The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has created a guide on how to recognize and protect yourself from mortgage rescue scams. Please see the attached for more information.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created a "Shopping for Your Home Loan" guide for persons looking to buy home. This guide includes tips and advice before you purchase a home or settle on a home loan company.
Below is a module created by Idaho Legal Aid Services related to common legal issues surrounding seniors or the elderly and protecting their home in relation to issues like Medicaid, foreclosure, deed, reverse mortgages, and letting others reside with you.. The module is available in English and Spanish.
Please find attached a template letter that you can use to request information from your mortgage servicer for information regarding escrow accounts if your mortgage loan is currently in forebearance.
The National Consumer Law Center, Inc. has created a free chapter on Homeowner Rights During the Covid-19 Pandemic. This Chapter covers issues such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Housing Agency (FHA), VA, and USDA mortgage loans, state-based pandemic-related relief, portfolio and private label securities, and foreclosures. This Chapter is accessible for free here: https://library.nclc.org/free-access-new-chapter-homeowner-rights-during-covid-pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has created a webpage for resources for renters during the Coronavirus pandemic. It includes information on rental assistance, tips on communicating with your landlord, Center for Disease Control Eviction Moratorium Order, and information regarding mortgages. Please visit this webpage for more information: https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus/renters
The Center for Responsible Lending has created the following "8 Signs of Predatory Mortgage Lending", which you may find below or on their website: https://www.responsiblelending.org/issues/8-signs-predatory-mortgage.
This chart by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) provides a summary of relief options available for borrowers facing a COVID-19 related hardship. The options that a borrower has depends on the loan investor. For loans it covers, Section 4022 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security (CARES) Act requires forbearance for borrowers with COVID-19 hardships and some investors have expanded on those provisions.
ILAS Fair Lending Project poster, which identifies some common warning signs of predatory lending, is available for printing and posting at your business.
Idaho Legal Aid Services Fair Lending: Predatory Lending Abuses Brochure.
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