What Are Zombie Second Mortgages?

The zombie mortgages that are wreaking havoc today are second mortgages. Many were originated by predatory lenders in the years leading up to the 2007 financial crisis. During that era of frenzied lending, brokers often combined first and second mortgages in a single loan transaction. Referred to as “80-20 mortgages,” the transactions typically financed 80% of the principal balance through a first mortgage and the other 20% through a second mortgage. This kept the first mortgage within a loan-to-value ratio for easy securitization. Careless underwriting and abusive terms led to early defaults on many of these mortgages.

Geoff Walsh of National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) publishes very informative article regarding foreclosure

by Neil Garfield

Almost everyone writing articles about consumer finance, mortgage loans, and servicing is now in agreement that there are viable meritorious defenses for the consumer. True, they are not obvious to the casual observer, which is part of the problem.

See NCLC Digital Library – 12 Ways to Fight Foreclosure of Zombie Second Mortgages – 2022-03-28
But the defenses available to consumers and to homeowners, in particular, are sufficient to defeat most attempts to administer, collect or enforce any alleged loan account receivable mostly because no such account exists on the books of the party named as the owner of the “note”.

• Further, there are sufficient and meritorious grounds to force repayment of money previously paid by the consumer.

• And finally, there are sufficient and meritorious grounds to claim damages for breaches of statutory duties requiring disclosure and equitable remedies for restitution arising from the consumer’s involuntary assumption of unknown risks.

What is apparent in the above links is the conflict between common law, previous statutory law, and current regulations regarding transfers of rights to unpaid loans. Common sense dictates that you should be under no duty to pay anyone other than the “lender” who gave you money unless that “lender” instructs you to pay someone else on their behalf in writing.

That instruction never comes now although it was ALWAYS required by all previous laws, rules,.. regulations, and court doctrine. Instead, agencies are continuing along the path of requiring only the transferee to give notice of a transfer of ownership of “the note” in lieu of any notice from anyone instructing the debtor consumer that the underlying obligation and been transferred to a successor lender because it was sold to that successor.

Consumers contact their State AG and the CFPB who maintain their office under charter to protect consumers who lack the resources to protect themselves. Instead of doing their jobs, the agencies and law enforcement shoves it back in the face of hapless consumers who know little or nothing about the law and who only want to pay their bills — but only to people to whom they owe money. That is not an unreasonable caveat.
So I have proposed to multiple lawyers, consumers and advocates across the country that they start suing the agencies seeking equitable (injunctive relief), specifically mandating that the agency do its job and more specifically that the CFPB and FTC do their job.

Here is my summary:
• Adm Agency has a duty as specified in its charter as passed by specific legislation.
• Specifically, CFPB was formed to investigate and resolve consumer complaints regarding lending and servicing – recognition that consumers are at a disadvantage in clarifying, confronting or contesting claims made for administration, collection, and enforcement of alleged unpaid loan account receivables.
• More specifically these agencies are required to intervene on behalf of consumers when false claims are made as to the existence, status or ownership of allegedly unpaid accounts receivable owed by the consumer.
• CFPB breached its duty by adopting rules and policies that converted its primary mission into a message carrier. The effect was to delegate back to the consumer the burden of investigational and resolution. [specify rules and policies]
o GIVE EXAMPLES FROM SPECIFIC CASES
o DON’T MAKE WILD CONSPIRACY ALLEGATIONS
• Court should enter an order that
o Finds CFPB in breach of duties of supervision, investigation and resolution
o Orders CFPB to adjust its rules and policies
o Specifically order CFPB to require confirmable proof that parties acting as presumed servicers and actually performing servicing functions with respect to the receipt, processing, and distribution of money paid by consumers
o
o Specifically order CFPB to require confirmable proof that parties named as claimants, DOT beneficiaries, or successor mortgagees maintain a loan account receivable (GAAP compliant) on their own accounting ledgers
o Specifically order CFPB to require confirmable proof that parties named as claimants, DOT beneficiaries, or successor mortgagees attest and acknowledge that they authorized specifically identified parties to act on their behalf for the administration, collection and enforcement of unpaid debts owed by specific consumers, borrowers or debtors.

