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On December 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a property reporting firm cannot be held liable for a willful violation of FCRA because the firm’s interpretation that it was not a consumer reporting...more
As a component of its “Know Before You Owe” project and pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued its proposed...more
Homeowners and renters in California may soon be able to access solar or other renewable energy from community based self-generation programs as an alternative to the power grids offered by the state’s three major public...more
Does disclosure of a mortgage balance to a subsequent mortgagee violate the mortgagor's privacy rights? A recent Alberta decision says no....more
With increasing supply in the Chinese marketplace of senior care facilities, expertise in the operating management is highly urged. The admission contract is one of the essential parts of this management. Having seen poorly...more
On this July 24, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued Implementation Opinions on Encouraging and Guiding Private Capital to Invest in the Senior Living Service Industry (the “Opinions”). With little special or surprising, the...more
CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL No. 1474
An act to amend Sections 781 and 923 of the Penal Code, relating to grand jury proceedings.
Approved by Governor September 25, 2012.
Filed Secretary of State September 25,...more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed amendments to Regulation X (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) and Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act) that create new disclosure requirements and uniform...more
As the reform of Housing and Condominiums property is evolving, many uncertainties still challenging a steady settlement of the charachters involved : Builders, Administrators, and owners....more
March 15 (Bloomberg Law) -- The $25 billion mortgage settlement between lenders and state attorneys general won't help nearly as many people as its touted to, Neil Barofsky, the former Special US Treasury Department Inspector...more
A review of the Myriad of Issues Facing Foreclosures in light of HAMP....more
The law relating to pre-sale litigation continues to evolve. With a recent judgment granting purchasers rescission of purchase and sale agreements years after completion, it is time to provide an update on the latest...more
L’introduzione dei principi comunitari nel nostro ordinamento mediante il D.Lgs. n. 79/2011 (che recepisce la direttiva CE/122/2008) mira a colmare le lacune della precedente normativa in materia di...more
Part I of a Three-Part Series on Financial Reform Legislation.
Published in National Mortgage Professional Magazine
First Published: August 2010
Re-Published: August 2011
Part I outlines the general features of the...more
This article explores Real Estate Short Sales, Foreclosure Sales, Post-Foreclosure Sales, and Associated Lawsuits in the Context of a Real Estate Investor's Decisionmaking in a Market in Transition. (This article is provided...more
As I wrote in a recent article, more than 50% of homes in Arizona are worth less than what is owed on them. This is leading many people to try and short sale their home. However, because of other debt issues, many people also...more
Yesterday the Arizona Republic reported that Arizona has the second highest rate of homes where the owners owe more than the home is worth. Nearly 50% of Arizona's homes are not worth what is owed, and in Phoenix the number...more
On May 25, 2011, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a proposed rule implementing several provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank), including the transfer of functions from the Office of Thrift...more
Attempts by the Nigerian Government to privatise the electricity generation, transmission, distribution, marketing, tariffs, etc have remained a matter of much challenge and resistance both from the citizens and special...more
In this case, the Michigan Court of Appeals found nothing improper in a signed agreement by a county sheriff and a process serving company wherein the president of the process serving company was appointed a special deputy...more
Car leases, apartment leases, house leases, commercial property leases. When times are good the lease provides you with the security you need to plan for the future. You know you have that car, apartment, house, store...more
First the robo-signing controversy. Then the U.S. Bank v. Ibanez ruling. Now the next bombshell ruling in the foreclosure mess has just come down fr0m a New York federal bankruptcy judge.
The case is In Re Agard (click...more
In this article I discuss the pro and cons of short sales compared to that of simply surrendering a home through the bankruptcy process....more
Many people are facing the possiblity of losing their home, or have already made the decision to leave their home. By filing bankruptcy you can either try and save your home or at least buy yourself some time prior to...more
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