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HAWAII SUPREMES TELL U.S. SUPREMES TO PISS OFF … AND OTHER STUFF!

(BREAKING NEWS — OP-ED) — The author of this post does not posit legal advice here.  It’s is food for thought for your own educational value! 

Honolulu … Gary Victor Dubin has done it again!   This time, it’s a rehash of the Reyes-Toledo case “perfected”!

Bank of America, NA v Reyes-Toledo et al, Hi Sup Ct No SCWC-15-0000005 (Oct 9, 2018)

I know it’s a week old case, but it’s worth the commentary because of something the Hawaii Supreme Court basically told the U.S. Supreme Court (who basically came up with their own “plausibility” pleadings scenario when they ruled in Bell Atlantic Corporation v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal.  It basically gave attorneys that represent the banks the opportunity to get 12(b)(6) dismissals of foreclosure cases simply by removing them to federal court and citing the two foregoing cases, which basically … in layman’s terms … requires a pleading to contain facts that are totally “fact”, enough to substantially prove their case.  That also meant (in Hawaii) that their “Notice” pleadings weren’t sufficient.  In the foregoing ruling, the Hawaii Supremes said otherwise!   That is significant for homeowners living in Aloha because the judicial foreclosures commenced there (because Hawaii is a mortgage state) get to review cases that have minimal allegations instead of having to write a non-fictional “book” every time an attorney had to answer or file a complaint to shut down the other side’s foreclosure attack.

In the foregoing instance, the Hawaii Supremes told the Hawaii Appellate Court and the Circuit Court, “You BOTH got it wrong!”

First, understand that the entire merger scenario presented by Bank of America, N.A. is false.  It did NOT happen that way.  Every time Countrywide Home Loans is mentioned (in any form), Bank of America conveniently neglected to mention Red Oak Capital or any other entity involved in the actual acquisition of Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.  That in of itself is false and misrepresentative and Bank of America had to have relied on an Assignment of Mortgage that was “manufactured” to create standing in order to bring its claim in the first place!  Therefore, B of A’s attorneys should be brought up on charges to the Hawaii Bar and either get heavily sanctioned for wasting the Court’s time or face disbarment for committing repeated ethical violations!  Yes, Hawaii does have “Misconduct” as a section in its Rules of Professional Conduct that mirror the ABA’s own set of rules.

Page 3 of this 44-page Ruling clearly cites how the Appellate Court applied the “plausibility” standard set by the U.S. Supreme Court, when in fact, Hawaii has its own set of pleading standards!  Page 4 at Paragraph 2 REJECTS the plausibility standard.  If this doesn’t send a clear message to all of the Circuit Court justices in Hawaii, nothing will.  In fact, this Ruling should be shoved up every one of their asses until they “get it”!  Otherwise, the system of things could see to it that each county in the State of Hawaii “pays dearly” out of its own coffers and each circuit judge is removed from the bench.  This is why we have Appellate Courts (because Circuit Judges do not always, in fact almost always, DON’T DO THE RIGHT THING!) and in this case, the Appellates applied the wrong standard as well.

As to where MERS is concerned … I don’t believe that any Court in the land has been tasked with having MERS and its representatives answer to HOW an agency relationship was established and HOW MERS had any right to transfer a mortgage loan, given the fact that on its own website (owned now by ICE), MERS declares that it has no interest in loans and doesn’t take any monthly payments.  Only one judge in Florida (that I am aware of) did the RIGHT THING in knocking out a servicer’s phony document from the land records because MERS never gave any rights to HSBC Bank USA N.A.!  How then can MERS transfer interests it doesn’t have?  It’s the phony document scam again.  It always has been.  And the banks’ attorneys keep relying on these phony documents to foreclose and no one does the right thing to expose the document for what it is and hold the attorneys liable.

You see, great discovery is like an enema.  It’s supposed to help flush out the shit!   Can I be any more succinct than that?

The problem is, MERS hardly answers any of the discovery propounded against it.  And now that MERS is owned lock, stock and server by the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, how much of a conflict of interest is there in our court systems now?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?  MERS and its counsel seemingly don’t believe they have to answer any of the discovery served upon it.  If it does, it’s with an objection.  Homeowners would rather waste thousands of dollars plying discovery on MERS rather than go after the notary and the executor(s) of the phony document that contains the false representations the bank’s attorneys keep relying on!   It’s no wonder they’re losing!  Sadly, in one particular case I’m personally aware of, an attorney was paid $6,000 (by his client) to take the depositions of a notary and a robosigner that clearly lied on the assignment … and he took the money and spent it and did nothing.  In fact, the attorney didn’t even plead the phony document was phony!  When you have homeowner’s attorneys that can’t or won’t do their jobs properly, you wonder how homeowners are getting wins at all!

Such was the case in Alabama.  The attached case made its way to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jackson v Bank of America NA, 11th App Cir No 16-16685 (Aug 3, 2018)

Needless to say, the attorney for the homeowners in this case is in real trouble!  To my personal knowledge, this is not the first case he’s had that has been mishandled or improperly filed.  (Let’s see what the 11th Circuit does!)

The foregoing represents a sheer waste of homeowner money and resources.  The foregoing represents a delay game gone wrong.  The foregoing represents clear attorney misconduct.  The foregoing represents an opportunity for a federal appellate court to really mete out a severe punishment hefty enough to put the attorney out of business for good without even having to bring him on on State Bar ethical violations!

