NEW: McDonnell Property Analytics (“MPA”) offers a low-cost COVID-19 Forbearance Review to determine if your mortgage loan servicer has accurately calculated the amount of principal, interest, and escrow items that were deferred during the pandemic, and perhaps tacked onto the back of your mortgage loan.
We know from experience that anytime there is a change in a mortgage loan account, the risk of error increases accordingly. If mistakes are made, it’s best to correct them sooner rather than later.
As of December 31, 2021, most state and federal moratoria on foreclosures and evictions that were imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted. By all reports, we expect to see a resurgence in the volume of foreclosures nationwide that exceeds the fallout from the 2008 Financial Crisis.
The key to resolving mortgage disputes and effectively asserting your consumer rights is to maintain a complete Mortgage File consisting of:
You should also be aware that —to our knowledge— there are few, if any, continuing legal education (“CLE”) courses or continuing professional education courses (“CPE”) that have been developed to train professionals in how to advocate for consumers facing these challenges.
MPA is uniquely qualified to assist our clients in evaluating COVID-19 forbearance plans, loan modification agreements, and in assessing other loss mitigation remedies.
NOV 10, 2021:
CFPB Takes Action to Prevent Avoidable Foreclosures
Agencies Will Examine for Compliance with COVID-19 Protections
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), jointly with other government agencies, announced a return to enforcement of critical protections for families and homeowners. Those protections, put in place in the wake of the Great Recession to prevent another foreclosure crisis, give families the chance to find alternatives to foreclosure before losing their home. With the majority of the over one million remaining COVID-19 forbearances expected to end before the end of the year, struggling homeowners will need these protections to avoid foreclosure.
“Failures by mortgage servicers and regulators worsened the impact of the economic crisis a decade ago,” said CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. “Regulators have learned their lesson, and we will be scrutinizing servicers to ensure they are doing all they can to help homeowners and follow the law."
Most homeowners make their monthly mortgage payment to a mortgage servicer. Mortgage servicers collect the payments on behalf of the entity that owns the loan and are hired and fired by that entity, not the homeowner. Homeowners cannot shop for a new servicer, no matter how badly they are mistreated. As a result, borrowers cannot exercise market power to discipline mortgage servicers and, absent government intervention, have no defense against a servicer’s abuse of market dominance.
See the entire press release at: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/cfpb-takes-action-to-prevent-avoidable-foreclosures/