Loan Modifications

Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist... more +
Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist borrowers in meeting their obligations and avoid foreclosure. Such mortgage loan modifications may include reduction of principal amount or interest rate, lengthening of loan term, and monthly payment caps. less -
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Can a Foreclosure be “Wrongful” if the Debtor is Underwater?

In most successful “wrongful foreclosure” cases (challenging an already-completed trustee’s sale), the debtor’s most obvious source of damages is the lost equity in the wrongfully sold security property....more

Money, Dirt & Steel: Spring 2015 NC Real Property Litigation Update

MONEY: GUARANTORS CAN NOW RELY ON G.S. §45-21.36 VALUE DEFENSES - By statute in North Carolina, G.S. §45-21.36, certain obligors may defend a deficiency action where the bank is the successful bidder by arguing...more

California Foreclosure Law: Plaintiff May Recover Tort Damages For A Claim Of Wrongful Foreclosure

In a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit, the plaintiff may recover tort damages – i.e., any damages proximately caused by the foreclosing defendant, the Fourth District Court of Appeal held last week. Miles v. Deutsche Bank...more

NJ Borrowers under HAMP May Pursue State Law Claims

It is well-established that the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) does not offer borrowers a private right of action to allege a lender or servicer violated HAMP. However, the New Jersey Appellate Division...more

Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam....more

Borrowers Don’t Have Private Right of Action Under HAMP but May Pursue New Jersey State Law Claims

Action Item: To avoid possible state law claims related to denial of loan modifications, trial modification offers should clearly define the requirements a borrower must fulfill to receive a loan modification, and lenders and...more

FTC Announces Results of “Operation Ruse Control” on Auto Industry

On March 26, the FTC announced the results of Operation Ruse Control, “a nationwide and cross-border crackdown” on the auto industry with the intent to protect consumers who are purchasing or leasing a car. Efforts taken...more

FTC Settles with Texas-Based Mortgage Company Over Mortgage Relief Scams

On March 5, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas approved a settlement agreement between the FTC and a Texas-based mortgage relief company and its owners (Defendants) to resolve allegations that they...more

Why the Flagstar Bank Case is Important - Blog: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Let’s revisit the Flagstar Bank case which I touched on in my November 20, 2014 posting. This is an important case for a number of reasons, most notably because it was the CFPB’s first enforcement action under the CFPB’s new...more

How to Aggressively Defend Against Lender Liability Lawsuits

Introduction - Following an economic downturn, lenders are inundated with lender liability suits typically based on purported promises to extend the maturity dates of loans, alter the terms of loan agreements, or to...more

Treasury and HUD Announce Changes to Making Home Affordable Program

On December 4, Treasury and HUD announced changes to Making Home Affordable (MHA) to better assist struggling homeowners. The changes are designed to motivate homeowners in MHA to continue making timely mortgage payments. The...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 12/03/14

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the...more

California District Court Denies Certification Where Putative Class Members Lack Standing and Plaintiff Fails to Conduct Extensive...

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California recently denied class certification in a case alleging wrongdoing by a loan servicer in connection with the Home Affordable Modification Program...more

HAMP and Section 75-1.1, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, we discussed when a lender’s failure to comply with guidelines under the federal Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) might violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 as well. We analyzed a very recent federal...more

HAMP and Section 75-1.1, Part 1

In a recent article, Matt Sawchak explained per se violations of section 75-1.1. When courts recognize a per se violation of section 75-1.1, they are saying that violating a separate source of law—a separate statute, a...more

Mortgage Modifications: Senior Loans May Become Not So Senior

Sperry Assoc. Fed. Credit Union v. US Bank Nat’l Ass’n (In re White), 514 B.R. 365 (Bankr. E.D.N.Y. 2014) – A junior mortgagee sought to subordinate the senior mortgage loan based on an argument that modification of...more

GAO Recommends Better Data Analysis to Improve TARP Housing Programs

On October 6, the GAO released a report recommending that the Treasury Department improve its analysis of data it collects on HAMP. As of June, Treasury has disbursed only about one-third of the $38.5 billion in TARP funds...more

CFPB Issues First Enforcement Action for Servicing Rules Violations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced a consent order with Flagstar Bank, F.S.B., alleging unfair acts and practices under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and violations of the CFPB's...more

Freddie Mac Updates Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide

On September 15, Freddie Mac released a bulletin updating portions of Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide (“Guide”) governing foreclosures and foreclosure alternatives. The updates include changes to the loan modification...more

California Retroactively Extends Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief, But Only For 2013

At the end of July, the California state legislature enacted an extension of its modified conformity to federal mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief for 1 year, through 2013. The law allows exclusion of income realized as a...more

Freddie Mac Updates Alternative To Foreclosure Requirements, Other Servicing Policies

On July 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-14, which announced a new automated settlement process for mortgage modification settlements. Effective December 1, 2014, servicers must submit the required settlement data for a...more

New York Adopts Shared Appreciation Mortgage Regulations

On July 9, the New York DFS announced that it finalized a rule that allows for shared appreciation mortgage modifications, which permit banks and mortgage servicers to reduce the amount of principal outstanding on a...more

CFPB issues new “snapshot” report on consumer complaints

The CFPB has issued a report on consumer complaints received from July 21, 2011 through June 30, 2014. According to the CFPB’s “Snapshot,” it handled approximately 395,300 complaints during this period, with its Consumer...more

New York DFS Unveils Shared Appreciation Mortgage Rule

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), in accordance with Section 6-F of the New York Banking Law, recently adopted regulations authorizing shared mortgage appreciation modifications in limited...more

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Announce Targeted Modification Program

Recently, Fannie Mae (Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-12) and Freddie Mac (Bulletin 2014-11) introduced a temporary modification option targeted to borrowers located in Detroit, Michigan as part of the FHFA-directed...more

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