The irony of the fact that both cases involve Bank of America NA … and they ended up with different results.

The system of things worked superbly in one instance … and clearly failed in the other.  Ah, the “learning curve” we all must face.  At least the Hawaii Supreme Court appears to have its stuff straight!

For those dealing in Bank of America merger issues, it’s all going to be about the assignments and all of the false and misleading statements contained within them!  Chase isn’t much better with its self-dealing assignments.  Sadly, title companies and the U.S. government are all “in bed” with them.  This is what happens when we move away from the truth and the liars are allowed to get away with it.  They get arrogant and believe they can keep doing the same thing over and over again.

History Repeats Itself … get ready for another round of subprime mortgage lending … a New York attorney just sent me the linked article.  Read it and weep.

SUBPRIME MORTGAGE LOANS BACK ON MARKET … 

Listen to Dave Krieger on City Spotlight – Special Edition on WKDW-FM, 97.5 FM, every Friday night at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.  This week, Dave will be discussing the attached article with co-host, R. J. Malloy (retired attorney and former Clerk to a U.S. District Court judge), along with Jacob Gil regarding Florida’s Amendment 2 campaign.  If attorneys and judges are listening to Dave’s show, you should too!  In fact, over 7,000 listeners dial us up every week on kdwradio.com from all over the globe!  Knowledge is power!

 

 

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RISK MANAGEMENT TAKES SO MANY FORMS

(OP-ED) — The author of this post is a consultant to attorneys on matters involving chain of title, foreclosure matters and matters involving in “the system of things”.  None of  what you’re reading here is anything but common sense, not legal or financial advice … and a matter of fact explanation about how one manages risk!

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY IN A LITIGIOUS SOCIETY

If “the system of things” teaches us anything, it would be what the legal costs would be for having to defend a professional negligence suit … anywhere from $66,000 to $250,000.  If you have to retain an expert witness to testify on your behalf, fees could run has high as $10,000 … all this over about a two-year period.  That’s two years of hell for anyone.

A lot of these attorneys representing the banks think just because their firm has E&O insurance, they have nothing to worry about.”   That’s what they think.

Again, we think of professional liability carriers and wonder what exactly is covered under such an event as described above.  Professional liability insurance places the law firm under a microscope.  Insurance companies are by nature risk averse and so they’d be reluctant to insure anyone with a propensity to commit statutory or ethical behavior on an ongoing basis for which the insurance carrier would have to pay a damage claim for harm caused by the attorney.

Remember in previous posts, I mentioned how insurance companies became so filthy, stinking rich?   They avoid paying claims on cases at all costs.  They invest in things that will bring them a maximum rate of return and shelter their profits inside of real estate and other wealth-building mechanisms.  But they will look to shave off dollars paid out in damage claims by settling for a lesser amount to keep more of what they make.  I don’t mean to irritate you with more “facts”, but that’s the nature of the beast.  This is why I wrote the ten-part series on “Gutting the Underbelly of the Beast”.   Professional liability insurance, of which errors and omissions falls under, is there to help manage risk.

IT’S TOO BAD HOMEOWNERS IN THE NEW MILLENNIA WEREN’T RISK AVERSE 

If homeowners (as borrowers) would have taken that to heart long ago, we wouldn’t be in such a mess nationally.  The rate of foreclosures wouldn’t have been so damned high.

It’s sad that we’ve been so conditioned to want everything “sooner than later” and “more of it than less of it”.  We’ve been programmed to have feelings of “entitlement” … to reward ourselves handsomely for a job well done.  Hell, even Presidents of the United States have gone on TV and told us that we deserve the American Dream at a time when credit was plentiful and anyone could virtually buy the home of their dreams.  With the Glass-Steagall Act being repealed, the banks became sponsor-sellers, the MERS® System took root and the end result was bad banking behavior which fueled the 2008 crash.   It fascinates me that Wall Street would assume so much risk without first figuring out how to manage it.  I’m talking about mortgage loans, student loans, car loans, payday loans, installment loans to buy appliances … and we’re not even touching credit card debt yet. Much of this debt has been securitized.

Student loan debt has now replaced mortgage debt as the number one crisis in America!   Student loan debt collectors have become more unscrupulous in dealing with consumers.  Baby boomers over 60 years of age are financially liable for $66.7-billion worth of student loan debt (whether co-signed or originally taken out to finance their own education).

I used to clean up people’s credit for a living.  My success rate was 85% in removing negative trade line items from people’s credit reports.  I decided to write a book about it: The Credit Restoration Primer.  It was the first of many books that explained how the credit system works and how credit bureaus are governed by law to make sure your credit reports are accurate.

WHAT WE LEARNED IN PRINCIPAL ISN’T PRACTICAL

Mom and Dad always told me that if you want something bad enough, you save up and pay cash for it.  Right?  Radio talk show host Dave Ramsey promotes debt-free living.

But wait!  The world won’t wait for me to save up for a house!  Right?

