FHFA Threatens Localities on Eminent Domain Solution for Foreclosures

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 12:03 pm

Ed DeMarco is really feeling his oats, no doubt thanks to projections of profits at Fannie and Freddie paradoxically spurred by a housing shortage. (Those profits are at least partially derived from Fannie and Freddie evading local government transfer taxes, by the way, not DeMarco’s “responsible stewardship.”) He rejected principal reductions as a means to solve the foreclosure crisis. And now, he’s going after another potential solution floated by some local governments: eminent domain.


Fraud Pays: Regulators Slow to Prosecute, Focused on Civil Rather Than Criminal Penalties

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 10:00 am

The question that many of us asked in the wake of the revelations about money laundering at Standard Chartered Bank is why the federal regulators did apparently nothing, and that this had to get revealed by New York’s Department of Financial Services.

White House Has Concerns With Eminent Domain Proposal

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 6:41 am

The bid by the private company Mortgage Resolution Partners to team with municipalities and use eminent domain laws to purchase underwater mortgages and then refinance them at a discount to the borrower has generated lots of attention at the wonk level. Now the White House has weighed in, and expressed skepticism.

While Eminent Domain Proposal Discussed, LA Tries to Make Foreclosure Cost-Prohibitive

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 9:40 am

Dean Baker has a generally positive story out about the proposal in San Bernardino County, California to use eminent domain to condemn, write down and return to the owner underwater mortgages. Alternatively, in LA officials are going after the slumlords who refuse to take care of properties that have been foreclosed.

Rep. Brad Miller on Using Eminent Domain to Reset the Housing Market

By: Friday July 13, 2012 1:43 pm

The reason I initially contacted Rep. Brad Miller today was to discuss an issue that has come into vogue this week as a potential solution to the housing crisis. San Bernardino County is considering a partnership with Mortgage Resolution Partners on a scheme that would condemn underwater mortgages through the process of eminent domain, and then refinance those mortgages with the borrower. If it works, this would save the individual borrowers tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars and remove the vulnerability of being underwater; provide an economic stimulus to struggling municipalities; and provide MRP with a tidy profit on the new mortgage, after buying the old mortgage at a large discount through eminent domain.

Bid to Use Eminent Domain for Mortgage Purchase Raises Questions

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 2:00 pm

One possibility hit on by many observers is the idea of having municipalities use eminent domain laws to take over mortgages and then refinance them for borrowers at market value. But analysts are skeptical whether this could work, and it’s not clear why the specific proposal on the table needs the middle man.

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