Ocwen Settlement

Posted by kevin on December 24, 2013 under Foreclosure Blog | Comments are off for this article

The federal government and the AG’s from 49 states including NJ announced a $2.1 billion settlement with Ocwen Financial Services and Ocwen Loan Servicing. In New Jersey, Ocwen will provide troubled borrowers with an estimated $151 million in loan reductions. Moreover, over $2MM is being set aside for cash payments to borrowers who were already foreclosed on (great deal for Ocwen and its lenders- they get the house and the homeless borrower gets a whopping $1,000 or a little more if less homeowners sign up for the deal).

Among the charges against Ocwen Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, were charging unauthorized fees, misleading borrowers about alternatives to foreclosure, providing false or misleading information about the status of accounts, denying loan modifications to eligible homeowners and filing robosigned documents with the courts (you mean those certifications filed with the courts by the servicers and the lender’s attorneys are fugazies ? I’m shocked.)

In addition, Ocwen will be subjected to the the so-called heightened standards of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

As I have said in previous blogs, HAMP 4.1 is better than previous HAMP roll outs. I get a fair amount of decent modification offers, but I get some insulting offers as well and servicers still play games. With this settlement still fresh in Ocwen’s corporate mind, I would surmise that in the next few months anyway, Ocwen will probably be offering pretty decent modifications.

So, if your loan is serviced by Ocwen, you may want to look into this or retain counsel to look into it.

Merry Christmas to all.