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Do Banks or Homeowners Win in Mortgage Settlement?

Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal. Banks have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homeowners in the wake of the 2008 financial... Continue Reading »

Mortgage Settlement's Next Step: Banks to Pay $8.5 Billion in 'Robo-Signing' Mess

U.S. banks have taken another step to clear away the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis by agreeing to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homeowners. The deal announced Monday could compensate hundreds of thousands of Americans whose homes were seized because of abuses... Continue Reading »

States Mull $25 Billion Mortgage Settlement With Big Banks

WASHINGTON -- The nation's five largest mortgage lenders have agreed to overhaul their industry after deceptive foreclosure practices drove homeowners out of their homes, government officials said Monday. A draft settlement between the banks and U.S. states has been sent to state officials for review. Those who lost... Continue Reading »

Foreclosure Actions at Lowest Level Since 2007

After a year marred by red tape and mortgage lender malfeasance, foreclosure activity in 2011 fell to the lowest annual rate since the housing crisis began more than four years ago, according to data released Thursday. Foreclosure filings -- which include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions -- were... Continue Reading »

Banks to Offer Toll-Free Number for 'Robo-Signing' Victims

Banks being sued for illegal foreclosure practices are preparing to launch a toll-free number meant to enable them to contact the practices' victims, The Wall Street Journal reports. The effort by the banks is a response to pressure from regulators who have ordered 14 lenders to revamp their foreclosure practices after... Continue Reading »

Robo-Signing Puts Ownership of Thousands of Homes in Question

NEW YORK -- Counties across the United States are discovering that illegal or questionable mortgage paperwork is far more widespread than thought, tainting the deeds of tens of thousands of homes dating to the late 1990s. The suspect documents could create legal trouble for homeowners for years. Already, mortgage... Continue Reading »

Report: Banks Force Distressed Homeowners to Waive Right

As the federal government wades deeper into claims of improper foreclosure procedures at the nation's largest banks, a new scandal is emerging. An investigative series by ProPublica has revealed that several lenders are forcing distressed homeowners to sign away their rights to sue in exchange for a temporary loan... Continue Reading »

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