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WILL THERE BE AN UPTICK IN FORECLOSURES ONCE THE CORONA-CRISIS IS OVER?

(OP-ED) — The author of this post is a consultant to attorneys on foreclosure and chain of title matters and none of the following opinions should be constituted as legal advice or seek to guarantee a legal outcome. It posits what this author sees as what is to come.  It may not be the “whole new way of life” everyone thinks is going to take place due to this pandemic. 

This post is not for the faint of heart nor is it designed to make you more paranoid than most of you probably already are.  It is designed to impart some common sense rationality into dealing with the post-traumatic issues of what we collectively are all perceiving as a “crisis”.

Some of us think this whole thing is overblown.  The majority however have unknowingly allowed the “crisis” to replace common sense with survival fear … and rightly so.  It’s one thing to think that the coronavirus was just going to stay put in China when in fact, we have such an upwardly mobile society that everyone has been instilled with traveling to different parts of the world, be it on a plane, on a cruise, whatever … no one expected this would hit America and I believe we were all duped as to the “numbers” and the “purpose” for COVID-19.

Here are some interesting “takes” I’ve picked up on over the last couple of weeks …

  1. Chinese-Americans who are loyal to this country have stated to me that China well understated the numbers of dead and infected as the result of the viral spread there.
  2. The understatement was intentional, to lull us all (and I mean the World Health Organization (WHO) and the countries affected by the virus, including America) into a false sense of security so we would continue to go on about our daily lives as if this virus really didn’t matter.
  3. Knowing that we were already embroiled in political turmoil in this country, we’ve been “played” by the Chinese in a further effort to destroy the credibility of many of our elected leaders and further create political dissension in our every day lives.
  4. Most of the world was not medically ready for another pandemic.  If WHO was really concerned with the spread of this virus, it should have reacted more quickly when it was observed that the virus was spreading outside of China’s borders.
  5. We can all point fingers at our government for being “reactive”, because that is how our government has always been … reactive instead of proactive.  We weren’t ready for the virus when it hit our shores and we sure as hell aren’t ready for it now.
  6. Our medical systems in this country rely too much on non-essential and boutique surgeries and were not ready to deal with massive shortages in critical care supplies and labor.
  7. Our government’s medical “advisories” and social “responsibilities” were lacking in keeping its undisciplined citizenry safe from each other, allowing for Darwinistic opportunities to avail themselves upon an unsuspecting public.
  8. Instead of heading off the pandemic “at the pass”, state and local governments were slow to react to contain the virus and identify the “vectors”, which is what South Korea did when it first became aware of the invasion of the virus.
  9. The saving grace was that most state governments went above and beyond the federal measures enacted to stop evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus outbreak.
  10. The not-so-saving grace is what happens after the fallout rears its ugly head, the supply chain breaks down in certain quarters and the economy can’t put enough people back to work fast enough to recover from the shock the country took in the 30-60 “stay in place” periods.

This is where thinks get “quirky”.

As was explained in some “insider” memorandums which I managed to retrieve through my back channels, the mortgage loan servicers (especially on these MERS-originated mortgages) have to pay advances on the distribution dates to the investors who funded the loans through the various REMICs (Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits).

There were (at last count) roughly 6.6-million people that applied for unemployment benefits, despite the economic “stimulus” package.  In my twisted mind, this is like getting a hand job by a hooker, wherein the “wham bam” happens and then you realize the relief was only temporary and you’re right back at the stress level you started from before “the act” happened.

The mortgage loan servicers who handle the payments to the REMICs (the advance payments of principal and interest on every securitized loan) every month on the distribution date, have to pay those advance payments whether borrowers make those payments or not.  I hope you got that.  No matter (during this crisis) whether you made your monthly mortgage payment or not, you are NOT in default because the servicer has been making your payments anyway.  They just won’t tell you that.

The problem becomes worse however when the servicers have to make these payments regularly over time, believing that they can collect the the past due payments from the borrowers (who are out of work or close to being out of work or short on funds) who are wanting a forbearance on their mortgage loans.  This means the servicers would have to consider putting the payments (including interest) on the back end of the loan.  This means that for those of you who (for example) were on “Payment 22” of your amortization chart on a 30-year fixed rate loan, you’re asking for Payments 22, 23 and 24 (plus interest) to be put on the back end of your loan, which is compounding interest upon principal upon interest.  Let’s face it, most Americans do NOT have the reserves to make the mortgage payments past one month, which is why they had to borrow the money to buy the home in the first place.

