May 14th, 2008

2007 Mortgage Fraud Report from the FBI.


'The above photos are from condos that were involved in a mortgage fraud. The appraisal described “recently renovated condominiums” to include Brazilian hardwood, granite countertops, and a value of $275,000.'

According to Tanta at
Back when Tanta was young and dinosaurs ruled the earth, if you wanted to refi based on "as improved" value of the property, you coughed up contractor invoices, materials receipts, etc., and you let the appraiser in to photograph all the claimed "improvements." It was, of course, a big "hassle." And we're so committed to fantastic customer service that we of course eliminated such unnecessary "hassle."

It does make you wonder whether some of these reports of pre-foreclosure "trash outs" don't involve a few properties that were trashed from the get-go.
Thanks to for the pointer.