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  • Mortgage Help for Members of the Military 
    Fox Business 17 Feb 2014
    Job stress, time constraints, and general instability have all made the housing crisis more severe for members of the U.S. military, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reports.
  • New Mexico Senate Democrats Aim to Prevent Improper Foreclosures 
    KRWG News (NM) 17 Feb 2014
    State senators in New Mexico want to assemble a task force that would be charged with developing recommendations to the legislature on how to keep homeowners in the state from being wrongfully ...
  • Wells Fargo Plans to Ease Some Rules on Mortgages 
    Wall Street Journal 16 Feb 2014
    Wells Fargo, the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, has announced that it will lower its minimum credit score for FHA eligibility on home loans.
  • Payday Legislation Gets Second Wind 
    Times Daily (Alabama) 16 Feb 2014
    A bill to regulate payday lending in Alabama recently stalled in a House committee, but two senators are now considering their own measures. Sen.
  • Payday Loan Bill Flies Through Panel 
    Salt Lake Tribune (UT) 14 Feb 2014
    Proposals to limit payday lending in Utah have hit roadblocks in the past, but recent scandals have encouraged swifter action.
  • Nevada A.G. Agrees to Deal in Lender Fraud Civil Lawsuit 
    Reno Gazette-Journal 14 Feb 2014
    The company formerly known as Lender Processing Services (LPS) has settled a "robosigning" lawsuit lodged against it in Nevada -- the only state not to accept a nationwide payout from the firm -- ...
  • U.S. Chamber Pushes for Federal Auto-Lending Rules 
    Wall Street Journal 14 Feb 2014
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to give auto lenders a clearer road map for making car loans.
  • FHFA Needs to Exercise More Oversight of Mortgage Servicers: Watchdog 
    American Banker 14 Feb 2014
    The inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) says the agency needs more checks in place to ensure that servicers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages are helping troubled ...
  • Predatory-Lending Bill Wins Unanimous Committee Support 
    Foster's Daily Democrat (NH) 13 Feb 2014
    In Maine, the House Insurance and Financial Services Committee has granted its full support to a bill intended to beat back online predatory lenders that target consumers in the state despite a ...
  • HOPE NOW: Mortgage Servicers Completed 768,000 Loan Mods in 2013 
    Mortgage Orb 13 Feb 2014
    HOPE NOW -- a coalition of loan servicers, mortgage insurers, investors, and nonprofit counselors -- reports that U.S. homeowners benefited from 768,000 modifications last year.
  • RealtyTrac: Monthly Foreclosure Filings Reverse Course, Rise 8 Percent 
    Housing Wire 13 Feb 2014
    Monthly foreclosure filings took a surprising turn and rose 8 percent to 124,419 last month from December, reports RealtyTrac.
  • Congressional Panel Recommends Changes for Student Debit Cards 
    Columbian (Washington) 13 Feb 2014
    Congressional investigators have called for greater oversight of the use of college-issued debit and prepaid cards among students.
  • Ala. Payday Lender Bill Stalls in Committee 
    Associated Press 13 Feb 2014
    The Alabama House Financial Services Committee this week sent a payday loan bill to a subcommittee, a move that Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) says was meant to kill the legislation.
  • Payday Lending Bill Sees Criticism 
    MagicValley.com 13 Feb 2014
    The group Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) is working toward state and city laws that would protect consumers from payday lenders.
  • Predatory Lawmaking 
    Willamette Week 12 Feb 2014
    Although Oregon lawmakers outlawed payday lenders in 2007, a debt collection firm wants to offer a type of lending that consumer advocates say is equally egregious.
  • Courthouse 'Rocket Dockets' Give Debt Collectors Edge Over Debtors 
    American Banker 12 Feb 2014
    Many local courts are attempting to streamline debt collection litigation by eliminating judges from the process.
  • Data Brokers Come Under Fresh Scrutiny 
    Wall Street Journal 12 Feb 2014
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and some lawmakers are turning up the heat on data brokers that compile profiles of financially troubled consumers ...
  • Fees Matter Most When Choosing a Bank: Survey 
    American Banker 12 Feb 2014
    Bank fees could make or break customer loyalty, according to a survey from GoBankingRates. Out of 1,517 poll respondents, 45 percent said that "low or no fees" is the banking feature or service ...
  • NY Regulator Says U.S. Non-Bank Mortgage Servicers Growing Too Quickly 
    Reuters 12 Feb 2014
    Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of New York's Department of Financial Services, is pressing for a clamp-down on the dramatic growth of non-bank mortgage servicers until such companies can get a ...
  • Late Payment Rate on Mortgages Falls 
    Associated Press 11 Feb 2014
    The return of home appreciation, a strengthening job market, and mortgage modification programs have bolstered Americans' finances, allowing more of them to keep current on their home loans.
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