Now the mortgage loan servicers are stressed financially because the payments have to be paid into the securitized trust pool every month, regardless of the borrowers’ circumstances.  The servicers may be forced into “having to rob Peter to pay Paul”, which means the servicers will borrow from escrow accounts all over their servicing network of mortgages, in the hopes that they’ll be able to repay those escrow accounts back over time.  The problem is, when that doesn’t happen (and even at the time funds were borrowed from escrows), there is still a shortage in the escrow accounts that the servicers borrowed from to pay the REMICs their monthly payments to.  A prolonged period of these payments (6-9 months; if this crisis were to continue) would put the servicers in jeopardy.

Fast forward to the end of the corona-crisis … 

The mortgage loan servicers are out of pocket all of the advance payments they had to pay during the crisis, which means they’re going to be on an all-out campaign to try and recover as much of the shortfalls as possible to reimburse all of the escrows they borrowed from to keep everything looking “current” on the books (this is why servicers get in trouble).  This is one of the reasons why Ocwen got into trouble and ended up having to sell $600-million in securities to bolster its “advance” payment funds to investors.  That’s like chasing a large, lump-sum credit card payment, making minimum payments every month.  The debts just never seem to get paid off.  Most borrowers can understand that.  Now, factor that into a much larger scale.

By now, you’re beginning to see the “crisis” occurring within the ranks of the mortgage loan servicers.  They will be reluctant to do loan mods because that means more perks for the borrowers. Extensions the servicers really aren’t interested in “affording” because they’re already swimming in borrowed time.

Couple that with the borrower’s payment history of already-missed payments BEFORE the crisis was declared and you’ve just dumped gasoline on the already burning flame.  My suggestions here, which are simple to ascertain and follow:

  1. During the crisis, check your land records EVERY WEEK to see whether or not the servicer has “manufactured” any assignments using MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.) as a means to assign, transfer or convey a mortgage loan into a REMIC trust in anticipation of having to do a foreclosure.
  2. If the assignment was done BEFORE the foreclosure and you’ve already become aware of it, use this opportunity to research your chain of title and see whether or not the information contained within the assignment is false and misrepresentative.
  3. Look up the state statutes to see what felonies were committed by asserting the false and misrepresentative information into the assignment, which was subsequently recorded into the public record and begin to document all aspects of it (who created the assignment, who executed the assignment, who notarized the assignment, who are the parties named in the assignment, who caused it to be recorded, etc.) for reference.
  4. DO NOT attempt to contact any of the parties creating the allegedly-bogus assignment. This is like tipping your hand in a high-stakes poker game.  I cannot stress that enough (as a consultant to foreclosure cases).  Telling the other side of your game plan is going to jeopardize your chances for recovery down the road.  What is important is to gather as much information as possible about all of the parties mentioned within the assignment without contacting them directly.  (There will be plenty of time for that in court-controlled discovery).
  5. Obtain a certified copy of your REMIC from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission while the ink is still fresh and you can take advantage of the time lapse created by the corona-crisis which allows you some advantage in preparing a suit for cancelling and expunging the suspect assignment.

For those of you that don’t get the “gist” of attacking documents, I have a kit available (in limited supply) online at CloudedTitles.com/shopThe C&E on Steroids!   This will give you a blueprint as to how to successfully challenge the phony documents in the land records.   It’s an 8-DVD video set plus a book containing the information you’ll need to arm yourself for the upcoming “fight” I think many of you are going to be involved in.

Why is this important?   If you’re facing foreclosure, even before the crisis, this moratorium will give you time to: (a.) think about Plan B; and (b.) act on that plan.  Even the 60-day window, which has already started ticking (courtesy of the federal government and extended by various state governments) will give you enough time to get your case files together, analyze them and more forward with retaining counsel (if you haven’t already) to “fight the good fight” because the corona-crisis itself was just not enough … we’ll be seeing another wave of foreclosures when it’s over because when it comes to reimbursement of an already-depleted money supply, the servicers (who are tasked with stealing the home) will stop at nothing to take your home away from you … and sadly, the government won’t be there to bail you out.

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LSF9 GETS A BEAT DOWN IN PALM BEACH COUNTY COURT!

(BREAKING NEWS – OP-ED)The author of this post posits the following information for educational purposes only and the opinions expressed herein are that of his own and should not be construed as legal advice.

Hats off to Patrick Guinta, a foreclosure defense attorney in Pompano Beach, Florida, who handled a solid case for a personal representative of a decedent in defeating a sham trust in Circuit Court in Palm Beach County, Florida.