By the time I save up enough money to pay cash for a house, prices would be so inflated I couldn’t afford to pay cash.  Plus, I’ll be a retiring. (the afterthought)

Once health issues set in, it will be too late to take care of a home. It wouldn’t be advantageous to pay cash for a house in the future while I’m throwing away money on rent (paying someone else’s mortgage) while trying to save on my own terms just because mom and dad told me to avoid debt whenever possible. (just looking at semi-rational scenarios)

But wait!  Mom and Dad worked like slaves to put food on the table and seemed to be doing okay.  Or did they?   Look at their outcomes.  Work for the Company Man.  Get a gold watch. Get a kick in the ass (out the door, to old to work when we can find younger people to replace you at less cost) and then retire, get sick and die.   The “get sick” part is where the family again struggles to make ends meet while coping with huge medical bills because of lack of health insurance or high deductibles.

We’ve taken from what we’ve learned and decided that based on current data, we’d be better off in debt.  How crazy is that?  The banks and credit card companies would just love it if you got yourself in head over heels in debt.  They’re rich and you’re broke.  Yes, you may have “stuff”, but you’re broke!

BECOMING RISK AVERSE IN A SOCIETY THAT PROMOTES DEBT

Whether you like it or not, the Age of Entitlement is upon us.  We have nice things because we want them, no matter the risk in obtaining them.  We cannot become financially successful without a plan.  Then again, there are some that are just happy being able to make ends meet.  But it’s never enough, is it?  You always want what your parents had and then some.

The media is guilty of putting ideas in your head.  Ideas that promote debt. We allow it to permeate our thought processes because it expands our comfort zones and makes us feel better.  We have become programmed to make bad decisions because we “want it now, not later”.  Lacking legal and financial education seems to have been a deliberate thing, despite the fact the government keeps telling us it’s budgeted money to educate us in certain financial matters (like the money appropriated for “education” under the new Fair Credit Amendments Act in 2003). Where was that “education”?  I sure didn’t see any of it.

Why didn’t they teach “Checkbook 101”, “Mortgage 101” or “Student Loan 101” in high school?   I personally didn’t learn too much in civics class.   Maybe my teacher really didn’t give a shit whether I learned anything or not.  In high school, it’s all about the annual test scores and nothing else.

In the land of plenty, why are so many people starving?  Why are there still homeless people?  Have our principles simply been ignored?

Being homeless or without food presents a personal safety risk.  Thus, the government steps in and has the answer: Welfare, Section 8  housing, homeless shelters and food stamps!

But wait!  You have to fill out a form, giving Uncle Sam all of whatever personal information you can give, so the government can build a database with you in it.

The ideas that run through your head when it comes to food, water and shelter involve risk management (believe it or not).  If you can’t plan for a rainy day, why take the risk?  There’s always welfare.  Someone has to pay for it.  Let’s all have a pity party while we figure out who.

We have a government that writes checks its body can’t cash.  Our national debt is into the trillions.  Every time a new budget gets passed, a huge chunk of it is “pork”, so politicians will keep getting re-elected to keep the special interest groups that got the “pork” benefits happy.  This is the Congress that is bought and paid for by lobbyists, like those who work for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Our government has set such a wonderful example for us, hasn’t it?  Congress can’t balance its own budget, so why should we?

Spending makes us feel better. People get all emotional over colors, floor plans and styles, they forget practicality and price. To top that off, many buy over budget because they think they can afford it.  Prior to the 2008 crash, people took out risky loans, most of whom could never repay them. Many folks allowed the lenders to inflate their earnings so they could buy more home, which was a great disservice.  I’m not saying it’s all the homeowner’s fault.  The lenders played right into the game, offering predatory loans which were risky in an already unstable, credit-saturated market.  The teaser rate was merely a game played by unscrupulous lenders on uninformed borrowers who wanted their piece of the American Dream, only to find themselves on the street years later.  Our government promoted all of this and America bought into it.  Congress repealed Glass-Steagall through the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. It was a bipartisan effort.  No one but the banks knew how they were going to use securitization to “rig” the economy.  Notice how the government hasn’t put any of them in jail?  Our executive branch is supposed to enforce the laws that Congress makes.  Why did we forget that?  Why wasn’t that drummed into our heads in high school?

Do we chalk up our current system of behaviors due to lack of knowledge?  It’s no wonder insurance companies are rich.  They avoid risk.   Why aren’t we doing that?

CERTAIN WAYS TO AVOID RISK (MY PARTIAL LIST … TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH): 

(1) Research your planned purchases BEFORE you spend money!  See if you can get products that are either more durable or have a longer shelf life.  America has been so conditioned to mass produced products we’ve become a “throw away nation”.  We’re already seeing difficulty in America in disposing of trash.  Spending a little extra for something that has a longer warranty or shelf life is more prudent in the long run. If you have to use credit to buy that item, make sure it fits within your budget and have a time frame set in your mind (and on paper) on when you intend on paying it off.

(2) Investigate all insurance policies BEFORE you invest … and don’t over insure!  Compare policies.  The last policy I got didn’t cover that much in computer replacement in case of a lightning strike, so I upgraded my policy for $204 more to cover replacement of ALL my computers in my home.  Sometimes, not having ENOUGH insurance puts you at risk … and, in the alternative … sit down and total up all of your policies’ annual premiums.  If you’re paying more than 10% of your income on insurance, you’ve bought too much in policy benefits (or you bought a policy that doesn’t fit your current needs).  It’s like buying whole life insurance policy when pure term is cheaper and you can gage your financial position based on your age and what your current needs are and not get killed financially by changing face value amounts.  Having insurance is part of managing risk.  When homeowners default on their loans, hazard insurance is the first thing that gets cancelled for non-payment of premium.  This is why I pay annually.  It’s cheaper and you have a definitive date to plan for, so your risk is calculated.  General liability insurance on the average runs $350 a year!  If you’re going to protect yourself against high-risk situations, it’s a good thing to have.  I’m not a big fan of homeowners’ indemnity policies.  They essentially insure nothing and with MERS around, shit happens.  There’s nothing like buying a piece of real estate with a tainted MERS mortgage somewhere in the chain of title.  You never know what the future holds if your home’s fate is in the hands of some unknown REMIC.

