of the accompanying documents that littered the land records across America in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and the previous redux of securitization, which finally reared its ugly head in a way that most Americans could understand.  It was at that time I started to develop what would later become the Chain of Title Assessment (COTA).  How the documents interrelated to each other became more important than the actual information contained within each document because a pattern of behavior became obvious which was worth doing more research on.  That pattern of behavior was recorded assignments being placed within the land records just prior to a foreclosure being commenced on any given piece of property in America.

By mid-2010, I had a specific pattern identified and was able to develop a COTA checklist based on that pattern of misbehavior.  The pattern was not just a making of the law firm or the trustees attempting to enforce security instruments.  It became obvious later on in the game that the law firms and trustees actually were doing the bidding of the mortgage loan servicers; however, that realization did not come until AFTER Clouded Titles had been published (in December of 2010).  It was not until mid-2012 that things began to surface that would lead me straight to identifying who was behind all of the chicanery that enveloped all 3,041 of our nation’s real property records.  At that point in time, I had already established a working relationship with several Texas Clerks and had lectured to their Clerks’ School, sponsored by the V.G. Young Institute for County Government.  Williamson County Clerk Nancy Rister and Williamson County government were the first to attack MERS and the servicers and third-party document mills head-on in a land record audit, which was formally released in January of 2013.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY REAL PROPERTY RECORDS AUDIT_January 29, 2013

Judging by MERS’s reaction to the audit, I knew we were onto something. MERS went out of its way to try to debunk the 179 pages of damning assertions that the mortgage loan servicers and their third-party document mills were the ones behind all of the false and misrepresentative statements we would soon come to identify in the hundreds of COTAs I would being conducting since Clouded Titles was released.  Reporters kept telling me that MERS claimed it did nothing wrong and my reply was, “Then why is everybody suing them?”

A Big Mistake

The chain of title assessment (COTA) has been referenced as a “chain of title analysis”; however, through whatever name you want to give it, the research that goes into a COTA makes it a report, an investigative piece if you will.  By the time that the mortgage loan servicers agreed with 49 states Attorneys’ General to stop production on fraudulent documents, word had spread not only to the legal community but also the public at large, that this chicanery was widespread. Foreclosure victims became outraged at the thought of being defrauded through the illicit use of the land records.  It was at about that time that the COTA hit the courts.  Reliance on a COTA in a court of law or of equity is a huge mistake as many have discovered.  Proof of that will be made manifest in this post.  By the time homeowners and their attorneys ran screaming into court about the “fraud” in the documents, MERS and the banks had already set case precedent that the contents of the documents could not be challenged because the borrowers were not “third party beneficiaries” to the assignments and therefore had no right to challenge.  In my opinion, this lame excuse of not benefitting from the assignment was a ploy to gain favor with the courts, whose judges went along with the argument because the homeowners’ attorneys had no comeback to the argument.  The big mistake however, was the misuse of the COTA and the laziness of homeowners’ counsel to conduct proper discovery.

Many litigants ran into court with their research and attempted to use it as “evidence” to prove their theories that they were defrauded by and through the use of “fraudulent documents” recorded in the public records. Once such case involving this posts’s author manifested itself in Texas on November 25, 2013, in the same year that the Williamson County Real Property Records Audit was released.  See the case below and pay attention to the references on Page 4, where this author’s name is mentioned:

Brown v BANA_Tex 5th App Dist No 05-12-01382-CV (Nov 25, 2013)

Quoting my name and my book and making references to it is not PROOF as the Appellant soon learned the hard way.

