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Back in 2001, we estimated that predatory mortgage lending cost consumers $9.1 billion every year. Since then, the market for subprime home loans surged, then exploded, and it has become painfully clear that the total cost of bad lending practices is almost incalculable. Still, we keep trying. In recent years our research has focused on topics such as trends in the subprime market, racial disparities in lending, and an assessment of predatory lending laws in the states. Visit us often to stay up-to-date on our latest findings, including periodic assessments of reports issued by lenders and regulatory agencies.

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  • The Private Sector and Government Response to the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis
    Published: Dec 8 2009      Issue: Mortgage Lending

    Julia Gordon, CRL Sr. Policy Counsel, testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on why we need a stronger, multi-pronged approach to stopping the mortgage foreclosure epidemic

  • End Predatory Pricing on Home Loans (Yield-Spread Premiums)
    Published: Dec 7 2009      Issue: Mortgage Lending

    The Federal Reserve is considering rules to restrict mortgage brokers and lenders from giving borrowers loans with higher interest rates than necessary and earning "yield-spread premium" kickbacks...

  • Mortgage Repairs Lag Far Behind Foreclosures
    Published: Dec 4 2009      Issue: Mortgage Lending

    Mortgage companies have blocked sensible actions to stop foreclosures, promising to fix the problem themselves – but they’re not delivering. The latest MBA figures show that the proportion of...

  • Brief Overview of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency
    Published: Sep 15 2009      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    A brief overview of how the Consumer Financial Protection Agency would ensure that banking is safe for all Americans.

  • Consumer Financial Protection Agency: Myths versus Reality
    Published: Aug 13 2009      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Current Trends in Foreclosure and What More Can Be Done To Prevent Them
    Published: Jul 28 2009      Issue: Mortgage Lending

    In a hearing on "Current Trends in Foreclosure and What More Can Be Done to Prevent Them," CRL's Keith Ernst urged Congress to take several actions to address the flood of foreclosures and fix the...

  • Financial Reform that Protects Consumers
    Published: Jun 25 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Car Title Loans, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans, Refund Anticipation Loans

    For years, federal bank regulators looked the other way; now Congress has a chance to reform our system of checks and balances, make banks accountable, and protect consumers from abusive financial...

  • Six Principles for Real Reform: Balancing Bank Safety and Sensible Lending
    Published: Jun 24 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Car Title Loans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans

    As Congress considers how to address improving consumer protection and regulation of our financial system going forward over the next several months, we offer six essential principles for achieving...

  • Regulatory Restructuring: Enhancing Consumer Financial Products Regulation
    Published: Jun 24 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Car Title Loans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans, Refund Anticipation Loans

    Kathleen Keest, Senior Policy Counsel at CRL, testified before the House Financial Services Committee on CRL's support for a strong, state-of-the-art consumer protection agency for financial...

  • Overview of the Obama Administration’s Proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency
    Published: Jun 24 2009      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mortgage Lending

    This summary focuses only on the consumer protection component of the Obama Administration’s Financial Regulatory Reform proposal.

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