(3) Avoid impulse spending!  I go shopping just to see how informed the clerks are.  I will rarely buy anything unless I absolutely need it.  This type of buying is especially true in grocery stores.  Why do you think they have food samples for you to try?  To get you to buy extra!  If you have a frustrating time buying groceries and stretching your family’s budget at the grocery store, you have no business going out to eat (because you’re frustrated with high grocery prices) and you’ve probably succumbed to the grocery chain’s slick marketing campaigns.  The stuff they WANT YOU to spend extra on is always in the middle of the aisle or on the end caps.  If you have to take your kids shopping with you, make them go into the check-out lane BEFORE YOU and make them watch the clerk load the cart to make sure nothing you bought was missed.  That way, you give them something responsible to do and they’re not basking at the candy racks at the checkout counter and bugging you with “I want! I want! I want!” overtures.  Hey!  They learned this conditioning on television.  It’s called cartoons (advertising targeted at children in between the cartoon segments).

(4) Plan your educational expenditures by properly planning your career move! Many folks went to college and majored in stuff that had no career future.  They went to school and took classes they liked and spent a fortune (in student loan money) over-educating themselves in foolish majors (like forestry or liberal arts, for example).  It’s one thing to double major in horticulture and business if you’re going to manage a food production facility (like a farm, poultry or egg production or similar skill set) or work for a Fortune 500 company with a guaranteed paycheck.  But wait!  There are risks there too!

First, there is no guarantee that you’re not replaceable!  The first time you make a sexist remark in the workplace, you’ll be labeled a target of some political movement that is responsible for polarizing America.  You’ll be shamed.  This is what you have to look forward to in the national workplace now.  Everyone’s got a political opinion. Everyone’s got Twitter.  Everyone’s got Facebook.  Everyone’s got Instagram. Ask Anthony Weiner (who’s getting out of jail soon) what the consequences are of putting sexually explicit pictures on your phone and sending them to someone.

Second, if you’re nearing retirement age, but have great experience factored into your work history, you can bet the company will be looking for someone younger with much less experience that they can pay less of a salary to.  This posits a risk in this day and age.

Third, there are unplanned illnesses.  You know your body better than your doctor does.  If you have health issues, get them fixed FIRST before embarking down the path to a new career.

(5) If you have to retrain to get out of being unemployed or underemployed just to stay afloat … research self-employment FIRST … then the skilled trades! 

Anything involving food, water, shelter and personal welfare (medicine, nursing assistant, dental assistant) are the BEST career moves NOW.  I know for a fact that my kids are not like me.  They do not have the discipline to be self-employed like I am. I always told my kids to work off the “trade side” and go to a short-term facility that offers grants more than student loans.  In the alternative, attempt to get a job in a trade that is willing to train you while you work (OJT).  True, it doesn’t pay much but the gains from improving your learning curve far outweigh the temporary disadvantages. If you’re going to have to take out a student loan, put a limit on what you’re willing to borrow.  The average student loan debt in America at present is $30,000!  That means, if you can stay at the lower end of that curve, say, $10-15,000, you’ll pay it off in less time.  But you’d better have a job lined up (or at least research enough to know there will be a job in that career path for you) when you graduate.   Paralegal certificates are easier to get these days and there are certain parts of the legal field where jobs are plentiful for lower-echelon workers.

Again, I like self-employment better.  I can work from home and be a consultant when I want.  I can do seminars when I want … or not.  I can work as much as I want or as little as I want.  Every day however, I’m up by 6 a.m. doing research for an hour or so!  Old habits die hard.

I had fun as a mobile DJ.  I made good money too and didn’t have to spend a fortune on equipment.  I rented someone else’s gear first.  When I got enough to buy my own gear, I continued to rent the gear for another DJ to use and over time, I was able to put 28 DJ’s to work and make damned near a six-figure income! That was in 1983.  Imagine what self-employment could do for you and research all of the possibilities.  In some trades or skills, you can rent what you need before you have to make a commitment to purchase stuff.

Avoid franchises!  I know … they look attractive, but there’s a hefty price tag and a huge commitment to follow their schools of thought, whether they work or not.  This is why they put ads in entrepreneurial magazines, to snag the ignorant who are attracted by their teasers.  If you don’t have a couple of million bucks lying around, you’re not going to be able to get into a McDonald’s franchise or a Hooters franchise or any other franchise you think is sexy or at best attractive.  A lot of people like to compete with Starbucks and open coffee shops or coffee carts.  Not a bad living.  Any kind of food cart is a cheap date, but you’ll face local licensing issues and potential consumer issues (conflicts on the street, hold-ups, shoplifters, etc.).

