You may have recieved this real estate email about the lawyer who is asked about a land deed prior to 1803. For those of you who haven’t seen it – enjoy!

Only in Louisiana – you have to love this lawyer.

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client who lost his house in hurricane Katrina and wanted to rebuild. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to the parcel of property granted and if he could prove satisfactory title to the parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the Lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:

(Actual letter):

“Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin.”

Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:

(Actual Letter):

“Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased, by the U.S., from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application.

For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a little unknown sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Isabella. The good queen, Isabella secured the blessing of the Pope. The Pope is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, creator of the world, including, one presumes, Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it and — the FHA. I hope you find God’s original claim to be satisfactory.

Now, may we have our loan?”

He got the loan.

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