Mortgage Fraud Daily News Update ⋅ March 29, 2022

 

Area broker charged in advance fee for loan scam — again | Business Observer

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Yahoo Finance

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PPP enforcement turns to lenders | Consumer Finance Monitor

Consumer Finance Monitor

To date, prosecutions for PPP fraud have targeted borrowers and often involve the most brazen fraudsters. Lenders that facilitated fraudulent …

     

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Investopedia

Inheriting a reverse mortgage can be complicated. … Aside from the potential for scams targeting the elderly, reverse mortgages have some …

     

New York Bill Could Chill Lending – National Mortgage Professional

National Mortgage Professional

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Watchdog warning after woman lost €20,000 in cryptocurrency scam – Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner

Complaints concerning mortgages accounted for 23% of all complaints received in 2021. This includes 250 new tracker mortgage complaints during …

     

York Woman Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering | USAO-MDPA | Department of Justice

Department of Justice

Bixler obtained a mortgage loan for the purchase of her home by submitting multiple false statements to York Traditions Bank.

     

Hyderabad: CBI books firm, managing director for duping Canara Bank – Siasat.com

Siasat.com

CBI books firm for loan fraud … trade and collateral security of mortgage of industrial plot measuring 913.63 square yards in Warangal district …

     

Developments in Securities Fraud Class Actions Against US Life Sciences Companies – Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP

A few plaintiff law firms were associated with about three-fourths of the filings against life sciences companies: Pomerantz LLP (27 complaints), …

     

How Effectiv Plans To Help Banks And Credit Unions Fight Fraud – Forbes

Forbes

With the banking industry losing an estimated $19 billion a year to fraud, investing in technology that can bring those losses down is a …

     

Best Bad Credit Loan Companies With Guaranteed Approval – Vashon Beachcomber

Vashon Beachcomber

How to Spot a Scam Before You Become The Victim Of A Loans For Bad Credit Fraud. Will the Lender Reach Out to You Directly? Lenders only call if you …

     

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Florida Trend

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MyChesCo

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Robinson hired as Haysto chief commercial officer – Mortgage Finance Gazette

Mortgage Finance Gazette

… an online aggregator for mortgages to a fully-fledged online broker. … the maze of complexities to find the right mortgage, just for them!

     

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Electrek

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Papas’ waterfront home up for sale for $10 million – Mortgage Professional America

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Bankrate

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Luhmann appointed to head up United Trust BTL team – Mortgage Finance Gazette

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Share buyback puts NatWest back into private ownership – Mortgage Finance Gazette

Mortgage Finance Gazette

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Gardai in Offaly investigating multiple incidents of ‘advance fee fraud

Offaly Express

The losses were from €1,000 to €4,000. Gardai in Tullamore say both victims thought they were dealing with legitimate loan and mortgage websites.

     

Construction firm involved in UAlbany project charged with fraud – Times Union

Times Union

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Mortgage Professional America

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OSB Group strengthens specialist finance support team | Financial Reporter

Financial Reporter

… strengthen broker support across Precise Mortgages for bridging finance and InterBay for commercial, semi-commercial and specialist buy-to-let.

     

ERC makes penalty-free partial loan repayments prerequisite – Mortgage Finance Gazette

Mortgage Finance Gazette

The Equity Release Council has made penalty-free partial loan repayments a prerequisite for all equity release plans for new customers from today …

     

Libor transition threatens housing market and banks | National Mortgage News

National Mortgage News

Should a mortgage lender, for example, use SOFR-plus to price loans? … or investor objects to the substitution and decides to sue us for fraud?

     

Local Gardai investigating two incidents of “advance fee fraudscams | Offaly Independent

Offaly Independent

The loan applicant will then complete an online application and will receive a call or communication within a very short time (often minutes) …

     

Michael Lynn trial: Solicitor claims signature forged on loan documents without permission

Breaking News

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Lenders, are you prepared for upcoming changes from the IRS? – HousingWire

HousingWire

If you’re a mortgage lender, you’re undoubtedly familiar with IRS Form 4506. Introduced as a fraud prevention measure, Form 4506 is required from …

     

Pinsent Masons: Reports of crypto investment fraud continues to rise sharply – IFA Magazine

IFA Magazine

Hinesh Shah, Senior Associate Forensic Accountant and Financial Crime Investigator at Pinsent Masons, says: “The boom in cryptocurrency activity …

     

Exits of Ulster and KBC from market see ‘increase in mortgage switching’ – Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner

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Valdosta Daily Times

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The Irish Times

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US News Money

Meng was allowed to return to China in September after agreement with U.S. prosecutors to end a bank fraud case. “Over the past few years our teams …

     

The CFPB safeguards consumers against unfair and abusive practices by financial services …

Business Insider

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BNN Bloomberg

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CA Sri Lanka launches exclusive global credential for finance professionals to fight fraud | Daily FT

Daily FT

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Feds Indict Two On Multi-State Mortgage Fraud Charges – MBA Newslink

MBA Newslink – Mortgage Bankers Association

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Foreclosure Daily News Update ⋅ March 29, 2022

 

Lawmakers advance bill to help families stay in homes despite foreclosures – New Jersey Monitor

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Law.com

Pro se defendant Christopher M. Hunt removed a foreclosure lawsuit to Georgia Northern District Court on Thursday.

