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What You Didn’t Hear About the Fiscal Cliff Vote – Mortgage Debt Relief

January 4th, 2013 · No Comments · California Lending & Mortgage Law, Current Affairs, Foreclosures, Residential Real Estate, Trust Deeds

By Julia M. Wei, Esq. Buried in the New Year’s Day bill was SEC. 202, which extended the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Relief Act through 2013. Except, the section was cryptically called “EXTENSION OF EXCLUSION FROM GROSS INCOME OF DISCHARGE OF QUALIFIED PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE INDEBTEDNESS.” That means for homeowners who were approved for short sales or [...]

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California Passes “Homeowner Bill of Rights” Legislation

July 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · California Lending & Mortgage Law, Current Affairs, Foreclosures, Residential Real Estate, Trust Deeds

 With much fanfare, the Attorney General’s office announced today the passage of a collection of bills intended to protect homeowners who are attempting a loan modification.   Among the key provisions, the statutes will: -Require creditors to provide documentation to a borrower that establishes the creditor’s right to foreclose on real property prior to recording [...]

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California Attorney General Sues “Mass Action” Lawyers

August 23rd, 2011 · 3 Comments · California Lending & Mortgage Law, Current Affairs, Foreclosure Defense Lawsuits, Foreclosures

 It’s bad enough when people are dealing with their underwater properties, but to then have attorneys tell them to join these “mass action” lawsuits like it’s a silver bullet to stop the foreclosure sale is egregious.  Apparently, the Attorney General thought so too and she sued them and the law firms have been placed into [...]

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Lenders Behaving Badly – A New Twist

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments · California Lending & Mortgage Law, Current Affairs

By: Julia M. Wei, Esq. The Ninth Circuit ruled on the case of Wes Johnson v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. dba America’s Servicing company yesterday (Case No. 09-15937) and while the bulk of the ruling was really dealing with procedural issues related to arbitration, the facts themselves were rather fascinating (at least to me). [...]

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SETTING ASIDE A FORECLOSURE SALE IN CALIFORNIA – An Uphill Battle for Borrowers

January 6th, 2011 · 13 Comments · California Lending & Mortgage Law, Creditor's Rights in Bankruptcy, Current Affairs, Foreclosure Defense Lawsuits, Foreclosures, Mortgage Fraud, Trust Deeds

By: Julia M. Wei, Esq. Dear Readers – Happy New Year! This marks my 100th post. I am still frequently getting calls from borrowers who say they have read my blog and have questions about challenging a foreclosure. I am not totally convinced they read my blog because I often say that I work for [...]

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FTC Cracks Down on Loan Mod Scammers

December 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · California Lending & Mortgage Law, Current Affairs, Foreclosures, Trust Deeds

The FTC announced last week that starting January 31, 2011, it would proceed against any firm that collects upfront fees without obtaining the required written proposals at no charge from lenders. If a firm charges anything or collects money in advance, it will be in violation of federal law and subject to harsh civil penalties. [...]

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When Lender Collection Goes Too Far

November 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment · California Judgment Enforcement/Collection, California Lending & Mortgage Law, Creditor's Rights in Bankruptcy, Current Affairs

I have always thought it was unfair to consumers that banks would appear to work with the servicer and the borrower to accept forbearance payments or loan modification paperwork, yet another department from the same bank would tell the servicer or trustee to continue with the foreclosure process.  The larger the institution, the more rampant [...]

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More on MERS – Another Bankruptcy Court Strikes Bank’s Claim

November 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Creditor's Rights in Bankruptcy, Current Affairs, Foreclosure Defense Lawsuits, Foreclosures, Trust Deeds

Last week, New Jersey Bankruptcy court judge, the Hon. Judith Wizmur granted debtor John Kemp’s application to expunge Countrywide’s proof of claim.  Countrywide’s successor Bank of New York filed a proof of claim in Kemp’s bankruptcy, which is typical in a bankruptcy proceeding.  However, borrowers and their bankruptcy counsel are becoming more aggressive in scrutinizing [...]

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Watching the Robo Signing Litigation – Davis v. Countrywide, Bank of America, et al. Developments

November 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Current Affairs, Foreclosure Defense Lawsuits, Foreclosures, Mortgage Fraud

     The Davises sued their lender in Federal Court alleging violations of the Racketeering Act (RICO) and the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Essentially, they claimed they were damaged because the bank employees were “robo-signers” on their foreclosure documents and that the foreclosure affidavits were fraudulent.      However, the plaintiffs lost their home in [...]

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Foreclosure Moratoriums in California – Not a Good Idea

October 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Current Affairs, Foreclosures, Trust Deeds

The news is filled with reports of JP Morgan Chase, Ally (GMAC) and politicians like Senator Menedez calling for foreclosure moratoriums.  While it is true that Bank of America announced moratoriums in 23 states–California is NOT one of those states.  Why not? Some states, like the 23 states that have the voluntary moratorium, requires a [...]

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