For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: October 2, 2012

Attorney General's Office Plans Outreach on Foreclosure Prevention & the National Mortgage Settlement

(Boise) – The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division will make informational presentations on foreclosure issues in communities around the state, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today. Housing Specialist Ramon Hobdey-Sanchez will discuss foreclosure prevention, Idaho's foreclosure process, and how the national mortgage settlement will affect Idaho homeowners.

"There are many resources, tools and tips that can assist individuals through the foreclosure process or, better yet, provide them with the necessary knowledge to avoid foreclosure altogether," Attorney General Wasden said. "I hope that these presentations will be helpful to the many Idahoans who have been through or are currently facing foreclosure."

Initially, the Attorney General's Office will make presentations in central and north Idaho. Presentations are being planned for other areas of the state. The one-hour presentations are free and open to the public.

City

When

Location

Salmon

Monday 10/15 (6pm)

Salmon Valley Business & Innovation Center
803 Monroe Street
Salmon, Idaho 83467

Hailey

Tuesday 10/16 (6pm)

Blaine County School District 
Community Campus – Minnie Moore Room
1050 Fox Acres Road
Hailey, Idaho 83333

Ketchum

Wednesday 10/17 (6pm)

City Hall – Meeting Room
480 East Avenue North
Ketchum, ID 83340

Bonners Ferry

Monday 10/22 (6pm)

International Gateway Visitors Center
6373 Bonner Street
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805

Sandpoint

Tuesday 10/23 (5:30pm)  

East Bonner County Library
1407 Cedar Street
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

Post Falls

Wednesday 10/24 (5:45pm)

Post Falls Library
821 North Spokane Street
Post Falls, ID 83854

St. Maries

Thursday 10/25 (6:30pm)

St. Maries Fire Protection District – Conference Room
308 West Jefferson Avenue
St. Maries, ID 83861

 

Coeur d'Alene

Friday 10/26 (5:30pm)

Coeur d'Alene Public Library
Community Room
702 East Front Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Earlier this year, Wasden joined a state-federal settlement with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers: Bank of America, Citi, J.P. Morgan Chase, Ally, and Wells Fargo.

The agreement provides nearly $100 million in direct relief to Idaho homeowners whose mortgages are owned and serviced by any of the five settling banks and to individuals whose mortgages were serviced by one of the settling banks and who lost their homes in foreclosures.

From that total:

  • Eligible Idaho borrowers will receive an estimated $75 million in benefits from loan modifications and other direct relief.
  • Approximately 12,000 Idaho borrowers who lost their home to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011, because of substandard servicing practices, will receive nearly $10 million in cash payments averaging at least $840. These borrowers have been identified by their servicers and are currently being contacted by the settlement administrator.
  • The settling servicers will pay more than $15 million to fund a program that allows underwater borrowers to refinance their loans.

The settlement preserves the rights of individual borrowers and investors to pursue lawsuits against the banks and the ability of governments to pursue civil or criminal legal remedies on other issues related to the financial and housing crises.

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