Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Update on Possible Mortgage Servicer Settlement

by Calculated Risk on 3/02/2011 11:28:00 PM

Actually an update on the lack of progress ...

From Nelson Schwartz and David Streitfeld at the NY Times: Officials Disagree on Penalties for Mortgage Mess

The newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is pushing for $20 billion or more in penalties, backed up by the attorneys general and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

But other regulators, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees national banks, and the Federal Reserve, do not favor such a large fine, contending a small number of people were the victims of flawed foreclosure procedures.
A key issue is what "$20 billion" means. Some regulators want the lenders to use the money to reduce principal for underwater borrowers or other modification efforts. Others argue that would be "a back-door bailout for delinquent homeowners" who weren't even harmed by the processing errors.

There is a long way to go - but it sounds like criminal charges are off the table.