Buying A Lawyer, Delaying Foreclosure

I’m reading this New York Times article about how many homeowners in default on their mortgages are hiring lawyers to fight the eviction/foreclosure process.

This is slowing the foreclosure process in many states, delaying a housing recovery and weighing down bank stocks. Why would anyone want to lend money for mortgages if people can get away with not paying their mortgages? Judges have become emboldened to force banks to renegotiate contracts.

So if contracts are not sacred in the mortgage world, who’s going to want to get into that business?

Feel good in the present with such delays but the price must be paid down the line in less money available for mortgages and at more restrictive and expensive terms.

The New York Times reports:

And many foreclosure lawyers seem unable to meet a requirement, made last October by the New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, to affirm the accuracy of their documentation.

“The affirmation has had a pretty chilling effect,” said Ann Pfau, New York’s chief administrative judge. “The attorneys for the banks tell us they can’t get through to the right people at their clients who can verify the information.”

Last September, before the documentation crisis, nearly 1,500 New Yorkers lost their houses as a result of foreclosure, according to LPS. The average over the last six months: 286. That is far lower than at any point since the recession began.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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