Three major banks have lost federal mortgage modification incentives in delivering a foreclosure relief program until they make big changes to improve their practices.
Obama administration officials have told Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Wells Fargo & Co. that they must make “substantial improvements” to the way they administer the Home Affordable Modification Program, and they will not receive any more federal money from the program until they do so. For example, officials noted that banks need substantial improvement in correctly evaluating borrowers’ incomes, which is a critical component for determining eligibility for the program. Some of the banks also need to improve how they identify and contact borrowers for the program.
Last month, the banks received $24 million in payments through HAMP, but no more payments will be made until servicers improve their performance, officials warned.
Full article at source: “3 Big Banks Lose Mortgage Modification Incentives,” Los Angeles Times (June 10, 2011)
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