If you look at the court docket for this case, there were 5 pages on the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court’s website to sift through, wherein I obtained (albeit non-certified copies) legible documents, all reflecting back to the chain of title and a judge that was willing to listen to reason.  Many judges in Florida, especially the senior judges, think that if they rule against the REMICs (Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits) in foreclosure cases, that their pensions, of which many are vested in these securitized portfolios, will be adversely affected.  Part of that reasoning is flawed because:

  1. The REMICs never got the note and mortgage in the first place;
  2. If the REMIC did get the note and mortgage, it’s because the Master Servicer made it happen without the REMIC’s actual knowledge;
  3. Caliber Home Loans, who claims to be the servicer, wouldn’t know the truth if it bit ’em in the ass;
  4. Fortunately, Mr. Guinta managed to get an affidavit from private investigator Bill Paatalo (see here): Affidavit of Bill Paatalo
  5. Fortunately, the judge in this case decided to scrutinize the documents more fully (which many judges in Florida could care less) and issued a Final Judgment for the defendant (see here): Final Judgment for Defendant
  6. According to Bill Paatalo, the witness for Caliber Home Loans, the alleged servicer, “fought us for over a year on our motion to compel the trust agreement and to un-redact their version of the MLPSA. At trial, they inadvertently (I believe) allowed the un-redacted MLPSA (which they were ordered to produce under strict confidentiality) to be admitted into the record. They blew their confidentiality. The Caliber witness stormed out knowing he’ll never testify again. FYI – Serge Alexis. Alexis didn’t know anything about the MLPSA they themselves proffered, but oh boy did I go off on it to the judge and she was listening to every word. Their attorney from Albertelli was a deer in the friggin headlights!”

You see, anything Caliber Home Loans “touches” can’t be trusted.  Like MTGLQ Investors, LP, neither alleged loan claimant can actually prove how they got the note and they often use third-party document mills to do their dirty work (like Nationwide Title Clearing or Meridian Asset Services, both out of Pinellas County, Florida) to create assignments of mortgages and deeds of trust that are full of false misrepresentations.  Any attacks outside of the actual trial itself are met with Motions to Dismiss.  These people just want your house and they don’t care HOW they get it!

They’ll lie to a judge to get it!

This also goes to show that if you get a judge who will actually listen to testimony and stop being so anti-homeowner (e.g., “Well, if the bank shows up, they must own the note, so therefore, they’re entitled to foreclose!”).  This kind of reasoning is flawed because there is no basis in fact. It’s purely the judge’s own emotionally-biased opinion.  Like Al West, who will be lecturing on securitization and the games the bank’s play in the upcoming “Beyond Foreclosure” workshop in Orlando, Florida (along with this author and others), he always hears this same diatribe from judges in California: “Well, Mr. West, your arguments are sound, but we just cannot hurt the banks.”

If I had a picture of Al’s “size 9 asshole” (where many a judge has put his foot into, figuratively) I would show it to you as proof!

And what happens when your attorney doesn’t do their job (as Mr. Guinta has done here, successfully)?  What recourse do you have?

We’re going to discuss that at the upcoming workshop as well.  It’s called legal malpractice.  It happens a lot, especially when you hook up with lawyers that just see you as a monthly annuity and nothing more.  People retain these attorneys without ever vetting their work. At least I bothered to post the Final Judgment in this blog, so you can plainly see that some attorneys actually do “do their job” and do it well.

One of the folks who I worked with (on their case) for a number of years just got their attorney suspended for a year (with other sanctions). They will explain how they did it at the workshop.  Their attorney took $6,000 from them, agreed to do 2 depositions (of a robosigner and a notary) involving a bogus assignment of deed of trust (and note) and then pocketed the money and failed to do the depositions.  Not only that, the attorney failed to communicate with his clients until AFTER he made his court appearances … which cost them a loss in federal court, based on phony documents.  In this case, the judge obviously took the chain of title seriously, more than most judges would, especially in most Florida foreclosure courts.

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THE REAL REASON THE REMIC WANTS YOUR HOUSE …

(OP – ED) — THE BIGGER LIE …

I wonder if you can actually put a figure to what you’ve been paying attorney(s) to defend your foreclosure, thinking the REMIC is just going to roll over and play dead and you’re going to get a free house.  I’ve got some startling news for you … news that has never been posted online by me before.

REMICs will not agree to a short sale!

It’s one thing if your property has seriously negative equity.  It’s quite another (these days) when it doesn’t matter what the foreclosure sale nets.  Why?

