foreclosure prevention

Occupy Our Homes Targets Banks Over Mortgage Mess

A spin-off group from Occupy Wall Street, called Occupy Our Homes, has formed to reverse and stop foreclosures. Lately, the group has been using creative tactics to raise awareness about the banking practices that led to the housing bubble.

How to Stretch Out Foreclosure for Years

Janet's a lawyer who's losing her home, and she knows: When it comes to foreclosure, bureaucracy and paperwork can be your friends. Her foreclosure process has lasted for nearly 900 days, and counting. For homeowners in dire financial straits, her story is a lesson in how to keep a roof over your head as long as possible.

Don't Ask, Just Cram: Let Judges Modify Mortgages Again

Regulators want the nation's big banks to reduce what borrowers owe on underwater mortgages, but they're still focused on solutions that rely on banks to voluntarily do the right thing. But we've already seen that won't work, and history shows what will -- giving bankruptcy judges back the right to cram down mortgages.

Court Gives Hope to Homeowners Lied to by Banks

A California appeals court has ruled that U.S. Bank conned Claudia Aceves out of her home by tricking her into giving up her bankruptcy protections. Now she can sue the bank for damages and fraud, and conceivably, so could other homeowners in similar situations.

Big Banks to New Jersey: Stop Bugging Us About Foreclosures

When New Jersey tightened its foreclosure rules in response to the false document crisis, it ordered the six largest servicers to explain why they should be allowed to continue foreclosing on homes. Their response: 'Trust us, everything's fine now.' If you think there's irony in that assertion, read on ...

Bank of America Sued Over Home Loan Modifications

Bank of America's persistent failure to modify home loans has resulted in the inevitable: a consumer class action lawsuit. Last week, Susan Fraser of Missouri filed suit on behalf of herself and other qualified homeowners whom the bank failed to give permanent loan modifications to.

An Arizonan's Nightmare With Citi's Foreclosure System

Back in December 2008, John H. was small-business owner with perfect credit and a house he could afford. But when his business started suffering, he appealed to Citi Residential Mortgage for a modification. Now, he faces foreclosure -- for the fourth time -- the day before Thanksgiving.

Citi May Have to Refile Thousands of Forelcosure Affidavits

Citigroup Inc (C) said it may have to refile thousands of foreclosure affidavits. The bank is reviewing 10,000 affidavits executed before the company overhauled its foreclosure operation in February, Harold Lewis, a managing director with CitiMortgage said in written testimony for a congressional hearing. Bloomberg News reported his comments.

Mortgage Lenders May Meet With Foreclosure Task Force Today

A government task force investigating the foreclosure crisis may meet with mortgage lenders as soon as today, Bloomberg News reported. Attorneys general in all 50 states are investigating claims that lenders used flawed paperwork to foreclose on hundreds of thousands of homes.

The Foreclosure Mess: Still a Threat to Renters

Despite new federal laws designed to protect them, many tenants are still finding themselves caught up in foreclosure dramas as building owners struggle to hold on to their properties. And if real estate market doesn't improve soon, the problem could get worse.

Did Lawyers Commit Fraud in the Foreclosure Fiasco?

The so-called robo-signers at banks who signed thousands of foreclosure-related documents without reading them were lying under oath. But even worse were the robo-signing lawyers and their colleagues: They absolutely knew they were committing frauds that could get them disbarred.

Foreclosure Bill, Blasted by Critics, Vetoed by Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday vetoed a bill that its critics say would've make it harder to challenge foreclosure-related documents. Allegations of invalid foreclosure paperwork have been popping up around the country.

Bill Limiting Foreclosure Challenges Awaits Obama's Signature

A bill that would make it more difficult to challenge the legality of documents related to foreclosures has passed Congress and is awaiting President Obama%u2019s signature. The bill was passed through Congress with minimal debate, Reuters reported. It would require courts to accept as valid document notarizations made out of state, Reuters said. That would make it more difficult to challenge the authenticity of documents related to foreclosures.

The Foreclosure Mess: Are Cram Downs the Only Answer?

Wells Fargo still won't admit it, but its employees' testimony makes it clear that, like GMAC, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and OneWest Bank, they have a problem with their foreclosure documents. But the solution isn't just a better documentation process: It's time to bring back cram downs.

Predatory Lenders Played Big Role in Housing Crisis

Predatory lending focused on ethnic minority neighborhoods was a significant factor in the U.S. foreclosure crisis, according to a new study. Predatory lenders offer loans with unreasonable fees, interest rates and payment requirements. Examples include some pawnshops, payday lenders and check cashing services.

JPMorgan Chase Falsified Foreclosure Documents Too

The problem of faulty foreclosure documents isn't limited to GMAC: A JPMorgan Chase employee has testified that she was one of eight managers who combined to sign some 18,000 documents a month without the personal knowledge of the facts that the documents claimed they had.

Home Mortgage Modifications Decline in July

Fewer Americans received home-loan modifications in July under the Obama administration's program to reduce foreclosures and delinquencies. A report released Friday showed that 36,695 households received long-term mortgage modifications, compared to more than 51,000 in June.