TLP: Wonder if This Has Something to Do With the "Egg Management Fee"
Or maybe someone got carried away at the thought of a pony.
The Washington Post:
Ally Financial Inc., the troubled lender that is majority-owned by the federal government after a bailout during the financial crisis, has temporarily suspended evictions on foreclosed homes in 23 states.Definitely more questions than answers here so far. Questions like, "What does that even mean?" But when you're looking at how the fourth-largest mortgage originator has been handling loans in nearly half the states, you can pretty much guess that something is up.
In an internal memo dated Sept. 17 and marked "urgent," brokers and agents of the company's GMAC mortgage unit were ordered to immediately halt evictions, cash-for-key transactions and lockouts. Ally, the nation's fourth-largest home loan originator, may "need to take corrective action in connection with some foreclosures" in the affected states, the memo said.
Ally Financial spokesman James Olecki said the suspension will allow the company time to review files for a "potential issue" related to legal forms required for such proceedings. The 23 states mentioned, which span the country from New York and Florida to Hawaii, are the ones that "follow a more judicial foreclosure process," he said.
"We are going back to review our process in those states and continue to remove states we have confirmed all requirements have been met," Olecki said.
He said the company is "committed to preserving the integrity of the foreclosure process," but declined to respond to questions on the specific issues involved because of pending litigation. Olecki said that while some existing foreclosures may experience delays, new foreclosures will continue on a normal timeframe.
The U.S. Treasury Department, which owns a 56.3 percent stake in GMAC after bailing it out, was not involved the decision, Olecki said.
Treasury officials declined to comment.
If nothing else, it's certainly a new way to go about seeking a modification.