During the time span from the time this case came out, Clouded Titles had been on the market for three years and had expanded from its 254-page original version to 432 pages (not the Mayday Edition, which is the revised final version). I knew that judges and attorneys were aware of it … and not just because of its consistent use in the courts.  By that time, the Circuit Clerk of Osceola County, Florida, Armando Ramirez, was introduced to the book and was encouraged by the public to make contact with the author, which led to the commissioning of another land record investigation, which was conducted roughly 90 days AFTER the mortgage loan servicers vowed in writing never to launder the land records with fraudulent documents again, as shown below:

OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION

The author of this post, once this document was made public, was attacked by the media in what appeared to be political retribution against the Clerk of the Circuit Court (Ramirez), who was again elected to his Clerk’s post in a majority vote the following election cycle.  However, this time, MERS did not play a role in the politicizing and demonizing of the report, which had an attorney opinion letter attached to it like the Williamson County report did.  Instead, the media and foreclosure mill law firms jumped into the fray, slamming the Clerk for spending county money on a report that they maliciously called a “foreclosure audit”.  Again, misuse of the COTA.  The Report issued to the Clerk was just that … a Report outlining the abuses that continued in his own land records from June 1, 2012 to June 1, 2014, well after the mortgage loan servicers agreed to stop putting false and misrepresentative documents in the land records, where they still appear to be continuing on through today!

The Bigger Mistake

What’s even worse is that a lot of wannabe “investigators” who claimed that their research was solid proof did not pass muster in other cases.  As I will demonstrate in the upcoming Chain Of Title Assessment Workshop, to be held online on the Clouded Titles website starting on February 1, 2020, this author has been pontificating all through the ages that Chain of Title Assessments (COTAs) are NOT EVIDENCE in court, despite the ignorance of litigants and their attorneys.  In this workshop, the author will cite a U.S. Supreme Court case that clearly identifies a COTA as research developed from multiple sources and compiled into a report, which this author has constantly maintained is to be used for case development and not as evidence in of itself.  But given the desperation of homeowners, along with the mistakes made by these alleged “foreclosure rescue services” that claim the COTA is their Holy Grail in order to make a buck, these assessments are STILL NOT EVIDENCE in court, as the most recent case out of Idaho demonstrates:

Losee v Deutsche Bank Natl Trust Co, Sup Ct Idaho No 45721 (Nov 29, 2019)

Do you see the date on this case?  It was just issued the day before this author published this post! 

What in the hell are these people thinking?  If I have maintained that a 1943 United States Supreme Court ruling by this nation’s highest court mandates that COTAs cannot be relied on as evidence, why are these wannabe investigators and their litigants ignoring it?

Previously, much to my chagrin, I’ve warned attorneys NOT to waive my COTAs around in court.  One of them did in a Houston federal court and got screamed at by the judge.  This is where the joke about “judges screaming my name and it wasn’t during sex” evolved from. (“Who’s Dave Krieger????!!!!!!!!)

One other attorney in Michigan was forced to let a judge see the COTA (by the judge’s own insistence) because the attorney kept referring to the document while making arguments in court.  Once the judge read the document (assumedly during his lunch break), he got an education, even though it was still NOT being offered as evidence, and ordered the parties to settle the case as he stated, “neither one of you are going to like the way I rule on this one!”   In the end, the bank got the house back and the homeowners got their money back and then some.  This still does not mean that the COTA is evidence unless the material within the COTA is vetted and relied upon by expert witnesses or utilized to craft discovery to go after the underbelly of the other side’s arguments.

I beg of you … please do not continue to misuse these reports.  These reports are meant as investigative research and proper discovery must be utilized to vet the research.  Simply walking into court and waving these reports around screaming “Fraud This!” and “Fraud That!” will get you nowhere.

To get a real idea of HOW TO do a Chain of Title Assessment (COTA) on your own, where you can get a real education, I am offering the first online COTA Workshop on Saturday, February 1st (2020), in 4, 2-part segments, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Here’s the schedule of the online classes:

Sessions 1 and 2, Saturday, February 1, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Sessions 3 and 4, Saturday, February 8, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Sessions 5 and 6, Saturday, February 15, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Sessions 7 and 8, Saturday, February 22, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

I have revised the COTA to take the purpose of the workshop out of the “business model mode” and craft it into the “consumer mode” for the purposes of giving you a basic education into the realm of document identification and research.  Click the following link to leave your email address in the blank space provided and the Registration Form will be emailed to you.  Once you are enrolled in all four sessions, you will be able to access the online workshop presentation (as it will be recorded for future use) on the Clouded Titles website!

The Definition of Insanity Needs to Change in Your World!

