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Fremont Investment & Loan and its California-based parent, Fremont General Corporation, have settled predatory lending allegations in Massachusetts. To resolve the Commonwealth's lawsuit against it, Fremont has agreed to pay the state $10 million in consumer relief, civil penalties and costs. Fremont has also agreed not to foreclose upon unfair loans without certain protections for borrowers or originate unfair loans in Massachusetts. Those protections against foreclosure, which have been in place since the Superior Court issued a Preliminary Injunction in March 2008 are now permanent and also apply to the loan holders and ...
A home buyer or builder can obtain financing (a loan) either to purchase or secure against the property from a financial institution, such as a bank , either directly or indirectly through intermediaries. Features of mortgage loans such as the size of the loan, maturity of the loan, interest rate, method of paying off the loan, and other characteristics can vary considerably. In many countries, though not all ( Iran and Bali, Indonesia are two exceptions), it is normal for home purchases to be funded by a mortgage loan. Few individuals have enough savings or liquid funds to enable them to purchase property outright. In countries ...
ACORN and the Community Reinvestment Act : The Questionable Authority
a few weeks ago about the role that the Community Reinvestment Act played (or, rather, did not play) in causing the current global financial meltdown. I was planning to get out of the issue there, but a really nice article by Devilstower over at Daily Kos sucked me back in. During the time when I wasn't paying any attention to the issue, the right wing noise machine added a new villain to their attempts to blame Wall Street's mess on the left: ACORN. In 1977 Democratic President Jimmy Carter passed the Community Reinvestment Act to provide housing to poor people. In the 1990s Bill Clinton had Attorney General Janet ... market research, surveys and trends
Exotic Loan Programs and Potential Foreclosures | Rain City Guide
[photopress:Dollar_20Squeezed.jpg,thumb,alignright]Every “exotic” loan program has a potential appropriate user of that program. What we are seeing more and more today, is the industry using these perfectly good programs inappropriately, to “get the deal done”. Before I go into my take on the situation, let me point out two relevant sites worth reading. One is on “Non-traditional mortgage product risks and the other is HUD’s warning regarding Predatory Lending . None of the programs being used today are new. What IS new, is the fact that they are being used by the wrong people for the wrong ... market research, surveys and trends


CitiGroup Settles Predatory Lending Charges for $215 Million
Citigroup Inc. will pay $215 million to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that its Associates subsidiaries engaged in systematic and widespread deceptive and abusive lending practices. It's the largest consumer protection settlement in FTC history. Citigroup acquired The Associates in November 2000, and merged The Associates' consumer finance operations into its subsidiary, CitiFinancial Credit Company. The settlement is contingent on approval of the federal district court in Atlanta and approval of a related settlement in a class action lawsuit currently pending in California. If approved, the FTC and class ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Lending Reforms 8 (2006) (finding that fourteen percent of subprime borrowers ...... (estimating losses from predatory lending at $9.1 billion annually). ...... uniform anti-predatory lending guidelines for purchases of mortgages by ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
McGinty: Despite law, predatory lending still a problem
A few years back, Georgia established strict guidelines and punitive measures that essentially made "payday lending" illegal across the state. Prior to the legislation, such lenders would regularly tack "approval" fees of up to 30 percent on the loans and swamp the borrower with annual interest rates of 300 percent to 400 percent. The loans enabled the borrower, often a low-income person, to get a quick cash advance to help with immediate needs. Ultimately, though, the borrower was buried underneath a mountain of additional debt. The result was a repetitive chain of borrowing that resulted in more and more of a financial burden ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Countrywide's Foreclosure Scam: It's Not the Only Lender Ripping Off Homeowners
facing foreclosure should mark the beginning, not the end, of a full-blown government crackdown on mortgage lenders. That’s because the practices Countrywide is accused of — which range from raising the cost of property inspections, to lying to borrowers about how much they owed, to charging $300 to mow the lawn — are endemic among loan servicers. “The Countrywide settlement exposes a widespread and longstanding industry practice,” Diane Thompson , an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center , told me in an email message. “The settlement offers some real hope of reining in the worst ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Federal Register/Vol. 70, No. 24/Monday, February 7, 2005/Rules ...
6329. Federal Register/Vol. 70, No. 24/Monday, February 7, 2005/Rules and Regulations. 1 12 U.S.C. 371(a); and see 12 CFR part 34 (OCC ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
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Mar 24, 2005 ... TIVE GUIDELINES: SUBPRIME LENDING, LEGISLATIVE GUIDELINES 6 (advising ... 41 Hillary B. Miller, Payday Loans and Predatory Lending, ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
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Am I a victim of Predatory Lending? - Yahoo! Answers
When I was purchasing my home back in 2006 my realtor/broker told me that i need a down payment in order for me to purchase a home with 30 year fixed, so he suggested to borrow money of $148,500 from a private lender Tat Wong. That's why my 1st morgage came out to $346,500 and a second mortgage of $148,500. After a year, my realtor who's connected to the private lender took over the loan of $148,500 and added $500 on top of that loan and came out to $149,000 and started paying him $1308 monthly interest only. The rate is too high. and I think he's been making money out of me. If I cant pay ...
WikiAnswers - Can you sue a bank for predatory lending practice
Yes, but unless the plaintiff has unlimited financial and legal resources it could prove to very difficult to prevail. Rather than a personal lawsuit against a lending institution the person might wish to consider the possibility of a class action suit and enlisting the assistance of the state and/or federal banking regulators. Although as the situation gets worse many judges are not letting the lenders, brokers and others get away with business as usual. Many home owners are filing suit. According to the initial stage of the litigation generally involves a $5,000 fee an ...