How Real Estate Debt Funds Work

Real estate debt funds assist borrowers in sourcing short-term capital to use towards commercial projects such as construction loans, multi-family buildings, shopping centers and many other types of property development. Real estate debt funds became highly utilized following the crash in 2008. Post-financial crisis, there was an increased need for liquidity and coupled with regulatory … Read more

CFPB Hold Debt Collectors Accountable for Evictions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued an interim final rule in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s eviction moratorium. The CFPB’s rule requires debt collectors to provide written notice to tenants of their rights under the eviction moratorium and prohibits debt collectors from misrepresenting tenants’ eligibility for protection from … Read more

Here’s How Much You Need to Make in Every State to Buy a Home

Chances are you’ve considered how much money you would need to earn in order to buy a home. The answer, of course, depends largely on where you live. To give you an idea, finance website HowMuch.net recently crunched the housing affordability numbers for each state to ensure you spend your money wisely. To arrive at its estimates, the website layered … Read more

FTC Fed Up With Andris Pukke, Peter Baker, and John Usher in Sanctuary Belize Case

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has just filed a motion to hold Andris Pukke, Peter Baker, and John Usher in contempt in the case involving Sanctuary Belize. The court document submitted seems like it could have been shortened down to one sentence, “The named dudes can’t be trusted, lie, and defraud people.” The response would … Read more

Your Mortgage Servicer Might Just Really Suck Says the CFPB. But Some Are Trying.

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a special edition supervision report focused specifically on mortgage servicers. The report found that some mortgage servicers continue to use failed technology that has already harmed consumers, putting the company in violation of the CFPB’s new servicing rules. In its examinations covering numerous mortgage servicers since the … Read more

Andris Pukke / Marc Romeo Mystery Solved But Another Continues

Way back in 2013 I wrote an article Sanctuary Belize, Andris Pukke, Todd Cook, Peter Baker & Ameridebt in which an allegation was made that Andris Pukke was presenting himself to the public as Marc Romeo. Well I think we can say this mystery is officially solved. That is if we are to believe the … Read more

Four Years Later, Consumers Get Pennies From Debt Relief Scam

Four years ago now the California Department of Justice swooped in an shut down an enterprise they claimed was taking advantage of consumers who were seeking mortgage modification or actions against the mortgage company. More can be read here. The parties named in the original action included: Attorneys Processing Center, LLC, also doing business as … Read more

Attorney Mitchell Stein Gets 204 Months in Federal Prison. Refunds to Begin.

It’s hard to believe it has been nearly four years I’ve been writing about Mitchell Stein, an attorney out of California who, at the time, was involved in the mass joinder approach of selling consumers hope they could sue their mortgage company. Stein seemed to be at the forefront of the movement that was selling … Read more

Taxes May Be Due on Mortgage Settlement Checks. Slap!

Double Whammy: Mortgage Settlement Payments Will Be Taxed (via Credit.com) If you are one of the more than 1.8 million people who have received a check from the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) settlement — or if you have one coming — don’t spend it all in one place. These payments are considered taxable income for … Read more

How to Modify Your Mortgage for Free

I’ve seen and covered so many mortgage modification scams that I wanted to show you how you can save yourself from being scammed, save thousands and modify your mortgage for free. Before you launch into paying anyone thousands for mortgage modification assistance you should explore your free options first. It’s important to know there is … Read more

Homeowners Getting Massive Mortgage Reductions Without Fancy Tricks

Over the past few years there have been so many companies and people preying on homeowners in financial trouble. Wether it is the sale of a land trust, mortgage modification, mass joinder legal action against a lender, or whatever. The schemes and tricks never seem to end. But thanks to a reader who let me … Read more

Is Fulcrum360 Going to Start Offering Loan Modification Services Like Modify Utah?

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me an email and asked me to look at Fulcrum360 and said it was the new mortgage modification company with Paxton Guymon as registered agent. Guymon was also the registered agent of Modify Utah which suddenly closed up doors and left people stranded. – Source According to … Read more

California Man Arrested Who Had Consumers Deed Property to Trust to Lower Mortgage

Alan David Tikal, 44, of Brentwood, Contra Costa County, Calif., was arrested on Friday at his home on a complaint charging him with mail fraud for masterminding a multistate scam that defrauded distressed homeowners, announced the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and United States Attorney for the … Read more

Realty Attorney Group APC and Realty Group & Consulting Seized in California

The State Bar of California announced today it has shut down the operations of an Ontario lawyer who allowed his name and law license to be used in a scheme to defraud distressed homeowners. The bar obtained a court order (attached) this morning to assume jurisdiction over the law practice of Gary David Tracy, 50, … Read more

Certified Forensic Loan Auditors Offers Quiet Title Class

A readers sent in a link to an upcoming class on “Achieving Principal Reductions with Lenders by Creating Leverage,” a class on mortgage securitization and quiet title actions. – Source It’s an interesting class to see, especially as hard as the Florida Attorney General hit some land trust companies in Florida this week who were … Read more