Risky Mortgage & Lawsuit
California-based Countrywide Financial Corp. (CFC) and IndyMac Bancorp Inc. (NDE) and 23 other defendants have been sued by homeowners asking for $100 million in mortgage-fraud damages and a halt in debt collection and foreclosures and imposition of a new standard on lenders that would limit loans to borrowers who are deemed suitable. "By extending these loans, the mortgage lenders have earned, and stand to earn over time, enormous finance and interest charges," the homeowners said in the complaint. Most of the homeowners were over the age of 60 and had fixed incomes.
This is not an outcome of an isolated incidence with a few banks. Many home-owners are at risk, in particular, with their adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM). Rising interest rates and falling home values are creating an atmosphere of panic among some borrowers who had extended their ability of purchase by selecting such ARM or interest-only mortgages and are now finding their monthly payments at unaffordable level.
But not in all cases the borrowers' greed of possessing a larger home was the sole reason for them to end up in such a miserable state. In many cases, due to heavy-handed salesmanship originating from too much of competetion among loan brokers, inconsistent loan representations regarding the benefits or terms of the loan were made by the brokers. In some cases, unnecessary disclosures which were not required by the law were asked from borrowers at the time of loan origination.
If you feel you might have been led to such a situation for such wrongful business practices, you may consider consulting a consumer-protection attorney. Most consumer-protection attorneys offer a free consultation. If you have a case, you may be charged up to one-third of any benefit obtained through the lawsuit. Some state and federal consumer protection laws provide that the lender, if it loses, pay attorney fees. To find a consumer protection attorney in your area, visit the website of National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), a nationwide organization of more than 1000 attorneys who represent and have represented hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive and predatory business practices.