My mom had her own news stand inside the Rochester Gas & Electric building for a number of years before she passed.  It was a safe environment (there was a security guard in the lobby near where her stand was set up, inside a rented nook in the lobby) and she made a modest living and did well despite renting a studio apartment (unfortunately, she never had the opportunity to own a home).  She never got a college degree.  Back then, you just applied yourself.  But the work ethic has changed and so has the marketplace we live and work in. People seemingly care less about the end result (doing a good business) so long as they get a benefit from it (a paycheck with no commitments).

Self-employment is the “new shit”!  Set up an LLC or a full C-Corp. I don’t know if you knew this or not, but the IRS audits full corporations and LLCs less than self-employed sole proprietors.  LLC’s (I’m told by several credible CPAs) get up to 75 deductions a year, while sole proprietorships only get 35 deductions annually.  Full C-Corps get up to 350 deductions per year!  Put your personal property and your homestead into separate trusts as part of asset protection to guard your investments.  Being a consultant or an investor is NOT a bad thing, especially with the right training.  I spend a ton of time researching other people’s careers to determine their longevity.  I can look at a credit report and tell a lot about the consumer (how leveraged they are).  They may have a great cash flow and credit that sucks.  That tells a lot about how they manage risk (0r don’t).  When you can get to the point of investing in other people’s projects (with them doing all the work), then you’re really on top of your game!

(6) Learn to construct a financial statement!  There are FREE classes both online and offered by community colleges and libraries that will teach you how!  Once you know HOW to build a financial statement, you can then figure out what kind of a budget makes you more attractive to expand your horizons. It takes less than a day out of your schedule to learn how.

(7) Do NOT buy vacant land unless you intend on a pre-planned build job! There’s nothing worse than buying a vacant lot (and overpaying for it) only to find that you’re about to get hit with high sewer assessments or increased property taxes due to an unforeseen annexation.  Don’t buy land in flood plains!  I don’t care how glamorous the lot is.  If you’re going to buy, buy in secure areas with a home-building plan.   I actually acquired a 3/4-acre tract and put a used mobile home on it from a lot I bought through the Texas Veterans Land Board for $75 down and made payments on both until the timing was right to sell the 12-acre parcel.  I ended up with a $222 a month land payment and a paid off mobile home, which I fixed up and later made a $27,000 profit selling it.  In the process of selling the 12-acre lot, which was soon to be adjacent to a major toll road, I paid off $35,000 worth of debt!  Being mortgage free is wonderful.  I wish everyone in America could experience it.

Land purchases are great if you have a definite plan to build.  Getting suckered into development purchases is penny-wise and pound-foolish!  Avoid HOAs!  Research chain of title to make sure there’s no restrictions on the lot you’re going to buy and that the title is clean.  If you can buy 5+ acres, owner financed, even better.  You can put a used mobile home on it and build as you go.  A lot of people are doing that these days.  I would do it again if I had to (in a heartbeat)!  You can put in a garden, a well and eventually solar panels … and live off the grid.

AVOID buying second or vacation homes! I know this goes against the grain of you overachievers out there that think you deserve everything. Part of the problem is, second homes or vacation homes is nothing but an equity builder and equity is “fake” until realized.  Many people rent out their second homes but with this creativity comes more legal restrictions. I just don’t like tying up money you could use to really build wealth owning a business.  If you’re going to plan your career, look at self-employment and design your home purchase in an area as your principal residence that doesn’t have to support your business in order for it to survive.  Truck farming is another creative way to stay “under the radar”, eat well and have plenty of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables left over for bartering.  Farm organic (but don’t advertise it … it raises an FDA red flag and subjects you to scrutiny). I’ll write another book about “being invisible” at some point.

From the investor’s perspective, forget the idea of a second home or a vacation home.  Build a rental income portfolio by investing in distressed properties that you can rent out and make a decent return, while making the bank payments.  There are people with money that have crappy credit, so option payment financing puts instant cash in your pocket you can use to buy another property or fix up your own place or pay down debt!

I know a couple that started out with a mobile home on 8 acres. They originally purchased a mobile home.  They put up a garage and pens and she got her veterinary assistant’s certificate (short term skill training) and got a business license to open up a kennel.  They eventually managed to build their mortgage-free home from scratch.  Yes, it took time, but the rewards were realized in the profits they made from their home-based business!  Ah, the peace and quiet of country living along with the security of knowing you’ll have lots of barking dogs to warn you of unwanted intruders!  I know that a lot of you aren’t cut out for that kind of work, so I posit this as a creative example of “putting your mind to something” to have a working investment.  Credit card companies are throwing credit card applications at these folks because they have cash flow.  They are credit resistant though, because they’ve budgeted and saved for a rainy day, mixing old school principals in today’s modern times.

(8) Say “NO!” to MERS mortgages!  Getting a loan that you know is going to be securitized is crazy because with the digital age, you’re putting your whole future at risk.  Your chain of title is going to ride on someone else’s say-so! You don’t want an electronic database involved in your life any more than you’d want your mother-in-law calling every other minute to query where you’re spending your next dime!

(9) Bank with public banks and credit unions!  Only go with banks that portfolio their loans (meaning they hold the loan in their own vault) and don’t sell them to any entity outside of their own bank!  If the bank is a member/subscriber of MERS, go somewhere else.  You don’t need to support these mega corporations any longer!  Generally, the credit unions give you savings accounts and additional protections that the mega-banks take for granted (when they’re taking YOU for granted).  AND … DO keep cash on hand.  I recommend at least $500 for every person in your household.

