Hastings Business Law Journal


Robert Hockett


U.S. primary and secondary real estate and mortgage markets reman one of the principal drags upon economic recovery. Upwards of 12 million new mortgages face foreclosure in the coming six years. The reason for this self-perpetuating slump is exceedingly complex, thanks to the large number of causal factors in play. After identifying the principal interests at stake and the constituencies that hold these interests, this article identifies the impediments thatprevent economic recovery and proposes a solution to remove them. The conclusion reached is that municipalities exercising their eminent domain powers in partnership with investors are best situated to move the nation out of the ongoing mortgage mess.