Tuesday, May 15, 2007

relief for defaulting borrowers?

There may be some relief coming for homeowner’s who face foreclosure action by their lender. Washington Mutual, Bank of America, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, and Wells Fargo, received letters asking for a six month moratorium on Foreclosures and instead urging these major lenders in the California market to focus on finding ways to keep borrowers from loosing their homes.

Many thousands of borrowers in California are at risk of default because they took on risky loans, and could loose their homes. Consumer groups, legal aid groups, housing services, at least place some blame on the lenders themselves because of loose underwriting which pushed some borrowers into loans they couldn’t afford.

The Los Angeles Times quoted the associate director of California Reinvestment Coalition as saying “We are asking the largest lenders in the state to take leadership so that families can keep their homes and California’s economy won’t suffer”.

as of December 6, 2007 one effort to assist homeowners has been put into place - visit the December 6 posting for details.