(10) Consolidate and pay down on credit cards!   Close the ones you hardly use, have high interest rates or hit you with annual fees.  Unless there’s a real purpose for having a department store credit card … those cards should be the FIRST cards you get rid of!  All your other plastic will work in those stores.  I take issue with these low-dollar credit campaigns like Macy’s and JCPenney’s do as a means to get customers. It’s not worth the hassle of applying for a $300 credit limit just to get a deal on buying one item or saving money on your initial purchase.  You’ll have an inquiry on your credit report, which could bring down your overall credit score.  It’s too easy to forget paying on cards with really low balances, which could jack up your credit score when you least expect it. I find keeping a credit card available for travel or emergencies is the most prudent, don’t you?

TEN WAYS TO “CLOCK” YOUR OPPONENTS UP SIDE THE HEAD! 

Read the 10-part series on this blog: “Gutting the Underbelly of the Beast”!

That way, you’ll learn how “the other side” manages risk.

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GUTTING THE UNDERBELLY OF THE BEAST – PART 2

(OP-ED, first posted: August 29, 2018) —

The writer of this post is a paralegal and consultant to attorneys on matters involving chain of title, foreclosures and document manufacturing.  The opinions expressed herein are that of the writer’s only and do not constitute legal or financial advice. 

It is hard to say how much we spend on the average for insurance coverage for a wide and varied range of issues.  I personally spend over $7,000 a year on insurance and I’m sure that others spend well more than that.   My CPA’s tell me that what you spend on ALL insurance is supposed to equal roughly 10% of your estimated gross income.  If you’re spending more than that, something might be amiss with your personal financial planning.

As a business, basic liability insurance for a small business like mine consulting firm runs about $350 a year.  I am sure that other larger firms are then paying into the tens of thousands for insurance coverage depending on their liability, which is based on risk assessment.  Remember, insurance companies are risk averse, which means they shy away from companies that might posit high-risk behaviors.  The insurance companies are in business to make money, not spend it paying claims on damages based on the imputed negligence of their insureds.  Insurance companies buy office buildings and other large real estate holdings because they can make a guaranteed income with a full list of tenants paying every month (as an example). Insurance companies ARE the financial guarantee (in large part) guaranteeing “right behavior” of their insureds.

WHERE THE COUNTIES FIT IN … 

Counties take in annual property taxes from every property owner registered within their databases, based on assessments of market values and mill levies (dollars per thousand times the estimated assessed value of the property).  By law, the counties are always in first lien position, because residency is a jurisdictional issue that was legally addressed by state legislatures long before mortgage liens were.  The law makes it easy for a county, over time, to take property away from those who refuse to pay taxes when they become due, whether ad valorem, non-ad valorem or special assessment in nature. Those of you who think you can put property back into the state of allodial title to avoid paying taxes can stop reading now. Those days are seriously OVER and you will lose.

Most counties are self-insured.  A lot of the pool of money that the counties rely on for self insurance purposes come from property taxes and go into a general fund.  Most counties (the larger ones in population) have Risk Managers.  Smaller counties generally employ County Executives, which do principally the same thing: damage control.  Counties generally enjoy sovereign immunity.  There is plenty of case law to back that up.  Sovereign immunity, by definition, is a judicial doctrine that prevents the government or its political subdivisions, departments, and agencies from being sued without its consent. The doctrine stems from the ancient English principle that the monarch (or king) can do no wrong.  Ahhhh … but we all know on occasion the “king, or the king’s men … DO WRONG”!  Sadly, many of them have gotten away with it.

Counties are sued generally (as you will read about if you did your research like I did before writing Beyond End Game Strategies) for the acts of persons employed by the county.  Let’s say someone who works for the county is driving along and runs a red light and slams into your vehicle in an intersection.  Believe it or not, THIS type of suit against counties is more predominant than what I’m going to address in this and future articles.  Or a child falls into a public swimming pool and drowns because there was no lifeguard around to save him because the lifeguard was off making time with the female pool staff.  This could be construed as simple negligence, for which the county could be liable.

ATTORNEYS CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR MALPRACTICE … BOTH OF THEM!

“Imagine if you will” (to quote the late Rod Serling, or “submitted for your approval”) … going after an attorney for malpractice.  Here’s one article posted on Lexology® you’ll probably want to read as a “concept piece”: Tripartite Relationship: Insurers suing panel counsel lawyers – lexology

I covered the foregoing on my recent radio show on WKDW-FM, 97.5, North Port, FL, streaming live at kdwradio.com.  You can hear it this Friday night (Aug. 31) at 6 pm EDT!  Click LISTEN NOW and wait for the program to start.

The substance of this is based on negligence (negligent behavior).  Now, imagine this being applied to foreclosure defense attorneys who fail to perform as expected (and required).  Imagine further going after the other side’s attorney for bringing a false and misrepresentative document into a foreclosure case, relying on it and making similarly subjective, misrepresentative statements in open court, allowing the court to step all over your rights in handing your property over to the bank’s mortgage loan servicer.  Why isn’t your attorney paying attention to the false and misrepresentative information on the assignments when this is the “keys to the kingdom”?   If your attorney has knowledge about the falsity of such a document, he is bound by the Professional Code of Conduct to report it.  Have you ever heard of an attorney that has done this?   I’ll let you answer that question yourself because I can’t think of one.