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This Freelancer Went From Foreclosure to Financial Freedom With One Tweak in Her Business

Time

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Brenda Carter will host a workshop Tuesday aimed at helping area residents avoid foreclosure. The 2-hour workshop will be livestreamed on Facebook …

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New York Bill Could Chill Lending – National Mortgage Professional

National Mortgage Professional

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After Mansion Foreclosure, the Ace Family Moves Into $50000/Month Rental House – DIRT

DIRT

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Cincinnati’s Carew Tower under contract to be sold in April, court records show

Cincinnati Enquirer

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Disparities Arising from Standardized Contracts | The Regulatory Review

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Op-Ed | Beyond the COVID-19 emergency: Let’s end the homelessness and eviction crises

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Elderly Oak Harbor woman loses house in mortgage confusion | HeraldNet.com

Everett Herald

A lender foreclosed and sold the home after mistakenly assuming the occupants no longer lived there.

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Florida lawyer’s lawsuit claims Hillary Clinton sought to ‘cripple’ Donald Trump’s White House bid

newsherald.com

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POLL: How often are your buyers’ mortgage applications facing denials compared to last year?

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Public Notice No. 8138 – The Torrington Telegram

The Torrington Telegram

WHEREAS, if the foreclosure sale is set aside for any reason, … N.A., as the Mortgagee, will have the Mortgage foreclosed as by law provided by …

     

How convenient is it to sell a house to investors and not Realtors? – The Katy News

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Coalfield Progress

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How to obtain a personal loan at a low-interest rate? – Mid-Day

Mid-Day

… verification charges, foreclosure fees, and a few others. … Hidden costs are mostly related to delayed EMIs or personal loan foreclosure.

     

Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund to launch in April 2022 – KWQC

KWQC

Mortgage issues like delinquencies, defaults, or foreclosures … With the foreclosure moratorium, those numbers came down but now we are starting …

     

Evers announces $8M to help Wisconsinites access civil legal services needed to recover …

CBS 58

The grant will allow WisTAF and its partner organizations to furnish civil legal aid interventions to Wisconsinites who face foreclosure, …

     

Wyohouses is The Most Reliable House Selling Solution in Laramie, WY – Digital Journal

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Wells Fargo Ducks Pre-2008 Mortgage Discrimination Suit, for Now – Yahoo Finance

Yahoo Finance

… loans in minority neighborhoods, and that minorities were significantly more likely to be targeted for foreclosure than White borrowers.

     

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Have Pasadena’s Hotel Constance Buildings Been Sold?

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… the Hong Kong real estate investment firm that owned the DusitD2 Constance Pasadena — said the building was in foreclosure and the hotel in …

     

Potential buyer of former Longaberger basket building sues owner for breach of contract

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Fitch Takes Various Actions on UBS 2012-C1

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Florida lawyer’s lawsuit claims Hillary Clinton sought to ‘cripple’ Donald Trump’s White House bid

Palm Beach Post

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TechBullion

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DS News

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goSkagit

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IDSPUB#0175952 NOTICE OF TRUSTEES | Legal Announcements | goskagit.com

goSkagit

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Wells Fargo sued over alleged modern-day redlining practices – Mortgage Professional America

Mortgage Professional America

… disparities have forced Black homeowners to pay more than non-Black homeowners, resulting in foreclosure in many cases, alleges the lawsuit.

     

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GameTyrant

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Who Owns Your Mortgage Note?

Have you ever asked who owns your mortgage note? A better question to ask is, “If I paid off my mortgage loan tomorrow, would I get clear and equitable title to my real property?” If your mortgage loan contract was converted into a mortgage backed security and sold to an investment trust on Wall Street you might not!

If you are thinking of applying for a loan modification, or refinancing through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), or other program(s) under the Making Home Affordable (MHA) initiative there are a few things to consider.

First, remember that the entity who claims to own your mortgage loan is not automatically the same entity that may be servicing your mortgage loan. A loan servicer is a debt collections company that sends you mortgage statements, takes your payments each month, and if you have an escrow account, pays your homeowner’s insurance and property tax bills. But who really owns your mortgage loan?

