The agreement settles state and federal investigations finding that the country’s five largest loan servicers routinely signed foreclosure related documents outside the presence of a notary public and without really knowing whether the facts they contained were correct. Both of these practices violate the law. The settlement provides benefits to borrowers whose loans are owned by the settling banks as well as to many of the borrowers whose loans they service.
If you are a home owner, and your loan was serviced by one of the five loan servicers listed above, the settlement may apply to you. However, eligibility may take some time to determine. The agreement will be performed over a three year period.
Another point to consider is that, the agreement does not affect any individual’s rights. A consumer may still bring an individual action, be a part of a class action, or seek further review/relief from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).
Additionally, loans owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac are not impacted by this settlement. The FAQ page on the site contains links to both sites to help you determine if your loan is owned by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
The National Mortgage web site contains quite a bit of useful content, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the agreement, an executive summary of the agreement, and even a list of contact information for the 49 participating state attorneys general offices.
Here is the information for Washington state residents:
Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna
1125 Washington St. SE, PO Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100
This is a complex agreement. I may be able to help you understand your situation; I can certainly help you by discussing certain tradeoffs and options concerning home ownership and bankruptcy. You can contact my scheduler through our website for your free 30 minute consultation. If you wish, you may schedule your free 30 minute consultation by phone by calling us at 253-383-1001 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 5:45 PM, and on Friday from 9:00 AM until 12 noon.