Fannie/Freddie Give Stern the Boot
I feel like I should let Andy Kroll have first crack at this story, but all's fair in love and blogging. In any case, it looks like Fannie and Freddie have finally decided to give the boot to David J. Stern's infamous foreclosure mill down in Florida:
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have terminated their relationships with a top Florida foreclosure law firm and began taking possession of loan files on Monday afternoon from the firm, which processes evictions on behalf of the mortgage-finance giants.
....Freddie Mac took the rare step of removing loan files after an internal review raised "concerns about some of the practices at the Stern firm," a Freddie spokeswoman said. "We have begun taking possessions of all files on Freddie Mac mortgages simply to protect our interest in those loans as well as those of the borrowers," the Freddie spokeswoman said. A Fannie spokeswoman declined to elaborate.
And not a moment too soon. For more on Stern's business practices, Andy's original story is here. I'm sure he'll have more later.