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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Foreclosure-Gate: The house that started it all

by Calculated Risk on 10/14/2010 11:59:00 PM

From David Streitfeld at the NY Times: From This House, a Foreclosure Freeze

The house that set off the national furor over faulty foreclosures is blue-gray and weathered. The porch is piled with furniture and knickknacks awaiting the next yard sale. In the driveway is a busted pickup truck.
Nicolle Bradbury bought this house seven years ago for $75,000, a major step up from the trailer she had been living in with her family. But she lost her job and the $474 monthly mortgage payment became difficult, then impossible.

It should have been a routine foreclosure ...

Her file was pulled, more or less at random, by Thomas A. Cox, a retired lawyer who volunteers ... Mr. Cox realized almost immediately that Mrs. Bradbury’s foreclosure file did not look right. The documents from the lender, GMAC Mortgage, were approved by an employee whose title was “limited signing officer,” an indication to the lawyer that his knowledge of the case was effectively nonexistent.
A very interesting story.