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Extending Foreclosure Protections for Homeowners

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The Rhode Island legislature has voted to extend a law that requires mediation between mortgage lenders and homeowners before a foreclosure can be completed. Click through to learn more about the law, which was previously set to expire next month.

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Feature: New World Order

The veterans of this business can remember when REOs ran in the neighborhood of 150,000 a year, delinquency rates were just around 4 percent, and you only needed a credit score of 620 to qualify for a prime mortgage loan. But the housing finance industry, and default servicing especially, has changed. In the cover story of it's September issue, DS News looks at the many factors--from a slew of new regulatory mandates to an altered public perception of debt obligations--that have altered the business into something far from customary.

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Extend Act Providing Grace Period

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Thursday extending a state law that provides a grace period of up to 90 days for homeowners facing foreclosure. More specifically, the act provides homeowners with a grace period of up to 90 days when homeowners who are facing foreclosure seek housing counseling.

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New York AG Sues HSBC, Alleging Failure to Follow Foreclosure Law

HSBC faces a lawsuit from New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who accused the bank of failing to follow a state foreclosure law that mandates a settlement conference for past due borrowers. In a statement, Schneiderman announced he filed a lawsuit against HSBC, alleging the bank repeatedly failed to file a Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI) in a timely manner. According to Schneiderman, delays in filing the RJI increase the risk that homeowners will lose their home and leads to a backlog of foreclosure cases.

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Banks Provide $50.6B in Relief, Settlement Obligations Nearly Met

The five banks that took part in the national mortgage settlement are getting close to completing their consumer relief obligations a year after the landmark deal was reached. So far, the five banks--Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Ally Financial--have provided $50.63 billion in consumer relief to over 621,700 borrowers, according to an update from the settlement monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr. The provided relief comes out to about $81,437 per borrower.

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St. Louis County Passes Foreclosure Mediation Ordinance

Banks may have the right to schedule a foreclosure sale for past due borrowers, but in St. Louis County, homeowners will get a chance to schedule a mediation with their lender before facing foreclosure. On August 28, the St. Louis County Council passed an ordinance that will require lenders to provide homeowners with a notice advising them of their right to request mediation.

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Final Homeowners’ Rights Bills Pass in California Legislature

California attorney general Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the final parts of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights have passed out of both houses and are awaiting action from the governor. Harris said the entirety of the Homeowner Bill of Rights stems from need to help homeowners and implement the sorts of reform that were outlined in the national mortgage settlement. Once signed into law, all aspects of the legislative package will take effect at the start of 2013.

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