The REMICs want the foreclosure (and this comes straight from the REMIC’s attorneys mouths) is … wait for it …

If they accept a short sale, the Trustee (Administrator) of the REMIC has to pay the difference between what the property sells for and its face value (the value of the note).  If the Trustee forecloses, and the property sells for whatever, the investors who actually funded the REMIC “take it in the shorts”!   Thus … by foreclosing, the REMIC will not have to pay out any sums (or any of its profits) for losses incurred upon foreclosure.

Now you know why the REMICs want your home!  Now you know why it doesn’t matter what the securitization audit says or what claim you might have to the relationship between the REMIC and the Investors who funded it (and actually funded your loan).

We’re back to the dirty land record paper however … and this is why you need this workshop!   Not only do you need to learn HOW TO overcome the paper trail … and if you should even bother … you also need to know how to recover from foreclosure, because 9 times out of 10, the REMIC is going to win.  The REMIC will not let you do a short sale.  It has no incentive!

So what excuse are you going to give me for spending all that money getting that securitization audit done?  All of those little fancy boxes on the page are nothing more than …

Boilerplate Bullshit!

We can discover the same thing analyzing the chain of title.  The bottom line is … if the document contains false and misrepresentative information, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about attacking it.  The bottom line is maximizing time and cash flow and homeowners who are being foreclosed on seem to think they have both when in fact (1) their days are numbered; and (2) they’ve been using the wrong mindset to overcome foreclosure.

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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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DEFEATING DIVERSITY IN FORECLOSURE ACTIONS

(BREAKING NEWS — OP-ED) — The author of this post is the author of Clouded Titles, The Quiet Title War Manual, The C & E on Steroids!, The FDCPA, Debt Collection & Foreclosures, The Credit Restoration Primer, End Game Strategies, Beyond End Game Strategies and host of The Krieger Files.  The opinions expressed herein are that of the author and should not be construed as legal advice.  For legal advice, seek competent counsel that clearly understands what constitutes diversity jurisdiction.

Even in its most liberal stature, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has again, redefined and re-explained that REMIC trusts can end up costing you lots of money in litigation, fighting a losing battle in federal court by re-constituting an opinion of what constitutes diversity jurisdiction.  See the link below to the 17-page ruling:

Demarest v HSBC Bank USA NA, 9th App Cir No 17-56432 (Apr 8, 2019)

You’ll readily notice in the caption on Page 1 that HSBC and MERS were “incorrectly sued”, which would indicate to me they were sued in the wrong name, as indicated in the caption.

Part of the problem here is that the trustee was also sued (Western Progressive, LLC) and the trustee was also out-of-state as to its “headquarters”, which put all of the Defendants, coupled with the $75,000 required for complete diversity jurisdiction, squarely in federal court.

Again, Hawaii Attorney Gary Victor Dubin, who is again in the crosshairs of the Hawaii Bar (thanks to the banks and their attorneys who don’t like lawyers who beat them in court), likens being in federal court to suicide, which he has succinctly stated that it (suicide) is better than being in federal court.  Yet, a lot of people end up becoming victims within the federal system because of improper and incomplete pleadings.   Couple that with WHO you sue and the numbers of removed cases rise exponentially.

Why sue MERS?

This entity is the “bastard child” of MERSCORP Holdings, Inc., which is now owned by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (which also owns the New York Stock Exchange).  This newly-acquired entity has the backing of Wall Street.  The ownership of MERS may have changed, but the stupidity of the courts in relying on every tenet of MERS’s flawed business model incorporated within the “MERS® System”, has caused nothing but utter conflict among the state courts and federal circuit courts.

Like MERS says or intimates in its pleadings (among some of the third-person, schizophrenic quotations from its collective counsel and others), “We didn’t do anything wrong!”  “We want to be all things to all people!”  “We are the God of Securitization!”  (sic)  “We are everyone’s beneficiary that names us in their mortgages and deeds of trust!”  “We can be a nominee (agent) and beneficiary at the same time!”  “We can do anything we want, because we’re MERS!”  “We can remove you to federal court because we know your pleadings lack sufficiency and we can get them dismissed!”  “We can be in multiple states at any given moment and the federal judges will do what we say because we own them!” (that’s what they think, seriously).

Knowing you’re dealing with such a filthy, stinking rich entity that kowtows to Wall Street, why in bloody hell would you name them in anything?  Do you seriously have deep pockets?