When a complaint is filed with the State Bar (of any state), they supposedly have a duty to examine the complaint for its legitimacy.  THIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO AS A PRO SE LITIGANT!  YOU ARE NOT A BAR-LICENSED ATTORNEY!  YOU HAVE NO CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT YOU HAVE TO ANSWER TO OR FOLLOW!

Subsequent to filing a claim with the State Bar, the E & O policy of the attorney and his law firm is researched and located and contacted.  Either a claim will be paid out upon the formal filing of a complaint or in the alternative, claims for attorney representation in front of the state bar could be denied, which means the attorney “is bleeding green”.   This is “the system of things” operating in reverse because here … you weren’t paid a benefit, but the attorney was denied a benefit, which was a detriment to him.  If the insurance company is allowed to sue to recoup what it has paid out in damages, then they’ll go after the law firm, etc. and make them “bleed green” … this is assuming you suffered a damage (post-foreclosure judgment, loss of home, loss of equity).  Once a judgment is obtained, a Motion to Vacate is the only thing that sets the stage for any subsequent action.  YOU CANNOT DO THIS YOURSELF!   YOU ARE NOT DEFENDING A TRAFFIC TICKET HERE!  PRO SE LITIGANTS WILL END UP LOSING THEIR HOME, IN JAIL OR THE SUBJECT OF A HEFTY FINE, OR BOTH!  You did not learn any of this in civics class!  They don’t teach this stuff in high school OR college for a reason.  They don’t want you to know “the system of things” and how it works.

LIABILITY … AND WHY THE BANKS ARE NOT EAGER TO TRANSFER TITLE ON FORECLOSED HOMES … 

Let’s take the case of the 2-year-old toddler who accompanied his parents into their new (resale) home in Tampa, Florida.   The home they just acquired was situated next to a foreclosed home.  There were clearly signs in the windows denoting that the property had been foreclosed on or was about to be.  Like most busy parents in the middle of unloading a moving truck, they lost track of the toddler.  They found him floating face down in the pool of the foreclosed home, which was not covered up properly, and efforts to revive him failed.  Of course, despite the foreclosure on the property, the bank claimed it wasn’t liable because the homeowner’s name was still on title and he was required to pay for insurance and bore all of the responsibility for anything happening on the property.   Sadly, this happens a lot (as to the lack of title transfer) with foreclosures, until the banks find a bona fide purchaser.  So in my mind, the homeowner, despite the fact he’s vacated the premises, he’s still liable.  If the hazard insurance, which covers personal liability, isn’t maintained or isn’t in place at all because of a lapse in coverage, the homeowner then becomes solely and financially liable to the parents of the deceased child.  This is why banks won’t transfer title right away after seizing a property.   In fact, in California, you aren’t even buying the property in foreclosure!  You’re buying the lien!  How many of you know that?  This would make Trustee’s Deeds a complete sham!  Why isn’t anyone attacking the validity of Trustee’s Deeds based on California law?   Lack of knowledge, I suspect.  Those of you reading this for the first time wouldn’t have a clue as to where to turn to next, so don’t even try.

Title companies are also risk averse and won’t allow transfer until things are “buttoned up” … or so we’ve been told.  This is where more illicit document manufacturing occurs.  But it gets even better because licensed operators (attorneys, law firms, notaries, debt collectors, insurance companies, title companies) are all responsible to a higher authority!  Stay tuned!

 

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THINKING OF PLEADING TILA? THINK TWICE!

BREAKING NEWS — OP-ED — 

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has just affirmed the U.S. District Court’s decision (for the District of Minnesota) on the Jesinoksi case once and for all.

Why am I not surprised? 

See the Opinion here: Jesinoski v Countrywide Home Loans Inc et al, 8th App Cir No 16-3385 (Feb 28, 2018)

It did not fare well for the Jesinoksis TILA claims, which were narrowly ruled upon by the U.S. Supreme Court and sent back down to the U.S. District Court for further determination.

There are a lot of folks out there who are caught up in mortgage loans of their own making, now realizing that they “coulda, shoulda, woulda” when it came to disputing whether or not the lender of their mortgage complied with all of the regulations in the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA).  The facts of the case are pretty much self-explanatory, but very narrow in interpretation, so I’m not going to belabor the point by regurgitating the pain of explaining it again.

If you’re going to plead TILA, read this case first and realize what the court accepted and what it didn’t.  If you didn’t comply with ALL of the requirements of TILA, you will find yourself in the same boat as the Jesinoskis.  I hate to make an example of them, but as the result of this case, a lot of wannabe paralegals and attorneys have fleeced homeowners for money, claiming they can help them file a TILA case on their behalf, only to find themselves in more legal hot water than they bargained for.

First, TILA is a federal regulation.  That means it has to be litigated in federal court, where judges are bound by this decision.

If your attorney has never successfully litigated a TILA claim, then why did you choose that attorney?

