Foreclosure Proceedings Come Under Fire

| October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

Mortgage industry heavyweights slow pace of properties entering REO pipeline

In response to the recent “robo-signing scandal,” JP Morgan Chase and Co., put 56,000 foreclosure filings on hold last week, following similar actions by Ally Bank (formerly GMAC Mortgage) in 23 states, including Illinois, Florida, New York and Ohio.

This temporary crackdown on the part of various states attorney generals is due to allegations that tens of thousands of foreclosure documents were essentially “rubber stamped” or signed without adequate review or scrutiny. Among the state officials who have initiated investigations, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has demanded a meeting with JPMorgan Chase to address her concerns that the company violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act.

Vowing to hold banks accountable, Madigan said in a recent statement: “With JP Morgan now acknowledging possible abuses in preparing court documents, the impact on homeowners in our state and across the country could be great.”

Despite recent findings “that in some cases employees in our mortgage foreclosure operations may have signed affidavits about loan documents on the basis of file reviews done by other personnel – without the signer personally having reviewed those loan files,” Chase spokesman Tom Kelley, contends, “We believe the accuracy of the factual loan information contained in the affidavits was not affected by whether or not the signer had personal knowledge of the precise details.” He added that Chase has “begun to systematically re-examine documents we have filed in current foreclosure proceedings to verify that the affidavits and other documents meet the standard of personal knowledge or review where that is required.”

Chase has requested that the courts hold off on entering judgments in pending matters for a few weeks until their review process is completed.

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Nikki along with her husband Gary, became licensed in 1986 and over the years built a mega sales team that has served over 3700 families with a volume of 560 million dollars in sales. They both hold the CRS designation. Nikki is also the broker/owner of 3 Keller Williams Realty offices, 2 Title companies and the operating partner for the South Florida region for Keller Williams Realty. Nikki has spoken and trained for FAR, CRS, Howard Brinton Star Power, Numerous real estate boards, Aetna insurance, The Rotary, Tampa Bay Builders association, and the YMCA to mention a few. She is a master trainer for Keller Williams University and has helped to write many courses for real estate professionals. Being a firm believer in education she is continually sharpening her skills through education and walks the walk by sharing her knowledge and experience.

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