You’re dealing with a multi-billion-dollar-a-year company here.   Here are some facts you should face:

  1. You signed the mortgage (or deed of trust).  No one held a gun to your head.  You could have walked away from the closing, but you didn’t.
  2. You could have read the entire agreement, asked questions; and when you didn’t get sufficient answers, you could have put off the closing until you got clarification, but you didn’t.
  3. You had no idea that the closing agent and the entity that agent represented knew (or should have known) WHERE the funds were coming from; how the funds were getting to the escrow account that was wiring your funds to the closing agent; and all of the details regarding the validity of the “lender” and “mortgagee of record”.
  4. You had no idea what the acronym “MIN” meant … nor had you any idea of the 18-digit number following that acronym.
  5. You had no idea your loan was being securitized through a Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit (REMIC) on Wall Street.
  6. You had no idea that your home loan was being funded by investors unknown to you.

Yet, you got hoodwinked into signing your life away to a life of potential PTFD (Post-Traumatic Foreclosure Disorder), should you fail to make your monthly mortgage payments!

What constitutes diversity jurisdiction?

In order to be able to remove a lawsuit to federal court (which is a court of limited jurisdiction), two things have to occur:

  1. The Plaintiff is a resident of State “A”, while the Defendant(s) are known to be residents of State “B”.
  2. The amount in controversy must exceed $75,000.

Gee … I wonder what would happen if the homeowner showed the caption as:

Joan Demarest and the Registered Holders of Nomura Home Equity Loan, Inc., Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-HE2 … as joint petitioners … with NO defendants listed … and asked for a declaratory judgment ruling on the merits of WHO got screwed in this deal?  Where’s the controversy then?  (you attorneys can chime in here)

In order to have justiciable controversy (the makings of a proper lawsuit that a court can claim jurisdiction to rule on), you have to have a Plaintiff and a Defendant(s).  If you have “joint petitioners” and NO defendants, how can there be a “controversy” if both joint petitioners agree on the same thing?  Despite the fact that the certificate holders are from all over the world, some of them (To Be Determined) may be in the state you’re residing in (State “A”).   If there’s no State “B”, then why list DOES 1-10, inclusive, like this case did?    I actually litigated a case (while out of state) through the mail, with a co-party, as joint petitioners, and got my ruling from a court in Missouri!  Does that surprise you?

Diversity FAILS if … 

  1. There is no amount in controversy (which is what you have in a declaratory relief case, like a cancellation and expungement action (C&E) over a bogus document in the land records; and
  2. You aren’t naming out-of-state defendants until the in-state defendants respond and lock the case up in state court.

Does this make any legal sense to you?

This is part of what we taught in the C&E Workshop in Las Vegas April 6th and 7th. 

America’s land records are a “crime scene”!

MERS’s flawed business model helped make it that way.  Over 80-million homeowners who unknowingly borrowed investor money through securitized mortgages did the rest of the damage.  It was “intentional” on MERS’s part.   It was ‘unintentional” on the homeowners’ part.

Despite the fact you can beat diversity, certain entities will remove the case to federal court anyway, just to F**K with you and your pocketbook!  MERS is one of those entities.

There is a right way and a wrong way to approach this scenario.  What Joan Demarest did in her case was the wrong way.

The “trustee” is a necessary party in Deed of Trust states!

You should know that if you name the trustee in your lawsuit, it’s likely that the trustee is “headquartered” out-of-state.   The trustee (in this case) was declared by the 9th Circuit panel to be a “real party to the controversy for purposes of diversity jurisdiction when he possess certain customary powers to hold, manage, and dispose of assets for the benefit of others”.

This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on May 27, 2016.  You would think that by then, anyone involved in this case could have figured out what the “end result” could be … but NO!  We have attorneys out there that like to use the “shotgun approach” instead of the “sniper approach”.  This is why California Attorney Al West and I put together “The C & E on Steroids!”   It’s a sniper approach to cleaning up the “crime scene”.   If you clean up the “crime scene”, then what evidence is there that a crime occurred?  What evidence is there that a party has standing to foreclose when the intended “consequence” of an assignment is declared void, cancelled and expunged from the land records?

This is why we found instructional appellate case law to support our research and methodology for doing these types of “sniper approach” end game strategies.  Everyone wants an “end game”.  Getting to that point is why people run into trouble having their dirty laundry removed to federal court where it’s likely to get dismissed on a 12(b)(6) motion.  And the foreclosure happens anyway, because “we’re too pissed to think straight!”

Watch the movie “American Sniper”.  Then, liken that mindset to your approach.  Knowing WHEN, WHERE, HOW and WHY you need to “take out” a target makes all the difference in the world.

Look for The C & E on Steroids!, along with the DVD training video kit, available in early May, only on CloudedTitles.com!

Sniper training at your fingertips!

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