Las Vegas foreclosure attorney Tisha Black told Knapp that nine out of 10 foreclosure filings aren't done properly, jeopardizing the ownership status of the house in the future.
"I gave her my address, because I bought a home out of foreclosure three years ago this month,"Knapp said on KLAS during the conclusion of his report. "The Attorney General's office confirmed to me that I don't own my home because of bogus signatures and improper filings."
Knapp told Poynter Institute journalist Al Tompkins that the episode put him in a "very weird spot to be in" as a reporter. After considering not including Knapp's part of the story in the report, he says his managers decided Knapp's coincidence illustrated "one of the central issues in our project... namely, that very bad things have happened to people who essentially played by the rules."
Indeed, Knapp isn't alone when it comes to faulty title transfers causing lost homes. In addition, to the "tens of thousands" cited by KLAS in Las Vegas, one couple and their 18-month-old daughter faced foreclosure in Houston, Texas even though they had stayed current on payments since 2008,because their title wasn't transferred properly.