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Ten banks to pay $8.5 billion in foreclosure settlement

Staff writer ▼ | January 8, 2013
Federal regulators in the U.S reached a settlement with ten banks over foreclosure abuses stemming from "robo-signing scandal". Banks will pay $8.5 billion in cash and that will help more than 3.8 million borrowers.
Foreclosure settlement
Foreclosure settlementFederal regulators in the U.S reached a settlement with ten banks over foreclosure abuses stemming from "robo-signing scandal". Banks will pay $8.5 billion in cash and that will help more than 3.8 million borrowers.


The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board expect banks to provider other assistance to borrowers, too. The sum includes $3.3 billion in direct payments to eligible borrowers and $5.2 billion in other assistance, such as loan modifications and forgiveness of deficiency judgments. The agreement ensures that more than 3.8 million borrowers whose homes were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 with the participating servicers will receive cash compensation in a timely manner.

Eligible borrowers are expected to receive compensation ranging from hundreds of dollars up to $125,000, depending on the type of possible servicer error. This agreement includes Aurora, Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, MetLife Bank, PNC, Sovereign, SunTrust, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.

As a result of this agreement, the participating servicers would cease the Independent Foreclosure Review, which involved case-by-case reviews, and replace it with a broader framework allowing eligible borrowers to receive compensation significantly more quickly. The OCC and the Federal Reserve accepted this agreement because it provides the greatest benefit to consumers subject to unsafe and unsound mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices during the relevant period in a more timely manner than would have occurred under the review process.

Eligible borrowers will receive compensation whether or not they filed a request for review form, and borrowers do not need to take further action to be eligible for compensation.


 

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