I can tell you with a certainty that mine has!  In fact, I use COTA research to make money in my real estate investing.  Had homeowners going through foreclosure been thinking about Plan B instead of trying to fight the inevitable losing court battle ratios, America might have had better case law than what it has now.  With the banks creating as much negative case law against homeowners and as tilted as the system is against borrowers who don’t pay their mortgage payments, it’s time to change your mindset and use the COTA to your advantage.  My workshop strategies have now shifted into the realm of COTA use to make money to survive instead of defending your home in a losing battle.

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STOP WALLOWING IN SELF-PITY AND START FIGHTING BACK!

Op-Ed — The author of this blog (Dave Krieger, not the same “Dave Krieger” that got fired from the Boulder Daily Camera for speaking out against the newspaper’s owner, a hedge fund that he claimed was the ruin of his daily newspaper, where he was an editorial columnist, against the orders of the publisher) has written four consumer-related books and four legally-related manuals on debt collection, credit restoration, foreclosure defense and “end game” strategies.  The purpose of this blog is to encourage activity through education and not to render legal advice. 

Woe is NOT me!

I write this post to convey a thought process that had not only entered my mind at a point in time back in late 2002, but I also had to consider that other American homeowners have also had this same thought process under similar circumstances as frequently as the moment you’re reading this post.  My intention here was not to write this in a demeaning way, for we are human and as humans, we make mistakes.  I wrote the book Clouded Titles because I made a mistake and I wanted to learn from it through research.  I self-published my first version of Clouded Titles in December of 2010 after two years worth of research into what in the hell was going on across America, partly because no one else was rising to the occasion and I saw a need for getting this research out there.  Someone had to say something … and no one was. Once I published that book, I was no longer a victim of that mistake.

I have been accused by some of being an opportunist.

If you think that selling copies of a self-published book is a way to get rich or was my only purpose for making money in handing out information … the real reason I did this was because time is money … and over time, I’d lost a lot of money.  Printing copies of the book cost money, which is why self-publishing is so expensive and many times will stop a person from publishing a book.

I further had to reflect on the ways that homeowners (as borrowers) became discouraged and then confused when they further wade out into the “river of cures” for their situations, only to find charlatans and thieves waiting to take their money and run. This includes foreclosure defense attorneys, many of whom have figured out “the delay game” and recklessly charge for that. While it is true that there are many attorneys who continue to educate themselves as to how to fight the banks and are successful in court, they are far and few between. Many of those attorneys who stand up and fight, get knocked down.  Some of them are disbarred for doing the right thing by their homeowner-client.

This is part of the confusion that the banks absolutely love, because they’ve already “gotten ahead of this” legal game they are fighting by having Congress and our state legislatures create laws to help banks and hinder homeowners.  Thus, when the confused homeowner finally realizes he’s been duped, he becomes angry and this is where the real problem begins because all rational logic and common sense about litigation goes out the window.  Now the angered homeowner “knows everything”, even though he didn’t go to law school.

They just want a “free house”, your Honor! 

This statement has been recited in open court tens of thousands of times by foreclosure mill attorneys, while the uneducated homeowner sits there with his thumb up his ass!  Why didn’t you or your attorney object?  Oh … you didn’t know you could do that?

I’ve discovered there were people who became “entitled”, thinking that all of the research I did should simply be handed to them for free because “they deserved it” and that if I really wanted to help homeowners, I would just hand out all my research for free.  THAT mindset is what got me into trouble in the first place.  That is part of the “self-pity” phase that will get you into trouble if you let it.  My first mistake was to put my first version of Clouded Titles out in pdf format, which was available for $19.95, which was subsequently purchased and downloaded all over the internet for free through the homeowner foreclosure networks.  My intention was to use the proceeds from the book to do a national tour, offering free, daily workshops for homeowners in 50 cities, but as a result of this “entitlement”, THAT didn’t happen. I learned NOT to make that same mistake again, because it costs for me to research and publish and my time is worth something. Your time is worth something too. Stop thinking it isn’t.  THAT thinking got YOU into trouble because it was at that point YOU became a victim and became discouraged.

I have been accused by some of giving false hope.

