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May 31, 2006
African-Americans and Latinos, government figures show, get high-interest sub-prime mortgages far more often than whites. Now researchers at the Center for Responsible Lending find those disparities persist even when the borrowers have the same qualifications as whites. Lenders say they charge more because African-Americans and Latinos tend to have shakier credit histories, which makes lending to them riskier. But that explanation is simply wrong, the Center found in its groundbreaking new research. The most extensive study of its kind shows that even after controlling for...
March 14, 2006
Local and national groups opposing housing discrimination urged the county council of Montgomery County, Md. to support a fair lending ordinance and not reverse its commitment to fair housing for everyone. Mortgage lenders sued the county for passing an ordinance prohibiting lenders from discriminating. Their lawyers persuaded a judge to delay the new law, supposed to take effect last week, pending a hearing. Discrimination is already illegal under federal and state laws, and already covers the lenders who are complaining about the Montgomery County ordinance. So it is difficult to see...
February 23, 2006
Download the Report The Best Value in the Subprime Market: State Predatory Lending Reforms (PDF 432kb) A study by the Center for Responsible Lending proves that laws against predatory lending thwart abusive lenders while in many cases increasing availability of credit for people who need it most. "The Best Value in the Subprime Market: State Predatory Lending Reforms" is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Researchers examined more than 6 million subprime mortgages from 1998 through 2004, or three-quarters of all the loans in the subprime market during those years. States with...
February 23, 2006
Download the Report The Best Value in the Subprime Market: State Predatory Lending Reforms (PDF 432kb) A study by the Center for Responsible Lending proves that laws against predatory lending thwart abusive lenders while in many cases increasing availability of credit for people who need it most. "The Best Value in the Subprime Market: State Predatory Lending Reforms" is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Researchers examined more than 6 million subprime mortgages from 1998 through 2004, or three-quarters of all the loans in the subprime market during those years. States with...
February 13, 2006
Augusta, ME - Predatory lending practices cost Mainers at least $23 million a year, say Coastal Enterprises Inc. and the Center for Responsible Lending in the first comprehensive study of predatory lending in Maine. These predatory practices endanger the homes and financial security of some of Maine's most vulnerable citizens. Based on the findings of the report, approximately 1,000 families are affected each year by these practices. "Our findings are not about Maine banks and credit unions which serve our communities," said Ron Phillips, president of Coastal Enterprises. "Rather, it's...
January 23, 2006
The Center for Responsible Lending applauds a $325 million settlement between a team of state attorneys general and Ameriquest Mortgage Co. to end abusive lending practices. Today's agreement shows that states play a key role in fighting predatory lending, said Deborah Goldstein, executive vice president of the center, a non-profit research and advocacy group. "The states are quicker to identify new predatory lending abuses and protect borrowers from losing their homes," Ms. Goldstein said. "Here is a good example of this principle at work. "We congratulate the attorneys general who...
December 1, 2005
State Officials, Others Caution Pending Ney-Kanjorski Bill Would Roll Back State Consumer Protections, Spur New Abuses WASHINGTON, D.C. -- State officials and other experts strongly cautioned today that a bill in Congress would weaken laws against predatory mortgage lending in New York, Illinois, South Carolina, and Arkansas and other states with major anti-predatory lending laws on their books. Those issuing the warning are Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau of the NY Attorney General, Dennis Parker, Illinois Assistant Attorney General Tom James, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice...
September 30, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Payday lenders rip off our soldiers, sailors and aviators for more than $80 million every year, says the Center for Responsible Lending. These military people -- young, financially unsophisticated, often strapped for cash -- are three times more likely than civilians to have used the payday lending stores that flock around the gates of military bases, according to a new report by the center, which promotes responsible lending. Now Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Republican from North Carolina, home to some of the nation's largest bases, proposes to help stop lenders from...
September 7, 2005
State and federal officials from four states warned today that a bill in Congress would weaken laws against predatory mortgage lending in 36 states, especially the 24 states with major anti-predatory lending laws on their books. The officials are U.S. Rep. Brad Miller (NC), New Mexico Chief Deputy Attorney General Stuart M. Bluestone, Massachusetts Rep. John F. Quinn (Dartmouth) and New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance - Division of Banking Director H. Robert Tillman. The Ney-Kanjorski bill pending in Congress and supported by much of the lending industry would gut the strong...
August 18, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Homebuyers may not realize that monthly payments on some types of specialty mortgages can increase by as much as 50 percent or more when the introductory period ends. That's one of the messages that the National Association of Realtors® and the Center for Responsible Lending are trying to drive home in "Shopping for a Mortgage? Do Your Homework First," a new brochure to inform homebuyers about the risks and advantages of specialty mortgage products. The publication is part of a new NAR consumer education campaign addressing specialty loans and abusive lending...

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