Have you been sued for foreclosure in New York State, are you ignoring the certified mail or the papers taped to your door. Well, that’s not the best response to a foreclosure action, where they want to take your home away. Increasingly, as this mortgage foreclosure debacle ripens, courts, litigants, and attorneys are learning that foreclosure is not always the slam dunk, lock the door, win/win case that it might have been when there were fewer foreclosures. Stand up for yourself, ask an attorney about your rights, read the papers and and fight back if the facts warrant. See my prior New York State Real Estate Lawyer Blog Entry.
In past decades, bankers gave millions of mortgages to entice new homeowners to leverage their dreams, and then repackaged that leverage (loans) to sell to investors, taking their cut, nary a worry for the borrowers or the lenders. As a result of the frenzied repackaging of such loans, it turns out that many of these banks and lenders lost papers, misplaced paperwork, forged signatures, and inaccurately dated documents, creating a messy jumble of paperwork, and making it sometimes impossible to decide who owns the right to commence the foreclosure, which bank owns which mortgage. This is where you might have a chance.
As the wave of the foreclosure crisis deepens, courts are increasingly challenged because homeowners rarely show up to court to fight the process, rarely have the money to hire competent lawyers to sort out the problems. So, increasingly, judges end up examining the banks’ papers, and ruling on the affidavits before them.