Filing a rescission does NOT mean you get a FREE HOUSE!  I don’t give a damn what these well-meaning “pro se paralegals” tell you.  If someone makes that assertion, run like hell in the opposite direction!  With TILA cases, there are strings attached … and because there is a mortgage loan involved and the homeowner inured to the benefit of that loan, then there will be hell to pay when the homeowner has to solely rely on TILA claims instead of looking for real “red meat”, like the fact that the loan started out with America’s Wholesale Lender (“AWL”), which Bank of America, N.A. claims is its subsidiary, when in fact, there is no recorded proof in the New York Secretary of State’s office that indicates that AWL was a “New York Corporation” at the time it allegedly made the Jesinoski’s loan.  The focus of the Jesinoski Complaint was that they did not receive the required number of TILA-related copies, which the Court found to be inaccurate.  If this is the best one can do … not getting the right number of copies … (I’m shaking my head now) … this just set precedent as well as a learning curve for others.  It appears that a non-existent New York Corporation (vis a vis the lying bastards and thieves at Bank of America, N.A.) just stole the Jesinoski’s home and no one even bothered to contest whether AWL was actually a legitimate entity at the time the loan was executed.  Of course, MERS and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. were involved.  Both Delaware corporations were involved in ALL AWL TRANSACTIONS!  The whole thing was a sham based on a sham corporation.

Don’t believe me?  Look here: US Bank v Dimant_2013-CA-001130

When you don’t look at the whole picture, this is what happens to you.  Learn from the Jesinoski’s mistakes.  Federal judges are NOT big fans of American homeowners!  Do your research before jumping in with both feet.

This was a very expensive case to litigate all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court and back.

It started at the U.S. District Court level (the District of Minnesota, a Torrens State, which does NOT favor homeowners and loves MERS).  The State of Minnesota enacted the “MERS Statute”.  And you want to live there?  Seriously?  This should have been an indication that in Minnesota, you either pay your mortgage or you’re homeless … or you move elsewhere.  If MERS is in your chain of title, it doesn’t matter about Torrens issues, your title in Minnesota is still shit!

Then it went to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled against the Jesinoskis, who then appealed it to the U.S. Supreme Court, who narrowly ruled on the law and sent it back down to the U.S. District Court, who correctly determined that the Jesinoskis were incorrect in their assumption of the TILA regulations.  They then appealed THAT ruling to the 8th Circuit again, which affirmed the lower court and now the rest is history.  Unless the Jesinoskis attack the real culprit, the phony AWL New York Corporation, they might as well pack their things and find a new place to live.

Don’t let this be YOUR “hard lesson”.

Listen to Dave Krieger, Clouded Titles author, on WKDW-FM, 97.5, North Port, Florida, Friday Night at 6:00 p.m. EST on City Spotlight, Special Edition (with co-host R.J. Malloy, retired attorney and former Clerk to a U.S. District Court judge), streaming live on kdwradio.com.  Click “LISTEN LIVE” to join the broadcast.  Dave will be talking about a variety of consumer-related issues, including this one!

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DESPERATE TIMES MAY CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES

OP-ED (UPDATE)

The author of this post is a paralegal and consultant to attorneys in real property and foreclosure matters. Any information or suggestions proffered on this blog are not to be construed as legal advice, nor to they impliedly guarantee any legal outcome or attempt to draw any conclusions of law.  

This Friday night’s radio show on WKDW-FM (97.5 mHz) in North Port, Florida (streaming live on kdwradio.com), November 2nd, 6:00 p.m. EDT, promises to be one of the most informative programs you will hear me broadcast to date on my weekly City Spotlight – Special Edition segments.  It talks about what to do in the face of despair in buying a home after you’ve suffered through financial setbacks and foreclosures.  All of you blog post readers get to have a sneak peek at some of what I’ll be discussing on the show:

After I get done talking about all of the attorney and judicial misconduct, I’m going to cover the following …

Okay, so your credit is screwed up, now what?

First, I will be discussing the setbacks (foreclosures, short sales, deeds in lieu and credit restoration) that a large number of homeowners have faced or are facing.  There are several avenues you can take to correct these setbacks; however, like anything else, they take time … time you might not have.

Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuits are on the rise!

Hear all of the latest statistics over the past year to date and why! I’ll even cover part of your attack plan …

The Nuclear Option

Many homeowners have opted to take the bankruptcy route.  Not to forget those who thought it was a humiliating experience, you should learn from our Commander-in-Chief, who has companies that have filed bankruptcy on numerous occasions to restructure themselves and are still operating!   I’ll discuss bankruptcy pros and cons (the way the banks think) in some detail, including Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings and how they can work to your benefit … without you even being at risk of having your credit rating tainted or having to come up with gobs of money to play the game!  

Getting back on your feet … 

You would think that many homeowners would have learned through their dilemma how NOT to make the same mistake again.  Surprisingly, many homeowners keep repeating the same mistakes again and again, out of desperation.  I’ll be discussing what the industry considers your opportunity for a “bounce back” … for which I’m providing you with a chart:

Those of you listening to the show can follow along on this chart as I explain it in detail. 

Alternative methods for gaining control of your life … 

Are you suffering from the “Titanic Syndrome”?   Rather than struggle, why not look at your options.  I’ll discuss those “alternative” scenarios in a little more detail on the show!

Sorry … you’ll have to tune in to get the rest of the info, because no one likes reading huge blog posts (apparently).  Click on the above internet link and then click LISTEN LIVE!

This coming Friday night at 6:00 p.m. … join me for City Spotlight – Special Edition (as I always do every Friday night) with guest R. J. Malloy, retired attorney and former clerk to a U.S. District Court judge!  The stuff you’ll hear on this show you won’t hear anywhere else.

Know that on November 2, 2017 … not only is it mass education … I am going to rip the banking industry (and the ever-complicit Big Brother … you know who, the system that’s complicit with the banks!) a new asshole on City Spotlight – Special Edition!

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