Thursday, July 16, 2009

Senator Dodd is shocked - shocked I tell you!

One of the chief architects of the mortgage disaster has the chutzpa to feign surprise at the dismal results from the administration's much ballyhooed mortgage modification program.

"This is disgraceful," he said. "Why am I still reading about lost files, under-staffed and under-trained servicers, and hours spent on hold on the phone?"

If it weren't so blatantly disingenuous it might be funny as he attempts to ignore the history of predatory mortgage servicing.

Dodd wants us to believe the same people running predatory servicing operations are going to be able to change their modus operandi just because they've told him (wink, wink, nodd, nodd) that they'll modify bad loans to try and avoid foreclosures.

News flash for the Senator: The reason you're still reading about lost files, understaffed and under-trained servicers and hours spent on hold on the phone should be obvious to anyone other than the people who have supposedly been overseeing the financial services industry: They do what is in their best interests, nothing more.

Treasury's Herbert Allison said at Dodd's committee hearing that the servicers who are [allegedly] participating have extended 325,000 loan modification offers and have 160,000 three-month trial adjustments underway. Of course what isn't known (and wasn't asked) is how many of the alleged 325,000 offers were viable, let alone acceptable. Nor do we know if the 160,000 are part of the 325,000. And of course no mention is made of the servicers who aren't participating.

What Dodd and his little band of actors don't want to admit is that the program is nothing more than window dressing for one very big reason - if it doesn't make financial sense for them to offer a forbearance agreement (which is what these "modifications" really are) they won't, and they are the only ones who have a say in that process.

Dodd also doesn't want to admit that he and everyone else knows that the real purpose for most of these newly-named forbearance agreements is to indemnify the servicer from any potential liability for any actions they've taken or will take.

So, Senator Dodd - spare us the shocked act.

The Honorable Judge Roy Bean

1 comment:

Cindy said...

LOL! How is this for a shocker, Litton Loans is jacking homeowners around left and right, they deny they have docs in writing when you PHONE they say: "Yes, we have THAT, we have THIS" really? Well then, why do you write and say you don't Litton Loans? Seems like they make a BIG PHONEY TRAIL OF MISSING DOCS, That aren't REALLY missing, just so they can THEN deny the modification?
Shocking! It is outrageous that our government is PROTECTING LITTON LOANS on the BACKS OF THE HOMEOWNER IN NEED OF HELP!