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Fighting Foreclosures on the Hill

In an effort to combat foreclosures for borrowers with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgages, Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently introduced the The FHA Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2019. The Act intends to strengthen requirements for and increase oversight of FHA mortgage servicers “so that every homebuyer with an FHA mortgage is given a fair chance at avoiding foreclosure.”

“The Federal Housing Administration is critical to our housing market and helps to promote homeownership for underserved borrowers, including first-time and minority homebuyers,” said Waters in a statement. “Unfortunately, we continue to see significant problems with the servicing of FHA loans that unnecessarily put homeowners at risk of foreclosure. That is why I have introduced the FHA Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2019, which would ensure that FHA servicers help families experiencing financial hardship avoid foreclosure so that they can remain in their homes.”

According to a statement from Waters, the Act would require the Department of Housing and Urban Development to increase its oversight of FHA mortgage lenders in an effort to strengthen compliance with the FHA’s loss mitigation requirements. It would also establish a “robust” complaint and appeals process to provide borrowers the ability to better voice their concerns about unfair treatment.

“Ultimately, this bill seeks to ensure that FHA borrowers have a fair opportunity to become current after defaulting on their loan,” said a statement from the House FInancial Services Committee.

Additionally, a companion measure from Senator Catherine Cortez Masto was introduced alongside the Foreclosure Prevention Act.

“As Nevada’s Attorney General during the housing crisis, I held the Big Banks and mortgage companies accountable for trying to take away the homes of hardworking families in the Silver State,” said Cortez Masto in a statement. “Lenders must follow the law before foreclosing on borrowers and that includes communicating transparently and doing everything possible to avoid eviction. Yet loan servicers and mortgage companies are still not following the law when it comes to helping homeowners, which is why my legislation is so important. This bill ensures that lenders put consumers first and take every step possible to keep struggling homeowners in Nevada and across the country in their homes.”

About Author: Seth Welborn

Seth Welborn is a contributing writer for DS News. He is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece. An East Texas native, he also works part-time as a photographer.
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