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What Is the National Mortgage Settlement?

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 in Foreclosure - Saving Your Home, Illinois, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Mortgage Modifications, Wisconsin

Today a national mortgage settlement was announced with five of the country’s biggest servicers: Ally (GMAC), Bank of America, Citi, Chase and Wells Fargo. A website was even created to answer some of the most basic questions – and direct the rest of your questions to the servicers. So if you have questions about what relief you are supposed to receive – call the parties that committed the robosigning and other bad acts in the first place!

What this means for homeowners who are still suing these lenders and servicers is unclear. The settlement terms supposedly allow lawsuits against the servicers and the mysterious MERS Corp., allow criminal actions against the servicers, send some money to foreclosed borrowers from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2011, and provide money to the states for principal reductions on first and second mortgages.

What are your thoughts? Is the $25 billion received in the settlement enough? Will the nationwide servicing standards actually be enforced against the servicers if they continue to improperly foreclose? Will homeowners who lost their houses due to unethical and possibly illegal activity ever get compensated? Will the money to help write down some mortgages slow or stop the ongoing foreclosure crisis? Only time will tell. But don’t let this news stop you from calling us at (866) LAKELAW or (262) 694-7300 in Wisconsin if you are still facing foreclosure or have questions about your mortgage and other debts.

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