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December 2014 Archives

Man behind fraudulent mortgage debt relief scam shut down

When the housing market collapsed approximately six years ago, many homeowners found themselves in over their heads as they tried to make mortgage payments they could not afford toward a balance that exceeded the current value of their homes. As a result, some Washington families may have wound up losing their homes to foreclosures. To make matters worse, there were several unscrupulous individuals who set up fraudulent businesses in an attempt to take advantage of those who were struggling to keep up with their mortgage debt.

Couple wins suit against bank for its loan collection efforts

Many homeowners found themselves underwater in their mortgages when the housing market collapsed several years ago. As a result, many families likely experienced difficulties keeping up with their mortgage payments and had to endure harassment from their lender's loan collection efforts. A federal judge recently ordered Bank of America to pay a couple after refusing to honor their no-contact request. Since this bank has customers throughout the country -- including here in Washington -- readers may be interested in learning more.

20 Percent of all U.S. citizens face unpaid medical debt

Washington residents who are hospitalized due to illness or an emergency following an accident commonly end up facing medical bills that were not anticipated. One never knows what the extent of the expenses will be, and many people are completely overwhelmed by the resulting medical debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced that 20 percent of U.S. citizens failed to pay medical bills in 2014.

Change in policy may help some who lost a home to foreclosure

Several years ago, the housing market crashed and sent prices and property values tumbling. As a result of the severe downturn, many families in Washington lost their homes to foreclosure. Fortunately, some of those families may now have a chance to buy back their homes due to a new policy.