Montana Borrowers Receiving Checks through National Mortgage Settlement
Overr 1,700 Montana borrowers who submitted a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement will receive a check this month for approximately $1,480.
Eligible borrowers had their mortgage serviced by one of the settlement’s five participating mortgage servicers, lost their home to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011, and submitted a valid claim form. The participating servicers include Ally (formerly GMAC), Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo. Mortgage servicing abuse payments will total nearly $2.5 million for Montana.
“These checks come from a $1.5 billion payment pool we negotiated and set aside as part of the National Mortgage Settlement,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “These payments help compensate borrowers for the mortgage servicing abuse that they likely endured. And I’m pleased that the final amount of $1,480 is much higher than the minimum amount we first announced, which was $840.” Attorney General Fox added that the payment does not limit a borrower from seeking relief through a separate lawsuit or other claims.
Nationally, the settlement administrator, Rust Consulting, will mail 962,278 valid claim payments from June 10 through June 17.
“These payments are part of our efforts to hold the banks accountable through the National Mortgage Settlement,” Attorney General Fox said. “In addition to compensating borrowers for the servicing abuse that happened in the past, we’re trying to stop these practices through the settlement’s tough new mortgage servicing standards.” Attorney General Fox emphasized that no Montana-based banks committed any wrong doing in their mortgage servicing practices. He also added that homeowners should be wary of scams. Unscrupulous companies are contacting homeowners with offers of assistance for a fee to receive the settlement payment. Homeowners should not have to pay a fee to receive a payment under the agreement.
In February 2012, 49 state attorneys general and the federal government announced the historic joint state-federal National Mortgage Settlement with the country’s five largest mortgage servicers. Preliminary data shows that, so far, the servicers have provided more than $50 billion in direct settlement relief to borrowers nationwide.
A relatively small number of borrowers will not receive a check in the initial mailing or will receive a split payment.
• Some borrowers will receive a check for less than the approximate $1,480 payment in situations where borrowers are divorced or separated and no longer live at the same address. The full per-loan amount will be paid on these loans, but the payment will be evenly split between the borrowers.
• A small number of borrowers who submitted a claim form but do not have a valid Social Security number on file will be delayed in receiving their payments while tax-related issues are addressed.
• Two servicers recently provided information on an additional 31,000 borrowers, and thus they could not be included in this distribution. Later this summer, these consumers will receive a notice and will have the opportunity to submit a payment application.
Every borrower who filed a claim will receive a letter regarding their outcome. Borrowers with questions about their National Mortgage Settlement payment should call settlement administrator Rust Consulting at 1-866-430-8358.
National Mortgage Settlement, Independent Foreclosure Review Payments are Separate
Rust Consulting is also the settlement administrator for the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) payment agreement through the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board. The IFR settlement is unrelated and separate from the National Mortgage Settlement and does not include the same governmental agencies. The IFR payments began in mid-April of 2013, and the OCC announced that final payments will be mailed in mid-July. For more information on the OCC Independent Foreclosure Review settlement, go to www.OCC.gov and click on Independent Foreclosure Review.