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Short Sale Realtors® – First Do The Numbers!

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As a follow-up to my last post on difficult short sales (here), it occurs to me that I should mention the small, but persistent complaint of some seller-clients, who are under the mistaken belief that their Realtor® can and will handle the entire transaction for them.  “Two liens? No problem!  We’ll negotiate everything!”  But in […]

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SB 1552 – Why Don’t The Big Banks Wanna Play? [Part Two]

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“Language and speech are the means by which people communicate with one another.  However, with the Big Banks, their silence conveys the loudest message.”  [Anonymous – sort of.] In Part One, I analyzed the recent Oregonian article, titled: “Lenders not engaging in Oregon foreclosure mediation program.”  The gist of my post addressed the process under […]

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SB 1552 – Why Don’t The Big Banks Wanna Play? [Part One]

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 “It’s one thing to be stubborn when relying on well-reasoned principle; it’s quite another to be stubborn relying on no principle.” Anonymous [Sort of.]    An interesting, though not surprising, article recently appeared in The Oregonian, titled: “Lenders not engaging in Oregon foreclosure mediation program.”  Before discussing what’s behind the banks’ decision, it is necessary […]

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FAQ on Niday Ruling & MERS/Non-Judicial Foreclosures in Oregon

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Compliments of several dedicated consumer attorneys, including Kelly Harpster, consumer attorney par excellence, and Sybil Hebb,lead attorney for the Oregon Law Center, a non-profit law firm for low income Oregonians, I am posting a Frequently Asked Questions publication discussing the recent Niday court ruling [which I have discussed here and here] as well as general issues regarding […]

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MERS Smackdown! Niday Analyzed – Part One

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In the first Oregon appellate court ruling on the issue, the Court of Appeals, addressed, head on, whether MERS may be appointed as the “beneficiary” in an Oregon trust deed, for purposes of avoiding the law. The full opinion may be accessed here. The decision, written by Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto’s was a “textbook” opinion; […]

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Ratings Agencies Get Their Comeuppance – They’ve Been Downgraded! [Part One]

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Even the most heinous of financial crimes are usually – if not always – the bi-product of willing participants.  Admittedly, there may be only one “evil genius” in the mold of Bernie Madoff, but invariably there are many willing enablers.  These are the peripheral players to whom we might contribute some degree of culpability or […]

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2005 – 2007: Big Bank Securitizations, Easy Credit, MERS, Housing, and the Foreclosure Crisis (Part Two)

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[This is the second post in a 2-part series in which we take a not-so-nostalgic stroll down Memory Lane, revisiting the events that linger with us today – almost exactly five years after the collapse of the lender credit markets and the resulting cliff dive in housing prices.  The first post can be found here. […]

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2005 – 2007: Big Bank Securitizations, Easy Credit, MERS, Housing, and the Foreclosure Crisis (Part One)

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Introduction.  Well, it’s been nearly five years since the 3Q 2007 collapse of the credit and housing markets.  How time flies!  Are we having fun yet?  According to the Regional Multiple Listing Service (“RMLS™”) for the Portland Metro area, comparing January – April 2012 [the latest reporting period available at this time] with January – April 2011, […]

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Understanding Seller-Carried “Wrap-Around” Transactions

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With the slowdown in real estate and the increasing difficulty in obtaining bank financing, some home sellers have begun to consider carrying the financing themselves with “wrap-around contracts” and “wrap-around trust deeds.”[1]     They work like this: The seller has one or more existing trust deeds on his/her property.  Say the total underlying mortgage […]

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Oregon’s Mandatory Mediation Law – The Timelines

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Foreclosure today is not what it used to be.  In the past, banks and borrowers tried to avoid foreclosure, since it was a lose-lose proposition for both sides. Today, that is not the case.  With the advent of securitization, Big Banks discovered several things: (1) That they could make loans for which they were promptly […]

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