Audit Uncovers Extensive Flaws in Foreclosures
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An audit by San Francisco county officials of about 400 recent foreclosures there determined that almost all involved either legal violations or suspicious documentation, according to a report released Wednesday.Ed.note: Let me just say that again. Almost all of the audited foreclosures had legal flaws.
Anecdotal evidence indicating foreclosure abuse has been plentiful since the mortgage boom turned to bust in 2008. But the detailed and comprehensive nature of the San Francisco findings suggest how pervasive foreclosure irregularities may be across the nation.Yes. That is indeed the question. One of life's great mysteries, for us all to ponder. They should pose it in philosophy classes.
The improprieties range from the basic — a failure to warn borrowers that they were in default on their loans as required by law — to the arcane. For example, transfers of many loans in the foreclosure files were made by entities that had no right to assign them and institutions took back properties in auctions even though they had not proved ownership.
Mr. Ting said his report was the first rigorous analysis of foreclosure improprieties in California and that it cast doubt on the validity of almost every foreclosure it examined.
The report contradicted the contentions of many banks that foreclosure improprieties did little harm because the borrowers were behind on their mortgages and should have been evicted anyway. “We can deduce from the public evidence,” the report noted, “that there are indeed legitimate victims in the mortgage crisis. Whether these homeowners are systematically being deprived of legal safeguards and due process rights is an important question.”
And in unrelated news:
Bloomberg News reports that the Obama campaign is going around to $36,000-a-head Wall Street fundraisers “pledging not to demonize” Wall Street. He’ll never say “fat cats” again like he did that one time, back in 2009.Nonetheless, as the article points out, Wall Street dollars are flowing to the GOP over Democrats by a 5:1 margin, mostly to Mitt Romney. It's comforting to know both sides of the aisle can come together on this critical issue of protection and solicitousness of Wall Street.