Since the housing market hit a downturn in 2008, many people in Cincinnati, Ohio, and across the country, have had difficulties paying mortgages due to fluctuating variable interest rates.
Abuses by mortgage companies against consumers have received much attention in the past few years, with several high-profile national settlements. Now, SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. can be added to the list of companies who have to pay consumers back for millions of wrongful gains due to abuses in mortgage servicing, mortgage origination and foreclosure.
A nonprofit’s annual study of foreclosures in Cincinnati and Hamilton County found reason for homeowners to feel hopeful, as well as continuing cause for concern. The number of foreclosure sales in 2013 was down 17.5 percent. Twenty-four percent fewer foreclosure proceedings were initiated during the year.
In the past several months, some have heralded the fact that the foreclosure crisis is over. Having addressed abuses like overextended credit, wrongful evictions, and other practices that took the dream of homeownership away from many families, lenders seem to have changed the way they handle the foreclosure process. But, have these wrongful practices really disappeared? Or have they just shifted to another segment of the financial industry?