If you want to find out here are a few things you can do:

  • Ask the servicer. Your loan servicer is legally obligated to tell you the name, address, and telephone number of the owner of your loan as shown in their records. It’s a good idea to ask them in writing officially with a “Qualified Written Request” via certified mail while keeping a log of your communications. The name of your servicer should be on your mortgage statement, but you can also use the MERS link below.
  • Original lender. Your loan may have never been sold, and still kept as a “portfolio loan” with the original lender. That’s the way loans used to be done!
  • Fannie Mae. In reality, many loans are sold to FNMA aka “Fannie Mae”. See Fannie Mae loan lookup tool.
  • Freddie Mac. Similar story with Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) aka “Freddie Mac”. See Freddie Mac loan lookup tool.
  • Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) is a big online registry designed to replace the costly process of publicly recording mortgage ownership at the local government level with a private electronic version that allows the swapping of mortgages with no friction at all. MERS tracks both the servicing rights and ownership of mortgage loans in the United States, although the accuracy has been called into question. See MERS ServiceID lookup tool. You can also call them at 888-679-6377 FREE.
  • Search the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the alleged trust that claims they are the owner of your mortgage loan: https://www.fraudstoppers.org/how-to-search-the-sec-for-a-securitized-trust
  • Register for a Free Mortgage Fraud Analysis and Securitization Search. Complete our Mortgage Fraud Analysis form and we will conduct a free securitization check to see if your mortgage loan contract was converted into a mortgage backed security and who really owns your note. If your loan was securitized than you may have legal standing to sue your lender, or current loan servicer, for mortgage fraud and quiet title. Find out more by completing our Mortgage Fraud Analysis form or call us at 773-877-3655 and we will help you get the facts and evidence you need to get the legal remedy you deserve.

Cases like the Glaski v. Bank of America and Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans may have provided hope for homeowners who were victims of mortgage and foreclosure fraud. But they did not strike at the heart of the real problem behind the securitization of millions of mortgage loans.

The Glaski decision states that if some entity wants to collect on a debt they must first legally own that debt. Furthermore, if that entity is claiming ownership by way of an Assignment, it must prove that Assignment is legally valid.

The Jesinoski case addressed a borrower’s right to rescind, or cancel, their mortgage loan contract under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) by only providing written notice to the lender, without filing suit. A loan is rescinded at the time the rescission letter is mailed. If the lender wants to refute or fight the rescission they must file an action to do so, and they have limited time to do so.

If your mortgage was securitized (the practice of pooling mortgages and selling their related cash flows to third party investors as securities) then it was part of a table funded transaction. In a table funded transaction the borrower named on the note is NOT in debt to the lender (“Pretender Lender”) because they signed the note in the capacity of an Accommodation Party, or co-signer for the purpose of incurring liability on the instrument without being a direct beneficiary of the value given for the instrument!

The broker, or originator, of the loan is pretending to loan money to the alleged “Borrower“, but in reality they trick the alleged “Borrower” into co-signing on a note that is pledged as collateral on a warehouse line of credit with the funding bank.

It is illegal for banks to loan credit, they can only loan money!

But if the Pretender Lender is not the entity putting up the funds, then there is no underlining indebtedness between the alleged “Borrower” and the originator who is named on the note. And if there is no underlining indebtedness between the parties named on the note, then the mortgage (or deed of trust) vaporizes into nothingness, and is legally unenforceable as a matter of law.

If your mortgage loan contract was part of a table funded transaction and converted into a mortgage backed security that was sold to an investment vehicle, or trust, on Wall Street, then you may have legal standing to rescind your mortgage loan contract, and sue your “Pretender Lender” for Special Damages equal to triple the original amount of your note, plus clear and equitable title to your home!

Fraud Stoppers is part of a National Private Members Association that provides back office litigation support to law firms, foreclosure defense advocacy groups, and pro se litigants nationwide. Our Private Members Association can help you sue your lender for mortgage fraud, with or without an attorney.

Then after our free mortgage fraud analysis is done, we can scheduled a free potential cause of action consultation to discuss your loan and lawsuit in detail and help you get started filing your state and federal lawsuit for the remedy that the law entitles you to, and that you deserve!

You can save 60% to 70% in legal fees when you get your lawsuit started yourself, Pro Se, (without an attorney), and then bring in a local attorney to help you at trial, where you need them the most! This way you can get the best of both worlds: Save money in legal fees, and get the professional help you need at the same time!

FRAUD STOPPERS Private Members Association (PMA) has a PROVEN WAY to help you save time and money, and increase your odds of success, suing the banks for mortgage and foreclosure fraud.

Our primary focus is helping you get clear and marketable title to your property by arguing that the actions of the banks have made the security provisions of the mortgage/deed of trust unenforceable as a matter of law.

For information on foreclosure defense call us at 800-459-1215. We offer litigation support, admissible evidence, expert witness testimony, education, training, and support in all 50 states to attorneys and pro se homeowners.

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