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Ventas' Debra Cafaro on why the Health Care asset class is well positioned in today's economy
Widow Foreclosure Catch-22
A New World for Mortgage Banking – What You Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final Mortgage Servicing Rules
Former Congressman Steve Bartlett Joins the LEVICK Team
Taking it Seriously: Unusual Lease Violations in Virginia
Weekly Brief: Lawyers Laid Off After Foreclosure Settlement
Allen Matkins/CBRE 360 in 60 - Industrial Markets Overview
Allen Matkins/CBRE 360 in 60 - Capital Markets Overview
Allen Matkins/CBRE 360 in 60 - Economy Overview
Weekly Brief: Hurricane Sandy, GC Donations, Tweeting Fake News
Weekly Brief: BoA Sued; SCOTUS Shortlists; Fund Fights Argentina
Weekly Brief: CFPB, Legal Fees & Hashtag Hijackers
Fein Such: Real Estate
Can Cities Use Eminent Domain To Seize Mortgage Loans?
How to Fight a Wrongful Foreclosure
Abacus Bank Indicted for Mortgage Fraud; More Prosecutions to Come?
LEED Certification Basics and the Rise of Green Building—Lori Wisniewski Azzara
Whalen: Too Much Regulation Caused JP Morgan $2 Billion Loss
Sackett v EPA - Supreme Court Authorizes Pre-Enforcement Review of Clean Water Act Compliance Orders - David Cooke
Barofsky: Don't Believe Hype About $25B Mortgage Settlement
The recent judgment of Saltri III Ltd v MD Mezzanine S.A. Sicar & Ors1 relates to the 2010 non-consensual restructuring of the Stabilus Group. The judgment provides a helpful overview of the way fiduciary relationships...more
Who is to blame for the foreclosure crisis? The question comes down to did homeowners overreach and go beyond what they could afford or did banks prey on naive consumers?...more
On November 9, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced new, coordinated requirements with respect to the management of law firms for default servicing, bankruptcies, and related litigation. ...more
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in the case of In Re: McCormick that a recorded North Carolina deed of trust indexed in a county’s grantor/grantee index may nevertheless be avoided by a trustee in...more
It’s no secret that California has been hit harder than most states by the housing crisis. Just east of Los Angeles, the county of San Bernardino has cities with some of the highest foreclosure rates in the U.S.
On June 5, 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) announced that it is "reopening the comment period" for the proposed rule, issued on May 11, 2011 by the Federal Reserve Board (Board), addressing the new...more
On March 12, 2012, Federal and state officials filed documents in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia formalizing a previously announced settlement (the Settlement) of various government probes into...more
On March 12, a complaint was filed in the U.S. district court for the District of Columbia by the DOJ and the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia against Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo,...more
A new decision from recently appointed bankruptcy judge Mark S. Wallace should be of serious concern to lenders foreclosing non-judicially. Judge Wallace, who sits in the Santa Ana division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for...more
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• Federal Issues
• Firm News
• Firm Publications
• Privacy/Data Security
Excerpt from "Courts"
On December 16, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick signed a complete overhaul of the Massachusetts homestead statute. It is codified as M.G.L. c.188, as amended by Chapter 395 of the Acts of 2010. The new homestead statute takes...more
Many homeowners applied for HAMP modifications in hopes of avoiding bankruptcy. But then they discovered that mortgage servicers are horribly slow in processing the paperwork.
Plus, the mortgage companies will not even...more
*What do Changes on the Federal Level Mean for State Law Compliance?
– Dodd-Frank / Consumer Financial Protection Act
• Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
– Proposed Debt Settlement Legislation
Now that the American Land Title Association ("ALTA") has withdrawn the ALTA Form 21-06 Creditor's Rights Endorsement, what steps can a lender take to protect itself?
To recap, the Creditors' Rights Endorsement provided...more
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