Federal Reserve Board And OCC Release Amended Foreclosure Consent Orders

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On February 28, the Federal Reserve Board and the OCC jointly released amendments to their enforcement actions against multiple mortgage servicers to resolve allegations that the servicers engaged in improper mortgage servicing and foreclosure processing practices. The amendments resolve consent orders issued in April 2011 by memorializing several recent agreements in principle  that provide for $3.6 billion in cash payments and $5.7 billion in other assistance, such as loan modifications and forgiveness of deficiency judgments, to 4.2 million borrowers whose homes were in foreclosure in 2009 or 2010. For the participating servicers, the amendments also replace the requirements related to the Independent Foreclosure Review process set out under the original consent orders. The servicers are also required to undertake loss mitigation efforts focused on foreclosure prevention, and will continue to be monitored by examiners for implementation of corrective actions to address alleged deficient servicing and foreclosure practices.

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