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California Citizen Proposes Amendment Outlawing Foreclosures

A Sacramento, California citizen has proposed an amendment to the California Constitution that would outlaw foreclosures.

Declaring that ""real estate lending institutions have failed to provide a simple method of loan modification and foreclosure prevention,"" David A. Benson's ""Foreclosure Modification Act"":http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i945_initiative_11-0014.pdf would require lenders to provide principal reductions and interest rate reductions to help borrowers keep their homes.

Benson asserts that loan servicers are ""not taking into account the devalue that has occurred in property values,"" and thus, his amendment would require lenders


and servicers to offer refinancing options with lower interest rates to all homeowners.

According to the amendment, any home loan ""shall be able to be refinanced without credit review or penalty at minimum cost, within 45 days of being requested by the original loan borrower or home owner"" given the borrower has maintained the loan for at least three years.

""It is a fundamental right for every Californian to purchase and own a home and real property,"" the proposed amendment states. ""As such no township, city, county, municipality, corporate entity, the Legislature or agents thereof shall infringe on this given right of the State of California to its citizens.""

The proposal, already cleared by the Secretary of State, now requires 807,615 signatures -- 8 percent of the total votes cast in California's 2010 gubernatorial election -- in order to be listed on the ballot for California voters to consider.

Benson has until December 27 to collect the signatures.

A nonpartisan legislative analyst and the California governor's director of finance say the amendment might conflict with the U.S. and California Constitutions and other federal laws, according to an article in the ""_Central Valley Business Times._"":http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=19012

About Author: Krista Franks Brock

Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia.

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