By Jon Prior
JPMorgan Chase went from fast-tracking foreclosures to rubber stamping and pre-approving some borrowers for refinances and even principal reduction.
The five largest mortgage servicers signed a $25 billion deal with federal prosecutors and 49 state attorneys general in March to settle foreclosure abuses and documentation problems in the past. Chase agreed to provide roughly $4.2 billion in relief to homeowners under the agreement, including principal write-downs, modifications and refinances for underwater borrowers.
Servicers receive more credit for granting the relief within one year, according to the terms of the settlement.
But since the foreclosure crisis first struck five years ago, borrowers have grown weary of the documentation black holes at the major banks. Many have spent hours in front of FAX machines, only to be asked for resubmissions or another piece of paperwork.
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By Jon Prior