CBS confirms our claims of fraud investigation cover-ups

Eighteen hours ago, as I write this article, CBS News confirmed what our staff writers have known for years. The subprime mortgage crisis was caused by greed and economic incentives that outweighed potential fines. Then there were the fraud investigation cover-ups. “If you talk to people who work on the front lines, they’ll tell you …

Subprime fallout continues in 2012

It was the summer of 2007. We waited for mortgage lending to explode (or implode). If you recall, Bear Sterns had problems that shocked everyone, HSBC announced the first subprime mortgage losses, and Lehman Brothers said Lehman was not associated or affiliated with subprime borrowers. Bear Sterns is gone, Lehman had egg on their face, …

More confusion at Saxon SCI with modifications and foreclosure

ML in Lousianna said this today: “Saxon has sent me a letter saying that I did qualify for a home loan modification and 6 weeks later sent a denial letter and approved the foreclosure process to go forward.” Meanwhile a homeowner in Kentucky told us of another foreclosure involving an adjustable rate mortgage. One must …

New suit alleges deceptive foreclosure practices

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This week, Massachusetts slapped a huge lawsuit on five major U.S. banks. The lawsuit claims the banks’ shady practices have contributed to people illegally being removed from their home. State Attorney General Martha Coakley says she is not going to wait any longer to hold banks accountable for allegedly deceptive foreclosure …

No class certification for BofA toxic adjustables

A federal judge rejected class certification for more than 500,000 borrowers who say predatory lending schemes made them fall victim to “toxic” adjustable-rate or subprime-mortgage loans offered by Countrywide and Bank of America. In their consolidated class action, which alleges RICO violations, unfair competition and other claims, homeowners say that Countrywide and other lenders engaged …