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CFPB Rolls Our New Mortgage Rules to Help Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has just announced new rules that are aimed at mortgage servicing companies from lessons learned during this most recent mortgage meltdown crisis we are living through. While smaller banks and credit unions are exempt from these rules, the big loan servicing companies, those that service 5,000 or more loans, will …

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Billions Now Available for Foreclosure Victims. Banks to Notify Consumers.

Ten mortgage servicing companies subject to enforcement actions for deficient practices in mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing have reached an agreement in principle with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board to pay more than $8.5 billion in cash payments and other assistance to help borrowers. The …

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My Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Discharged My Mortgage. Can I Stay and Keep the House? – Greg

“Dear Steve, Post 2 years Chapter 7 – credit report shows discharge of mortgage. Want to stay here and pay off the house and eventually get title… My Chapter 7 discharged unsecured debts more than 2 years ago. Unbeknownst to me it also discharged my primary residence mortgage. I have stayed current on the mortgage …

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ProPublica Raises Concerns Over Bank of America’s Foreclosure Review Process

by Paul Kiel ProPublica Late last year, the country’s bank regulators launched a massive program to evaluate millions of foreclosure cases and compensate homeowners who fell victim to the banks’ flawed or illegal practices. Regulators dubbed it the “Independent Foreclosure Review” to emphasize that the banks would not be making key decisions about loans they …

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Foreclosure Victim Guide on How to Get Compensation You Are Entitled To

by Paul Kiel ProPublica, If you’re a victim of banking abuses during the foreclosure crisis, the government says it’ll make sure you receive compensation from your bank. It’s a simple idea. But for victims, determining who’s eligible, how to apply, and when you might get a check in the mail isn’t simple at all. So …

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Billion Dollar Foreclosure Settlement Money Goes Elsewhere

by Paul Kiel and Cora Currier ProPublica States have diverted $974 million from this year’s landmark mortgage settlement to pay down budget deficits or fund programs unrelated to the foreclosure crisis, according to a ProPublica analysis. That’s nearly forty percent of the $2.5 billion in penalties paid to the states under the agreement. The settlement, …

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What is the Best Way to Stay in Our Home; Foreclosure or Short Sale? – Marc

“Dear Andy, We (my wife and I) have been in our home for 7 years. We are current on our payments on both our first Loan of +/- $370k (5 year ARM tied to LIBOR) and our Second loan of +/- $75k with Citibank. We paid $499k for our home with only $15k down. Our …

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Foreclosure in America. The All Too Common Story of How Dreams Turn to Dirt.

by Paul Kiel ProPublica Sheila Ramos’ grandsons, 10 and 13, started crying. They wanted to know where the house was. There wasn’t one. There was only a tent. They had flown from Florida, after Ramos had fallen hopelessly behind on the mortgage for her three-bedroom home, to this family-owned patch of rural land on Hawaii’s …

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Republican Presidential Candidates Not Specific on Help for Struggling Homeowners

by Lois Beckett ProPublica As we’ve detailed, President Obama’s plans to help homeowners have come up short time and again. We recently looked at Obama’s latest proposals, most of which are unlikely to make a major dent in the crisis. So, how about the Republican presidential candidates: What do they say should be done about …

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Attorney General’s Office sues four foreclosure rescue companies

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will file four more lawsuits this week against mortgage rescue companies accused of scamming Indiana consumers out of thousands of dollars. These four lawsuits raise the total number of actions taken against foreclosure rescue companies to 95 since 2006. Strategic Alliance of California, National Financial Services of Texas, United Capital …

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