Albeit, God only helps those who helps themselves, but I liken this scenario to being slapped around for trying to do the right thing.  If you are facing foreclosure or are in the middle of it, then I have walked in your shoes and I do not deserve to be treated as if my voice should be silenced because I chose to stand up and fight.  I thought this was America and this is what Americans do when there is a wrong that affects the masses and Congress doesn’t want to listen.  Apparently, there are some out there that think I’m trying to get rich off of the backs of struggling homeowners and that was never my intention.  This is one of the reasons I volunteer at WKDW-FM Radio and have a consumerist show called City Spotlight – Special Edition, where I’ve spent over a year, discussing my research (along with my frequent co-host, R. J. Malloy, who is a retired attorney and former law clerk to a U.S. District Court judge) with listeners (and attorneys who listen to my show).  My show, which is 55 minutes in length, airs every Friday at 6 p.m. EDT and repeats every Monday at 2 p.m. EDT.  I have talked in greater detail about a lot of the stuff I teach at my workshops (chain of title, foreclosures, corruption in the court system, etc.). You can listen live just by going to the website and clicking LISTEN LIVE … for free!  (You get to pay for internet access, as NOTHING is for free!)   

I regularly donate money to keep this radio station going, as it is listener-supported community radio.  If I make anything off of my program, it will be because it may be syndicated in the future.  I will continue to donate part of those proceeds back to the station to keep it running.

BUT!  Why should I continue to do that if you don’t care?

I have had any credibility I sought to build (through my efforts to educate and speak out) attacked by MERS, the banks, law enforcement and the media. 

This goes to show you that in life … no pain, no gain.

Even if you have pain, the first thought entering your mind is to give up and run away.  Others have tried that and failed miserably.

I have learned that when you run … you fail!  Throughout history, Americans who ran from a fight ended up being taken prisoner and we have all been enslaved in debt in this country to one extent or another.

I became aware that as early as 2011, bank attorneys and information technology employees working for the banks and MERSCORP, Inc. nka MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. (and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.) were monitoring my every activity, from radio shows to TV interviews to blog posts.  They do this for a reason. They want to know if authors like myself are saying anything defamatory about them or spreading false rumors about them.  They also wanted to monitor my “educational output” because they want to know HOW homeowners were being taught to fight back and what they could expect.  This further educated them as to HOW to counter attack homeowners in court.  This blog post and my radio show are not the only outlets being monitored either.

Because of my sharing of this research to the Texas Clerks’ Association, my team and I were retained by Nancy Rister, who is still the County Clerk of Williamson County, Texas, to conduct an audit of her records (see the link below):

WILLIAMSON COUNTY REAL PROPERTY RECORDS AUDIT_January 29, 2013

As a result of the release of that “Audit”, then-MERSCORP, Inc. CEO Bill Beckmann bought almost a full page ad in the Austin American-Statesman, on February 7, 2013, attempting to refute the contents of the 179-page report.  I knew for sure that this so-called “MERS”, by whatever definition, was watching the goings-on and the public reaction to my research and the results of the report.

As soon as the OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION was released to the public, the media outlets (who I suspect were spoon-fed information by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, in violation of F.S.A. § 400) proceeded to attack myself and Osceola County Clerk of the Circuit Court Armando Ramirez because of my “colored past”.  This is all part of the sacrifice I had to make … and some of the disgruntled homeowners, naysayers and gainsayers proceeded to jump on the bandwagon … people who I thought were fighting for homeowners … and attacked me as well by furthering the misrepresentations contained in the media news outlet reports.  You see, this is all part of a process known as “demonization”.  It’s what the “system” does to those who protest in order to “keep them in line”.

I do not care what some of these gainsayers have said (including referencing my “bolting from a news conference” I elected to speak at like “O.J. Simpson in a Hertz commercial”) because it became obvious to me that they were just out to get publicity for themselves at my expense.  Several attorneys who read the 758-page Forensic Examination wanted to sue the gainsayers for defamation, but I told them that what they did was part of the cost of “getting the word out”.  They can say all they want, but the truth is out there.  Bad press is still press.  So the next time you see those assholes, and you know who they are, thank them for the further misinformation and bad press, because it furthered my cause.

