CRL Report Results in Silence From the Debt Relief Industry

The other day I published the debt settlement recommendation report from The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), click here. As vocal as critics have been in attacking this site and myself for being outspoken about consumer unfriendly debt relief practices I felt certain people would have comments to offer about the CRL recommendations. But silence, … Read more

Forget About Credit. Will Anyone Be Able to Save a Down Payment to Buy a House in The Future?

The Center for Responsible Lending has a very interesting publication out that addresses the proposed new regulation that will mandate a 20% down payment for a residential mortgage. The 20% proposal is ridiculous and you will not that it has nothing to do with if you have good or bad credit. The new proposed large … Read more

Consumer Groups Call on CFPB to Provide Easy Access to Complaints Filed Against Companies

Consumers Union and a bunch of other groups have submitted a letter to the CFPB to ask that consumers have easy access to complaints filed against companies. Washington D.C.- A coalition of consumer, civil rights, good government, and community groups have called on the new federal financial watchdog, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), to … Read more

See Who is For and Against California SB 708 Debt Settlement Legislation

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me in the link to the current California debt settlement bill that listed who was before and against it. What is interesting to note is that Visa is for it and Consumers Union. Gail Hillebrand who was behind these efforts at Consumers Union is now with the … Read more

Payday Loans: How Quick Is A Quick Solution?

On March 31, 2011 The Center for Responsible Lending put out a publication entitled “Payday Loans, Inc.: Short on Credit, Long on Debt” where they featured a recent study of payday loan borrowers. The CRL tracked 11,000 Oklahoma payday loan borrowers for 24 months from the date of their first loan and revealed their findings … Read more

CRL Says TASC and USOBA Harm Ordinary Families at the Hands of Debt Settlement Companies

Here is another letter sent to the FTC in support of banning advance fees for debt settlement programs. It is notable for it’s strong statements and its well documented footnotes. Comments of Michael Calhoun, President, of the Center for Responsible Lending to the Federal Trade Commission Notice of Proposed Rule-Making: Telemarketing Sales Rule Debt Relief … Read more

Consumer Groups Make the Case to Not Exempt Debt Settlement Attorney Model From Regulation

This letter was sent in by a loyal tipster (send in your tips here), thank you. Oppose the House Offer on H.R. 4173 to Exempt Attorneys Engaged in Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Consumer Financial Practices June 22, 2010 House-Senate Conferees, H.R. 4173 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator or Representative: Americans for Financial Reform and the … Read more