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

Date: January 15, 2013

Attorney General's Foreclosure Workshops Set for Treasure Valley

(Boise) – The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division will hold a series of informational presentations in the Treasure Valley on foreclosure issues, 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 affects Idaho homeowners. The presentations are free and open to the public.

"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 these presentations will help Idahoans who have been through or are facing foreclosure."

Presentations are set for the following locations and dates.

Payette – Tuesday – January 29 – 6:00 p.m.
Payette County Courthouse – District Court Room
1130 Third Avenue North

Mountain Home – Wednesday – January 30 – 6:00 p.m.
Mountain Home Senior Citizens Center
1000 North 3rd East

Nampa – Tuesday – February 5 – 6:00 p.m.
Nampa City Hall – City Council Chambers
411 3rd Street South

Meridian – Thursday – February 7 – 6:00 p.m.
Meridian City Hall – Conference Room
33 East Broadway Avenue

Caldwell – Wednesday – February 13 – 6:00 p.m.
Caldwell Public Library
1010 Dearborn Street

Boise – Wednesday – February 20 – 6:00 p.m.
Hillside Jr. High
3536 West Hill Road

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 more than $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 $90 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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