Category Archives: MERS

More attorney fallout from the foreclosure crisis

Freddie Mac is dropping one of the law firms in Florida that is under investigation for the handling of home repossessions. The Marshall C. Watson Law firm Will the removal of files from law firms around the country become more of the rule than the exception as improprieties continue to be exposed? This from the […]

MERS 101 (Video)

If you have heard anything about the foreclosure crisis, you’ve heard about MERS! This video discusses some of the background of MERS, the Mortgage Electronic Registration System. With over one half of the nations mortgages “held” in its database, MERS is at the center of the controversy surrounding foreclosures. http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designvideo/embeddedPlayer.swf

SERS not MERS!

SERS not MERS! If you have been a reader of The Hallmark Abstract Sentinel then by now you are aware of MERS and the controversy that surrounds it. The Mortgage Electronic Recording System has been at the heart of questionable foreclosures due to standing issues, as well as for having aided in the avoidance of […]

MERS and the avoidance of mortgage recording fees is the next shoe to drop

MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration System) and the avoidance of mortgage recording fees Currently MERS is dealing with a storm in the foreclosure arena over whether or not a lender was legally able to foreclose on a mortgage in MERS name. This has led the firm to issue an announcement instructing all of its members to […]

Is MERS attempting to put the genie back into the bottle with yesterdays Announcement?

MERS – The Mortgage Electronic Registration System issues an Announcement that appears to be an attempt to put the genie back into the bottle Summary: MERS has told its members not to foreclose in its name on home loans, effective immediately. As a recap for those not closely following the issues surrounding MERS and foreclosures, […]

MERS takes a hit in N.Y. decision In re: Ferrel L. Agard in the Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of New York

While this decision does not help Ms. Agard (due to Res judicata) it does seriously call into question the validity of MERS assigning mortgages on behalf of its members/lenders. These are some excerpts from the decision which can be read in its entirety here. “…The Court recognizes that an adverse ruling regarding MERS’s authority to […]

Buyers are not afraid of buying bank REO’s! (chart)

Despite the questions swirling around foreclosures, the survey says that the majority of Americans are still willing to buy Over the last few months The Hallmark Abstract Sentinel as well as the partners of Hallmark Abstract Service have tried to outline all of the issues that exist in the world of foreclosures that can potentially […]

Title insurance and protecting yourself in a foreclosure purchase

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An example of a denied title policy due to the foreclosure crisis

Foreclosures, REO’s (real estate owned) and auctions on the courthouse steps have one thing in common: A critical need for the buyer to make sure that they can get clear title, owner’s title insurance (owner’s policy) and, in the case of an auction on the courthouse steps, to ascertain beyond a reasonable doubt that the […]