Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nice ideas--doutful in action

Regarding states sending out claim forms:  "If this works and they get the target of 750,000 responses, then the payout will amount to $2,000 “sorry your home was stolen” checks."
Next month in theory..............

"After failing to adhere to at least two separate sets of servicing guidelines since 2010, lenders are preparing for more than 300 rules that take effect next month on loan modifications, fees, foreclosures, and the treatment of military personnel. For the first time, banks face a watchdog dedicated to keeping them honest, Joseph A. Smith, North Carolina’s ex- commissioner of banks.

The latest attempt by U.S. regulators to change the way the biggest mortgage servicers treat their customers will test how effective the $25 billion industry accord is in helping distressed homeowners. Previous guidelines, including those for the Home Affordable Modification Program, that required speedy responses for customers were ignored as banks lost paperwork or otherwise stalled applications, said Diane Thompson, an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center in Boston.

“They have had some of these rules in effect for years now, they just haven’t complied,” Thompson said. “Smith will be crucial in holding the servicers accountable; he has the power to take them to court if they’re in noncompliance. But whether that is enough remains to be seen.”

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