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A foreclosed Stockton home. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: Banks Agree To Pay $8.5B For Foreclosure Abuse

U.S. banks have taken another step to clear away the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis by agreeing to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homeowners.

01/07/2013

Demonstrators string yellow caution tape inside a Wells Fargo bank on 3rd and Galvez in San Francisco, December 6, 2012. (CBS)

Occupy Protesters Take Over SF Wells Fargo Branch To Denounce Foreclosures

Occupy demonstrators and housing advocates and briefly took over a Wells Fargo Bank branch in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood Thursday as part of a protest denouncing foreclosure.

12/06/2012

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ConsumerWatch: Loan Modification ‘Help’ Comes At A High Price

Three years after a law made it illegal to charge a homeowner an up-front fee for help with a loan modification, companies are still trying to get homeowners to pay thousands of dollars for services they can get for free.

09/05/2012

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ConsumerWatch: 4-Year-Old Mistake On Credit Report Hurts Homeowner

A mistake on your credit report can be costly. And experts say the best way to fix an error it by contacting the credit reporting agencies directly and informing them of the mistake – They’re required by law investigate within 30 days.

07/31/2012

A foreclosed Stockton home. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: HARP 2.0 Helping Underwater Homeowners Refinance

HARP 2.0, a more liberal version of the original Home Affordable Refinance Program, was unveiled in 2011. The new program started picking up steam just a few months ago, according to Rick Harper of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

07/27/2012

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ConsumerWatch: State Program Lowering Requirements For Mortgage Relief

Underwater California homeowners may soon get some relief. The state-run program Keep Your Home California is changing its rules in effort to help homeowners qualify for a principal reduction of up to $100,000.

05/10/2012

A foreclosure sign hangs on a fence in front of a foreclosed home on April 6, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California’s AG Pushing New Mortgage, Homeowner Protections

The proposals by Attorney General Kamala Harris would provide safeguards for homeowners while giving her office more leeway to investigate financial crimes.

04/16/2012

The exterior of an Oakland Wells Fargo Bank branch. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Wells Fargo Quarterly Profit Jumps

Wells Fargo said its first-quarter profit jumped 13 percent on strong mortgage lending and a drop in delinquent loans.

04/13/2012

Alfonso Salazar (Contra Costa County District Attorney)

Former Real Estate Agent Arrested In East Bay Foreclosure Rental Scam

A Contra Costa County man faces nine felony counts ranging from grand theft to perjury and burglary in what prosecutors call a sophisticated foreclosure rental scam.

02/27/2012

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Assessor Finds Broken Laws In Majority Of SF Foreclosures

The City and County of San Francisco’s Office of Assessor-Recorder released a report Wednesday saying that a review of nearly 400 foreclosures in the county revealed that bank and lender mistakes were found in nearly 99% of the cases.

02/15/2012

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