predatory lending

Mortgage Relief Scams Still Going Strong

More than five years have passed since the mortgage bubble began to pop, and scammers taking advantage of homeowners still abound. In fact, the criminals and their techniques have become increasingly sophisticated.

More States Join Lawsuit Challenging CFPB and Dodd-Frank

Eight more states have joined a lawsuit aimed at challenging the constitutionality of parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

$25B Nationwide Mortgage Deal Goes to States

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.

The Trouble with Online Payday Loans

If you're strapped for cash and need money quickly, an online payday loan can be tempting. But these high-interest loans can lead to financial trouble. Here are some tips on selecting a provider, as well as some alternatives to payday loans.

Predatory Lenders Put U.S. Soldiers in the Crosshairs

Members of America's military face threats around the world every day, but it's a domestic threat that has the top brass on the offensive on the home front -- predatory lenders. Here's how the Department of Defense is fighting back.

N.J. Appeals Court Blocks Foreclosure Over Bad Docs

A New Jersey court has invalidated a foreclosure by insisting on a basic concept of due process -- that the bank must authenticate the documents it uses to make its case. But in the case of Wells Fargo v. Sandra A. Ford, there are more issues than just who owns the mortgage. She has fraud claims that go back to the very beginning.

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.