Banking Misconduct Blog


Special Servicer LNR Partners Sued in Shopping Center Row

[Ed. Note - If you own a commercial property and find your loan has been transferred to a special servicer, READ THIS POST.]
The owners of a Ft. Wayne shopping center have filed suit against special servicer LNR Partners and others over a mortgage covering the property where the center is...


Ocwen’s Many Evils - Systematic Abuse of Struggling Homeowners

Last April, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a lawsuit against Ocwen and its subsidiaries for “failing borrowers at every stage of the mortgage servicing process.” The CFPB’s statement claimed that “Ocwen’s years of widespread errors, shortcuts, and...

Independence Day, Bank of America, and Financial Tyranny (HAMP Post)

Topics:
-Bank of America Accused of Stealing Homes -Fighting Back Against Banks -The Truth about HAMP Modifications  Today is July 4th and in thousands of communities, people will celebrate our independence with fireworks tonight. Independence from tyranny and a privileged ruling...

“Retail Apocalypse?” Words CMBS Borrowers Fear

It is a dangerous world right now for CMBS financed real estate investors. 2017 is expected to bring in a record number of defaults. Much of those defaults are simply the result of bad timing. Loans financed at the height of the real estate market in 2007 are coming due today. (Most CMBS borrowers...

Is Your Bank Unsafe? (Lender Liability Post)

Between 1990 and today, some 8500 banks have disappeared. (Since the banking crisis in 2008, 525 banks have closed by regulators according to problembanklist.com) In most instances, FDIC insurance will protect deposits. The real harm often comes to commercial borrowers.
 
Danger...

FDIC Closes Guaranty Bank – What Does This Mean for Customers?

After years of losses and weak financials, the FDIC swooped in last night and closed Guaranty Bank. With over $1 billion in deposits and 119 branches scattered across 5 states, thousands of depositors and borrowers are wondering, “what happens next”?
 
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Retail Sees High CMBS Default Rates

Mortgage Daily reported this week that the rate of late payments on securitized commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) funded loans rose yet again. The record number of balloon payments coming do this year means defaults will likely continue throughout the year. In fact, the fear of a major...

CMBS for Novice Investors

Understanding Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) can be a daunting task for the novice investor. As lender liability lawyers, we grapple with complex loan arrangements daily. We understand the jargon, the many different players in a CMBS transaction and how all the pieces fit together....

Judge Accuses Bank of America of "Battle-Fatigued Demoralization"

A federal judge in Sacramento, California has given Bank of America a lesson in corporate responsibility. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein sanctioned America's "Too Big to Care" banking giant up to $46 million for causing severe emotional distress to a California couple facing foreclosure. In the...