A federal judge in San Francisco sided with the City of Richmond in its effort to take over mortgages from hundreds of struggling homeowners by denying a request from banks for a preliminary injunction because it’s too premature to decide.
The Richmond City Council voted 4 to 3 early Wednesday morning to continue pursuing the controversial plan, which could use the city’s power of eminent domain to force bondholders to sell underwater loans.
The Richmond City Council Tuesday evening will consider scrapping the city’s controversial plan to buy struggling homeowners’ underwater mortgages.
The mayor of a financially struggling East Bay city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank’s headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of “underwater” mortgages.
Two banks are suing the city of Richmond over its plan to invoke eminent domain to help struggling homeowners refinance into new mortgages in line with their homes’ current value.
The city is the first in the country to take the step of threatening eminent domain to handle underwater mortgages.
Despite rising home prices in much of the Bay Area, many home buyers are struggling to wade out from their underwater mortgage – prompting some Richmond city leaders to attempt a unique tactic to provide mortgage relief.
A proposal unveiled by State Senator Jerry Hill on Friday would tie together the future of Caltrain and high-speed rail in the state.
On Friday July 27 Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom came out in support of a controversial plan to allow local governments to seize underwater properties and restructure the debts.
San Francisco supervisors Tuesday approved the seizure by eminent domain of several properties in the South of Market District to make way for the construction of the new $4 billion Transbay Transit Center.