The banks and MERS reacted to it.  Law enforcement reacted to it.  The media was spoon-fed 20-year-old information so they could take up a political agenda against the Osceola County Clerk, Armando Ramirez.  Soon after the reporter wrote the scathing article, he quit the Orlando Sentinel.  The Osceola Sheriff whose detectives I suspect leaked the information to the media in violation of state law did not seek reelection.  What should that tell you?  It pays to fight!

Here’s the thing … we’re Americans.  A large number of us fought and died to preserve our rights under the law for the rest of us ever since the history of this great land of ours began.  Have we forgotten what history has taught us?

The world doesn’t end just because you got “served” with notice of foreclosure … so … I have to wonder why the percentage of homeowners who “run away” is so high.  

It does not matter whether you’re in a “deed of trust” or “mortgage” State, the bank (or its servicer) HAS TO serve you with notice that your home will be advertised and sold on the courthouse steps on a given date in time or in the alternative, if you don’t show up in court, you will be found in default and could lose your home anyway.  Sadly, 95% of Americans who get “served” with foreclosure notices pack up and move.  They run from a fight.  No matter what.  They too suffer the end result of 7 years of bad credit or continued attacks by third-party debt collectors who bought their deficiency judgments from the banks, post-sale because they chose to be a victim.

I refused to be a victim … and I changed my scenario! 

No bank can ever foreclose on me.  I live quite comfortably through my own efforts and not because I “fleeced” money out of disgruntled homeowners on a regular basis.  I pay for this website to post blogs.  I offer workshops that I have to charge for to cover the expense of bringing in attorneys to teach foreclosure defense information to struggling homeowners.  I only do this once a year, when and if the need arises. I saw the recent uptick in foreclosures announced by Black Knight Financial Services and THAT, my friends, precipitated my need to pay attention to trending activity on the part of the conniving megabanks banks who appear to be in control of Wall Street and the secondary mortgage market.

If the percentage of homeowners who ran away from their mortgages (and their homes) was only 25% (and not 95%) … and everyone knew the rules of evidence and civil procedure (as foreclosure mill attorneys do), then there would be no need for me to even continue this blog post, let alone host seminars. However, the uptick in foreclosures has regenerated the need to help homeowners again and this is why there was a need to set up a workshop.  The foreclosure activity against American homeowners will not stop until the banks and Congress have all turned us into a nation of renters and debt slaves who can be controlled by the hierarchy.  The league of those who believe that they know more than we do is called an oligarchy.  Frankly, this “league” is there because they’ve already figured out that if you have money (and lots of it), then they can be in control of not only their lives, but the lives of others also, including yours.

I am still “in the fight” and I am mortgage free, even with my “colored past”! 

You have to understand that at some point in time, through a decisive action plan of steps, you can finally see the “light at the end of the tunnel”.  If we were taught to live by example, then why weren’t we financially educated in high school?  Today’s financial education is still “missing” or “lacking”.  I believe this is deliberate.  Media advertising is still deceptive to a  degree because it lures people into using credit to “buy now and pay later (with interest)” for something they should have saved for all along.  It seems that no one saves anymore.  We are so conditioned to impulse spending we’ve forgotten that principle.  Having equity in a home is also a form of saving, but even equity is FAKE until its realized through the fruition of sale of the property.  THAT should have been the American Dream … but it wasn’t, was it?  Over half of America is NOT prepared for perceived “retirement”.  That’s sad, even though they could do something about it.

Most people who are debt free (or even mortgage free) might simply just ignore the plight of all others who face the perils of foreclosure. So why am I still here?  Perhaps my own personal experiences have been either by best friend or my worst enemy.  I am constantly continuing to research and learn lessons from all of this.

Whatever the case, if you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any!  I may be missing some of my rights, but you do not have to be placed in or succumb to the same situation.  Your first ambition (goal) should be to learn HOW you got into this mess … and then learn HOW to get yourself out of it WITH AS LITTLE FINANCIAL DAMAGE AS POSSIBLE and with as little of a financial risk as possible!

So quit with the “pity party” and start looking for right answers through right thinking … and stop thinking like a victim.

THAT’S STEP ONE! 

Stay tuned for STEP TWO! 

 

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