DeWine explains mortgage settlement

May 21, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

If you are a homeowner and have continued to encounter difficulty with loan modifications or difficulty working with mortgage servicers concerning relief opportunities provided in the National Mortgage Settlement, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says you may contact his office by calling 800-282-0515.

DeWine announced that Tuesday’s release of the monitor’s data shows more than 2,000 Ohioans have received more than $86 million in consumer relief from the National Mortgage Settlement in the first quarter of 2013.

“Today’s data released by the settlement monitor shows that Ohioans continue to take advantage of the significant relief opportunities provided in the National Mortgage Settlement,” DeWine said.

The monitor’s report summarizes self-reported data provided by the five mortgage servicers who are parties to the settlement: Ally, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorganChase, and Wells Fargo. Between March 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013, 9,593 Ohioans received $366,275,061 in consumer relief from the five servicers, an average of $38,181 per participating Ohioan. In the first quarter of 2013, 2,128 Ohioans received relief totaling $86,192,988.

Nationwide, the five servicers reported providing $48.66 billion in consumer relief through March 31, 2013. The report lists consumer relief as including:

•Loan modifications,

•Forgiveness of forbearance

•Lien modification forgiveness

•Forgiveness to complete short sales

•Forgiveness to complete deeds in lieu of foreclosure

•Servicer payments

•Deficiency waivers

•Estimated consumer relief from completed refinances.

According to the monitor’s report, 2,721 Ohioans were able to complete mortgage refinances with the five servicers. The average rate reduction was 2.95 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average of a 2.25 percent reduction. In total, the five servicers sent refinancing solicitations to 4,810 Ohioans.

DeWine said the settlement monitor is expected to release a report in June on compliance with servicing standards specified in the National Mortgage Settlement.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.