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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Truth In Lending Act (TILA) continued explanation about servicer safe harbor

I posted yesterday about my story from a Foreclosure Settlement Conference where the Referee wanted to learn more about the safe harbor for servicers that protects servicers from liability to investors when they participate in HAMP regardless of the investors desires. Since my post, I have received some questions on the topic and feel that reading the congressional findings may help the reader to understand my position.

Congressional Findings
Servicer safe harbor for mortgage loan modifications; congressional findings. Act May 20, 2009, P.L. 111-22, Div A, Title II, § 201(a), 123 Stat. 1638, provides:

"Congress finds the following:

"(1) Increasing numbers of mortgage foreclosures are not only depriving many Americans of their homes, but are also destabilizing property values and negatively affecting State and local economies as well as the national economy.

"(2) In order to reduce the number of foreclosures and to stabilize property values, local economies, and the national economy, servicers must be given--

"(A) authorization to--

"(i) modify mortgage loans and engage in other loss mitigation activities consistent with applicable guidelines issued by the Secretary of the Treasury or his designee under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 [Div A of Act Oct. 3, 2008, P.L. 110-343]; and

"(ii) refinance mortgage loans under the Hope for Homeowners program; and

"(B) a safe harbor to enable such servicers to exercise these authorities.".

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