My experience at HAMP’s Education session for Real Estate Professionals was like being in a parallel universe. What my mind knew and what I was hearing and seeing were complete opposites. I had to mask my expressions all day. I was fearful my face would give me away. I was terrified I would be “found out”. I really play for the other team, the team that wants people to STAY in their homes. I was truly David in Goliath’s backyard. Even with my own foreclosure nightmare, I still am naïve to the far reaches of greed and fraud. Looking into the faces of the “Big 5” bank representatives, I saw smugness, condensation, annoyance, and the ever present blame everyone else attitude.
The session was about HAFA, Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives, i.e. Short Sales and Deed in Lieu. Or as D.S. from Wells Fargo said, “Graceful Exits”. “ A way for people to keep their dignity.” Wow talking about families with such compassion. The Big 5 showed no understanding they were talking about their neighbors, their friends, their children’s classmates. Just unfeeling people sitting on a stage, while the minions sat below.
This event had primarily real estate professionals attend. Those poor brave souls, who had no idea that by the end of the session, they would be belittled and blamed for short sales that fail. Real Estate agents need to do their “due diligence” in order to get the sale closed. Another carrot dangling…My opinion of short sale agents shifted a bit, from the bottom feeders, to people being victimized by the banks. The banks create impossible hurdles for homeowners and everyone involved in real estate. The truly are the puppet masters of our country.
The biggest threat in America today is the BIG BANKS and WALL STREET. Be afraid.
HopeNow – Home Preservation event for homeowners.
The event continued in the afternoon, this time it was a huge production to show America that the banks, HUD and the Government really do care. Ha Ha. Once I realized that HopeNow is funded by the banks, I felt like I was in the twilight zone. Hundreds of people involved in this event, hopeful homeowners, unsuspecting housing counselors, and volunteers who believed this event was going to help people. It was nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
I entered the event, once again a sheep in wolf’s clothing. I was granted access to sit with the HUD approved counselors. I entered with apprehension, did I look like them? Would anyone recognize my name from change.org or the media? Would HSITrust be recognized? Nope. I was in. Talking with the counselors was unbelievable. Some were naïve and hopeful. Some like R.V. from a local HUD approved counseling agency were jaded and pessimistic. She said the banks like people to meet with housing counselors first, to make it easier for the banks. So people can start to accept the reality, that in the end they will lose their home.
I also met another woman, from another HUD approved agency who is a Realtor, and uses being a housing counselor to support her short sales. She has learned well; use the system for your own benefit. Maybe she could get a job at a bank, in the liquidation department.
I saw no one being helped. For example, woman from “keep your home California” table, who had 2 people go sit to apply and walked them to another table, saying they “probably” didn’t qualify. Truth is she was busy working on her laptop. I think housing counselors should be foreclosure survivors, they might have more willingness to work for their clients.
Most of the people I spoke with on their way out of the event, said they got no help. Gee, I wonder why? Others left with contact info for their “single point of contact” at the bank and were optimistic and disillusioned. I left feeling like a very small David, battling a HUGE Goliath. I also left with resolve to keep helping people like me, like others at HSITrust, victims of the foreclosure scam and Wall Street’s greed.
Rachel Kendall and her supporters will be joined by Occupy Sacramento to protest at the Wells Fargo Home Preservation Event in Sacramento on February 9, 2012. For anyone who is interested in joining them, the address is:
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Perhaps the protestors will encourage Wells Fargo to preserve home ownership instead of using unfair and deceptive practices that lead to foreclosure.
If you can’t be at the event, please sign our petition telling Wells Fargo you stand with Rachel Kendall.
Rachel Kendall and supporters will be protesting at the Wells Fargo Home Preservation Event in Sacramento, California on February 8, 2012. They will be protesting Rachel’s wrongful foreclosure and Wells Fargo’s unfair and deceptive practices towards other homeowners.
The address is:
Sacramento Convention Center
Feb 8th – 9am – 7pm
You can read more about Rachel Kendall here on our blog. Please support her fight to have her wrongful foreclosure rescinded by stopping by the event and/or signing our petition at Change.org.
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More than 38% of the 2,300 mortgage complaints sent to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in December related to loan modification and foreclosure concerns, the largest share in this category.
The CFPB took nearly 10,000 total complaints across its entire array of monitored financial products since July, which includes payday loans, student loans, credit cards and others.
And the bureau reports that when the CFPB comes calling, mortgage firms largely answer.
The bureau said implicated companies responded to 88% of the complaints. Of these, companies provided relief — in some cases payment to the borrower — on more than half. Nearly 19% of the relief provided went to mortgage-related complainants.
The CFPB began taking consumer complaints regarding mortgages at the beginning of that month. Of these, 889 regarded problems with mortgage modifications or the foreclosure process, nearly double the next largest category, according a semi-annual report to Congress from the bureau.
The bill would require those county judges who are reviewing foreclosure cases to first ascertain that the bank attempting to gain title to the property has the right to do so. Only then can the home be ordered to be sold at public auction.
These are appropriate safeguards that should not be overly burdensome to lenders.
A foreclosure can be a traumatic event for homeowners who are struggling to find work and put food on the table.
It’s not too much to ask lenders to dot every “i” and cross every “t” before turning them out.